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Toro Timemaster 30 inch lawn mower (21199) - Home Depot $999

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Just picked one up a couple days ago and saw there was a price drop today. Got my $100 back. These rarely go on sale. It's a great mower if you don't need a riding.

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I suppose there are situations where this would be appropriate but you can buy a 30" riding mower for $1086 or a 42" riding for $1146 at WalMart. For the slight increase in cost I would definitely go for riding.
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I suppose there are situations where this would be appropriate but you can buy a 30" riding mower for $1086 or a 42" riding for $1146 at WalMart. For the slight increase in cost I would definitely go for riding.

Fair points, but riding mowers are more complex and so have more parts that can fail or require maintenance. Also, they use power that could otherwise be used for the blades. Walk behinds are more maneuverable than riding mowers that aren't zero turn. And some people prefer walking.
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i have one like this...8 years now and still running strong....start right up... my advice best to use premium gas...change oil and plug every year nothing else...same belt since new...i would buy one again if mower s dead..
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This may be a good price for this but $1000 for a push mower? I have a $200 troy built push mower that is 12+ years old and still starts on the first pull. Toro is an excellent brand though. Too each their own.

Edit, when first posted I didn't realize the the mower width was so wide but still $1000 is a good chunk of change.
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Still have my Toro recycler 20" walk behind mower with no problems. Bought it new 13 years ago. Only thing I've had to replace was the primer bulb (5$).
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This is a fantastic price. I just moved to a multi-acre yard, so this wouldn't do the job anymore. But for anyone in the half acre to one acre range, this thing will be a huge time saver.

To those that are confused why you'd pay this much or why you'd get this over a smaller deck or a similar-sized tractor, here's the rundown:

Time: My half acre lawn took 1.5-1.75 hours with a 20" Honda mower, which was a great mower. I purchased a Craftsman Pro Series 28" and it cut it down to .75-1 hour. That time was being used for other things that weren't being spent on mowing. I still had all of the control of a push mower while getting it done faster. The pace-assist is really great. A rider tractor mower seems like a great idea until you realize that turn radius means everything in tight areas. Every time you have to loop back around, you're losing time. Unless you're getting a four wheel steer tractor, which are very expensive, you're not saving a ton of time with a tractor.

Cut: Mulching capabilities were increased with mowers with more powerful engines. Grass and leaves didn't stand a chance. The wide deck mower never got bogged down. This Toro will be even better than my ProSeries was. A wide deck push mower allows you to stripe nicely and evenly whereas a rider tractor requires loops and you won't get that clean look, if you're into that sort of thing.

Maintenance: Tractors require more maintenance and more costly repairs. A push will outlast a rider, if only because there are less parts that can break that "end the life" of a tractor, specifically the transmission.

So again, if you're fine with your 20" or your tractor, that's great. But if you're in that half acre range, 50% extra cutting area is going to give you time back at a better cut.

OT: I've now moved on to a zero-turn for my multi-acre property.
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I suppose there are situations where this would be appropriate but you can buy a 30" riding mower for $1086 or a 42" riding for $1146 at WalMart. For the slight increase in cost I would definitely go for riding.
A Toro walk behind will be far more reliable than a Murray rider. The Toro will be much more maneuverable. The biggest difference is that the quality of cut when using a walk-behind mower is far superior than a rider and has less compaction. Walk behinds are also better for a hilly yard. They are also easier to fit through gates, easier to store and easier to maintain.

I would get a high quality walk behind before ever buying a poor quality rider.
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Still have my Toro recycler 20" walk behind mower with no problems. Bought it new 13 years ago. Only thing I've had to replace was the primer bulb (5$).

Stuff from 'back then' will be far less problematic than stuff these days. Toro outsourced to MTD in 2007. MOST mowers are made by one or two companies now...so...regardless what 'name' you buy...you're getting a similar product - none of which are that reliable.

With that info in mind...I'd just find a model with similar features - regardless of the name...and find the lowest price...and buy that. 'Name Brand' mowers will also be more likely more costly to repair, as well.
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I wish there wasn't such a huge price disparity between 21" mowers and 28"+ mowers, hard to justify the extra $600~
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I suppose there are situations where this would be appropriate but you can buy a 30" riding mower for $1086 or a 42" riding for $1146 at WalMart. For the slight increase in cost I would definitely go for riding.

That's what I am replacing it with. My 30" riding is branded a Troy Bilt, but they're all the same. I hate the 30" riding. It is a single blade while this 30" push is a twin blade. It ends up with a ton more cutting power and a finer cut. The single ends up cutting like shit. you can't even make a tiny turn with it without the cut messing up.

I also had a fence installed recently so my riding mower ends up being more work since the turning radius is poor.

This timemaster is a beast of a mower. Many people use them for commercial and they hold up for years with little maintenance.
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i have one like this...8 years now and still running strong....start right up... my advice best to use premium gas...change oil and plug every year nothing else...same belt since new...i would buy one again if mower s dead..
Why premium gas?
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Why premium gas?
Because they don't realize what they should really be buying is ethanol free gas with fuel stabilizer for anything that will be stored more than 2 weeks between fillups, especially if it's carbureted.
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Because they don't realize what they should really be buying is ethanol free gas with fuel stabilizer for anything that will be stored more than 2 weeks between fillups, especially if it's carbureted.
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