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Tigerdawg57
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Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
Just bought my first house and going to need to purchase a new push/propelled mower, weedeater, edger, etc.

Lived in a rental the last 4 years in college where yard was taken care of by owner so I have no idea what the best bang for the buck is nowadays.

Note: My yard is pretty small, to do everything it wont take me more than 30-45min.

TIA


tilco
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Spanish Fort, AL
Member since Nov 2013
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
Do you have Facebook? Marketplace is a great spot for lawn equipment if you don’t mind used. I bought a 2 year old toro recycler with personal pace for $80 that just needed the carb cleaned.


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LSUtigerME
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Walker, LA
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
Used equipment on FB Marketplace is a great place for cheap, decent stuff.

For a small yard, I’d recommend going battery powered. There’s lots of options available from most big box stores. EGO, Ryobi, DeWalt are all good options. Most have the equipment you’d be looking for.

It will be a little more expensive than gas powered equipment. But you won’t have to mess with gas, mixing fuel if 2-stroke, carb problems in storage, etc. It’s much easier and convenient.


Geauxld Finger
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Baton Rouge
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
you need three things. mower, string trimmer and a blower. that's it.

I bought a honda self propelled for like $400 last year. trimmer and blower cost me about $450 combined i think. I bought an Echo trimmer and backpack blower

if the yard is small take a look at the battery powered Ryobi trimmers and blowers over traditional gas.

quote:

It will be a little more expensive than gas powered equipment. But you won’t have to mess with gas, mixing fuel if 2-stroke, carb problems in storage, etc. It’s much easier and convenient.


i somewhat regret not going this route honestly
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TheArrogantCorndog
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Highland Rd
Member since Sep 2009
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
I recently got a Ryobi electric trimmer that I love... lots of attachments sold separately
$200



Edger attachment
$80



When my snapper went out, I ran to lowes and got a craftsman FWD self propelled... 140cc...cheap and works great for the price... Briggs and Stratton engine... mulching blade and bagger attachment
$300










STLhog
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Nashville, TN
Member since Jan 2015
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
Have this same mower and a Dewalt electric trimmer.

$500 for both and both are awesome.


TheArrogantCorndog
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Highland Rd
Member since Sep 2009
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
I mean, if we're talking budget gear that works well, it's hard to beat that set up

All in at $500-600 with good reliability and performance is kind of a no brainer

I originally bought it to make trim passes for for my riding mower, but I found myself using it more and more for the whole lawn

Good little unit


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Bayou
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
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When my snapper went out

Oh my!


TheArrogantCorndog
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
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Oh my!




Maybe I should have specified my Snapper Hi-Vac


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BoogaBear
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
Someone sold me a set of hedge trimmer, and electric weed eater, and a Lowe's Troy built with the Briggs motor for 50 bucks. Non self propelled.

Had it 5 years and you can't kill it. I live on a hill and want self propelled but not until it dies. Gas in it all winter? Starts first pull. It refuses to die.


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onelochevy
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
I have a Toro 22" recylcler mower, Echo weedeater and a Husqvarna blower. All work like a champ and I use them year round (lots of leaves in the fall/winter).


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pwejr88
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
Gas-powered push mower.
Ryobi electric everything else.

I’ve had the same setup for 3-4 years.
30-45 minutes and I’m done. No issues.


-Weedeater with edger attachment.
-Blower.

There’s different tiers of equipment. Don’t get the cheapest or most expensive. Go middle tier.
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LSU-MNCBABY
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
Electric mower so you don’t have to deal with getting gas.


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Athis
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Member since Aug 2016
5628 posts

re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
To all people that have a battery powered mower..

I might be looking into a new mower. My situation is that I am not able to cut my grass on a weekly basis. Mostly @ 10-11 days. Also I cut early in the morning when the grass has a lot of dew. Would a battery powered mower be able to handle the taller wet grass?


jimbeam
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
What kind of grass? St Augustine no way. My Honda struggles at 5 days during peak (I go heavy with the nitrogen though). Centipede you might be able to. Wet grass is tough on any mower though


Athis
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Member since Aug 2016
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
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What kind of grass?


It's a mixture of weeds and St. Aug.. But it sure does look good when it is cut..LOL..
My 12 year old Toro Recycler has some trouble cutting through the tall and wet grass.
So I take it that if I get a battery powered mower I would have to cut my grass more frequently. But what about the wet grass? Is it safe to cut wet grass?
Edit.. Basically what I saying...I assume the battery mower is lighter and easier to use..Right? So I guess I can rearrange my schedule to cut my lawn more frequently. But I am not willing to cut in hottest part of the day when the lawn is dry..So that's why I am asking how the battery mowers react to the wet grass (electrically wise).
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Puffoluffagus
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Savannah, GA
Member since Feb 2009
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
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Would a battery powered mower be able to handle the taller wet grass?


Yeah it can do it, but it'll drain your battery quicker.

I've had a few times I've mowed where I had to switch out to a 2nd battery as it drained the 1st when mowing some taller wet grass. It revs up when going through wet grass.

If it's really wet, it can bog down the blades as well and you may have to clear it out underneath...but I've had that happen with my gas mowers in the past as well when I've mowed tall/wet grass.

So if it's a theme, would be worth while to go ahead pick up a spare 40v battery.


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armsdealer
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
EGO makes the best battery powered lawn equipment hands down!


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MTB
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Houston
Member since Aug 2007
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
A year ago I went with ryobi everything: mower, weedeater/edger/ and blower...one of the best purchased I have ever made. The only downside is cutting damp grass does zap the batteries. Other than that they all perform better than expected. Honestly couldn’t go back to gas powered now.


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Korkstand
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Plaquemine, LA
Member since Nov 2003
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re: Lawn Equipment - Best bang for your buck
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For a small yard, I’d recommend going battery powered. There’s lots of options available from most big box stores. EGO, Ryobi, DeWalt are all good options. Most have the equipment you’d be looking for.

It will be a little more expensive than gas powered equipment. But you won’t have to mess with gas, mixing fuel if 2-stroke, carb problems in storage, etc. It’s much easier and convenient.

Yeah, like a lot of things if it costs less money it will cost you more time in the long run. So if you count your time in with the "bucks", battery is the way to go. I can't comment on a battery powered mower because I'm still gas there, but for everything else lawn-related I have Ego gear and I couldn't be happier. I've had the trimmer, blower, and edger for about 3 years, and I figure they save me several hours per year. It might not seem like a big deal to spend 3 or 4 minutes per week handling fuel and oil and all the other things specific to gas equipment, but when you think about those minutes adding up to hours per year, for me it's a quality of life thing. We only get so many hours, and if I can trade 3 hours of fiddling with gas for doing literally anything else, every year, that's quite an improvement for me.


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