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Push Mowers
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:37:49 pm »
I am so far behind the times on push mowers ( I only use them for trim mowing).

Guy brought in a Honda push mower he said he bought used about 9 years ago for $60.  Blade didnt spin unless engaged with a small handle ( called Roto-Stop blades ).  Both rear wheels turned when engaged with another handle.

Was a mulcher but looked like a rear area for a bag at one time maybe.

The thing that impressed me was how quite it was running and when cutting. 

This reminds me of it without the bagger.


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Re: Push Mowers
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 02:40:01 pm »
It is interesting to study Honda's mark on the power equipment world.  They needed an edge and found it through the overhead cam.  Really not any better than the B&S or Tecumseh designs, because there are more parts with the Honda.  One thing is for sure and that is the Chinese are copying Honda left and right.  Was it Sears or Home Depot who first sold the Chonda clone mowers?       

My favorite push mower is the lawnboy.  Some history if I remember it correctly;  In 1984 Toro bought the Lawnboy line from OMC.  OMC was in trouble financially with their boat debacle.  To make matters worse the federal govt had suggested that pleasure boating be banned because of the gas shortage!  Of course that went over like a lead brick, but we did get the nationwide 55mph speed limit.   

Toro tried their hardest to portray the Lawnboy as inferior to the Recycler  But, many of the L/B dealers were Mom and Pop shops with fiercely loyal buyers who did not want a Toro.  Heck, Toro even put a Suzuki two stroke engine on the recycler trying to outsell the Lawnboy.  It never happened and the F and Duraforce powered Lawnboy models remain popular.               

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Re: Push Mowers
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 03:32:08 pm »
I have several MTD rear baggers with big rear wheels. They all have the B&S 675 type engines. My DIL has a Sears just like one of them but it has a Honda or clone engine.

You can run them without the bags and they leave the grass under the deck.
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Re: Push Mowers
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2014, 10:02:45 am »
I have an old Honda with the GX engine ans Roto-Stop, best mower I have ever used. It is tired, smokes a bit on start up, and is heavy but starts one pull (two when I haul it out of the shed in the spring) and will suck a golf ball up a garden hose. It cleans up the dog poop and packs the bag full of grass.
I liked those old 2 stroke Lawnboys too but they have gone the way of the dodo bird.
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Re: Push Mowers
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2014, 04:29:14 am »
I am a big fan of any mower with a "blade clutch" design.  I have a perfect running honda hr215 hydro with the good drive shaft driven hydrostat tranny not belt driven, an older green deck jd 14sb w/kawasaki 5hp and 5spd tranny, a jd 2t 4hp lawnboy powered single speed drive,&2 silver deck jd 14sb ' s that I am currently working on. All are blade clutch mowers. I have also ran an older snapper that was b&s powered with a blade clutch. I also have a parts mower I believe Montgomery ward? With a blade clutch setup. As far as I know honda & husqvarna are the only mowers still offering the clutch setups. I am hoping to come up with a way to fit a 6.5hp duraforce lawnboy 2 stroke onto one of the before mentioned silver deck 14sb project mowers but that might be a winter project. I am also going to try and adapt the 5spd tranny from the other into the before mentioned lawnboy powered jd to speed it up as the single speed drive is to slow for me.
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