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21 Inch: Two or Four Cycle?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOturkey, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,782

    I'll likely be in the market for a new 21 inch mower this spring. I know I won't use one a whole lot, but the old Craftsman in the garage has seen better days. I don't mind spending a reasonable amount on a good mower and have perused some of the existing threads looking for input. I've noted several times the mention of 2 cycle engines on hilly terrain, supposedly because of lubrication problems with 4 cycles. Is this really as much of a problem with non-pressurized systems as these thoughts imply? One of the intended uses of a new 21 would be for some ditch areas too steep or small for my Gravely 250Z, but quicker to mow than string trim.

    My local dealer handles Gravely, Honda, and Lawnboy. Lawnboy would be the logical choice, in 2 cycle. Which would you buy? And, if your choice is Lawnboy, would you go for their commercial mower or another model? Thanks.
  2. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,118

    Honda commercial in a four cycle. Lube on hills has not affected mine at all. Tall and wet grass performance is unsurpassed in my opinion. It cost more but saves a ton in mix gas. The Hydro is bullitproof.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I have a lawnboy and i quess its the home owner (solid green) no orange, It has served me well and what i have read in other threads is that if you want one you better get one quick, they have ceased making the 2 cycle or will in the very near future.
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

  5. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    The 4 cycle oil starvation thing is a thing of the past. Most all mower engines now have pressure lube. Unless maybe you bought a $150 wal-mart special. I have run Kaw,Honda ,Briggs on hills so steep you cant walk on them for 8 yrs. Never had engine go bad.I like the Honda HRC216 hydro. What ever you get be sure it has metal wheels with bearings,and hi quailty adjusters.JDcommercial and toro wheel adjusters didnt last 1/3 as long as the hondas for me.Check that wheel setup on the gravely before you buy. Also gravely only powers one wheel.Dont go up hills very good.
  6. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    My favorite 21 inch I have ever used was a 21" lawnboy 2 cycle...damn nice mower! I have never had any problems with a 4 cycle on hills either.
  7. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,931

    The era of a 2 cycle mower is gone. They are not allowed to make new 2 cycle engines as of 2006 and already just about all name brand companies are of 4 cycle now. The reason you won't see any new 2 cycle mowers is they can not comply with emission requirements.

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