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Old 04-12-2011, 03:17 PM
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Not want to pinch my food budget, I went to Sears and bought the Craftsman Professional 21'' 175cc* ( 7.75 torque ) Rear Wheel Drive Lawn Mower (CA). It was a used model reduced to $299. Looking under it, it looked like one mow and it was returned. Now? I know why! The thing sounded powerful and the motor was strong but. The thing didn't go 2 miles an hour, slowing me down all day (4 mile an hour walker. The lowest setting was 1.25in not nearly the cut I want my customers to have on some lawns. I felt stung as soon as I tried to mow with it, thought about waiting 29 days to return it and be dishonest but that would have been a torturous 29 days. Professional my butt!

I bit the bullet and bout an Honda HRC216HXA and won't be eating for the next month. Needed to loose a few pounds anyways. Haven't used it yet but paid $1100 out the door, including taxes, about $150 less than any other quote.

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I would only suggest buying homeowner model walk-behind mowers for doing hills, as they are light weight.

The problem with homeowner models are that they aren't assembled properly 1/2 the time.

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If you still have it, there should be a cord from your handlebar leading towards and above the left tire, you will find a "nob" , give it a full turn counter-clock-wise. See if that works, it will fix your speed problem.


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can you post up the model # ,and I have never had any complaints about the rear drive craftsman for speed ,you can drop it at their service centre for repair,but a look in the instructions will probably show you the adjustment procedure ,depending on the style control you have.
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Flat so-cal lawns. Still had to push it.

This was a Craftman pro model with a 1 year waranty. I espected zoom zoom and I got push me, push me. I should have disconnected the transmission and just pushed it. It really was a piece of garbage. I returned it and purchased the Honda for 3.5 times as much money. Already impressed with its features. Looking to be impressed about its power and reliability.

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I would only suggest buying homeowner model walk-behind mowers for doing hills, as they are light weight.

The problem with homeowner models are that they aren't assembled properly 1/2 the time.

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If you still have it, there should be a cord from your handlebar leading towards and above the left tire, you will find a "nob" , give it a full turn counter-clock-wise. See if that works, it will fix your speed problem.


Let me know if that works, I'll be waiting :P
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Speaking of features...

Why can't any of these pricey mowers come equipped with single point height adjustment?

WTF? My ten year old Craftsman that probably cost me less than $300 has it.
So far, so good with my new Toro, but I cut the grass to different heights in the front and back yard, and this "adjust each wheel" crap is annoying after only needing to move a single lever for the last several years.


Hope you enjoy that Honda and it gives you many years of service!
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Why can't any of these pricey mowers come equipped with single point height adjustment?

WTF? My ten year old Craftsman that probably cost me less than $300 has it.
So far, so good with my new Toro, but I cut the grass to different heights in the front and back yard, and this "adjust each wheel" crap is annoying after only needing to move a single lever for the last several years.


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The four step is a little annoying but for the fact that I don't have to turn off the motor and restart makes up for the time lost in cutting lawns, no restart when I have to pick up the stray rock and starting an engine is the hardest part on the engine.

On a ten job day? I find I adjust it maybe three times. I took my fiance Sumalee back to the hospital today so didn't get to play with my new toy yet. Tommorow is a 20 job $1000 dollar day though, gonna put it through it's paces and just see why it's a $1250 21" mower. I only paid $1100 out the door though. What does everyone think about that price, I am so happy with Anaheim Lawn mowers that I am willing to pug them here. Okay, time to put this stuff in the show off section. heeheehee!

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Why can't any of these pricey mowers come equipped with single point height adjustment?

WTF? My ten year old Craftsman that probably cost me less than $300 has it.
So far, so good with my new Toro, but I cut the grass to different heights in the front and back yard, and this "adjust each wheel" crap is annoying after only needing to move a single lever for the last several years.


Hope you enjoy that Honda and it gives you many years of service!
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You didn't check the height before buying it? I dont know why people hate on the box store home owner style equipment. All my stuff is made by MTD and granted is only 2 years old but in the past 2 years has had 0 problems.
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