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Old 06-23-2008, 08:37 PM   #11
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I've got a very small lot also, but I'm glad I went with a self-propelled mower. I bought a "Yard Man" from Costco 4-5 years ago, and it cost me about $250. It come with a 6.5HP Kawasaki engine, a mulching deck, and a decent size bag. The self-propelled feature really helps this time of year when the grass is growning fast...I can rip through my whole lawn in about 35 minutes and barely break a sweat! It's been very reliable too, and starts on the first or second pull, even when it's been put away for a week. I was leery of the brand, but it has turned out to be a great purchase...for about the half the price of the nice Honda I was looking at before.

EDIT: This is the same brand, but now they have a Briggs and Stratton Engine: YardMan at Walmart

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Old 06-23-2008, 08:38 PM   #12
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Corded electric. I had a Black & Decker for 20 years, zero problems. Sounds like a battery one would be too heavy. There used to be a floating electric mower that you could tie a rope to and walk it along steep slopes, but I haven't seen one for years.

Manual push mowers are just about impossible to use on steep slopes.

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Old 06-23-2008, 08:48 PM   #13
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Heck for a lot that small I'd get a coorded goat.

It'll trim and fertilize at the same time.

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Old 06-23-2008, 08:49 PM   #14
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I'm planning on getting one of the B&D 19" electric corded ones, that sell for around $150, pretty soon myself.

I've got a gas powered Bolens (I think that's it, from Lowes) that still runs fine, but it's total overkill for my lot as well. When I first moved to NC 5 years ago I rented a place on a .5 acre lot that I needed the gas one for, w/powered wheels. I now own my place on .19 acres, and the wheels on my gas mower don't have the traction they used to. My backyard is sloped. My back now feels like crap after mowing with that heavy gas mower, it's noisy, and I'm tired of feeding it gas. One of my retired female neighbors has the el cheapo B&D and she loves it. It weighs nothing compared to my mower and does a great job.

Just for reference, those human powered push mowers are called Reel Mowers.

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Old 06-23-2008, 08:51 PM   #15
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I got me a 20HP John Deere tractor with a sweeper...and it still takes me 4.5 hours to do my 2+ acres...

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I should go shopping tonight, actually. The lawn's getting pretty high, and the old one is just about done. Latest issue is pretty small in the grand scheme of things (throttle cable snapped), but until I get that fixed I have to adjust the throttle with a pair of pliers. Replaced the cable last year, total PITA to get it adjusted so that it wasn't getting stuck on "full choke." Doesn't help that I'm a mechanical ****tard. I hate dropping even another $10 into it - even when it runs, it ain't running good!

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I got one of these 6 years ago and it still starts with the turn of the key every time.

Toro Personal Pace 6.5HP with mulching attachments. Personal pace means it is self propelled, but only as fast as you are walking.

Got it at home depot.

I love it. wouldn't mind an electric, but the yard is too big and way too many obstacles to wrap a cord around.


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I'm debating on what kind of mower to get for my new house. The lot is tiny ~.15 acres. In my opinion either an electric or gas push mower would be just fine. What kind of mower would you go with?
  • Corded Electric
  • Battery
  • Gas
My corded electric was OK... but it didn't cut well when the grass was tall, like after we got home from a summer vacation.
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I got one of these 6 years ago and it still starts with the turn of the key every time.

Toro Personal Pace 6.5HP with mulching attachments. Personal pace means it is self propelled, but only as fast as you are walking.

Got it at home depot.

I love it. wouldn't mind an electric, but the yard is too big and way too many obstacles to wrap a cord around.


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From what I'm reading, it sounds like the reel mowers tend to have problems with sticks, which would be an issue for me. Looks like I'm in the market for a lightweight, corded electric mower.

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