push mower recomendations?
Looking to get a house, need recommendations for a push mower.
The house's yard we're looking into buying is perfectly flat, nothing real special.
So, with that...comes some questions. It has to be from Sear's. My grandpa is buying it for us as a house warming gift, so he said pick one out at Sear's and he'll put it on his card.
1. Big wheels or small wheels in the back?
2. Front or rear wheel drive?
3. Briggs & Stratton or Honda engine? With that, I'm assuming the Platinum edition engine is better than the Gold series engine from B & S?
4. Brand preferences, or any particular model preferences?
Here's the link to what they offer:
Trying to stay below $300.
Haven't You Ever Dreamt of a John Deere?!
I've got a John Deere, and I love it, 'coz it feels like owning a Combine Harvester, which appeals to my farmer instinct (and besides, green and yellow is much cuter than red and whatever else is out there. It improves my sex appeal no end).
No really, I have no idea, but, I did use a mower with a B&S engine for years, and years, and years (I'm ancient, and I started young!). It was a bit noisy by today's standards, but you just could not kill that thing no matter what you did. It just went, and went, and went forever ... with or without oil changes. The mower died before the engine ever did, IIRC.
My brother had a Honda, self propelled with electronic ignition. He liked it, and it was quiet, but he did have some problems with it, so he ended up borrowing mine once in a while.
I have never had an issue with the J.D. It seems quiet to me, so I don't wear headphones (and this is from somebody who frequently listens at reference level, BTW!). Starts easily (pull cord, not push button). It is self propelled, but works well, with five speeds. The motor, apparently, is Kawasaki (6HP). But hey! This is L.A., so the lawn is not that big. When I had the B&S, the lawn was huge.
My next mower will be electric, for ease of use on a SoCal sized lawn, but if buying gasoline powered, I would want a model that is easy to maintain so that it never needs repair: change the oil, change the air filter, and change the spark plug. With electric, the weight reduction and convenience means that propulsion is not an issue. With gasoline, I prefer propelled.