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View Poll Results: What mower to get?
Honda 29 50.00%
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:57 PM   #1
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Question lawn mower - steel deck vs. aluminum?

Need a new mower. I'm torn between a honda for $399 with a steel deck vs. a lawn boy for $469 or a toro for $529 with an aluminum deck. Price isn't a major concern. What does OT think?

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Old 05-07-2009, 04:59 PM   #2
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FWIW I have that same exact Honda mower and it kicks ass. Best walk-behind mower I've ever had.

I would guess the only advantage would be lighter weight with the aluminum? But it's a self-prop, so what's the big deal...


EDIT: upon closer inspection, my mower is a previous generation of the same line. But the specs are pretty much the same and it looks nearly identical. Great mower.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:00 PM   #3
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Steel. Save the money.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:00 PM   #4
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FWIW I have that same exact Honda mower and it kicks ass. Best walk-behind mower I've ever had.

I would guess the only advantage would be lighter weight with the aluminum? But it's a self-prop, so what's the big deal...
Steel can rust. Alminum won't.
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Steel can rust. Alminum won't.
You'd need to mow wet grass regularly and leave it outside for a year to cause yourself any issues.

Take even the slightest bit of care of it (don't leave wet grass clumps in the deck, park in a shed or the garage) and you'll be fine.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:08 PM   #7
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:09 PM   #8
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You'd need to mow wet grass regularly and leave it outside for a year to cause yourself any issues.

Take even the slightest bit of care of it (don't leave wet grass clumps in the deck, park in a shed or the garage) and you'll be fine.
I'm thinking more along the lines of... 2nd year, I run over a rock, the paint chips. By year 4 rust starts growing. By year 10 it's in pretty bad shape. I expect a good 15 years out of a mower.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:12 PM   #9
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Get the Honda, gotta have VTEC yo!
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If price isn't a major concern, why not buy an HRX Honda with a composite deck?

Personally, I'd still stick with the Honda. The LawnBoy uses a Chinese-made Tecumseh engine and the Toro a Briggs; neither are on my list of favorite engines. The Honda GC engines have always been good.

As for the steel deck... I pushed a steel deck Craftsman for most of my adolescent life. Even now if I go visit my parents, I'll still push that old mower around to help them out. It's not that bad. With the addition of propulsion, I'd certainly have no problems getting a steel deck mower.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:13 PM   #11
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Good point. Then I can race the neon down the street!
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I'm thinking more along the lines of... 2nd year, I run over a rock, the paint chips. By year 4 rust starts growing. By year 10 it's in pretty bad shape. I expect a good 15 years out of a mower.
15 years...wow.
With regular care the deck would make it.

The self-propulsion I give < 5 years.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:18 PM   #13
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I voted Lawn Boy because he was funny.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:20 PM   #14
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If price isn't a major concern, why not buy an HRX Honda with a composite deck?

Personally, I'd still stick with the Honda. The LawnBoy uses a Chinese-made Tecumseh engine and the Toro a Briggs; neither are on my list of favorite engines. The Honda GC engines have always been good.

As for the steel deck... I pushed a steel deck Craftsman for most of my adolescent life. Even now if I go visit my parents, I'll still push that old mower around to help them out. It's not that bad. With the addition of propulsion, I'd certainly have no problems getting a steel deck mower.
^ this. Sure an aluminum deck could theoretically outlast a steel one, but which engine will still be running in 15 years?
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:23 PM   #15
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15 years...wow.
With regular care the deck would make it.

The self-propulsion I give < 5 years.
I don't know about the others, but the Honda has a pretty stout driveshaft setup. If you've always wanted to own a RWD Honda, this is the way to go!
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:27 PM   #16
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If price isn't a major concern, why not buy an HRX Honda with a composite deck?
You would then be able to Xenoy your neighbors.

What's the weight difference? Do you have hills on you lawn? Even if it is propelled, you have to control it going down hills.

Edit: That Lawn Boy comes with either a honda engine or a B & S.

I have the steel deck one, and it is pretty awesome. Great for barefoot drifting. Easy to start. I hate that you have to dump the oil out of the filler tube though. Is this common? I want a drain plug. I change oil once or twice a year, and it sucks.
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I'm thinking more along the lines of... 2nd year, I run over a rock, the paint chips. By year 4 rust starts growing. By year 10 it's in pretty bad shape. I expect a good 15 years out of a mower.

I've got a two-stroke aluminum framed Lawnboy that my folks bought before I was born - it's been running strong for 25 or 26 years. Throw in some new rings every decade or so and a new magneto every few years and you're good to go. Lightweight too.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:41 PM   #19
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I hate that you have to dump the oil out of the filler tube though. Is this common? I want a drain plug. I change oil once or twice a year, and it sucks.
Of the 3 mowers I've changed the oil, none had a drain plug.
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Honda. Make it so, number two.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:46 PM   #21
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The engine/propulsion system is going to determine the lifespan, not the deck. I'd think an AL deck will just dent easier.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:56 PM   #23
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I have a 1985 Honda HR214 push mower, a relative just bought a brand new Honda that you linked to. I think the old '85 mower feels better-built, more solid, and it proves it since it lasted 23 years so far without any major replaced parts besides the wheels and blades.

I wish lawn equipment was still built that well currently, although the new Honda mower is still pretty nice, it just lacks the character. I'd get the Honda though, they last forever + infinity.

We have a Toro tractor and it had many problems in the past 8 years, electrical, body work cracking, battery drains in about a week, etc. Not as reliable, but it is a tractor, not a pusher
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I'm thinking more along the lines of... 2nd year, I run over a rock, the paint chips. By year 4 rust starts growing. By year 10 it's in pretty bad shape. I expect a good 15 years out of a mower.
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15 years...wow.
With regular care the deck would make it.

The self-propulsion I give < 5 years.
I somewhat agree with this.

I think my dad had a mower that he used about 15 years, stored for about 10 years, and recently sold. After 10 years of storage it fired 2nd pull on fresh gas.

http://www.mclanemower.com/

He had a 17" 7 blade reel mower with rear drive. B&S engine. Awesome machine, just no lawn to cut!

Point being, lawn machinery will last a long time if properly cared for.

He also had a gas edger that has a similar story.
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I'm not sure what kind of grass it is. It's large diameter, not flat, almost like miniture straw when dead/dormant. Just moved in this past winter. The grass is just starting to green up now (common for here).
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