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What is the best 21" self-propelled?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Ecoscape01, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    What is the best 21" self-propelled mower for light residential use (10 -15 lawns per week)
  2. lawntimenosee

    lawntimenosee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    Well.. we use only the Honda hrc216 comercial mowers. Little on the heavy side.. but durable as heck.

    Before was the Toro commercials. Another good choice.

    Probably too pricey for just light/homeowner use though (around $1200. here GA.).. I would still recommend checking out the Honda family and engines though.
    They seem to last forever when maintained. Kawasaki engines last awhile too.

    I have read that alot of people use and like the personal pace series mowers by Toro for a non-commercial mower.
    I can't speak from experience though.. I'm sure someone else will chime in soon with more advice. :)
  3. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Ya i looked at those Hondas with the Kawasaki motors........a little outta my price range to start......I'll have to wait a little to pick up one of those
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Either Toro proline or Honda's commercial 21" there both good mowers and will last a long time. I prefer Toro's Proline 21" w/bbc and simple design when compared to Honda's hydro 21" commercial line mowers but either will make you a solid mower. I have used both and put them through hell and back and they kept on going though now I only use Toro.
  5. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    Where did you see a Honda mower with a Kawasaki engine? :confused:
  6. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    you want something a little more affordable and well worth the money. Go to Lowes and check out the troybuilt mowers. Some will laugh, but it's what i use. I was doing 74 lawns a week last year and they will hold up fairly well. They only last me about a 18 months to 2 years, but for 3 hundred dollars well worth the money imo.
    keep the oil & air filter changed regularly and it will do the job.
  7. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    thanks StBalor for the constructive advice.
  8. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    it was a TORO echeandia not a Honda........my bad...i've been looking at mowers for a while tonight
  9. hess

    hess LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    I have 2 John Deere JS 20 and they work great for me. Never had a problem!!

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