Commercial-grade push mower for $300?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by fpg, Apr 18, 2002.

  1. fpg

    fpg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Okay, I think I might be able to convince my "bank" (father, big wig at wal-mart corporate) to let me but a new push mower from somewhere OTHER than Wally World. I've been looking at the John Deere JS60. Any thoughts on this particular mower/brand? For $300 it seems to be the best choice so far. Also, I will be mowing about 3 days a week this summer so I'll need something rugged,, which I've heard the JD's are. Once again, thanks for any advice/comments.

  2. TFL

    TFL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    It will depend on how many hours on these three days you will use it I have 4 JS60 they are good mowers. IF you ever plan on mowing more i would go with a JX but they are around $700. The JX have oil filters and the Kawisaki engine.
  3. Holloway Lawns

    Holloway Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Toro Personal Pace is a good one.
  4. bruces

    bruces LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 648

    I just bought a Toro 21" personal pace for $359 with 6.5 hp engine. Not true commercial, but seems good for the back yards I will be using it on.

    I believe that is a promotional price.
  5. derekarbeiter

    derekarbeiter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    The JS 60 is a great mower. It has the toughest steel deck for a push mower on the planet. However, I dont like the briggs engine and all of the plastic parts on it. I have had mine since 2003 and I have put a Honda GCV 160 engine on it(SWEET) and have replaced the rear plastic cover with sheet metal. I took the front plastic off. Looks better. As for everything else, the deck height adjustment is extremely durable and easy to use. The cut is great, THE BEST mulcher. VERY, VERY durable.:)
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    If I aint mistaken, the JS60 deck is built by Snapper...this is why it is so tough. The tranny in that model is not up to commercial use in my opinion (Plastic), you would be better off getting a Snapper HiVac with the tried and true pulley tranny and aluminum differential.
  7. yungman

    yungman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Calif.
    Messages: 1,274

    Is the Honda GCV160 that much better??!! It is supposed to be just a consummer grade engine like the B & S. What is the difference that you notice?

    Can you just swarp the engine or you have to modify something?
  8. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    If you are looking for a commercial mower for less than $600.00 - you are wasting your time.

    All these mowers that are priced under that are designed for homeowners - the more money, the more features. Not necessarily more durability.
  9. derekarbeiter

    derekarbeiter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Yes, I like the Honda GC series better. They are only a homeowner model but they start easier, are smoother, have more power, and are built better. They do share similar components with the commercial GX series. The honda gc series are interchangeable with the briggs quantum. No modifications, no drilling holes. And the JD JS series mowers are NOT built by snapper they were made at Deere's own factory in Greenville TN. I agree about the weak tranny, but mine is the push model (Less parts, more dependable, more excercise).
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Well the deck looks very similar to the Snapper Easy Line and I know for a fact that the swivel caster JohnDeere (JS35) deck is made by Snapper so I was thinking that one was as well. If they share the same tranny it wont last.

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