What's the best lawnmower for an average lawn?

jsilas

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If you're not a brand whore, just get a Briggs & Stratton-powered Craftsman for a couple hundred bucks. Mine starts on the first pull after 14 years of use, works perfectly fine.
 
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No complaints about my Ryobi 40v 20", also use their 40v trimmer and leaf blower. Love how quiet it is and not needing to keep gas around, worry about engine maint. You could probably do fine with 2 batteries but 3 would ensure you never get caught waiting on a recharge.

100x this

No idea why anyone without an acre plus would want a gas mower.
 
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alex

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If you're not a brand whore, just get a Briggs & Stratton-powered Craftsman for a couple hundred bucks. Mine starts on the first pull after 14 years of use, works perfectly fine.
I have had a B&S powered Craftsman riding mower/tractor for 8 years. No complaints. Last season a family of mice nested under the blower cover and chewed through the ignition coil. Ordered a replacement B&S 1st party armature on Amazon for $37 shipped, came next day, replaced it myself, runs like a champ again.
 

alex

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I wouldn’t be against going electric though. (Assuming I swap all my tools to the same system.) I loathe doing the maintenance because right now in my life I currently have more free money than free time. Like I can do my own basic maintenance and was able to replace the ignition coil and stuff without hitting it with my purse too many times, but when I spend a Saturday changing oil and fuel filters at the start of the season, it feels like I’m squandering my precious time.

In all honestly, i should consider just using a lawn service but I feel that’s just lazy.
 
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The Grand Inquisitor

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I wouldn’t be against going electric though. (Assuming I swap all my tools to the same system.) I loathe doing the maintenance because right now in my life I currently have more free money than free time. Like I can do my own basic maintenance and was able to replace the ignition coil and stuff without hitting it with my purse too many times, but when I spend a Saturday changing oil and fuel filters at the start of the season, it feels like I’m squandering my precious time.

In all honestly, i should consider just using a lawn service but I feel that’s just lazy.

go electric, don’t look back
 
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cowboyrps13

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I have a greenworks 12a 20" plug in mower for around my pool. It's fantastic

Husqvarna 42" riding mower for the rest of the yard. It just replaced a $50 craftsman rider that the deck needed to be rebuilt and the engine was failing.

I've never had a new rider. So far its amazing
 

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Bugalu

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I wouldn’t be against going electric though. (Assuming I swap all my tools to the same system.) I loathe doing the maintenance because right now in my life I currently have more free money than free time. Like I can do my own basic maintenance and was able to replace the ignition coil and stuff without hitting it with my purse too many times, but when I spend a Saturday changing oil and fuel filters at the start of the season, it feels like I’m squandering my precious time.

In all honestly, i should consider just using a lawn service but I feel that’s just lazy.
Lmao if you spend a Saturday taking out one bolt and putting it back I feel bad for you son.


Todays mowers are nothing like what we had growing up.
 

alex

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Lmao if you spend a Saturday taking out one bolt and putting it back I feel bad for you son.


Todays mowers are nothing like what we had growing up.
i do all my gas powered equipment's annual maintenance (mower, snow blower, string trimmer, etc) on the same saturday and yeah, it's generally at least a full afternoon.

it's not hard (i do it myself), but it's still time consuming
 
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Contemptor

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If you're not a brand whore, just get a Briggs & Stratton-powered Craftsman for a couple hundred bucks. Mine starts on the first pull after 14 years of use, works perfectly fine.
Had mine for about 8 years now. Have had to do some work on it over the past year which has been annoying, but it hasn't been bad. But when it broke mid-use last time I used my neighbors pushmower to finish, which was an RWD, and it was so much faster and bagged so much better. I normally have to empty my bag at like 1/3 or 2/3 depending on grass thickness, and his just sucked the grass up until it was full. But I'm probably going to hold off on upgrading till it dies at this point I guess.

I've moved most of my yardwork equip to electric except my Chainsaw (which I rarely use, and just waiting till it dies), lawn mower, and blower. I'm on Dewalt 60v batteries for my electric, my second iteration after B&D. Works great. I'm hesitant for the mower and blower. I haven't looked into EGO. How long do you all think your battery will last before you need to replace it? I'm guessing it will be a couple hundred to replace as well?
 

monolith

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Just bought an Ego mower + string trimmer tonight, first mow is this weekend.
 
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ERock

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I have a 12+yr old 6.75hp Craftsman. It won't die. Just runs and runs.
 

lescivic

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Batteries on my old 40v Greenworks finally started to go. Bought the Costco 80v self-propelled Greenworks and had first mow over the weekend. Had a section of grass that was two weeks old where the old batteries died on me. New mower cut through no problem. Would of had to weed wack it down and then mow with the old one. Get an 8 year warranty on the batteries if bought through Costco. If you set it to rabbit almost have to jog to keep up with it.
 

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I have had a husqvarna with Honda motor for about 10 years now. I have never performed any maintenance and put her away wet in the winters and that thing still starts right up every year.
 

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