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Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower #4720364
04/08/18 09:52 AM
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jims5600 Offline OP
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Looking to pick up a gas push mower to be used basically for trimming,flower beds,tree areas etc
Looking at a Cub Cadet sc300 or a Toro 20377. Seem fairly close in specs.,but Im no mower pro.
What say you,or can you recommend something under $300?
Thanks

Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4720375
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Why do you need a self propelled mower for such a small job?

I have a pretty large area to cut that i cannot get to with my rider. My troy bilt with the Honda engine has been a tough one. I think i am on the 8th year of abuse on it.

Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4720381
04/08/18 10:07 AM
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Between the two, I'd probably lean toward the Toro. At least it has a name brand engine instead of the no name Chinese engines that MTD uses. (Cub Cadet is made by MTD) I'm sure the Kohler on the Toro is probably Chinese too though.

Realistically, for what you're going to be using it for I would look on Craigslist for a used mower under $100.

Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4720388
04/08/18 10:14 AM
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I have a Toro Recycler with a 22 inch deck. It has the “Personal Pace” bar to control the speed. Takes a bit of getting used to because if you push on the bar too hard it really wants to take off. It’s much better than the old school hand grip to control the speed. The Honda 160 starts on the first pull. I’d recommend it.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4720427
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Honda Push mowers are the best, but they are more than $300. But, the Honda has some power, it will not choke if you get it into high grass.



I would go with the Toro.

Last edited by Vern_in_IL; 04/08/18 10:53 AM.
Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4720448
04/08/18 11:04 AM
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I looked it up and the Toro 20377 looks like one I owned from Home Depot --- FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS!

I have a yard that takes about an hour to mow and the front wheel drive drove me crazy, even on the flats. If you have any kind of slope, forget it. You'll be more tired from fighting to steer the [censored] thing than mowing.

The engine did start right up, I'll give it that.

Returned it for my money back.


Last edited by David2431; 04/08/18 11:06 AM.
Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: David2431] #4720466
04/08/18 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted By: David2431
I looked it up and the Toro 20377 looks like one I owned from Home Depot --- FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS!

I have a yard that takes about an hour to mow and the front wheel drive drove me crazy, even on the flats. If you have any kind of slope, forget it. You'll be more tired from fighting to steer the [censored] thing than mowing.

The engine did start right up, I'll give it that.

Returned it for my money back.



Absolutely. If you have hills, go for rear wheel drive. Same if you often cut tall grass. You can tip it back and still move forward.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4720467
04/08/18 11:26 AM
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Get something that is NOT self propelled for trim work. Doing trim work means you'll change directions all the time, in which you will be going backwards more than you think, changing directions, negating the purpose, making it harder actually due to dealing with the self propelled.


If you don't need to bag: https://www.mowersdirect.com/Honda-HRS216PKA/p62543.html

If you need to bag: https://www.toro.com/en/homeowner/walk-behind-mowers/21-push-mower-21320


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Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4720474
04/08/18 11:32 AM
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If it were me, I'd go with the Toro.

I've got a Toro push 20053 that I've been using for 0ver 10 years now, and I have never had a problem with it. Right now, I can't see why it won't last another 10 years.

Cub Cadet equipment is not what it was 20 years ago. As mentioned above, it is now made by MTD, just like Troy-Bilt, Yard Man, Bolens. So unless you are buying one of their upper level machines, then there are better options.


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Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4720497
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Get a used mower, next by a cheap mower, Toro is one of the best, MTD is not.

Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: Snagglefoot] #4720504
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Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
I have a Toro Recycler with a 22 inch deck. It has the “Personal Pace” bar to control the speed. Takes a bit of getting used to because if you push on the bar too hard it really wants to take off. It’s much better than the old school hand grip to control the speed. The Honda 160 starts on the first pull. I’d recommend it.


+1

My Toro has the janky Tecumseh GTS 6.5 but still cuts and self propels really well. Best part is I only paid $25 for it

Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4720695
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3hp B+S engine on a 19" deck. Cheapest mower out there.


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Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: andyd] #4720965
04/08/18 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted By: andyd
3hp B+S engine on a 19" deck. Cheapest mower out there.


and it WILL constantly stall in high grass! Honda GCV engines will keep trucking and will not stall.

Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4721154
04/09/18 05:22 AM
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As long as you are just trimming,those would be ok.For overall yard mowing, I would get something better than a $300 mower. The Toro recycler in that price range is not very good from personal experience, mulches poorly and is under powered.. The more expensive recycler 2 is a much better mower.

Last edited by Lubener; 04/09/18 05:24 AM.

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Re: Cub Cadet vs Toro Push Mower [Re: jims5600] #4721170
04/09/18 05:48 AM
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Husqvarna has two push mowers in their lineup. Both have high rear wheels. One comes with a Honda engine and the other comes with a Briggs & Stratton. Model numbers: 7021P and LC121P. You may have to buy at your local Husqvarna dealer. Be aware that cheap self propelled mowers have cheap, flimsy transmissions.


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