Seeking advice for new push mower

andrew.g12

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I bought a John Deere E130 rider last year but over the winter we moved to a home with a smaller lawn and one with some decent slopes. At the steepest, it's about 18 degrees. I have already made the choice that it's probably not safe to use the rider on the slopes so I am now in the market for a push mower. Our yard is 7200 square feet (.16 acres). Someone in my family has me convinced that I should get as big of a deck as possible to make the mow fast. I was looking at the Toro time master with a 30" deck but it's pretty expensive as far as push mower go. I do like the idea of getting the job done fast but is 30" overkill for the size lawn I have? The standard 21" just seems to small but the options in-between are limited.
 

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Young man keep researching & reading reviews then go try them out, all that you're interested in. If you perform maintenance yourself that is a big plus. Let us know which mower you choose & don't forget to shop for best deal.
 

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I would recommend that you take a serious look at Toro model 21387. I’ve been using one on a 40 degree slope, cutting sideways for the last 3 years and I’ve never had a problem. Disclaimer: I’m a Toro guy
 

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Lightweight and robust Self Propelled (with good tire tread) is good for going up slopes.
 

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The other option is a stander
OTOH walking is good for you
 

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If that is your picture then walking is perfect. Get a Snapper Hi-Vac 21" commercial. Last mower you will ever buy. Your great great grand children will be mowing with it.

Some or most mower brands, the mower and drive system will peter out before the engine. On a Snapper, the engine will fail before the mower slash drive system will.

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If that is your picture then walking is perfect. Get a Snapper Hi-Vac 21" commercial. Last mower you will ever buy. Your great great grand children will be mowing with it.

Some or most mower brands, the mower and drive system will peter out before the engine. On a Snapper, the engine will fail before the mower slash drive system will.

slomo
Do they make it larger than a 21". I feel with a 21", it will take awhile to mow my lawn.
 

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On 0.16 ac, can't see a big difference in 21" vs 30". What 12-15 minutes? 22" is largest standard push/SP mower. If you want to save money, get used with a minor problem. Eg:
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Trying to cut with a 30” mower on the landscaping you’re describing will be more work, not worth the minimal time savings. Also I would recommend a cast deck over the stamped steel deck, because it will last twice as long.
 

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Yup, the bigger the deck the more turning around you do.

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