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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by proenterprises, May 18, 2003.

  1. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296


    Sorry to be bringing this up again, but I wanted one last direct answer before I made a deal. My lawn boy 21" sp is starting to go and is not holding up to the use anymore, (5 years maybe more) and I am looking for a new light use mower.

    I am thinking of this one, it is a divion of murray power equip branch. I do fully understand that this is not a commercial unit and that it will not work 40 hours a week. I need a trim mower to do maybe 3-5 hours a week on my personal lawn and maybe 1-2 gated areas.

    I am leaning towards this one because of the 1) fact that it is 26" contrasted to my lawn boy 21" and will make cutting a little quicker. 2) you can turn the blades off and still run the engine (good to transport esp. across lots) and 3) the swivel casters in the front make turning and swiveling around obstacles alot easier.

    Here is the link, please give a response, it will really help me!!


    ;) :) :D
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I personally don't feel that you need or have to buy top of the line 21" commerical mowers. In fact we have two homeowner s 21", one is 11 years old, and the other is 10 years old that we picked up from the hardware store years back. Too this day, "knock on wood," we have never had a problem with them. They have out lasted all of our commerical equipment.
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    if you can live with a mulching mower only, why don't you give it a try?

  4. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    I have 2 jd 21's one 6.5 the other is 6.75hp,you can choke them down in wet grass in mulchin mode easy.IMO 6.5 is not enough to mulch only.AND one of mine has swivel castors,never unlock them,useless IMO.:)
  5. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I have a Toro 21" for trim areas, $300.00 new 2 years ago. Still runs fine today, but it only gets about 2 hrs use each week.
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    I don't know anything about that unit, but I will say that it has a good engine on it. It's not a commercial grade engine but it's a good homeowner grade engine, good for what you describe. Don't you ever buy one with a Tecumseh!!! Ever!!!!!! The Briggs is a good cheap engine. In my short experiences with a caster wheel mower they are easier and less fatigue-ing than a straight wheel mower, but I'd lock it on a hillside. for normal flat ground mowing around obstacles and turns I would go caster mode. I would think you can't go too wrong with that machine.
  7. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    My Dad bought one of the Stanely 26" mowers at Wal-mart on clearance last year. It's yelloy and black with a Tecumseh engine.
    I used it one his lawn a couple of times.
    A bit underpowered (only 6.5hp i think)
    The castoring front handles nice.
    the wider cut is nice.
    LOTS of plastic parts
    had to fix or readjust something each time I used it.
    I made a larger discharge shute because the one that came with it was to restictive and just shot clumps.
  8. musselman

    musselman LawnSite Senior Member
    from utah
    Messages: 301

    I think you would be fine, except change the rims to metal, or carry some extra plastic ones... A big piece of equipment hits a wheel on that thing while loading or unloading and it will be break the rims...Ive done this, and Im sad to say more than once lol.
  9. jonw9

    jonw9 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    The auction says all wheels adjust with a single lever, but from looking at the pic, it appears as if the front wheels are on with pins and cotter pins. I don't know if it really matters, it is just something I noticed.
  10. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    Judging by the arms coming from the back of the mower, it COULD lift the arms in the back, therefore LOWERING the front wheels.(opposite effect if you wanted to raise the wheels) HOWEVER, it is difficult to tell. I think thats the engineer in me talking. LOL.

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