Electric lawn mowers?

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I have an old John Deere JS48 self propelled that we have had at least 5 years, maybe 6. It has worked great except for the time the wife talked me into having a lawn mower shop rebuild the carb after we had trouble getting it to run. Got it back from the shop, same problem. Returned it, got it back, same problem.

I got a kit off Amazon and replaced the carb and I think 3 years later (maybe 2) it still runs great. The self propelled feature barely works this year so I need to adjust but it does help pull it up the hill. I even got the zero turn rider working pretty well this year. About time to sharpen the blades but it can wait until mowing season is over.
 

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Speaking of electric mowers, Many years back before I met my wife, I lived with a woman and we had a corded electric. This was back when they first came out. Was great on well kept Bermuda grass but sucked if you got into any weeds. Plus the fact that every time my girlfriend tied to mow she would run over and cut the extension cord.
 

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I agree, but there's no reason why my $500+ mower should already be done for after two and a half years worth of work. Also, with being between jobs/starting my own business right now, as well as needing to drop $4k into repairing the engine on my truck unexpectedly I'm a little short on commercial mower money, and I dont see much of point in said investment if I only need it for 2-3 years before buying a riding mower for acreage in the future.



I use rotella t6 as well, as well as premium 100% gas. One of the issues is the self propelled bits are worn out, and while I haven't done a compression test, I am relatively sure my compression is going out. It has a hard time mowing anything, regardless of height after it gets warm. Constantly bogging down, the whole nine yards. Took it to a shadetree mechanic and a husqvarna dealer last year, had the carb rebuilt, parts replaced, everything serviced and stuff, but no change. I serviced it this year about a month ago, again no change. I may just buy a non propelled model, I feel like it would be more reliable and I could have a little more juice for mowing as opposed to making it easier for me.

check the spark arrestor.
 

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There is a yard tool shop about 29th and portland that will hook you up with a good mower and not break the bank . Lady there will not sell crap she will not stand behind.... just understand she is blunt. Not rude just very matter of fact.
 

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Never been a fan of Husqvarna engines. Make great power, but not built to last. Never have been, even in those screaming fast super-high compression motorcycle engines. Yeah, you might win on Saturday at the track but you'd have to rebuild on Sunday.

I've looked at li-ion mowers for six years, and as forward as I look to the day I have a reason to buy one, they just aren't proven yet. It's the battery life. I though the brushless models might improve all that, but it hasn't been the case. A few lower tier brands put em out, postage stamp tract house city slickers liked em enough that everybody else came to the party as soon as they could slap a brand name on their own model. I had high hopes when Toro got into the game, but they seem to be meeting current tech instead of pushing it forward. I'll swear by my battery trimmer and blade edger though. Long battery life in those tiny but adequate motors.

As much as I love the move to battery stuffs, buy a Honda. You don't have to spend $700, but those nexite models are supreme. Look for any other brand with a Honda motor on it. I have a Troy Bilt with the Honda 160 motor on it. Regular oil/filter changes, 100% phillips/conoco/shell gas, and constantly file sharpened blades she's been going strong for 13 years. When and if it does finally die, I'll suck it up and buy the high dollar dual blade nexite deck Honda 190. Buy once, cry once.
 

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I just pulled off a newer style Briggs off a snapper self propelled mower.
I wore out that engine, minimal compression when it gets warm.
Bogs down and begins cutting out and coughing and puking after 6 minutes of mowing.

Son had a honda OHV gas engine on a power washer that had the pump go out.
I stuck that on my push mower deck and it now cuts again.
 

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I saw a Kobalt 40V (NON-self propelled) the other day for $300 new at Lowes. That's what I have and it will have no problem mowing a normal residential lot front and back on a 5 amp battery. ETA: No bagging or stopping, stopping and starting a lot eats the battery up faster than mowing and I don't bag grass, that sh*ts for the birds. I just did it and it was wet and too dang tall. Surprised me as I only bought it to do the spots my ZTR won't get to. Just bought the weedeater to match it so I now have a 4 amp battery to go with it. It's really nice to just pop a battery in and go. I weedeated, edged, mowed and used the blower on the front AND back with less than 9 amps of battery when it was way too wet to get the ZTR out.

I've heard that Lowes offers very deep discounts on the 80V stuff near the end of the season. If you can milk it that long it might be a good plan.
 

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As much as I love the move to battery stuffs, buy a Honda. You don't have to spend $700, but those nexite models are supreme. Look for any other brand with a Honda motor on it. I have a Troy Bilt with the Honda 160 motor on it. Regular oil/filter changes, 100% phillips/conoco/shell gas, and constantly file sharpened blades she's been going strong for 13 years. When and if it does finally die, I'll suck it up and buy the high dollar dual blade nexite deck Honda 190. Buy once, cry once.

I have a Toro recycler with a Honda motor. That thing is a hoss. Every winter I forget to winterize it and every spring that son of a gun starts right up without sputtering. One of these days I’ll probably pay the cost of not winterizing it… I use 91 octane 100% gas in it.
 
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