Best 21" Walk Behind Mulcher?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by rdonchez, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. jakes mowing

    jakes mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    havent mulched a whole lot yet, but so far im very happy with my honda hhr. very very good mower!
  2. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Toro 21" HD 22176. With the Kaw fj180. Among the beefiest of 21" mowers. Not recommended for tossing in a truck, just plain heavy. Handles just fine though. Never notice the weight till you try to pick it up. Better bring help, or have a stout young back.
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  3. dieseltech

    dieseltech LawnSite Senior Member
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    As this.mower sits from the factory, I feel it lacks in the mulching department. I have one and I am still looking for a dual purpose blade for bagging/mulching. On the other hand, the bagging capabilities of the 21x are fantastic. Overall I wouldn't give mine up for any other.
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  4. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Good to know. Glad I didn't waste $1,000 on one. Not to say that anyone who buys one is wasting money - it's just that it would be a waste for ME.

    I'm a firm believer in buying what is best for YOU. If you bag, and that's a great bagger - awesome.
    I mulch as much as humanly possible. If I can be steered to a commercial mower that mulches better than the SR4, I'll look into it, but until then, I have the machine that suits my needs.
  5. jod78

    jod78 LawnSite Member
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    I think you mean 22197 (at least that's the current model for the HD with Kawa). I have the 22195. Same mower, but with Honda engine. Exceptional mower.
  6. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why are you into mulching so much?
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  7. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    i have 2 newer honda hrr's and an hrx that is about 10 years old and still kicking (just barely) I like how they mulch, its been hard to go to anything else. I did try a toro personal pace and didn't like how it mulched. really like my hondas, Not so bad for mowers not made for commercial use. lol. I have been wanting a 21" exmark, almost bought a used one last week.
  8. dareo

    dareo LawnSite Member
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    Toro has always been my favorite mulcher but ever since i got my grubby hands on the Time master 30" i gave away my 22" toro. 21" or 22" mowers are obsolete to me now. The 30" is all about mulching. Especially if you want to go over it twice to really chop it fine. I fail to see the reason (outside of saving $500 bucks) to get a 21" anymore.
  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes I also agree. Also setting the rear of the mower a notch higher helps.

    I didn't want to rain on the parade here so I'm glad someone else brought it up instead.

    Have you tried the higher lift Commercial blades on your TimeMaster yet...?

    There is an exception to this and that would be the yBravo25 running the 24.5" OregonĀ® G6 gator blade with the mulch plug installed.

    Still testing .... :D

    .....more later....
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  10. dareo

    dareo LawnSite Member
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    I originally wanted a yBravo 25, but when i called they said 1500 bucks+tax, and it was 40 miles away. I haven't tried the commercial blades but i will put that on my list. With 10% off at home depot plus discover card's 5% rebate the Timemaster was 911 dollars total cost. I can be really careful with the home owner model and if it gets me 5 years i'm happy. By then i'm sure a lot of similar twin blade mowers will be on the market to choose from.

    TimeMaster wont bag very well, but i almost always mulch. Timemaster cheats by leaving a bit of clippings behind, but that is not always a bad thing. I have an old 2 stroke snapper hi vac if i really need to clean something up. The snapper bags obnoxiously well. I'm talking dust clouds, sucks little rocks up off the ground, quickly filling bags up. The snapper is great for exercise since it takes 3x longer to bag mow with a 21 than it does to mulch it with my 30.

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