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I see most of the lawn care folks running Honda. I looked at mower review and could not find what all of you are using so would like some information.
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Toro Super Recycler.
Not to be confused with the "regular" Recycler that can be found at big box stores. As I understand it, it's the best one they make without paying over a grand for a true commercial Toro push mower.

I had a Consumer Reports magazine around here that had it rated #2 - a Honda was #1, but it was also several hundred dollars more.

I've been very pleased with my purchase.
Here's a thread I started with pics... http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=13790

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I know your looking for self propel review but just the commercial Honda push for us. At the time I was more worried about cost/didn't want to have to worry about the tranny breaking, but it has done everything we have asked of it.
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Maybe I misunderstood the question.

Are you specifically asking about Honda mowers and want to know which model "us lawn guys" use?
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I have the HRX217HXA, love it. Great cut, bags and mulches perfectly. Cuts tall grass very well. A bit heavy and kinda tough to clean the underside. But overall a great mower. Not commercial, but very well built in my opinion.

I also have the HRR216VKA. Another great mower, lighter than the HRX. Has some issues with doing wheelies when the bag is full.
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Maybe I misunderstood the question.

Are you specifically asking about Honda mowers and want to know which model "us lawn guys" use?
You guys have been a great help. What I was trying to say is if Honda is one of the top of the lines then what model? Also do any of you have mowers under $1,000.00 that will work just as good? Most of the yards I do are with my ZTR but my two push mowers are about gone and ready for a new one. I was told that the gear box is what goes out with most low end mowers. As like you all I do not have time to mess around with a mower that will not work well.
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Toro Super Recycler.
Not to be confused with the "regular" Recycler that can be found at big box stores. As I understand it, it's the best one they make without paying over a grand for a true commercial Toro push mower.

I had a Consumer Reports magazine around here that had it rated #2 - a Honda was #1, but it was also several hundred dollars more.

I've been very pleased with my purchase.
Here's a thread I started with pics... http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=13790
I rmemebr seeing your post a while back but could not find it till you posted here. Looks great and just might be the way to go for me. Thank you very much.
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I know your looking for self propel review but just the commercial Honda push for us. At the time I was more worried about cost/didn't want to have to worry about the tranny breaking, but it has done everything we have asked of it.
I have two mowers and the tranny went out on it and boy is it hard to push.
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I have the HRX217HXA, love it. Great cut, bags and mulches perfectly. Cuts tall grass very well. A bit heavy and kinda tough to clean the underside. But overall a great mower. Not commercial, but very well built in my opinion.

I also have the HRR216VKA. Another great mower, lighter than the HRX. Has some issues with doing wheelies when the bag is full.
I saw this at Home Depot. The Engine repair shop told me yesterday that it would be dumb for anyone in our business to go and buy a homeowner mower. But he want's to sell mowers and maybe he has deeper pockets that I do.
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See, that's why I went with the Toro Super Recycler... it's not a "commercial grade" mower, but for $530, it's a great value considering the quality. It's built a little more sturdy than the Recycler that can be found in big box stores.

My dealer sells a lot of them to landscapers around here. I just couldn't wrap my head around paying over $1,200 for a commercial Toro push mower (at least not at this point in my business venture), so I went this route. A friend who lives several hours away from me works at a dealership and also recommended this mower to me.

As for the Hondas... I haven't a clue. I do see them in use, but it seems a lot of guys around here still have the old Lawn Boys on their trucks. Since they don't make the "good" Lawn Boy mowers any more, I see a lot of Toros.
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