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push mower suggestions less than $1000

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ajy, Mar 28, 2002.

  1. ajy

    ajy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    i have two push mowers, a commercial snapper and a residential snapper. i am not satisified with either one of them. i know the commercial toro is the best pushmower on the market but i really don't want to pay $1000 for a push mower that i will not use a whole lot. using my exmark 60" z and 44" walkbehind leaves me little room for the push mower. what would you guys reccomened to be the next best thing, (other than lawn boy) commercial or residential, to purchase.
  2. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870


    We've been down the route with the $1000 push mowers and have found the Craftsman $275 mowers more cost effective.

    Just make sure you sell them after 2 (maybe 3) seasons.
  3. mowngrow

    mowngrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    i don't know what everyone else uses but my mower(21") of choice is the honda. I do not use it very much. I bought it two years ago from one of the dealers that i buy from. he has a full line of honda mowers. res. to comm 21" paid 500.00 for the res model and still using it. it bags like no other with the quadracut system.
    good luck
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    John Deere JX75, $710.00. I have several and the oldest is still going after 5 years of hard use.:D
  5. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    yeah those honda's are pretty nice machines. you could also look into the toro personal pace mower.

    we still use a 1990 toro 21" self propelled mower with a 2 cycle suzuki engine. the things makes the nices stripes of any push mower we have.

    if you need a push mower for steep banks, 2 cycle engines are the way to go.

    BTW we have a commercial snapper also. i dont really like it.

    if you could find a used ransomes/bobcat 21" mower those are ok too. made out of magnesium alloy, the frames tend to outlast the engine.
  6. GreenIsland

    GreenIsland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Try a Toro with the BBC system I believe they are model 20438-- ANyway 3 speed self propelled , excellent machines all the way around-I have used one since 1993 commerically --without one problem period --just regular matainence. It is my understanding that you don't want one wiht the personal pace system therefore you will need the BBc system-- excellent mowers. Can not praise them enough..
  7. proline32

    proline32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from 98383
    Messages: 278

    I understand your problem, i've been looking into new machines for this year and tested some snappers.... I didn't really care for it, I have an older proline that I like but new ones are expensive, I love the commercial hondas, but you know those residential hondas are built real well to and you can get a three speed rear bagger for around $500 at the home depot. If you can get a toro super recycler with a 3 spd tranny and a 6.5 GTS engine those are great also.
  8. GreenIsland

    GreenIsland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Whoops model is 20487-- not previous mentioned one.
  9. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    greenisland, out toro is the 3 speed also, model 22685, had to order our first part ever today. the bolt on the front wheel. the only reason i suggested the personal pace mower, is beacause the dealer seems to like it so well. he used to be a lawn maintenance contractor also, so he understands the issue of wear and tear by LCO's

    however, ive never actually used the personal pace mower, so i cannot vouch for it as a quality, or durable machine.
  10. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    I agree with mowingman on the jx75. I bought it last spring and I love it. I previously owned crapsmans and got tired of them. The jx75 cost me $700 and was well worth it. It has a 6hp kawasaki engine with BBC and 5 speed rear drive.

    I don't really like how the lawnboys have that staggered wheel. I have never used a honda, but hear they are also nice.

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