push mower. Need advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gil, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. gil

    gil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I am cutting just 10 lawns for some friends. I don't want to spend more than $500. are those 21'' mowers good enough to do a decent job? I don't want to spend a fortune in purchasing an expensive mower if I am only going to cut 10 lawns in one week.
    Is there anybody out there with my same question?
    I want to know what you guys use.
  2. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    Go ahead and spend 1,000.00 and get a commercial 21" toro proline.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    get a snapper for 299 push or 399 self propelled
  4. jim dailey

    jim dailey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    Go down to the corner store on Tuesday mornings and get yourself a Want Ad. There is a ton of stuff in the lawn and garden section. It ranges from large commercial to small homeowner stuff, with everything in between. Plus it is fun reading. All that for only $ 2.50, what a deal.
  5. aclassic

    aclassic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    my advise is to NOT spend all of your money on one mower, but get a trimmer and blower while your at it. you shouldnt neet to spend over 250 on a mower, i got one from walmart last year ($150) and it still starts on the first pull every time. change your oil and most any mower will last a while.
  6. gil

    gil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Thanks for all those advices. i can't afford to spend more than $500 for a mower. I heard Sears is having a 20% off sale today.
  7. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Could do what I did for my Dad years ago and just buy a mower with bad engine and replace the engine. Bought an old Bobcat 21. Had a few small cracks 9in the deck and a bad Vanguard on it. Bought it for 75 bucks and put a new engine on and he still had that thing when he went to the resthome. Got that one out of newpaper.
  8. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,399

    The Craftsman should last you for at least 1 year if you are mowing only 10 lawns. Mine lasted 2 years but that was an average of 6 lawns per week. After that you can expect the self-propell to fall apart, the motor to burn oil, the wheels to lean inward, and the blade to start knocking - at least, that is what happened to mine.
  9. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    get a homeowners 21'' toro 6.5hp briggs self paced @ $500, closest mower you'll get 2 a commercial mower @ that price.... as your friend, i'll give ya some word of advice stay away from crapsmen
  10. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    rin to home cheapo and buy a honda or toro. both are good quality machines and the hige end models are under 500 bucks! also will way out last a craftsman! However... I have never seen a mower mulch better then a craftsman, sad but true... And you can find them with cheap honda engines these days... maybe not a bad choice, go for a rear wheel drive whatever you do!

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