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Old 04-03-2013, 01:19 PM   #21
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I have this one http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-1...6&blockType=G6 and it has been great for the year I have owned it. I have no complaints whatsoever, but would definitely consider a self propelled one for 1/2 acre. I only have about 550sf of grass.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:19 PM   #22
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My craftsman was given to me by my Dad over 15 years ago. Still going strong, but have replaced almost everything except for the engine. New wheels, bag, pull cord, oil and filters every year. I imagine it will last another 15 years if I continue to service it yearly. I also have about 1/2 acre of grass on 1 acre lot.

It's a well oiled machine it still starts on 1st pull.

With that being said they probably made better units 15 years ago than they do today.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:02 PM   #23
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:45 PM   #24
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I have a 6 hp Craftsman that looks similar to the one you want.

I change the oil,the spark plug and the air filter every year and buy a new blade every other year. A new blade does not cost much more than it costs to get it sharpened. I also wash off the lawn mower with the garden hose after I use it.

You don't need a bag because most all lawnmowers have a mulching capacity and it is actually good for the grass.

I have had it since 2000 and I have not had any problems with it. It's been good to me.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:00 PM   #25
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I have a 20 year old Toro mulching mower. Thing runs like a champ. Trick is to keep them in good order. Grease the wheels every season, clean airfilter, new plugs, fresh oil, sharp blade, adjust cables. Toro has always been good quality.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #26
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I need a lawnmower now!

My push mower is a toro that's 10 years old and has been doing great. Lowes has a 18 no interest right now which could help you out.


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Old 06-04-2013, 04:21 PM   #27
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I bought a commercial Honda back in 1996 with the Xenoy deck... $615 I think. It's an HRM-215. I never had an issue with mower engines... I can take care of them. It was the mower deck always rusting out or something else breaking. The Xenoy deck will never rust and can't be crushed even if a tank runs over it.

It has always started on the 1st or 2nd pull even after sitting all winter. I had to fix the transmission (It's self propelled) about 3 years ago and I have replaced the wheels once as I usually mow twice per week and the treads were worn smooth. I've run Mobil 1 in it since the 1st oil change. I'm on my 3rd set of mulching blades and 3rd spark plug.

I just had to clean out the carb this Spring as I always just let it sit with gas in it over Winter. Apparently the float bowl has been catching a little water over the years and had a few rust flakes in it. This clogged the jets. A quick clean out and she's running better than ever.

I wouldn't buy a Honda car over a BMW... But I wouldn't own anything else as a mower.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:20 AM   #28
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just bought a greenworks electric mower from lowes. haven't tried it yet. i am moving to a new house with a big ass yard, so this is replacing my reel mower. i love not buying gas and the lower noise/maintenance.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:26 AM   #29
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Electric mower and big ass yard? That seems like a recipe for disaster...
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:10 AM   #30
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I like my lawnmowers as I do my cars....gas engines

All of my other lawn stuff is electric or battery operated (trimmer, blower, hedge trimmer, etc)...can't stand dealing with finicky gas operated / 2 cycle stuff. I've sold off all my 2 cycle equipment.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:18 AM   #31
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Husqvarna with a Honda engine. Front wheel drive, big wheels in back. Lowes for $325... Got it 1 month ago and damn happy.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:29 PM   #32
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Electric mower and big ass yard? That seems like a recipe for disaster...
it's 13 amp corded. 21" deck. we'll see how much of a pain the cord is. hopefully less of a pain than buying nasty gas all the time and having to rebuild the carburetor and clean the filters/winterize it each year.

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it's 13 amp corded. 21" deck. we'll see how much of a pain the cord is. hopefully less of a pain than buying nasty gas all the time and having to rebuild the carburetor and clean the filters/winterize it each year.

The John Deere mower I have now is from the early 90's and has never had the carb rebuilt, just drain the gas, seafoam in first tank of the year, and spray some carb clean every so often. Cleaning the filters and draining the gas once a year takes far less time and effort than running an extension cord around your yard and then coiling it back up again EVERY WEEK (or more).
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The John Deere mower I have now is from the early 90's and has never had the carb rebuilt, just drain the gas, seafoam in first tank of the year, and spray some carb clean every so often. Cleaning the filters and draining the gas once a year takes far less time and effort than running an extension cord around your yard and then coiling it back up again EVERY WEEK (or more).
you forgot the time it takes to bring the gas can to the gas station, sit there filling it up, drive home while it is sloshing around in your car, making your car smell like gas, and then the couple of minutes it takes to fill the tank. each mow will cost me $0.18 gas is over $4.18.gallon now advantage, electric
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you forgot the time it takes to bring the gas can to the gas station, sit there filling it up, drive home while it is sloshing around in your car, making your car smell like gas, and then the couple of minutes it takes to fill the tank. each mow will cost me $0.18 gas is over $4.18.gallon now advantage, electric
Eh, could go either way. I have electric garden tools and I hate them with a passion. Dragging that cord around really sucks.

Gas here is $3.50ish a gallon.
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Eh, could go either way. I have electric garden tools and I hate them with a passion. Dragging that cord around really sucks.

Gas here is $3.50ish a gallon.
I wonder how long it will be before they develop cordless lawnmowers that use battery packs like cordless drills.
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I wonder how long it will be before they develop cordless lawnmowers that use battery packs like cordless drills.
minus 5 years ago

they have them, even at stores like lowes, but they are best for small yards. they don't have the power like a corded.
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they have them, even at stores like lowes, but they are best for small yards. they don't have the power like a corded.
I have seen those. But they have big batteries. I was thinking about he small ones like they have for drills. And maybe insert 2,3 of the small ones that can be interchanged with drills , not ones specific to lawnmowers.
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I have seen those. But they have big batteries. I was thinking about he small ones like they have for drills. And maybe insert 2,3 of the small ones that can be interchanged with drills , not ones specific to lawnmowers.
the motor has too big of a power draw to use the smaller batteries. there are smaller tools such as blowers and weed whackers that do use the drill batteries. a few of the mowers also have removable batteries so that you can charge one while using the other, however they are about the size of a car battery.
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the motor has too big of a power draw to use the smaller batteries. there are smaller tools such as blowers and weed whackers that do use the drill batteries. a few of the mowers also have removable batteries so that you can charge one while using the other, however they are about the size of a car battery.
Well a Tesla roadster ran on a sh!t ton of laptop batteries so it's just a matter of providing enough juice to get it going...and time for technology to catch up. Putting 3-4 drill batteries in it isn't completely crazy but I can't imagine those batteries lasting more than like 10-15 minutes in a lawn mower...

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