Best Walk Behind Self Propel System

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Old 06-09-10, 09:51 AM
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Best Walk Behind Self Propel System

Who wants to suggest which self propel systems for walk behibnd mowers are best or worst?

I saw an old Ariens mower that seemed to have a pretty nice drive system.

My impression is that front drive systems that use cogs on the front wheels tend to wear out after a while.


I'd be interested in any comments.
 
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Old 06-09-10, 10:49 AM
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The biggest problem I think with the geared front wheels is operators not picking the front of the mower up when turning or pulling backwards. I replace more of these wheels than any other part on any other system.
I don't think it's even used any more, but I always like the old Snapper disc drives. Stout and reliable, multi speed and fun to overhaul.
You can see it rather clearly in this video...

YouTube - Snapper Self Propelled Mower Update Part 2

Much can depend on what one intends to mow also. I have an older Yardmachine (Yardmachine) ) that does have the geared front wheels, but has a 90 degree shaft and pulley for the tranny belt. It only mulches or bags, however, but it does just what I would want, if it would also allow side discharge.
Also have to consider whether you are looking at it as an operator or a mech.
 
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Front wheel drive is fine if the property is flat and you don't bag, on hills and with the bag full the front drives slip a lot, where with rear drive the weight is transferred over the drive wheels on hills and when the bag is full to give better traction. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Old 06-09-10, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by SeattlePioneer View Post
I'd be interested in any comments.
One thing you have to think about SP when asking this question, is where you live. I am just south of you and our region west of the Cascades are unique. After all, Oregon is the largest producer of grass seed
Even in small suburban lawns, it is rare to be able to mow dry grass from late March to late June let alone mow less than twice a week to cut less than 3". Most walk behind and self propelled bags will fill up in less than 50' of mowing.

Just some comments waiting out this record breaking rain/cool temps, even for the PAC NW Beer 4U2
 
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my vote is for the snapper
i think the newer ones have ohv engines
 
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Definitely the Snapper self propelled is my choice.
 
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Old 06-09-10, 05:40 PM
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Hello Fixit,


People mow DRY GRASS? I thought that was only something you got in one ounce amounts from neighborhood dealers.
 
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