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Topic # 237470 4-Jun-2018 13:16
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I was going to get a Husqvarna 48cm dedicated mulch mower, thanks to recommendation by I think it was @vexxxboy . All set to go, even called the local dealer who is going to the show in July in AKL

 

As my lawns are large, and with fiddly bits on one side area and orchard/raised gardens I decided to avoid self drive and look for a push mower with some features I am keen on. Mulch plug, catcher, wide cut at 53cm, side shute, hose fitting. Nothing I can find so I am kinda stuck with self drive. I saw Toro, liking them, any good? I assume they are US made. They dont have the Super Recycler model, but it has personal pace which allows self drive speed to be as you walk speed. Its also 55cm cut

 

Reversing a self drive. Youtube indicated that you can reverse these if you cease the self drive before you stop it so it fully releases. And are self drive mowers much harder to push/reverse if self drive is disabled? (for the fiddly bits) 

 

There is a Toro dealer here in ChCh, ironically not far from the Husqvarna dealer. 

 

Opinions on Toro or in general?


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  Reply # 2029397 4-Jun-2018 20:07
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I see you mention mulching. Always mulching at certain times of the year or in certain climates results in the mulch thatching rather than the mulch rotting away as intended. Something to be aware of.

 

As far as mowers go we have a Masport President 4000 46 cm which has given stirling service. Starts first time very time. It has the mulching attachment and the hose fitting for washing the under body.

 

The Husky looks pretty good though.





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  Reply # 2029458 4-Jun-2018 21:25
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Technofreak:

 

I see you mention mulching. Always mulching at certain times of the year or in certain climates results in the mulch thatching rather than the mulch rotting away as intended. Something to be aware of.

 

As far as mowers go we have a Masport President 4000 46 cm which has given stirling service. Starts first time very time. It has the mulching attachment and the hose fitting for washing the under body.

 

The Husky looks pretty good though.

 

 

Thanks for the advice. I've had thatch issues, all fixed now. Lack of watering by previous owner so the grass that dies (from lack of watering) just stayed brown and intact rooted. De thatched to a level of disturbing the top cm of soil, then overseeeded, now thickening up nicely, and the solid wont be dry and thin forever, and allow composing

 

Impressed by Masport. They have a lot of models, Mitre 10 and Bunnings dont show all or all the features, the Masport website has everything so I shall study there. 

 

Cheers!


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  Reply # 2029462 4-Jun-2018 21:34
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I was going to get a Husqvarna 48cm dedicated mulch mower, thanks to recommendation by I think it was @vexxxboy . All set to go, even called the local dealer who is going to the show in July in AKL

 

As my lawns are large, and with fiddly bits on one side area and orchard/raised gardens I decided to avoid self drive and look for a push mower with some features I am keen on. Mulch plug, catcher, wide cut at 53cm, side shute, hose fitting. Nothing I can find so I am kinda stuck with self drive. I saw Toro, liking them, any good? I assume they are US made. They dont have the Super Recycler model, but it has personal pace which allows self drive speed to be as you walk speed. Its also 55cm cut

 

Reversing a self drive. Youtube indicated that you can reverse these if you cease the self drive before you stop it so it fully releases. And are self drive mowers much harder to push/reverse if self drive is disabled? (for the fiddly bits) 

 

There is a Toro dealer here in ChCh, ironically not far from the Husqvarna dealer. 

 

Opinions on Toro or in general?

 

 

I acquired a second-hand, but newish Toro Personal Pace model 7 years ago, and it was great, until it wasn't. According to my friendly local lawnmower guy, they're a dream for the first few years, and then the constant replacement of drive gears and wheels makes them uneconomical, and my personal experience backs this up. He likened Toros to an expensive European sports car - great until it needs fixing, then you're in for an expensive time.

 

YMMV.


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  Reply # 2029894 5-Jun-2018 16:08
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A little tip on mulching is to wet down the lawn afterwards in dry conditions and regularly apply a bit of liquid blood and bone and/or seaweed extract (not chemical fertiliser) - both assist the breaking down of the cuttings.





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