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My 2320 cannot get to all the grassy areas in my yard, and I plan to help it out with a push mower. I currently own one of those 100 dollar + cheapy ones that are more or less throw aways, and mine is close tho the throwing status.

I plan to buy this mower, do you have any comments about it, would this be a decent buy for a decent price?

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The reviews on don't seem too good.

This is what I have but a few years older. I think it works great..........just pump the primer 3 times and starts on the first pull every time. I got it on sale for $209. There are only 3 spots that I can't get to with my 62D MMM and it takes me less than 5 minutes with the push mower.

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Wha??? No seat??? :mocking:
Seat on top of an engine with mower blades underneath don't fit under trees and bushes. Wife needs something to push underneath them to make a smooth sailing for me once I fly by her with the 2320!:laugh:

And it has to be something that starts easy, because she can't pull that strong and I can't take the time to do it for her! :thumbup1gif:
 

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My 2320 cannot get to all the grassy areas in my yard, and I plan to help it out with a push mower. I currently own one of those 100 dollar + cheapy ones that are more or less throw aways, and mine is close tho the throwing status.

I plan to buy this mower, do you have any comments about it, would this be a decent buy for a decent price?

Blackmax Mower "Powered by Honda" (160cc) - Sam's Club)
I have one, and HATE it. The discharge chute doesn't stay on, and within the first couple of uses, had come off under the mower blades, so really doesn't want to stay on now. It also has plastic "rims" and it doesn't take mant turns around things to have them breaking. I was thinking maybe it was just me, but did a search online, and everyone says engine is Honda, but the rest is garbage, and the wheels are a common problem with everyone. When (if) I buy a replacement wheel for mine, I'll be sure and buy 2, given the ratings.

So, is easy to start, but the rest of the unit is very cheap. Mine came from Sam's and was just put into service last summer. Had to replace a carriage bolt within the first few usages, as it vibrated out, and handlerail separated on the left side. Right side doesn't seem to have the issue, due to the 180 degree orientation of how it backs out. I have to tighten the carriage bolt on the left side, every so often during each use, if I am really making turns around obstacles.

If I were going to spend that much money, I'd be looking at something different. Hindsight: 20/20, etc. Maybe you will be one of the lucky few.
 

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I have one, and HATE it. The discharge chute doesn't stay on, and within the first couple of uses, had come off under the mower blades, so really doesn't want to stay on now. It also has plastic "rims" and it doesn't take mant turns around things to have them breaking. I was thinking maybe it was just me, but did a search online, and everyone says engine is Honda, but the rest is garbage, and the wheels are a common problem with everyone. When (if) I buy a replacement wheel for mine, I'll be sure and buy 2, given the ratings.

So, is easy to start, but the rest of the unit is very cheap. Mine came from Sam's and was just put into service last summer. Had to replace a carriage bolt within the first few usages, as it vibrated out, and handlerail separated on the left side. Right side doesn't seem to have the issue, due to the 180 degree orientation of how it backs out. I have to tighten the carriage bolt on the left side, every so often during each use, if I am really making turns around obstacles.

If I were going to spend that much money, I'd be looking at something different. Hindsight: 20/20, etc. Maybe you will be one of the lucky few.
These are the opinions I like to hear, cause I can carry my money to any given place. I was just exited about this one because of the Honda engine, but the engine alone can't mow my grass!
I have a few weeks until I have to mow (if it continues like this, I might never mow this year, we are supposed to get more snow tomorrow, Thursday and Friday!).

Consumer Report gives these guys a good rating, are there any opinions about those out there?

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John Deere dealers now carry Honda push mowers per an agreement JD and Honda made last year.
 

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I had a Craftsman powered my Honda a few years ago. It was a great mower but a little under powered when I came to mowing my thick grass. I now have Deere push mower that's more powerful and works great. Good luck with your purchase.
 

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My 2320 cannot get to all the grassy areas in my yard, and I plan to help it out with a push mower. I currently own one of those 100 dollar + cheapy ones that are more or less throw aways, and mine is close tho the throwing status.

I plan to buy this mower, do you have any comments about it, would this be a decent buy for a decent price?

Blackmax Mower "Powered by Honda" (160cc) - Sam's Club)
One of my old customers owns a towing business & a repair shop. One day I saw his Honda mower sitting in his shop. I asked him what's wrong with it. My question unleashed a lot of colorful descriptive adjatives, followed by a long silent stare at the mower & another outburst, this time in Spanish. I then asked well I guess it's pretty new. He said yeah, a year old & the F******thing is falling apart. Last time I saw it it was laying on top of a pile of wrecked car parts. Kind of looked out of place & lonely on top of that junk pile.
 

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We bought a Husqvarna self propelled push mower about 5 years ago. That little thing has been great! Best pushmower I've ever used, would buy another one no question. Starts easily, runs well, plenty of power. My only complaint is the deflector chute. I don't use the bagger than came with it, but the chute seemed to stay clogged with grass. Maybe I just goofed up on the installation, but I wound up taking it off. There's a plastic door that covers the side discharge in case you want to use the bag, I hold that door open with a bungee cord. :) Works great!
 

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I too have a Husqvarna push mower. Mine isnt selfpropelled, has a Kohler engine and is a 3-in-l. The bagger is way too small , the side discharge likes to plug up, but it works well as a mulcher. Its now 3 years old. So far it allways starts on the first pull. Not sure how many years it will last.
 

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I checked with my JD dealer, and they have some John Deere Model JS36 mowers sitting around, They are made by Briggs and Stratton, and they also sell under the Snapper and Simplicity brands. They are multi-speed self propelled, and he thinks they are pretty good. He would sell me one for $348.

Do you guys have any opinion/comments about these units? Consumer Report did not test them.
 

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I checked with my JD dealer, and they have some John Deere Model JS36 mowers sitting around, They are made by Briggs and Stratton, and they also sell under the Snapper and Simplicity brands. They are multi-speed self propelled, and he thinks they are pretty good. He would sell me one for $348.

Do you guys have any opinion/comments about these units? Consumer Report did not test them.
Hudsoner,

I have used my JS46 for about 3 years now and really like it. I just pulled it out of the garage a day ago after sitting all winter. I added some gas and in one pull, it fired right up. I really like Deere's "momentum" drive system. The faster or slower you walk, the machine keeps pace. My grass is very thick and I retired my Craftsman because it would bog down. My JS 46 however, blazes through with no problem. The rear bag collects clippings with no problem. On my Craftsman I had a problem with the bag bouncing off the mower if the terrain was too bumpy. If you don't want to mulch the clippings, the side discharge piece mounts up in seconds.
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Hudsoner,

I have used my JS46 for about 3 years now and really like it. I just pulled it out of the garage a day ago after sitting all winter. I added some gas and in one pull, it fired right up. I really like Deere's "momentum" drive system. The faster or slower you walk, the machine keeps pace. My grass is very thick and I retired my Craftsman because it would bog down. My JS 46 however, blazes through with no problem. The rear bag collects clippings with no problem. On my Craftsman I had a problem with the bag bouncing off the mower if the terrain was too bumpy. If you don't want to mulch the clippings, the side discharge piece mounts up in seconds.
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Thanks for the info. Do you know what the difference is between the JS46 and the JS36?
 

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We bought a Husqvarna self propelled push mower about 5 years ago. That little thing has been great! Best pushmower I've ever used, would buy another one no question. Starts easily, runs well, plenty of power. My only complaint is the deflector chute. I don't use the bagger than came with it, but the chute seemed to stay clogged with grass. Maybe I just goofed up on the installation, but I wound up taking it off. There's a plastic door that covers the side discharge in case you want to use the bag, I hold that door open with a bungee cord. :) Works great!
I suspect your chute is the same as mine. I too went to the bungee cord, as it is the only way to run the thing. With 1/2 acre in the yard, and a small area in front of the barn that I use the walk behind for, I'd spend more time emptying the catcher, than mowing, if bag was installed.
 

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Thanks for all the info. I decided to stay "green" and bought the John Deere Model JS36 mower. My dealer gave me a good buy and it will be at my house for $365 (tax and a JD cap included).

The only thing that keeps me from mowing now is the snow on the ground and the snow that is currently coming down again! This winter just does not want to end!
 

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Wow! Hard to believe there are places that it's still snowing. Congrats on the mower!
Yeah, it's winter is really wearing out its wellcome here. We got an inch of snow last night. Lucky I got another 500 bales of hay in the barn. The pastures have done nothing on growing grass yet.
 

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Hudsoner;

Will you let us know how you like your new walk behind mower, when you finally get to use it?

I went down and got a new wheel for the Honda BlackMax, and it set me back $20! And that was for the universal one, not Honda! :thumbsdown:

Only good thing about it, it isn't small plastic spokes, but solid plastic, so maybe it will last longer. Once I go through another wheel on mine, it is going to find a new home. Not an affordable machine to maintain.

I like what I am hearing about the JD stuff, so will be interested to see if you like it. Maybe I'll have ti invest in something else green!
 
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