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Old 20-03-2004, 08:06 PM
Mike
 
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Default Mulching Push Mower Recommendations ( Specifically Toro 20033 vs John Deere JS60H )

I need a new push mower, not self-propelled. The major requirement is
that I want it to cut the grass cleanly and also want it to mulch
really well. Based on Consumer Reports and other research, I've
basically narrowed it down to two mowers, though I'd be open to
suggestions for others.
The two a
Toro Super Recycler #20033 (Approx. $369)
http://www.toro.com/home/mowers/supe...ler/index.html

John Deere JS60H (Approx. $399)
http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductCa...20Mowers&tM=HO
(That link might not work appropriately...)

Both are supposed to be good at cleanly cutting the grass and also
both are supposed to do a good job with mulching.

I plan to mulch 90%+ of the time, so the fact that the JD doesn't have
a bag option doesn't really bother me.

The Toro has a 5-yr warranty and the JD has a 2-yr warranty. That
extra 3 years for the warranty is pretty nice, to be honest.

As it is, I'm probably leaning towards the Toro b/c of the warranty.
HOWEVER, I've heard bad things about Aluminum decks and the warping
that can occur, etc. So, maybe the JD is the right choice? Anyone
know what I should expect to pay for the JD?

I'd love to spend less, but, I'm tired of having crappy equipment that
doesn't last a long time and doesn't work well. I currently have a
Craftsman One-Pull or whatever and it sucks. For whatever reason, it
has never cut the grass evenly. I don't know if it doesn't have
enough suction power to pull the grass up or what, but it is awful.
I've even sharpened and replaced the blades, etc. When I bag it does
a decent job, but not when I mulch. I borrowed a friends JD last year
(about 5yrs old) to mow a couple of times and the difference was
STUNNING.

Thanks for the thoughts.
Mike

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Old 22-03-2004, 06:19 AM
Mike
 
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Thanks for your respone, Michael.

The reason why I don't want self-propelled is because I don't like
using a self-propelled mower. I don't mind pushing the mower and I
find the extra weight of the self-propelled motor to be a nuisance.
It also takes away from the overall cutting power when it's on...

Anyway, the reason why I wasn't considering a Honda Harmony was
because Consumer Reports rated their mulching capabilities below the
Toro Super Recycler and the John Deere Steel Deck mower (Though a
Harmony II with side-discharge rated well for bagging). The other
thing that troubles me about the Honda is that it only has a 5.5HP
motor, whereas the Toro and John Deere both have 6.5HP. Since I'm
going to be only mulching, I want the best blade speed i can get to
help suck the grass straight and to cut it cleanly. I do however,
like Hondas in general and if it weren't for these two factors I'd
probably just get a Honda.

The Toro comes with a 5-year warranty, which is pretty nice, really.
The Toro will run me about $369 and the JD will run right around that,
too. The Honda would probably be right in that price range, too.

I wish I could take all three mowers home and test them to see which
one actually does cut best. Ultimately that's all I care about. Even
if the mower weighed an extra 25-50lbs, I wouldn't mind pushing it
around just to get a nice, clean lawn when mulching.

Mike

Anonymous wrote in message news:[email protected]_s53...
Personally, I think Honda had the best mulching mower on the market.
I've owned serval brands and now I've got a Honda Harmony purchased from
Home Depot. It will also bag and does a good job at that as well.
Mine's a self propelled (one could choose not to engage the self-propel
bar and push it I suppose). Price a couple of years ago was somewhere
between $300 and $400 and mine is not the base model. Perhaps they make
a version that does not have the self-propel feature though I don't know
why you would want to leave it off unless you are going for the lowest
possible price. The best thing about the Honda mowers is that they are
quiter than most and absolutely the easiest to start bar none. One pull
and it cranks 99.9% of the time. In fact I just had my first cutting of
the season and after sitting idle since the end of November it cranked
on the *second* pull. The pull force required to crank it is also very
low. The Honda motor just runs rings around any Briggs&Stratton and
Tecumseh motor I've ever seen.

Back to the mulching part. The Honda Harmony series has two stacked
blades that does an excellent job of mulching. Really cuts the
clippings fine and doesn't leave clumps of clippings on the lawn unless
you let the lawn get really unreasonably tall.

Good luck with your purchase no matter what you choose to buy.

Michael


Mike wrote:
I need a new push mower, not self-propelled. The major requirement is
that I want it to cut the grass cleanly and also want it to mulch
really well. Based on Consumer Reports and other research, I've
basically narrowed it down to two mowers, though I'd be open to
suggestions for others.
The two a
Toro Super Recycler #20033 (Approx. $369)
http://www.toro.com/home/mowers/supe...ler/index.html

John Deere JS60H (Approx. $399)
http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductCa...20Mowers&tM=HO
(That link might not work appropriately...)

Both are supposed to be good at cleanly cutting the grass and also
both are supposed to do a good job with mulching.

I plan to mulch 90%+ of the time, so the fact that the JD doesn't have
a bag option doesn't really bother me.

The Toro has a 5-yr warranty and the JD has a 2-yr warranty. That
extra 3 years for the warranty is pretty nice, to be honest.

As it is, I'm probably leaning towards the Toro b/c of the warranty.
HOWEVER, I've heard bad things about Aluminum decks and the warping
that can occur, etc. So, maybe the JD is the right choice? Anyone
know what I should expect to pay for the JD?

I'd love to spend less, but, I'm tired of having crappy equipment that
doesn't last a long time and doesn't work well. I currently have a
Craftsman One-Pull or whatever and it sucks. For whatever reason, it
has never cut the grass evenly. I don't know if it doesn't have
enough suction power to pull the grass up or what, but it is awful.
I've even sharpened and replaced the blades, etc. When I bag it does
a decent job, but not when I mulch. I borrowed a friends JD last year
(about 5yrs old) to mow a couple of times and the difference was
STUNNING.

Thanks for the thoughts.
Mike

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Old 22-03-2004, 06:20 AM
Mike
 
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Thanks for your respone, Michael.

The reason why I don't want self-propelled is because I don't like
using a self-propelled mower. I don't mind pushing the mower and I
find the extra weight of the self-propelled motor to be a nuisance.
It also takes away from the overall cutting power when it's on...

Anyway, the reason why I wasn't considering a Honda Harmony was
because Consumer Reports rated their mulching capabilities below the
Toro Super Recycler and the John Deere Steel Deck mower (Though a
Harmony II with side-discharge rated well for bagging). The other
thing that troubles me about the Honda is that it only has a 5.5HP
motor, whereas the Toro and John Deere both have 6.5HP. Since I'm
going to be only mulching, I want the best blade speed i can get to
help suck the grass straight and to cut it cleanly. I do however,
like Hondas in general and if it weren't for these two factors I'd
probably just get a Honda.

The Toro comes with a 5-year warranty, which is pretty nice, really.
The Toro will run me about $369 and the JD will run right around that,
too. The Honda would probably be right in that price range, too.

I wish I could take all three mowers home and test them to see which
one actually does cut best. Ultimately that's all I care about. Even
if the mower weighed an extra 25-50lbs, I wouldn't mind pushing it
around just to get a nice, clean lawn when mulching.

Mike

Anonymous wrote in message news:[email protected]_s53...
Personally, I think Honda had the best mulching mower on the market.
I've owned serval brands and now I've got a Honda Harmony purchased from
Home Depot. It will also bag and does a good job at that as well.
Mine's a self propelled (one could choose not to engage the self-propel
bar and push it I suppose). Price a couple of years ago was somewhere
between $300 and $400 and mine is not the base model. Perhaps they make
a version that does not have the self-propel feature though I don't know
why you would want to leave it off unless you are going for the lowest
possible price. The best thing about the Honda mowers is that they are
quiter than most and absolutely the easiest to start bar none. One pull
and it cranks 99.9% of the time. In fact I just had my first cutting of
the season and after sitting idle since the end of November it cranked
on the *second* pull. The pull force required to crank it is also very
low. The Honda motor just runs rings around any Briggs&Stratton and
Tecumseh motor I've ever seen.

Back to the mulching part. The Honda Harmony series has two stacked
blades that does an excellent job of mulching. Really cuts the
clippings fine and doesn't leave clumps of clippings on the lawn unless
you let the lawn get really unreasonably tall.

Good luck with your purchase no matter what you choose to buy.

Michael


Mike wrote:
I need a new push mower, not self-propelled. The major requirement is
that I want it to cut the grass cleanly and also want it to mulch
really well. Based on Consumer Reports and other research, I've
basically narrowed it down to two mowers, though I'd be open to
suggestions for others.
The two a
Toro Super Recycler #20033 (Approx. $369)
http://www.toro.com/home/mowers/supe...ler/index.html

John Deere JS60H (Approx. $399)
http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductCa...20Mowers&tM=HO
(That link might not work appropriately...)

Both are supposed to be good at cleanly cutting the grass and also
both are supposed to do a good job with mulching.

I plan to mulch 90%+ of the time, so the fact that the JD doesn't have
a bag option doesn't really bother me.

The Toro has a 5-yr warranty and the JD has a 2-yr warranty. That
extra 3 years for the warranty is pretty nice, to be honest.

As it is, I'm probably leaning towards the Toro b/c of the warranty.
HOWEVER, I've heard bad things about Aluminum decks and the warping
that can occur, etc. So, maybe the JD is the right choice? Anyone
know what I should expect to pay for the JD?

I'd love to spend less, but, I'm tired of having crappy equipment that
doesn't last a long time and doesn't work well. I currently have a
Craftsman One-Pull or whatever and it sucks. For whatever reason, it
has never cut the grass evenly. I don't know if it doesn't have
enough suction power to pull the grass up or what, but it is awful.
I've even sharpened and replaced the blades, etc. When I bag it does
a decent job, but not when I mulch. I borrowed a friends JD last year
(about 5yrs old) to mow a couple of times and the difference was
STUNNING.

Thanks for the thoughts.
Mike

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Old 22-03-2004, 06:35 AM
Mike
 
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Thanks for your respone, Michael.

The reason why I don't want self-propelled is because I don't like
using a self-propelled mower. I don't mind pushing the mower and I
find the extra weight of the self-propelled motor to be a nuisance.
It also takes away from the overall cutting power when it's on...

Anyway, the reason why I wasn't considering a Honda Harmony was
because Consumer Reports rated their mulching capabilities below the
Toro Super Recycler and the John Deere Steel Deck mower (Though a
Harmony II with side-discharge rated well for bagging). The other
thing that troubles me about the Honda is that it only has a 5.5HP
motor, whereas the Toro and John Deere both have 6.5HP. Since I'm
going to be only mulching, I want the best blade speed i can get to
help suck the grass straight and to cut it cleanly. I do however,
like Hondas in general and if it weren't for these two factors I'd
probably just get a Honda.

The Toro comes with a 5-year warranty, which is pretty nice, really.
The Toro will run me about $369 and the JD will run right around that,
too. The Honda would probably be right in that price range, too.

I wish I could take all three mowers home and test them to see which
one actually does cut best. Ultimately that's all I care about. Even
if the mower weighed an extra 25-50lbs, I wouldn't mind pushing it
around just to get a nice, clean lawn when mulching.

Mike

Anonymous wrote in message news:[email protected]_s53...
Personally, I think Honda had the best mulching mower on the market.
I've owned serval brands and now I've got a Honda Harmony purchased from
Home Depot. It will also bag and does a good job at that as well.
Mine's a self propelled (one could choose not to engage the self-propel
bar and push it I suppose). Price a couple of years ago was somewhere
between $300 and $400 and mine is not the base model. Perhaps they make
a version that does not have the self-propel feature though I don't know
why you would want to leave it off unless you are going for the lowest
possible price. The best thing about the Honda mowers is that they are
quiter than most and absolutely the easiest to start bar none. One pull
and it cranks 99.9% of the time. In fact I just had my first cutting of
the season and after sitting idle since the end of November it cranked
on the *second* pull. The pull force required to crank it is also very
low. The Honda motor just runs rings around any Briggs&Stratton and
Tecumseh motor I've ever seen.

Back to the mulching part. The Honda Harmony series has two stacked
blades that does an excellent job of mulching. Really cuts the
clippings fine and doesn't leave clumps of clippings on the lawn unless
you let the lawn get really unreasonably tall.

Good luck with your purchase no matter what you choose to buy.

Michael


Mike wrote:
I need a new push mower, not self-propelled. The major requirement is
that I want it to cut the grass cleanly and also want it to mulch
really well. Based on Consumer Reports and other research, I've
basically narrowed it down to two mowers, though I'd be open to
suggestions for others.
The two a
Toro Super Recycler #20033 (Approx. $369)
http://www.toro.com/home/mowers/supe...ler/index.html

John Deere JS60H (Approx. $399)
http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductCa...20Mowers&tM=HO
(That link might not work appropriately...)

Both are supposed to be good at cleanly cutting the grass and also
both are supposed to do a good job with mulching.

I plan to mulch 90%+ of the time, so the fact that the JD doesn't have
a bag option doesn't really bother me.

The Toro has a 5-yr warranty and the JD has a 2-yr warranty. That
extra 3 years for the warranty is pretty nice, to be honest.

As it is, I'm probably leaning towards the Toro b/c of the warranty.
HOWEVER, I've heard bad things about Aluminum decks and the warping
that can occur, etc. So, maybe the JD is the right choice? Anyone
know what I should expect to pay for the JD?

I'd love to spend less, but, I'm tired of having crappy equipment that
doesn't last a long time and doesn't work well. I currently have a
Craftsman One-Pull or whatever and it sucks. For whatever reason, it
has never cut the grass evenly. I don't know if it doesn't have
enough suction power to pull the grass up or what, but it is awful.
I've even sharpened and replaced the blades, etc. When I bag it does
a decent job, but not when I mulch. I borrowed a friends JD last year
(about 5yrs old) to mow a couple of times and the difference was
STUNNING.

Thanks for the thoughts.
Mike

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Old 22-03-2004, 06:47 AM
Mike
 
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Thanks for your respone, Michael.

The reason why I don't want self-propelled is because I don't like
using a self-propelled mower. I don't mind pushing the mower and I
find the extra weight of the self-propelled motor to be a nuisance.
It also takes away from the overall cutting power when it's on...

Anyway, the reason why I wasn't considering a Honda Harmony was
because Consumer Reports rated their mulching capabilities below the
Toro Super Recycler and the John Deere Steel Deck mower (Though a
Harmony II with side-discharge rated well for bagging). The other
thing that troubles me about the Honda is that it only has a 5.5HP
motor, whereas the Toro and John Deere both have 6.5HP. Since I'm
going to be only mulching, I want the best blade speed i can get to
help suck the grass straight and to cut it cleanly. I do however,
like Hondas in general and if it weren't for these two factors I'd
probably just get a Honda.

The Toro comes with a 5-year warranty, which is pretty nice, really.
The Toro will run me about $369 and the JD will run right around that,
too. The Honda would probably be right in that price range, too.

I wish I could take all three mowers home and test them to see which
one actually does cut best. Ultimately that's all I care about. Even
if the mower weighed an extra 25-50lbs, I wouldn't mind pushing it
around just to get a nice, clean lawn when mulching.

Mike

Anonymous wrote in message news:[email protected]_s53...
Personally, I think Honda had the best mulching mower on the market.
I've owned serval brands and now I've got a Honda Harmony purchased from
Home Depot. It will also bag and does a good job at that as well.
Mine's a self propelled (one could choose not to engage the self-propel
bar and push it I suppose). Price a couple of years ago was somewhere
between $300 and $400 and mine is not the base model. Perhaps they make
a version that does not have the self-propel feature though I don't know
why you would want to leave it off unless you are going for the lowest
possible price. The best thing about the Honda mowers is that they are
quiter than most and absolutely the easiest to start bar none. One pull
and it cranks 99.9% of the time. In fact I just had my first cutting of
the season and after sitting idle since the end of November it cranked
on the *second* pull. The pull force required to crank it is also very
low. The Honda motor just runs rings around any Briggs&Stratton and
Tecumseh motor I've ever seen.

Back to the mulching part. The Honda Harmony series has two stacked
blades that does an excellent job of mulching. Really cuts the
clippings fine and doesn't leave clumps of clippings on the lawn unless
you let the lawn get really unreasonably tall.

Good luck with your purchase no matter what you choose to buy.

Michael


Mike wrote:
I need a new push mower, not self-propelled. The major requirement is
that I want it to cut the grass cleanly and also want it to mulch
really well. Based on Consumer Reports and other research, I've
basically narrowed it down to two mowers, though I'd be open to
suggestions for others.
The two a
Toro Super Recycler #20033 (Approx. $369)
http://www.toro.com/home/mowers/supe...ler/index.html

John Deere JS60H (Approx. $399)
http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductCa...20Mowers&tM=HO
(That link might not work appropriately...)

Both are supposed to be good at cleanly cutting the grass and also
both are supposed to do a good job with mulching.

I plan to mulch 90%+ of the time, so the fact that the JD doesn't have
a bag option doesn't really bother me.

The Toro has a 5-yr warranty and the JD has a 2-yr warranty. That
extra 3 years for the warranty is pretty nice, to be honest.

As it is, I'm probably leaning towards the Toro b/c of the warranty.
HOWEVER, I've heard bad things about Aluminum decks and the warping
that can occur, etc. So, maybe the JD is the right choice? Anyone
know what I should expect to pay for the JD?

I'd love to spend less, but, I'm tired of having crappy equipment that
doesn't last a long time and doesn't work well. I currently have a
Craftsman One-Pull or whatever and it sucks. For whatever reason, it
has never cut the grass evenly. I don't know if it doesn't have
enough suction power to pull the grass up or what, but it is awful.
I've even sharpened and replaced the blades, etc. When I bag it does
a decent job, but not when I mulch. I borrowed a friends JD last year
(about 5yrs old) to mow a couple of times and the difference was
STUNNING.

Thanks for the thoughts.
Mike



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Old 22-03-2004, 11:12 AM
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I like my Snapper 6.5HP. It worked like a champ on St Augustine that grew
4-5" per week in Mississippi.

Bubba


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Old 22-03-2004, 08:12 PM
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I'm with you. I have a Snapper that's 15 years old and still starts on the
first pull every time. The engine doesn't have as much power as it once
did, but it still gets the job done. The deck is so well made I think I'll
just replace the motor this year rather than get a new one.

"Bubba" wrote in message
...
I like my Snapper 6.5HP. It worked like a champ on St Augustine that grew
4-5" per week in Mississippi.



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Old 23-03-2004, 09:14 AM
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RoyDMercer wrote:

I'm with you. I have a Snapper that's 15 years old and still starts on
the
first pull every time. The engine doesn't have as much power as it once
did, but it still gets the job done. The deck is so well made I think
I'll just replace the motor this year rather than get a new one.

"Bubba" wrote in message
...
I like my Snapper 6.5HP. It worked like a champ on St Augustine that
grew 4-5" per week in Mississippi.


Man you guys are making me feel bad here. I just bought a Craftsmen
(6.75HP Briggs and Stratton engine) for $300 at Sears. Used it yesterday
and it worked very nice. I hope I didn't make a mistake.


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Old 23-03-2004, 05:01 PM
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BigDaDDY wrote in
:

RoyDMercer wrote:

I'm with you. I have a Snapper that's 15 years old and still starts
on the
first pull every time. The engine doesn't have as much power as it
once did, but it still gets the job done. The deck is so well made I
think I'll just replace the motor this year rather than get a new
one.

"Bubba" wrote in message
...
I like my Snapper 6.5HP. It worked like a champ on St Augustine
that grew 4-5" per week in Mississippi.


Man you guys are making me feel bad here. I just bought a Craftsmen
(6.75HP Briggs and Stratton engine) for $300 at Sears. Used it
yesterday and it worked very nice. I hope I didn't make a mistake.


You mean my 8 year old $79 3HP B&S K-mart special won't do the trick? It
starts within 5 or 10 pulls almost every time. To think I was blaming my
lawn on all those gaffin kids I put behind it...
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Old 23-03-2004, 05:07 PM
Jerry
 
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BigDaDDY wrote in
:

RoyDMercer wrote:

I'm with you. I have a Snapper that's 15 years old and still starts
on the
first pull every time. The engine doesn't have as much power as it
once did, but it still gets the job done. The deck is so well made I
think I'll just replace the motor this year rather than get a new
one.

"Bubba" wrote in message
...
I like my Snapper 6.5HP. It worked like a champ on St Augustine
that grew 4-5" per week in Mississippi.


Man you guys are making me feel bad here. I just bought a Craftsmen
(6.75HP Briggs and Stratton engine) for $300 at Sears. Used it
yesterday and it worked very nice. I hope I didn't make a mistake.


You mean my 8 year old $79 3HP B&S K-mart special won't do the trick? It
starts within 5 or 10 pulls almost every time. To think I was blaming my
lawn on all those gaffin kids I put behind it...


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Old 23-03-2004, 05:29 PM
Jerry
 
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BigDaDDY wrote in
:

RoyDMercer wrote:

I'm with you. I have a Snapper that's 15 years old and still starts
on the
first pull every time. The engine doesn't have as much power as it
once did, but it still gets the job done. The deck is so well made I
think I'll just replace the motor this year rather than get a new
one.

"Bubba" wrote in message
...
I like my Snapper 6.5HP. It worked like a champ on St Augustine
that grew 4-5" per week in Mississippi.


Man you guys are making me feel bad here. I just bought a Craftsmen
(6.75HP Briggs and Stratton engine) for $300 at Sears. Used it
yesterday and it worked very nice. I hope I didn't make a mistake.


You mean my 8 year old $79 3HP B&S K-mart special won't do the trick? It
starts within 5 or 10 pulls almost every time. To think I was blaming my
lawn on all those gaffin kids I put behind it...
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Old 24-03-2004, 05:48 PM
RoyDMercer
 
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"BigDaDDY" wrote in message
...
RoyDMercer wrote:

I'm with you. I have a Snapper that's 15 years old and still starts on
the
first pull every time. The engine doesn't have as much power as it once
did, but it still gets the job done. The deck is so well made I think
I'll just replace the motor this year rather than get a new one.

"Bubba" wrote in message
...
I like my Snapper 6.5HP. It worked like a champ on St Augustine that
grew 4-5" per week in Mississippi.


Man you guys are making me feel bad here. I just bought a Craftsmen
(6.75HP Briggs and Stratton engine) for $300 at Sears. Used it yesterday
and it worked very nice. I hope I didn't make a mistake.


I personally think B&S makes a very good product these days, so in that
respect you'll do fine. What you get when you go with a higher end mower is
significant improvements in the deck and cutting systems. When I got my
mower, I went with the Snapper because I wanted a self-propelled model and I
had heard about too many people having trouble with the self-propelled
systems on cheaper mowers. As it turns out this was a good move, because I
haven't had a lick of trouble out of the mower. Another nice feature of the
Snapper is the mulching system works very well.

If all you want is a push mower and you're not too concerned about mulching
quality, your Craftsmen mower is not a bad choice.


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Old 24-03-2004, 05:48 PM
RoyDMercer
 
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"BigDaDDY" wrote in message
...
RoyDMercer wrote:

I'm with you. I have a Snapper that's 15 years old and still starts on
the
first pull every time. The engine doesn't have as much power as it once
did, but it still gets the job done. The deck is so well made I think
I'll just replace the motor this year rather than get a new one.

"Bubba" wrote in message
...
I like my Snapper 6.5HP. It worked like a champ on St Augustine that
grew 4-5" per week in Mississippi.


Man you guys are making me feel bad here. I just bought a Craftsmen
(6.75HP Briggs and Stratton engine) for $300 at Sears. Used it yesterday
and it worked very nice. I hope I didn't make a mistake.


I personally think B&S makes a very good product these days, so in that
respect you'll do fine. What you get when you go with a higher end mower is
significant improvements in the deck and cutting systems. When I got my
mower, I went with the Snapper because I wanted a self-propelled model and I
had heard about too many people having trouble with the self-propelled
systems on cheaper mowers. As it turns out this was a good move, because I
haven't had a lick of trouble out of the mower. Another nice feature of the
Snapper is the mulching system works very well.

If all you want is a push mower and you're not too concerned about mulching
quality, your Craftsmen mower is not a bad choice.


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Default Mulching Push Mower Recommendations ( Specifically Toro 20033 vs John Deere JS60H )

On Wed, 24 Mar 2004 08:23:18 -0600, "RoyDMercer"
wrote:

"BigDaDDY" wrote in message
...
RoyDMercer wrote:

I'm with you. I have a Snapper that's 15 years old and still starts on
the
first pull every time. The engine doesn't have as much power as it once
did, but it still gets the job done. The deck is so well made I think
I'll just replace the motor this year rather than get a new one.

"Bubba" wrote in message
...
I like my Snapper 6.5HP. It worked like a champ on St Augustine that
grew 4-5" per week in Mississippi.


Man you guys are making me feel bad here. I just bought a Craftsmen
(6.75HP Briggs and Stratton engine) for $300 at Sears. Used it yesterday
and it worked very nice. I hope I didn't make a mistake.


I personally think B&S makes a very good product these days, so in that
respect you'll do fine. What you get when you go with a higher end mower is
significant improvements in the deck and cutting systems. When I got my
mower, I went with the Snapper because I wanted a self-propelled model and I
had heard about too many people having trouble with the self-propelled
systems on cheaper mowers. As it turns out this was a good move, because I
haven't had a lick of trouble out of the mower. Another nice feature of the
Snapper is the mulching system works very well.

If all you want is a push mower and you're not too concerned about mulching
quality, your Craftsmen mower is not a bad choice.


I'll second the comment about Crapsman. I've had one for about
three years now - runs great, bags well, mulches for crap. I knew
when I bought it I should dump another couple hundred into a better
system. I'm out today looking at snappers and hondas. Hence my
reading mower threads today.

J

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Old 01-05-2004, 09:08 PM
Chet Hayes
 
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Default Mulching Push Mower Recommendations ( Specifically Toro 20033 vs John Deere JS60H )

I second the comments made by Michael regarding the Hondas. I've had
a Harmony 215 for 5 years now and I love it. Usually starts on the
first pull and does a fantastic job of mulching. I have the best
looking lawn in the neighborhood, mostly tall fescue, so there is
quite a bit of grass to mulch, which it does very well.

I don't think the self propelled feature uses much of the engine power
either. The engine is always running at full speed for normal mowing.
If you're cutting real tall grass, then you're not going to use the
self propelled feature.


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