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Best 21" mulching Mower/Blade setup...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by John_99_2007, May 14, 2009.

  1. John_99_2007

    John_99_2007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    What's the best combo you've used?
  2. Loadsmasher

    Loadsmasher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Commercial Snapper with Ninja mulching blade
  3. John_99_2007

    John_99_2007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    How about Toros or Hondas?
  4. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    I changed primary hand mowers this season, from a staggered wheeled LawnBoy to a Honda HRX, Cruise Control model. Also, I have a Toro Proline.

    Obviously, mowing conditions vary so much from location to location. Anything that works well in one place, may not work well in another (different turf types, moisture, growth, etc).

    In order of mulching quality (good, down to poor):

    Honda HRX
    Toro Proline
    LawnBoy staggered wheel model

    The Honda is not just a little better, but much better. We have been able to curtail some of our bagging this season because of the Honda. The Toro is used on a limited basis for grass mulching. The LawnBoy was rarely used for mulching (now out of service).

    The Toro Proline worked very well for leaf mulching in the Fall, with a Gator blade. That combination does not work at all for grass mulching. Ironically, the best grass mulching blade for the Toro is a high-lift one used for bagging. It works better than the OEM standard blade, but does take more power. The Atomic blade is useless for mulching grass -- leaves so many stringers, ragged cut. Yes, it takes little power to run, but the results are of use only as a first pass, to be followed with something else. Oh yes, the Atomic blade is useless for leaves too! It does not even have enough lift to pull up the leaves for mulching, rather just runs over them.

    Our Honda HRX has a Versa-Mow system, which permits changing from bagging to mulching, and visa-versa with just a handle that can be moved on the fly. It enables us to mow with the bagger working in heavy growth areas, and then switch to mulch in lesser growth areas of the same yard. The cut quality is such that the transition can hardly be seen by me, when I'm looking for it. The partial mulch-bag idea of the Versa-Mow system is a joke -- we use it either fully open, or fully closed. I'll spare the details of this idea here.
  5. dmcdade

    dmcdade LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Is the Honda HRX the dual-blade one that sells for around $700-800?
  6. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I have a home depot toro works good for what I need it for.
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943



    There are two HRX models, one with Thumb Drive hydro drive, and another with Cruise Control hydro drive. I've heard the Thumb drive models have a transmission that is not durable enough for heavy use. My Cruise Control model works well, with a single lever on the handle.

    For more pics and discussion, see my earlier thread:


    The blade setup:


  8. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,663

    I have a Toro SR4 Super Recycler, best Mulcher ever. After 2 weeks of rain, went out last saturday and mulched the whole place, worked great and no clumps.
  9. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,198


    How do you like your HRX217 so far? Can you rate the unit based on:
    1. cut quality
    2. speed and productivity
    3. mulching
    4. bagging.

    I have a 3 year old lawnboy commercial unit with the briggs engine on it. I was thinking about replacing it with either:
    1. Honda HRX217 mower (Smart Drive or Hydro?)
    2. Toro SR4 Super Recycler (with honda or briggs). This one comes with personal pace.
    3. New commercial mower from lawnboy. Like the build on the unit but the speed is very slow (3 mph) for commercial work.

    This unit would be a secondary unit for me as my main unit is a 2008 Exmark Metro 21" with a 6 hp kawasaki unit. Really like this unit.
  10. George D

    George D LawnSite Member
    from wylie
    Messages: 76

    i like the honda

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