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Old 04-02-2013, 01:55 PM   #1
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I need a lawnmower now!

Consumer reports suggests the Cub Cadet as their top choice.

All I care about is whether it cuts the grass well. I do not care about auto start and all this other bull

I don't even care about bagging because I've got no place to dump it. Looking essentially at a traditional push mower with 5-7hp.

Was thinking of the Craftsman (best non-auto unit) for $250:

http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-1...3&blockType=G3

It has the platinum motor, which according to Briggs and Stratton is better at cooling and some other misc crap. Thoughts? Other brands? I have 1/2 acre approx...very flat minus the ditch with is not that deep (probably should make it deeper myself to be honest). Other people have said that all the new craftsman units are junk because they are made by MTD (a POS lawnmower) and that other makers (such as Husqvarna) are sticking with better built parts. Any experience...preferably recently?
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:06 PM   #2
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From my own personal experience I had good success with Honda and John Deere. Both needed the occasional repair to fix loosening cables or worn wheels. I ran both on 3/4 acre lots. Sometimes in 90+ degree heat going up and down steep hills. It really depends on your budget.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:24 PM   #3
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Buy the best mower you can afford and it will last most of your adult life. Buy a cheap mower and you'll be replacing it in a few years and also cost you more in the long run.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:07 PM   #4
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If you have half an acre and want a mower that's not self propelled, you are insane and will be in the best shape of your life in a matter of weeks.

That said, Honda makes the best and longest lasting push mowers. John Deere for riders. I have a John Deere rider from 1989 and it still runs and cuts like a champ. The only reason I will have to get rid of it soon is because it's getting hard to find parts for it.

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Other people have said that all the new craftsman units are junk because they are made by MTD (a POS lawnmower) and that other makers (such as Husqvarna) are sticking with better built parts. Any experience...preferably recently?
To be honest, they are all pretty much the same. I have a Cub Cadet snow blower that retails for $1300 and I found a Craftsman one that was identical (same engine, same drive train, same controls, etc) for $900. The only difference was the red paint and different stickers. There are only 2-3 big makers of small engines out there and all the big makers use out of that pot. Unless you want a riding mower, I think you should be just fine with a higher end Craftsman.

Edit: I recommend Honda because they make the whole thing themselves. They have only recently started to sell their engines to other companies.

Edit again: Make sure you get a rear drive self propelled, not a front. You'll thank me if you ever have to go up hills. And as we all know RWD>FWD.

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Old 04-02-2013, 07:45 PM   #5
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My only problem with Honda is they seem quite overpriced. And yes...I've been looking at propelled units today. I started realizing how daunting 1/2 acre would be in 100+ degree weather and no help.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #6
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Make sure you get a rear drive self propelled, not a front. You'll thank me if you ever have to go up hills.
And as we all know RWD>FWD.
Or even better, if you're getting a Honda, why not get Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:01 PM   #7
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Or even better, if you're getting a Honda, why not get Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™
At least you put the trademark in after the term...otherwise I'd report you to the USPTO.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:42 PM   #9
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Just don't buy the Crapsman. I used to be gung-ho for all their products. But they don't make em like they used to. They all crap out way sooner than they should. Never again!
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Just don't buy the Crapsman. I used to be gung-ho for all their products. But they don't make em like they used to. They all crap out way sooner than they should. Never again!
What would you suggest then?
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:18 PM   #11
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My craftsman has been going for 7 years strong. I've put it through hell too.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:26 PM   #13
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Don't get me wrong the motors are great but they aren't built by Crapsman. The engineering, ease of use, and parts quality blows. I just replaced my rear wheels, (4) years old, which had broke to sh!t during mowing. Sears wanted about $40 EACH plus shipping. Hope your's lasts longer my friend.

Edit: the self propel is a joke. Has been right out of the box.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:09 AM   #14
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Don't get me wrong the motors are great but they aren't built by Crapsman. The engineering, ease of use, and parts quality blows. I just replaced my rear wheels, (4) years old, which had broke to sh!t during mowing. Sears wanted about $40 EACH plus shipping. Hope your's lasts longer my friend.

Edit: the self propel is a joke. Has been right out of the box.
Do you have a low end one? After looking at all the different mowers at Home Depot/Sears/Lowes/etc, I feel like they are all made in the same factory and just get different paint. They all have the same controls, layouts, engines, etc.

A high end Craftsman will probably be just as good as a Cub Cadet.

And if OP thinks Honda is overpriced, wait until he sees how much a Toro is.
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I have a self propelled Snapper that is going on 20 yrs old now. My dad bought it in the mid 90's for around $600, so it was pricey, but it has been flawless the whole time. They moved to a new house on 1 acre about 14 yrs ago and didn't have a use for it anymore, so I've been using it since I bought my first house in 2004. It shows no sign of slowing down and hasn't given me any issues. I'll bet I'm 50 or 60 by the time I buy my own mower
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Do you have a low end one? After looking at all the different mowers at Home Depot/Sears/Lowes/etc, I feel like they are all made in the same factory and just get different paint. They all have the same controls, layouts, engines, etc.

A high end Craftsman will probably be just as good as a Cub Cadet.

And if OP thinks Honda is overpriced, wait until he sees how much a Toro is.
No sir mine is not considered low end. Key start, self propel, 22" cut, big wheels in back, comparable to this one:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-190cc...1&blockType=G1
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No sir mine is not considered low end. Key start, self propel, 22" cut, big wheels in back, comparable to this one:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-190cc...1&blockType=G1
Hahahah that's the one I was looking at.

It has the "Platinum" B&S motor which is supposed to have active oil cooling vs. just splash oil cooling.

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh what to do! Honda currently has promotion where they add extra year of warranty through may, I can get 10% off at Lowes with moving coupon, Sears I get 6% off with AMEX and HD has no coupon but has the Toro and Honda (both at around $350 to 400).
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No sir mine is not considered low end. Key start, self propel, 22" cut, big wheels in back, comparable to this one:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-190cc...1&blockType=G1
No clue why it decided to give up so quickly then...

My parents have had a Craftsman mower for the past 7 years that has been flawless.

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Hahahah that's the one I was looking at.

It has the "Platinum" B&S motor which is supposed to have active oil cooling vs. just splash oil cooling.

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh what to do! Honda currently has promotion where they add extra year of warranty through may, I can get 10% off at Lowes with moving coupon, Sears I get 6% off with AMEX and HD has no coupon but has the Toro and Honda (both at around $350 to 400).
HD will accept competitor coupons.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:33 AM   #19
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I buying this one...**** it.

Almost brand new and he just gave a full service (oil, spark plug, air and fuel filter).
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http://raleigh.craigslist.org/grd/3720025444.html

I buying this one...**** it.

Almost brand new and he just gave a full service (oil, spark plug, air and fuel filter).
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