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    Rear/front wheel propelled mowers

    Looking at Craftsmans, wondering if you recommend front-wheel or rear-wheel. Seems like the front-wheel might mow a straighter line as it's easier to pull something in a straight line than it is to push it in one. But with these models at least the rear-wheel models are a bit more powerful.

    Any difference you think?

    Looking at the $249 and $299 models here

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    IMO, the rear wheel models are easier to manage than the front wheel drive models. Think about it, when you're turning 90's or 180's, trimming around objects like trees and other oddly shaped edges, you're always lifting up the front a wee bit so you can turn it. Plus if you have hills and banks, due to the fact that your handlebars are in the back, it's easier to keep weight down on the rear wheels = more traction.

    Although I also prefer the larger rear wheels such as you see in the pic of the 150 dollar model.
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    Both have plus and minus...

    Front wheel drives are easier for tight places. Simply push down on the handle to pull the front wheels off the ground for control.

    Mine's a rear wheel drive. I sit on it.....

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    We have rear wheel drive ones, its not bad, i just lower the speed to corner adn then bring it back up. Prefer to use the tractor though.

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    I have a front-drive mower, Sears Craftsman, 6.5 HP Tecumseh (sp?) 1-pull engine start, had it since 1994 or so, never had a problem and takes a beating, love it.



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    6.5hp is overkill for a walk behind, mulcher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF
    6.5hp is overkill for a walk behind, mulcher?
    No it's not, if you are striving for a nice thick green lawn. Try a 5 in my backyard and it'll bog right down forcing you to take 1/4 wide slices at a snails pace. Also when the engine slows down the quality of the cut is bad, and you get clumps all over the place.

    With the wheel wheel drive ones, I just let go of the "engage drive" level on the handle if I'm wanting it to make tight turns or stop pushing. Actually most of the time I simply pull back on it a little bit, not like it's soft rubber on tarmac fighting you for traction, always hard tires on slippery grass.
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    I had a Craftsman mower with FWD, I didn't like it at all.
    I took it back and got a Lawnboy...that is one hell of a mower!
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    I got a Crafstman also ... No issues with it

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    I need it for about 1/4 acre most of the year, about 1.25 acres maybe once a year

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    Quote Originally Posted by John
    Mowing 40-50 lawns a week I tried them all. Craftsman, Toro, Lawn Boy, etc.

    My favorite push mower was the Toro Personal pace. Head and shoulders above the rest.

    http://www.toro.com/home/mowers/supe...ler/20054.html
    Looks really nice but $500 is a bit much for my price range at the moment.

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    Check out Miller Farms. Everything will be out of your price range probably, but they might give you some good points in their sales shpiels. Plus they have some damn nice mowers (for $4000+ )

    If your going for a relatively cheap one look at the used ones that have been fixed up. You can get a $600 mower for 150-200

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    I see no point in going and looking at really nice stuff that I can't afford but am going to drool over and try talking myself into buying anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by De Plano
    Everything will be out of your price range probably, but they might give you some good points in their sales shpiels.

    If your going for a relatively cheap one look at the used ones that have been fixed up. You can get a $600 mower for 150-200
    Go to a couple of places other than Sears and Ace.

    If your just going for cheap than look around

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