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Midrange FWD walk behind Mower - HU700F vs 20339 #4517998
09/16/17 05:01 PM
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brueggma1 Offline OP
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Greetings BITOG,

I'm in need of a new FWD 21 or 22in mower. I've been looking at either the Toro 20339 or the husqvarna HU700F. Are there any other options I should be looking at? Does the forum prefer either the Toros or Husqvarnas?

I currently have a 10yr old Craftsman push mower. I'm located near Chicago, with a lawn size of ~1/3 of an acre. I would prefer FWD as we have lots of kids lawn play items and I feel like the FWD may be easier to maneuver around everything.



Husqvarna HU700F
Pros: Bearings in the wheels, honda engine
Cons: handle bars look awkward.

Toro 20339
Pros: Local parts & repair shop very close
Cons: ?? expensive ??

Re: Midrange FWD walk behind Mower - HU700F vs 20339 [Re: brueggma1] #4518115
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Any particular reason you prefer FWD?


1999 Mitsu Galant ES-V6 339k

Re: Midrange FWD walk behind Mower - HU700F vs 20339 [Re: brueggma1] #4518166
09/16/17 08:56 PM
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FWD are much less durable than many rear wheel drive units. Night and day difference.

The standard is RWD, for a reason.

Just saying.


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12 Suzuki S40 Rotella 15W40
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Re: Midrange FWD walk behind Mower - HU700F vs 20339 [Re: brueggma1] #4518279
09/17/17 12:16 AM
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And Toro is highly rated brand. Only Honda tops it.
Husqvarna are OK. Some say they are heavy.


There's no such thing as:
Too big of a battery,
Too large of a gas tank,
or too loud of a horn,
or too bright headlights.
Re: Midrange FWD walk behind Mower - HU700F vs 20339 [Re: brueggma1] #4518326
09/17/17 05:55 AM
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If you donít need the smart stow, there is a version of that Toro with a Honda engine.

22" (56 cm) Variable Speed High Wheel Honda Engine (50-State) (20379)

That said - Entire Honda Mower is my recommendation.

Honda Lawn Mowers


Robert
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Re: Midrange FWD walk behind Mower - HU700F vs 20339 [Re: brueggma1] #4859011
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brueggma1 Offline OP
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Everyone,

I ended out purchasing the Toro model 20339 last year. I love the front wheel drive, it makes it easy for me to maneuver around the all the kids junk in the yard. Additionally, the mower bad does not seem to sit flush with the mower deck which has the added benefit of telling you when it's full, when you see lawn clippings fly out of the top.

I would by this product again.

Re: Midrange FWD walk behind Mower - HU700F vs 20339 [Re: brueggma1] #4859040
09/03/18 07:02 PM
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1/2 hr N.E. of Detroit
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I agree! FWD push mowers are much easier to operate than RWD push mowers.


She's the only sister-in-law I have. But she's not my favorite.
Re: Midrange FWD walk behind Mower - HU700F vs 20339 [Re: brueggma1] #4859919
09/04/18 07:26 PM
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Honda HRR models are fairly priced, have a great warranty, and are basically bulletproof for the average homeowner.

I use the Honda HRX models in my mowing business. Honda HRX217VKA - (High-end Residential, but will hold up to Commercial use)


FWIW - I had the HU700F many moons ago. It was fine as long as the grass was completely dry. Any moisture at all, and it became a clog-o-matic.

Last edited by Lawn_Care; 09/04/18 07:33 PM.

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Re: Midrange FWD walk behind Mower - HU700F vs 20339 [Re: Lawn_Care] #4861284
09/06/18 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Lawn_Care
Honda HRR models are fairly priced, have a great warranty, and are basically bulletproof for the average homeowner.

I use the Honda HRX models in my mowing business. Honda HRX217VKA - (High-end Residential, but will hold up to Commercial use)


FWIW - I had the HU700F many moons ago. It was fine as long as the grass was completely dry. Any moisture at all, and it became a clog-o-matic.



They are hardly fairly priced. Good mowers? Yes, but not great mowers. Their transmissions are very problematic and expensive to repair.

For FWD, a Toro Recycler or Husqvarna would do just fine. I'd even look at a Craftsman with a Honda engine.

I have a FWD Toro Recycler with the larger rear wheels and Briggs flathead engine. It's going on 10 years with no issues at all, just blade sharpenings, oil changes, and air filters. Still has the original spark plug even.


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (180k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (33k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X

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