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mower question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by robert fling, Mar 1, 2002.

  1. robert fling

    robert fling LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    can anyone suggest a good quality smaller mower (21" or so) mower to use where i cant get my scag? i currently have a 21" toro that the carb is shot on. should i fix this and use it or is there a better mower to use for the job? any suggestions would be helpful. thanks in advance.
  2. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    well I've always been a Honda HR216 bigot...but the Toro 2 cycle pro model is on my shoppng list...demo it and you'll know why its a good choice...costs about a grand
  3. robert fling

    robert fling LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    for that kind of money i can imagine why it is so good!! i am just starting out, can you suggest anything a little less pricey?
  4. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    to be blunt ...no...I used Hondas/Toros on my own properties for many years...and they were only run once a week and still they broke down occasionally...now using them everyday is even more reason to buy the better mower...I have friends who have bought these mowers used and they have been very satisfied...you'll pay about 60% or less of the sticker price and you should get a few years out it
  5. robert fling

    robert fling LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    i think used will be the way i go. i will patch mine until i can pick something up. have you heard anyting about the commercial lawn-boys?
  6. TOSLC

    TOSLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Yes, the commercial two stroke Lawn Boys are great. I own three, and one of the determining factors was simply not having to check the oil. With the bigger riders, and walk behinds the employees check the oil. However with a push mower they could care less! If it runs. . . it's got oil!
  7. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

  8. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    best bang for the buck I think

    I use Ariens and they are great, but I don't use them much (2-3.5) hours/week). If I used my 21" more than that I would upgrade to a Gravely. Check them out online.
  9. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    When I first started I couldn't justify buying a brand new comm. mower. So I kept my eyes open to the local papers and found a JD 21" comm. mower. Paid $300 for it. The thing runs like a raped ape and has got an excellent cut. No problems at all thus far. It's about 5-6yrs. old I believe. Don't plan on ever getting rid of it.
  10. Wayne Offiler

    Wayne Offiler LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    In my opinion, it is not worth spending a lot of money on a trim mower that will get little use. Mine gets maybe 1 hours use a week. Fact is, most places my 52" can't get in to can be done with my string trimmer ( its surprising what you can cut with long, sweeping strokes.)
    Also, Toro makes a good 21". What is a "shot" carb? Are you mechanical? Maybe it just needs a good cleaning, especially the jets and needle valves; fuel inlets are often the culprit. At worst, a new carb would give you a good mower.

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