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  Reply # 1474981 19-Jan-2016 22:50
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It's just that IF someone told me he could tell if a motor was doing 9-10 and not 11.2 ...


IMHO all 4 strokes are pretty close in cutting performance motor-wise.


The higher end ones might struggle less on a long job vs a short job, say. And hence actual cutting performance then is probably more to do with blade design and extra features like mulching.


Sorry not really answering your Q - is the $500 Ryobi as good as the $1000 masport ... anyone?

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  Reply # 1474982 19-Jan-2016 22:52
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oh and Re weight ... if your ground is soft wand damp .... it will dig and bog like a corolla on the beach


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  Reply # 1475138 20-Jan-2016 09:51
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Martynnz: I would recomend anything with an OHV Honda engine.  Talking to our local mower shop guy recently and he recomended them over anything else for any purpose (I was looking for a water blaster).  ....


I have a Victor Mulching Mower with a Honda Engine. Damn near bullet proof, Ive now had it 15+ years


It cost me $700  , so wasnt cheap, but over 20++ years it should last thats nothing. Ive sometimes gone months between lawn mows, the ~grass~ would be


shin height in places. The victor would mow it, but took alot of effort & alot of time.


Definitely get alu body, I previously went through many steel bodied mowers (rust)


But, I dont think the Original Post is realistic. He seemed to want commercial ride on power at consumer push mower price.





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  Reply # 1475876 21-Jan-2016 08:44
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They should know all the details and how to work all their products. But I wouldn't take any critical reviews from them ... he also probably has bought the Ryobi for his home hasn't he?





This wasn't his product, he works for Ozito.





It is all the same company




Reports are that the engines are fairly solid - although spares are hard to come by. Chassis, wheels, catcher will only last a few seasons.

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  Reply # 1475948 21-Jan-2016 10:07
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First off I have a mower problem, I currently have two, two multi tools, a blower vac, a chainsaw etc etc


I had a small lawn mowing round for a few years, and the best mower for catching wet grass was and is the Testarossa, a light weight plastic mower that can be bought chassis only or with choice or engine, a Honda or Honda Copy Lonchin OHV preferred (Easy to start and low fuel use).  They get broken with stones and fade from UV. Have an alloy blade adaptor that breaks if solid objects struck, to save the engine and shaft from damage. 


Other than that is grass is too long and or wet, you need to cut without catcher, or cut twice staring higher, and then lower.  Forget mulching long or wet grass.


Mower needs to be kept clean and serviced, and regularly check and sharpen blades.  Any vibration is not good, and indicates out of balance blades or bent engine shaft.


I currently have an older Tandem 19" Honda powered mower with mesh catcher, which cuts nice. I replaced the throttle as it fell apart, and modified the handle as it was too low for me. About a year ago I bought an old Victa Mulcher and tidied it up, replaced throttle, upper handle, bolts, fitted a big Lonchin 196cc engine. I currently use this most of the time. It is about torque not power.  




If I had a smaller lawn I may have a cheaper domestic type mower, Consumer reports suggest the Ryobi petrol mower is ok. If is lasts 5 years with some maintenance then that's fine.


For my use I like more solid alloy chassis mowers with a good engine, and taken care they will last longer.  The cost per year is similar, but I believe the mowing experience is better.   However, I now have younger children and may have to downsize to a smaller lighter mower if I want them to mow the lawns.  I hope to find a suitable electric mower eventually.

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