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#1 A.C.T. OFFLINE  

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 12:42 PM

I have three older but respectable baggers that run great. The first I posted yesterday, John Deere 14SB. The second a Toro 2 stroke. And third a Craftsman. Would like to see what you guys think is the best of the three. I know there are other mowers that may even be better out there, but I own these three. Thaught it would be fun to see. Thanks.

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 02:43 PM

I had an old Craftsman mower I bought new in 62 and when I moved to Fla in 72 I gave it to my brother in law and he used it until 90 with no major repairs. Back then we did not repair them we just used it.I vote for the Craftsman

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 02:57 PM

What model # is the Toro? If that is a 22040 with the Suzuki engine, that one will be tough to beat.
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 03:53 PM

Yes the Toro has the Suzuki engine

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 04:36 PM

My vote for those three is the John Deere. The Toro is a close second.
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 04:37 PM

I have a JD 14SB myself.
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 04:59 PM

I had one years ago that ran forever. I got it used. Had to hold my palm over the carb so it would suck in enough gas to start. I used it for over 15 years that way. Can't remember the brand, just a cheapy you'd find about anywhere.
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 07:05 PM

I'll vote for the JD as well. It looks built like a tank. I never cared for 2 stroke mowers. The Lawnboys I used when a kid were in a word gutless and bogged down in wet grass where a 3.5 B and S powered mower would power through. I had one customer who insisted I use his lawnboy's. He had 2 of them and if one wouldn't run I'd use the other. Ahhhh.... the memories of my mis spent youth!
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 07:25 PM

I'll go with the Toro.
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 08:11 PM

Years ago I worked with a friend mowing lawns in his new business. He had two lawn boy two stroke push mowers that cut great and were pretty quiet too. My vote's for the Toro.
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 09:14 PM

Looking at the decks, I'd say the toro & the JD would have the least resistance to getting the grass in the bag. I Grew up with both 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines on push mowers and the 2 strokes were a little less powerful, but the overall job was nicer. They had a more even cut and higher RPM from what I remember. Also, the two strokers were perfect for our front bank, no chance of oil starvation from tipping like the 4 stroke.

All that being said, I had a High wheel version of the craftsman with the "Weed Eater" name on it. It was a beast of a cutter and the bagger worked much better than I would've ever expected. Only time it ever bogged down is when the bag got full.
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 09:17 PM

My Vote Would be for the Toro.....
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Posted September 22, 2012 - 08:06 AM

I Grew up with both 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines on push mowers and the 2 strokes were a little less powerful.....


The old LB C & D series were less powerful than the F, Duraforce, and M series. I believe that the Duraforce was good for 6 1/2hp. The popular thinking is that an engine that fires every rotation is going to put out more power than an engine that fires every other rotation.
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