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Lawnmower advice........
This is the second summer my husband has used his Toro push lawnmower and this thing is a piece of junk! First the air filter keeps falling off during mowing because they have only a plastic clip holding it shut. Then yesterday the choke level fell off and apparently there is no way of fixing it. The dealership told him to go home and use a piece of duct tape to fix the air filter clip problem. We are not going back to that dealership for our next mower.

What I would like is for a recommendation for a push mower and the problems, if any, you may have had with it. To be fair we do mow a lot of lawn, just over an acre, but we use both the riding mower and the push mower. Rider does the majority of lawn mowing while the push mower does the trimming. My husband is deeply disappointed with the Toro mower because he paid good money and it didn't even last 2 years. He might as well have bought one from Wal Mart!!

He is thinking of taking the lawnmower back to the local dealership and parking it on their showroom floor and telling them he doesn't want junk!
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08-28-2016 10:42 AM
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RE: Lawnmower advice........
GrammaBear,

I bought this one earlier this summer from Sears ...

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Craftsman 6.25 Engine Torque Rear Wheel Drive Mower
Description Item # 07137897000P Model # 37897

The Craftsman 21 in. 150cc rear wheel drive mower
  • 150cc Briggs& Stratton® Gold Series 6.25 Gross Torque ft/lbs engine offers powerful output
  • Smooth Start Plus
  • Single Trigger Variable – squeeze lever adjustments to control variable speed output
  • 2 lever, 6 position height adjustment
  • Dustblocker™ bag
  • 3-position handle height options for your comfort

(near as I can tell, this Sears Craftsman brand mower is made by MTD)

We have a fairly small yard but it is hilly with bumps from mature tree roots and a bit rocky.

My requirements: I was looking for a decent mower at a low-end price (~$300 or less) with the following features: small rear wheels, self propelled, rear drive, bagger.

Impressions: Used it about three times so far, so I can't tell you about years of use. But I love the mower so far.

pro: This mower is very light weight and easy to handle with or without the self propel drive engaged. The small wheel rear drive handles the hilly parts with ease. Variable speed goes from creeping along to fast walk with a squeeze of the drive lever. Rear bagger is easy to remove and replace. Easy to clean after mowing.

con: lacks a hose port to rinse the underside that some higher cost models have. I simply turn the mower on its side and spray it out with a garden hose, so I don't really miss it. Also, will mulch or rear bag but there is no side discharge option. Not an issue for me.

hth,

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RE: Lawnmower advice........
Thank you for your post Saldus Miegas. I will show it to my husband as he is really upset that his present mower has fallen apart so quickly. He takes really good care of his lawn equipment. He was born and raise on a dairy farm and learned early on the value of taking good care of equipment.
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I purchased this one a couple years ago (assuming you mean walk behind powered) and I am completely happy with it. It starts with about 1/2 pull and the pull is light and easy. It powers through the tall weeds on my road easement without loading down. I mow about 1/4 mile of easement/shoulder on the road beside my property about once a week during the growing season. I have it serviced locally each year at the start of the season for about $25 and have had no problems with it.

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RE: Lawnmower advice........
Toro isn't anything near what they used to be. They are junk now. I think the same company that makes the now junk John Deere mowers bought them.

We bought a Cub Cadet 1045 just a few years ago. My partner was using it a few days ago and the transmission quit. It will not roll, even with the transmission disengaged (there's a pin to pull in the back so it can be towed or pushed). We are rather ticked off. But what I am finding online is that the Cub Cadets sold at Box Stores (we got ours from Home Depot I think) are not as good a quality as the Cub Cadets you get from a Cub Cadet dealer. Hence the huge price difference. That ticked me off even more. Even machines with the same names on the hood.

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(08-28-2016 05:43 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  Toro isn't anything near what they used to be. They are junk now. I think the same company that makes the now junk John Deere mowers bought them.

We bought a Cub Cadet 1045 just a few years ago. My partner was using it a few days ago and the transmission quit. It will not roll, even with the transmission disengaged (there's a pin to pull in the back so it can be towed or pushed). We are rather ticked off. But what I am finding online is that the Cub Cadets sold at Box Stores (we got ours from Home Depot I think) are not as good a quality as the Cub Cadets you get from a Cub Cadet dealer. Hence the huge price difference. That ticked me off even more. Even machines with the same names on the hood.

I'm truly grateful you have explained about how your partner was using the Cub Cadet and the tranny quit. We've been looking online and were halfway attracted to the CC and thought maybe we would look up a dealership near to us. I wonder if any of the mowers are decent anymore?

Years ago my Dad had a Lawn Boy mower and that thing was a champ. Now, LB is also a piece of junk, or at least our last one was. Thanks Paula.
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RE: Lawnmower advice........
There are only two small engines I would consider for lawn mowers/fire pumps/augers and the like....

Briggs & Stratton or Honda.
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(08-28-2016 06:32 PM)Ockrocket Wrote:  There are only two small engines I would consider for lawn mowers/fire pumps/augers and the like....

Briggs & Stratton or Honda.

Yep, and our 'problem' mower has a Kohler engine. Sad
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If you take a close look at all the riding mowers at the big boxes, other than paint and decals, they are all the same.

I have 2-cycle Lawnboy that I love. It's a push-behind. It was a model that was made prior to Toro acquiring them. I'm going to be a sick chick the day it dies.

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