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Old 04-07-13, 11:19 PM
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I will be leaving my 14" Earthwise corded electric mower and craptastic $13 Murray trimmer here with the mobile home for the fine gentleman who is purchasing it.

We're getting a half-acre in NC, soo... a bigger mower is a must.
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Originally Posted by steve0257 View Post
Get a sheep. It will keep the grass short and come fall you have extra protein.
And what happens between you and the sheep, stays between you and the sheep.
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Old 04-08-13, 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by steve0257 View Post
Get a sheep. It will keep the grass short and come fall you have extra protein.
Yeah, but then I have to deal with sheep manure. And, while we will have a garden, I may not always feel like making use of all the fertilizer the sheep would generate. It might be an easier pet to take care of than the dog my wife wants though (have to fix a bunch of fencing before getting any pet). And it would provide wool.
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Old 04-08-13, 07:12 AM
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Snapper mowers were made in the USA until recently, may still be US made. I have an older Snapper high-vac I bought with my last house, thought I'd continue using it for trimming but never use it, although it's a great mower. Almost like a vacuum for lawn cleanup, but best for smaller lawns.

There are forums that discuss mowers with greater intensity than we discuss bikes here! See what the pros in your neighborhood are using, that's what I'd recommend. A used pro level machine will outlast a new home depot purchase.

I've been running a Sutech Stealth for 4 years now. I added 'gator blades' for mulching so I don't have to mess with bagging. It's 33" wide, which means it will fit through a garden gate to do both front and back. It's a 'manual zero turn' so you'll get your exercise for sure. Up hills, no problem. Down hill, if its steep, you should be plenty strong or have a quick pace to control it. Should handle 1/3 acre with no problem. I'm on over 2 acres, but much of it is wooded. I have the best looking stripes in the neighborhood, and I'm competing against neighbors using commercial crews. Oh, it's also made in USA. Not for everyone, but I love mine.
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Old 04-08-13, 07:41 AM
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I got the mower I have now 8 years ago at walmart. yardman mower. B+S engine. Big wheels in back so it is easier for me to go over the roots in the back. I change the blade out for a new one every year for 15 bucks. Sometimes it makes noise or rattles but who cares. It does what it is supposed to do at a fraction of the cost of a *insert expensive manufacturer name* or a honda. I can buy two or three of them for the cost of the better units. Only thing that has gone on it is the blade gets dull (cheaper to buy new than sharpen esp as it really gets pitted in my case ) and the shut off cable broke at 7 years old. I leave it in the shed all year. Sometimes even forget to put it away when it rains.
I don't like self propelled either, more stuff to go wrong and it's no that hard to push. If you can't push a mower you should think about hiring someone.
I also have two scotts classic reel mowers that I cut with. If the grass is not that long they are almost as easy as the power. It's when there are alot of weeds overgrown or taller grass that makes the push reel type hard to use.
I have an echo trimmer. That I paid extra having leaned my lesson with my cheap one years ago. I spent more time keeping the junk going than cutting. Got that on sale at HD with a coupon for not that much more than the homelite or other junk.
Same with chain saw, I got a bottom of the line pro model that will outlive me.
Getting back to mowers, they all are just a stamped metal deck with a motor.

My take on tillers...Favorite is the OLD troy built rear tine/front engine before they got bought out. Beautiful balance and powerful. Chews up anything in it's path. New ones are junk. Small whip size tillers with those 2 cycle engines or the combo units are useless. A shovel is better. I do like the mid engine honda also. Friend has one and it purrs like a kitten. Does a good job, but wouldn't want to till an acre of grass with it. Good for already turned , or smaller plots. Lots of area the rear tine are the only way to fly.

Looking at tractors, I personally would rather get a good commercial zero turn if I had enough lawn to justify a big mower. Tractors are slow and super expensive unless you get a real tractor... I am refering to those specific to lawns like you find in HD or lowes. My neighbor bought one and I can finish my front and back lawn with my yardman before he gets done with the front.

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Old 04-13-13, 12:29 PM
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Well, thanks everyone for your advice. Went to the lawn care store fully intending to buy a Snapper in part because they have a good reputation for quality, but also because of the whole built in a plant in Georgia thing, plus the fact that ~10 years ago their CEO told Walmart to go get stuffed because he couldn't sell through them at the prices they wanted and still keep up his quality. The guy at the store said, well that was 10 years ago and they're still good quality, but they've been sold since then and are now starting to be sold at Walmart (not that there's anything wrong with Walmart, but if you've got to drop your quality to do so, you end up in a slide to junk), and that in my price range I'd be better off going with a mid- to high-level Toro than a low level Snapper, so I went home, checked up on some reviews and that's what I did. Once a certain napper wakes up, I'll get her to help me get it out of the back of the car and give it a try. Looks like it should be good though.
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Old 04-14-13, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by tizeye View Post
WARNING: While normal gas is OK for your 4cyl engine mower, unless it is totally ethanol/MTBE free, DO NOT mix with oil and use in a 2 cyl trimmer/edger/blower. It will totally destroy those 2 cyl engines up. I have rebuily the carbs and never could get them back to running. Latest Toro trimme, only use the expensive $5/qt premix they sell at HD, Lowes, Sears and never had any problem with bothe the trimmer/edger engine or the blower engine. Be sure to get the correct pre-mix as they come in 40:1 and 50:1 and/or make sure all engines use the same ratio when you buy them.
You can use pump gas if you use ALL of it that day. If the gas sits for a few days then it sucks in moisture from the air... that's what kills the carbs.

pure-gas.org lists stations that sell non ethanol fuel. Note that this is typically sold in sealed 5 gallon cans (versus from a pump).

Stihl and others are starting to sell their own pre-mixed gas (2 cyc oil + gas). It's not cheap but it may make sense for the casual use home owner.
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Old 04-14-13, 12:47 PM
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I believe that there are a number of options that have not been discussed adequately.





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Old 04-15-13, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
Wow I wonder if w/ endos on the front as well that could work as a snowblower too.
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Old 04-15-13, 02:25 PM
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On second thought, a lawn mower seems the perfect application for a fixie rather than a bike that cannot be backed up.
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A sheep-mower



The big plus with this one is that it's pretty sheep

There are also several model of goat mower




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Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
A sheep-mower



The big plus with this one is that it's pretty sheep
That's gotta be from the UK because it looks just like Shaun the Sheep. Yes, I have a toddler, so I'm well familiar with Shaun.
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