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    So, still kind of new at this, but I was wondering how many of you use a push style walkbehind and what you think to look for in one. I currently use lawn boy's, but, some of my clients like to let their lawn grow too tall in between mowings, and the thing can't even make an entire line without getting stuck. It has a briggs and stratton 675 with 6.75 torque. I have gotten the side discharge attatchment for it, but it clogs within seconds of use. I guess my question is, does anyone know if a briggs 875 professional engine with 8.75 torque would solve my problem. I know alot about cars and their capabilities, but i just can't think in that small of a number when it comes to engine torque.

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    So, still kind of new at this, but I was wondering how many of you use a push style walkbehind and what you think to look for in one. I currently use lawn boy's, but, some of my clients like to let their lawn grow too tall in between mowings, and the thing can't even make an entire line without getting stuck. It has a briggs and stratton 675 with 6.75 torque. I have gotten the side discharge attatchment for it, but it clogs within seconds of use. I guess my question is, does anyone know if a briggs 875 professional engine with 8.75 torque would solve my problem. I know alot about cars and their capabilities, but i just can't think in that small of a number when it comes to engine torque.
    I have the same mower you have.. use a bungee cord to hold up the discharge.. not that little plastic thing.. becareful of throwing rocks though. Dont use the self propelled when you get in thick. You move slower and have more power going to the engine. I have mower grass 2 ft tall with that thing easy

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    • #3
      I got the actual discharge chute, but that is not what clogs, it is the chute coming from the deck to the back. Those other tricks work alot of the time as well, but the worst is thick zoysia grass. I have one client that said it wasn't growing when it didn't rain for weeks around here, and then all of a sudden a whole bunch of rain and it grew tall and thick. I cut it at three inches fine, but then getting it down to two like he wanted was the challenge, I got it there but only got like $15 more for it. I've been thinking of doing an engine swap anyway because it has started to burn alot of oil, but i'm wondering if the commercial engine will actuall be worth the price of just getting a new mower.

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      • #4
        I have a crapman with the 8.75 it is a little better than the 6.75 as power going
        but for long grass goes I just got a walk-behind trimmer works great (the right tool for the job)
        <a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=120723_0006.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/120723_0006.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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        • #5
          how good does that trimmer work for you? must take a big to get that all done.

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          • #6
            That's some tall grass, havn't come across anything that bad yet.

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            • #7
              As far as I knew, the 875 wasn't an I/C engine. The 850 is though. When my clients strectch out their mowing cycles to the point of unfairness, I simply requote.
              Double the normal lenghth = double the price.

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              • #8
                I think the 8 series to be a good choice as it has overhead cam which allows it to run cooler and more efficiently. That would probably be helpful in making it last longer, I think I may try it. The only bad thing I've really heard is that some people have bent the crankshaft, but IDK that seems tough to do.

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                • #9
                  This was my first use of it. Got it off craigslist $100 I went over it with this trimmer then ran over it with the z-turn (side discharge) going back and forth blowing the grass into a pile tarp & remove then 2 times with bagger on

                  <a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=120723_0009.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/120723_0009.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

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                  Sorry only had my phone on me

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                  • #10
                    This was my first use of it. Got it off craigslist $100 I went over it with this trimmer then ran over it with the z-turn (side discharge) going back and forth blowing the grass into a pile tarp & remove then 2 times with bagger on

                    <a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=120723_0009.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/120723_0009.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

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                    Sorry only had my phone on me
                    nice mower how long did it take to turn that mess in too a decent lanw and if u dont mind how much do u charge for something like that
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                    • #11
                      I under bid it (my bad) I spent about 10 hours spread over two days. I did the lawn, one yard of mulch, trimmed the front bushes, cut low hanging branches, and removed 6 yards of lawn waste. so all that and I only charged $450 (my cost was 30 mulch & 30 dumping) fixing the front mulch area took way to long I don't know what happened it was hot & humid and I think I was just moving slow. the grass was about 3 hours (1hour trimmer, 1/2hour z-turn running it over, 1 &half bagging and loading)

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                      • #12
                        we all have underbid our self time to time at least every once, in a great while oh well that's how we learned nice video

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                        • #13
                          So, still kind of new at this, but I was wondering how many of you use a push style walkbehind and what you think to look for in one. I currently use lawn boy's, but, some of my clients like to let their lawn grow too tall in between mowings, and the thing can't even make an entire line without getting stuck. It has a briggs and stratton 675 with 6.75 torque. I have gotten the side discharge attatchment for it, but it clogs within seconds of use. I guess my question is, does anyone know if a briggs 875 professional engine with 8.75 torque would solve my problem. I know alot about cars and their capabilities, but i just can't think in that small of a number when it comes to engine torque.

                          Move slower while cutting and charge your clients more.

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                          • #14
                            I use push mowers .
                            one craftsman 21 675series push . and toro 30 timemaster.
                            i use the 21 for gnarly stuff like in the pic attatched.
                            some of this was over 5 ft high.
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                            • #15
                              I under bid it (my bad) I spent about 10 hours spread over two days.
                              How long were you thinking it was going to take?
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