This mower lives up to the name, "Brute." This machine is a beast that tore through my yard for the first mowing of the year, with grass that was thick and slightly damp. It's big, bulky and not very easy to maneuver...but then again, you probably aren't looking for a self-propelled mower if those are major concerns. Pros:
Cheaper than any other self-propelled mower that I could find in stores or online.
Having worked at a Briggs and Stratton assembly plant in the past, I can speak to the quality of their engines.
Starts with one pull of the string--so long as the deck isn't clogged with wet grass #but that applies to all mowers.#
Raw power, though the length of the handlebar from the actual mower means that you end up putting weight on the back end, which weakens the impact of the front drive. By slightly pushing up and forward on the bar you'll get better traction from the drive #plus you'll be mowing at a near-jogging pace if you crank up the speed!#
22 inch blade is a minor but noticeable improvement over smaller sizes that you'll see in this price range for self-propelled mowers. Cons:
Immediately noticed that the wheels look and feel cheap...and then I read some of the other reviews posted on here. Hoping that the wheel issues of 2012 have been addressed for 2013.
Side-discharge attachment is flimsy. It simply slides over two prongs and is held in place by the mulcher attachment via a spring. Had to stop mowing and reattach it after about five minutes of usage but didn't have any further troubles I used a little bit of caution.
The side-discharge is quite powerful--be VERY careful of mowing near fences, especially if you wear contacts. Overall:
Based solely on my own experience with this mower, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others. However, if the complaints about the wheels and belts are too much of a concern for you, I'd recommend looking at other, pricier options from well-established brands.
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