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wood1954

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So I was going to work out today, but decide to mow the grass in the vineyard Instead:h:ss. I have a self propelled lawn mower that decided to break its drive belt after 5 minutes, my vineyard is on a pretty good slope so it was quite a workout. Does anyone else use a self propelled mower that is reliable? Mine has broken three times in one year. It’s a Dirty hand tools brand and is poorly engineered, grass gets wrapped around the transmission and stops the belt which then breaks.
 

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I have a Husqvarna whose drive train has been pretty reliable. Don't get me started on the carburetion, however!
 

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John Deere, get the better version, not small homeowners model.

Side note: I have a 23hp 1978 model 400 that will crush rocks. 72 in 3 blade deck, it's almost bullet proof. 2 speed hydro tranny. Purchased from the city after they destroyed it mowing a very steep cemetery ran it low on oil. I rebuilt it and it's still going.
 

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I'll second the John Deere. My 2009 Z445 is excellent for vineyard mowing and can take the random rocks and such that inevitably end up in the row
 

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Hell, I’ll give you the third for JD. Mine‘s a year old, brought my first one up to my property after 17 years of home service, still going strong. Love my new one too, JD X350.
 

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I meant a walk behind mower with self propelled option. Unfortunately I placed my fence too close to get my rider into the vineyar
 

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I only recently broke down and bought a riding mower for my acre. When I get the cash I'll spring for a Deere.

Before that i was using my Honda. I'm not sure if this is the exact model, but it's really close: Honda HRN216VKA Model Info | 21" Walk Behind Mower | Honda Lawn Mowers

Mine's got the Honda GCV160 Engine. Looks like this one is the GCV170.

2-3 hours of walking each weekend. I always mulched, never bagged. Depending on how efficient I was, 1 tank of gas would do the whole acre. Still runs great and starts in one pull. I use it for the tight areas now. Variable speed self-propulsion allows for you to set it from a leisurely stroll to a fast power-walk. I highly recommend.
 

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