questionswho's got advice on lawnmowers?

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I snagged a Cub Cadet CC 500 based on ratings from user reviews and consumers reports when I got a house a few years ago and love this mover so far. Still starts on the first pull every time and has the option for mulching, side discharge, and a bag as well.

From the Cub Cadet site should run about $240

http://www.cubcadet.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/gallery_10051_14101_33832_33830_600000_-1_image

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thanks! i'll check it out.

edit: unfortunately, it doesn't look like they sell that model. and the replacement model doesn't get great reviews. so, the search continues!

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The best answer is get someone else to do it...but that costs more.

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I have a recommendation, go to an auction. Sometimes mowers go for 5-10 dollars. WHo cares how good or bad it is so long as it runs at that price. I have owned several over the years, but the honda engines seem to outlast those brigss. Other than engines, most of them are all the same except for color and marketing.

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@mtm2 - we're a little house poor with all the moving and buying of furniture.

@vinithehat - about 10000 sq ft

@ecriscit - i've thought about the auction route, but just don't have the time right now.

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@carl669: my first lawnmower was at an auction... did not know I was going to buy it, but got it cheap, still works 12 years later. I prefer rear wheel drive for hills but front would be nice for turns.

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Judging from the all the comments, a lot of people have advice on lawnmowers. I think that answers your question.

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I've been mowing since I was a kid. I've found that the most important consideration in buying a mower is the engine manufacturer, and I've found that Honda engines run more quietly, more smoothly, more reliably, and more efficiently than any of the others. They are also easy to find parts for. Check your local warehouse store(Sam's/Costco/BJ's). At this time of year, they have them in stock at very low prices, and they seem to only carry models with Honda engines.

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Do you have a military base nearby? Attend one of their DRMO autions and pick up several broken ones and put them together for one good one. You play your cards right you could actually make money off the deal. It would become a better investment then just buying one.

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whoa. didn't expect all the responses.

i'd love to be able to buy old mowers and piece together a new one, but i just don't have the time. sheep are also a great idea, but i think my neighbors might complain.

what other mowers use honda engines? i'd like to get an actual honda mower, but they're way too expensive. i checked out the costco and no decent sales right now.

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Ididn't see any mowers on the Sam's or CostCo sites either, but I knkow I've seen them in-store recently. It's worth a check. Most manufacturers use a variety of engines; I don't think any are exclusive. Here's an example: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07137654000P?prdNo=10&blockNo=10&blockType=G10

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I dont know how practical it is for you - but i usr a corded electric. quiet and stink free.

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thanks for the link @trevinopete. i have to go to sears tomorrow, so maybe i'll check out the mowers.

@vinithehat - i thought about electric, but the yard is too big for a corded mower and the cordless ones are too expensive right now.

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I would recommend a self-propelled one. It might sound like an unnecessary feature in March, but unless you live in say, northern Minnesota, or you love hot weather, you won't regret it in July and August.

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I bought a john deere js36 last year. It's a rear wheel drive and I've got a hilly yard here in northern kentucky. Absolutely love it and it wasn't too terribly expensive, the nice thing is john deere(atleast the model I purchased) has the same extended warranty option as the honda mowers and half the price. I paid 249.99 for mine at Lowe's at the beginning of spring last year. It has a five year engine warranty, and 7 year body warranty.

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Also take a look at LawnBoy mowers. Bought one in 1996 and its still going strong.

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Go to a small engine shop. They usually have a good selection of mowers that are in good condition. Your price range is a little low for a decent self-propelled, unless you're buying one used. A good self-propelled could easily run $300-plus new or $150 used at a small engine shop.