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You can try a Exmark, at last visit to Exmark dealer I was told it is a Toro tried and true machine swapped with an Exmark label. Motor options might be different, i cannot remember.
 

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TORO 2 cycle s/p push mower is the way to go, I have one that is 15 years old and it cuts as good as the new one I bought last year. Just make sure to keep the air filter clean and the fuel mix rite and you should have no problems.
 

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Commercial Honda with the hydrostatic transmission. Has infinite speed control and blade clutch. Very heavy mower but will last long long time if taken care of.
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If you don't mind the side step deck, go with the Model # 22261 Lawnboy 21" commercial mower.(Check it out at alimia.com, $685 free shipping in U.S.) 3 speed transmission, 2 cycle engine that last a very long time, with proper accessories(mulch plate and mulch fan) great mulcher even when wet. A big selling point with me is it's light.

If you want a straight deck mower, get the Honda comercial mowers. 1 pull engine starts. 4 cycle engine, no gas-oil needed, depending on what model, can change trans speed on the fly, blade brake saftey feature(makes it handy for go over curbs,trailer ramps, streets, ect..)As a mulcher, it's ok. The other downside is if you have to cut muddywet grass or lift this machine, it's heavy. It does cut wet grass well however. Alamia sells honda's also.

I do prefer the Lawnboy over the honda because it's lighter and mulches better. The only thing that I can fault this machine is it's difficult to get thru small gates.

One thing to keep in mind is what other pro's in your area are using. You have to be able to get parts easily if you ar going to have a good machine.John

 

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I use Lawnboy silver series. No self propelled, electric start or anything fancy. You can buy one for about $250 use it all season trouble free and get rid of it at the end of the season for $50. After the end of a single season, small things go wrong. (rope breaks, wheels worn etc.) I don't like to work on them, I like to work with them. There is still enough life left for a home owner to use it once a week for a very long time. In a single year, my lawnboys get a zillion hour put on them, and I will still keep buying them. I hate that little right hand wheel though!!
 

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I know the gentleman who owns ProTurf Landscaping in Thomasville NC and his outfit is responsible for the High Point Regional Medical Center there and he employees close to a dozen immigrant laborers at a time and those machines withstand a lot of abuse from constant turnover. Although they are heavier machines they have definitely withstood the test of time.

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Toro or Exmark with BBC and Kawasaki engine, the best!!

I know one of the local guys who used to use Honda (hydro). The next year he went to Toro he liked the Toro better than the Honda because it was faster.I have used snapper and Toro and I prefer the Toro also.
 

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Shane,
I own a Toro 21" Commercial w/ 2 cycle engine. Bought it in 1998 and would buy another one. There not cheap but you get what you pay for. I started with a LawnBoy 4 cycle and had it wore out in two years. The Toro cuts nice and stripes nice and also came with a bag. Spend the extra and get a real COMMERCIAL mower. You will be better off in the long run. Just my .02 cents worth.
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I'm with Bob on this, we use a JD 14SE, same mower, just that this one has/had an electric starter. That is the only thing that has been the problem, the starter went out with in a year and they replaced it. It went out again after the warranty ended and they want close to $200 for a starter for it, not installed. It always starts on the first pull, so we didn't replace it. We have had it for 5 years and it is a solid little mower.
 

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I use the Toro Proline Recycler w/ Kawasaki Engine. When I started out I used some pretty crappy MTD ripoffs before going with a commercial Kubota 21" and a Snapper 3in1. The Kubota was an awesome machine, very heavy duty with a sweet cut and gear drive, but it didn't have a mulching feature. I switched to the Toro for that reason, and have never looked back. I now own two of them to go along with my 36" Exmark. For my area, that's the perfect combination... ;)

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Originally posted by OU812
Toro or Exmark with BBC and Kawasaki engine, the best!!

I know one of the local guys who used to use Honda (hydro). The next year he went to Toro he liked the Toro better than the Honda because it was faster.I have used snapper and Toro and I prefer the Toro also.
And I say that would be almost impossible. I am not going to even try to keep up with a Honda Hydrostatic at full speed. The Toro might be faster but you would have to run pretty fast if so. In the 10 or so years that I have mowed behind the Honda I have never had to use the fastest speed. Keep in mind the speed is adjustable to your walking speed so that you don't have to adjust to the mower speed. Toro does have a mower that is infinitely adjustable but is a mechanical system and my dealer does not believe is as reliable as the Honda. He sells both. I have two Hondas and have never had either the engine or transmission to fail on either one. I do agree that Lawnboy and Toro make great equipment but just believe the Honda is a little better.
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my lawnboy mower has been agood one i would buy another
except i wouldnt get the one that has the dip stick tube on the out side of motor. i would get the one thats made into the top engine cover.
i have bought atleast 5 tubes and the rubber rings from
$8to12 dollars each time.i mow under pine trees and bushes
and the tube gets hit a lot breaks or the rubber ring flys
off .the mower will start on first pull if you hit primer
button 2 times
 

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I swear by my 2stroke toros. Be forwarned that to pass emmision standards the carb jets are for an altitude of 6000 feet and run lean . They do not run as well as previous years. If you buy one have the jets changed , if your dealer won't find one who will or look at the 5.5 hp 4 stroke.
 

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I purchased my first Toro BBC 2cycle Suzuki, Its ok but my favorite is the snapper/2cycle robin, Way easier to dump bags.Height adjustment much better and so is the cut. Ive ran snappers for many yrs, Heard so much about those toros so i went for one. Oh and the blades on snappers and much faster to change. So my favorite is Snappers Marks Mowing Service PS 200.00 Cheaper too
 
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