Need a GREAT mulching 21"

grassrootsinab

LawnSite Member
Location
up here
I went to my local Deere dealer this weekend to buy a new JS63 mulching mower (in my opinion the best made..even with the Briggs...it can be replaced) only to be informed that JD won't be making them anymore (only going to make 2 rear baggers...I think the models are JS 65 and 75). I need an alternative to the Deere for a mulching 21".

I have run Toro recyclers but had a lot of trouble with the drive mechanism. Any suggestions ( in the sub $800 US range is ideal) for a good mulcher would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Jeff
 

Blades of Steel

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Southaven, MS
my JD JX85's mulch real well.

Tim
 

lonnie

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
oklahoma city
buy a used commercial toro for under 800. I almost never bag with mine.
 

Luscious Lawns

LawnSite Member
Location
North GA
JD makes a super home owner mower. But I bought 2 of the 75 during the 02 season and now they are shot. Mainly transmission problems. I gave,,,, I think around 500 dollars each for them I salvaged 1 for 50 dollars at the end of the season and the other is sitting under a tarp behind the shop. I bought Honda commercial 21s during the 03 season and they work as well a year later as they did the day we bought them. Exmark and Torro also make a great trim mower. I agree with the above post, Buy a low time commercial trim mower if we have to stay below 800. I'm sure after 500 lawns you will be glad you spent the extra money. And hey,,it's a tax write off


Allen
 

GreenMachine102

LawnSite Member
I know that I will get alot of negative feedback on this one but, In my opinion, with the little bit of push mowing we do, you can't go wrong by getting a Craftsman 6.5hp Briggs push mower, last one I had lasted 7 years, and still works. Give it a shot, only around 200 dollars.
 

Five Diamond Lawns

LawnSite Member
Location
Olympia, Wa
How do you get away with using a residential mower?

With the plastic wheels and low quality parts how long do you get out of them? I've always used Honda commercial mowers so I can get 5 plus seasons out of them. I tried a 2 stroke Toro residential once, loved the cut but only got 1 seasons use out of it and that's just using it part time.
 

naturescape

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Southfield, MI
Snapper 21", commercial or residential.
 

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