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Old 04-30-2007, 05:16 PM   #11
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Well someone here has to stick up for electric mowers I suppose

Well, i should say its a rechargable electric mower, so there's no cords to mess with. I'll admit, that is the only way I would go with an electric mower. Using an electric with a cord as a kid drove me crazy.

My electric is designed as a mulching mower and it doesn't leave the yard a mess at all. The grass gets chopped into quite small pieces so you don't really even see it.

In terms of the battery, I can do both my neighbors yard and mine; front and back on a single charge with plenty of charge left. Even on the days that I've.... forgotten(?) to cut the grass for a while. Yea, forgotten. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Anyway, even on high wet grass my little battery powered mower does just fine. I'll admit it doesn't have the same power as a gas mower, but that really is only a concern when I let the grass get really high, and well, that's my own fault.

IMO, you'll love doing it the first summer, then as time goes on, it will settle more and more into simply being a chore. What i like about my mower is that there's very little maintenance. No oil changes, no frustrating with a pull to start it, no runing out of gas in the middle of the yard etc. I simply unplug, mow, plug it back in. Every once in a while I flip it over and clean out the undercarrage and sharpen the blade. But you need to do that with every mower.

JMO, enjoy your new yardwork!
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:05 AM   #12
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When I did cut the lawn I used a mulching blade without any problems. I hated having to stop and empty the bag.

Here's my tip on selecting a mower. The larger and sturdier the wheels, the easier it will be to cut your lawn.
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Old 05-01-2007, 10:05 AM   #13
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http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...711&lpage=none

I purchased this mower from Lowes last spring and like it a lot. It has a really simple choke mechanism, you simply slide the choke lever to the choke position and pull the cord to start it. The choke lever automatically adjusts itself as the mower starts up. The main things that I looked for when I bought it were... Large rear wheels, Mulching capability, Rear bagger, and a Honda engine.

No matter which mower you buy, the best thing you can do to keep it running a long time is to change the oil after the first 2 or 3 hours of run time and at least once a season after that. I service my mowers in the fall after the last mowing... Change the oil, replace the plug, clean off all the built up grass from under the deck, and sharpen the blade. You also should drain out all of the fuel and run the mower until it quits. This will help prevent varnish deposits from forming in the carburetor.

Personally, I would avoid Briggs & Stratton and Techumsi engines. I really like the Honda engines and have heard good things about the Subaru "Robin" engines. Of couse engine choice is a matter of opinion. But in my experience, I have spent less time tinkering with the Honda engines than those made by Briggs & Stratton and Techumsi.
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Old 05-01-2007, 11:31 AM   #14
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Thanks, everyone! These are all excellent tips and it will give us a good start on our mower shopping!

Bound for OBX, that's a nice mower. I see it weighs 70 pounds! 8O
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:47 PM   #15
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I bought a TORO Personal Pace mower last year. I LOVE it. It actually self=propells itself at your walking pace, up to 6mph. It is a great mower for $499.
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all good advice..the only thing I can add is this

when looking at self propelled mowers, front wheel drive works best on flat level lawns...if you have a lot of hills or inclines go with rear wheel drive
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I prefer mowers with a blade-break clutch (toro calls it Blade Overide System-BOS). Only the blade stops when you release the handle instead of the engine dying. Very nice if you have to pick something up off of the lawn or empty the bag, or if you just hate pull-starting.
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I do lawn cutting as a part time business. Seldon use anying less than 36", but I have a Snapper, self propelled, rear bagger. Should last a homeowner a lifetime. 6.5 HP engine.

I love the bag becasue there is no small opening that grass is to be dumped from.

My advice would be to go with a larger engine if you have choices (it'll live longer IMO), a bagger that's easy to dump (some you gotta shake like crazy), and an easy recyling/mulching hookup ( i remove my bag and put the plug in the hole).

Rear discharge is my favorite too for thes ability to manuever in smaller spaces.

Also, for those of you who care, if you mulch, do so only if you cannot see clippings behind the mower. Mulching should be done so that the very fine blades of grass left behind decompose and add nitrogen to make kawns greener. Anything more than those fine, dissappearing clippings will casue trouble later down the road when time to de-thatch cause your grass is getting choked out.

IMO, however less than 1" of thatch (clippings and other dead stuff) is good as it is kinda like mulch for the grass - holds moisture and keeps the sun from baking the ground.
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We got the lawnmower. It is a Toro 6.5 HP recycler (mulching mower). The rear wheels are larger. (thanks for that tip, everyone!) It has a place to attach a hose to wash the blade off. That's a good feature.

Here are some pictures! The neighbors probably thought I was crazy to take pics of a lawnmower and get Steve to pose with it, but hey - it's our first lawnmower!
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