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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:41 pm    Post subject:  Lawnmowers Reply with quote

Spring is here with a vengeance in Vancouver and I need a new mower. I've narrowed it down to 2 self propelled models, John Deere & Honda. I've got 1/3 acre in grass that is very thick & heavy, keep in mind that it rains here a lot and grass is wet most of the time. My old gas mower was 6 hp and would clog , the new ones are in ft/lbs not hp. Looking for input & advise on strong mowers under $900 cdn.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I've always stuck with Briggs & Stratton motors for walk-behinds and Deere for riding mowers.

That being said you have ruled out or can't find Briggs motors in your area, so I can't really provide any more input.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Honda. Everything else is just a throwaway. Buy the Honda, it'll last forever and you'll always have parts available - and the parts are inexpensive. I just did a full refurb on a 1990 Honda for like $50; new control cables, new blade, new wheels, new filters and seals - all OEM parts.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have a Craftsman, mainly because theyre the official tools of NASCAR. But my mower has a self propelled front wheels. I hold down the lever, and watch the front wheels spin for themselves. No effort necessary and came with a good warranty.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I have a Craftsman, mainly because theyre the official tools of NASCAR. But my mower has a self propelled front wheels. I hold down the lever, and watch the front wheels spin for themselves. No effort necessary and came with a good warranty.


I think all Craftsman walk-behind mowers are Briggs engines.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I have a Craftsman, mainly because theyre the official tools of NASCAR. But my mower has a self propelled front wheels. I hold down the lever, and watch the front wheels spin for themselves. No effort necessary and came with a good warranty.


I think all Craftsman walk-behind mowers are Briggs engines.


Briggs or tecumseh motors if their still around
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I would swear I've seen Craftsman mowers with Honda engines before.




Ah... and, indeed I have.

I've never purchased anything other than Craftsman mowers with Briggs & Stratton engines though.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:50 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Nothing but a Honda. The Honda mower engine is the King. IMO
My Honda Lawn Mower is great as is my Honda snow thrower. I wound never purchase anything else.
A lot of the other brand mowers use the Honda engine on their mowers.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies people, went to a local lawn/garden place that had a Husqvarna HD725e from last year still in the box at $200 off list price. Briggs & Stratton Quantum engine electric start, heavy duty steel body, ball bearing wheels, rear drive (and is it quick), single lever height adjustment and hose attachment wash port. It's still pissing rain out, so haven't run it in the grass yet. The sales guy was extremely well informed about all his products as they are factory dealers for Husqvarna, Toro, Cub Cadet & Stihl and he's been in the business for 40 years. Did I mention that it is bright orange Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:57 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The self propelled mowers are surprisingly quick sometimes... feels more like you're jogging after it than walking behind it.

How long till you put some black racing stripes on it? Laughing

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Racing stripes? Come to think of it, almost same orange as the '73 Datsun 510 I had in '76 with flat black stripes. Had Brock suspension & pushed 230 bhp in a 4 door!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

"Briggs & Stratton Quantum"

I have one of them (not electric start) on a walk behind thats at least 20 plus years old. Its done everything from shaving pavement to stumping and it's still going.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:00 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Lingenfelter wrote:
The self propelled mowers are surprisingly quick sometimes... feels more like you're jogging after it than walking behind it.

How long till you put some black racing stripes on it? Laughing


some of the better new ones have some smarts to them, they have a bar that the harder you push against it (by walking faster) the faster the mower will go. It paces with the users pretty well

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:04 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Honda. Everything else is just a throwaway


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I just did a full refurb on a 1990 Honda for like $50; new control cables, new blade, new wheels, new filters and seals - all OEM parts.


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