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Frank


Joined: Mar 6, 2005
Points: 7

Lawnboy lawnmower
Original Message   Mar 6, 2005 10:11 pm
HI there I am new to this forum and I am looking for a new lawnmower. 

When I was at Home Depot I saw the Lawnboy model 10683.  This is a push mower that was very balanced and includes features such as inset wheels, front wheels that are wide and therefore easy to turn, 3 in one, adjustable wheel height, and adjustable handle height.  The only item I was curious about was the 6.5HP Tecumseh motor that they use.  Does anyone have any experience with these motors and are they reliable?  How about the mower in general.  Is it a good quality mower?

I have also looked at the Toro but did not like the push mower because it was not well balanced and the handlebar was uncomfortable.  Any other mower I should look at (but not Sears)?

Thanks,
Frank

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snowshoveler


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Location: bridgewater nova scotia...aka the swamp
Joined: Jan 3, 2003
Points: 1261

Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #9   Mar 7, 2005 5:43 pm
we sold 2 of the 2 stroke lawnboys last year.they were the last ones available in Canada...thats it no more available here ever.

at least thats what we are told.

the older ones were a great mower but the 2 we sold were crap plain and simple,very thin steel deck that would bend when you lifted the handle...sheesh not good.

as for the 2 stroke engine...in my opinion they are a dying breed,they cant handle the no lead gas.

not saying they needed the lead but somthing in the unleaded fuel makes them run a bit hotter.

we get a half dozzen every year that just run out of power cause they heat up 2 much.they dont score a piston but they get tired.

but when you consider that they are 20 + years old what can you say...they did well.but they are gone and we wont see the likes of them again i fear.

later chris

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Ben07


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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Joined: Feb 26, 2004
Points: 178

Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #10   Mar 7, 2005 8:51 pm
snowshoveler wrote:

we get a half dozzen every year that just run out of power cause they heat up 2 much.they dont score a piston but they get tired.


Does rings, seals and a honing get them going well again?

Ben07

Ariens 8524LE, Toro CCR2000, Jacobsen S-B S-blowers, Generac 10hp Gen-convt. to N.G., 5 L-boys(D's F's &Dura( 74,77,80,88,00), Antiq. 1960 AYP 20 in. mag w 3.5 Tech mower. Ryan/Ryobi gas Trim. AYP 205 gas blwr. Mac c-saw,Toro E-blwr, 2 Weed-E e. stg. trims. outboards, boats, util trail, 2 Jeeps 
Frank


Joined: Mar 6, 2005
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Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #11   Mar 7, 2005 9:27 pm
Thanks for all the information on the Lawnboy.  I checked out the price difference on the Tecumseh verses the Honda engine and they want a 50% premium for this.  The price for the Honda version seems to high and I will have to call another dealer to verify.  Interesting thing, the price of the Lawnboy with the Tecumseh engine is the same price at either the small engine shop or Home Depot.  I guess I know where my business will go.

Here is the disclaimer on the Tec. engine that is on the web page,

* This engine was manufactured and laboratory rated by the Tecumseh Power Company at 6.5 gross horsepower in accordance with SAE J1940. As configured to meet safety, emission, and operating requirements, the actual horsepower on this class of lawn mower will be significantly lower.

I wonder what the actual HP actually is???

TomVT


Joined: Jan 23, 2005
Points: 5

Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #12   Mar 7, 2005 9:55 pm
, isn't it funny how you can get opinions on things? I know many people that have had Lawn Boys and loved them, as for me, I was never much on them. I think it was because my folks had one when I was young and it was the first mower  I ever used. Being a kid I was too short to push it properly, when I pushed on it, I would push forward and up on the handle and it make the front end end tear into the ground where the front wheel was offset. I hated that damn offset wheel. That and, it clogged badly. The problem was probably mowing grass to long or having the deck not adjusted properly but I didn't know any better.  So, my memories of Lawn Boys are not good ones and those are the well thought out and scientifically based reasons I have never bought one. 

IHave 3 old 2 cycles, couldnt stand them. Had the same problem with the off set wheel. Any uneven ground they would dig right in.
Marshall


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Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #13   Mar 7, 2005 10:51 pm
Frank wrote:
Thanks for all the information on the Lawnboy.  I checked out the price difference on the Tecumseh verses the Honda engine and they want a 50% premium for this.  The price for the Honda version seems to high and I will have to call another dealer to verify.  Interesting thing, the price of the Lawnboy with the Tecumseh engine is the same price at either the small engine shop or Home Depot.  I guess I know where my business will go.

Here is the disclaimer on the Tec. engine that is on the web page,

* This engine was manufactured and laboratory rated by the Tecumseh Power Company at 6.5 gross horsepower in accordance with SAE J1940. As configured to meet safety, emission, and operating requirements, the actual horsepower on this class of lawn mower will be significantly lower.

I wonder what the actual HP actually is???

Frank, where did you get that they want 50% more for the Honda engine versions? The Gold series is right in-line with the Insight and the Insight Gold is another $70.00 to $100.00



Insight™ Gold Series
Insight Gold MSRP:
$409.00 - $559.00

Models:
Model 10694
Model 10695
Model 10696
Model 10697
Compare All Models
Honda® GCV 160 Engine
Push and Sens-a-Speed™ Self-Propel System
21" Steel Deck
Compact Storage
Exclusive Features Designed to Fit You
Outstanding Ease of Use Features
3-n-1 System
2-Year Complete Coverage Warranty
 
Insight™ Series
Insight Series MSRP:
$339.00 - $459.00

Models:
Model 10683
Model 10684
Model 10685
Model 10686
Compare All Models
6.5 hp Easy Start Tecumseh® Engine*
Push, Variable Speed, and Sens-a-Speed™ Self-Propel System
21" Steel Deck
Compact Storage
Exclusive Features Designed to Fit You
Outstanding Ease of Use Features
3-n-1 System
2-Year Complete Coverage Warranty
 
Gold Series®
Gold Series® MSRP:
$349.00 - $469.00

Models:
Model 10654
Model 10655
Model 10656
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Powered by Honda®
Push and Easy Stride™ Self-Propel Drive Systems
22" Steel Deck
3-n-1 System
Soft Comfort Grips
Easy Fold Handle
2-Year Complete Coverage Warranty
 
Frank


Joined: Mar 6, 2005
Points: 7

Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #14   Mar 7, 2005 11:06 pm
Marshall,

The dealer I talked to quoted a much higher price for the mower with the Honda engine.  Like I said, I will have to verify this with another Canadian dealer because the price does not seem right.

MissSnowshoveler


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Location: NS
Joined: Feb 5, 2005
Points: 706

Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #15   Mar 8, 2005 5:35 am
Ben07 wrote:
Does rings, seals and a honing get them going well again?

Ben07


Most of the parts for the older lawnboys are gertting hard to get.  If we're lucky and get them they may run for a season.

Sherri

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Marshall


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Joined: Sep 16, 2002
Points: 7730

Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #16   Mar 8, 2005 8:55 am
Frank wrote:
Marshall,

The dealer I talked to quoted a much higher price for the mower with the Honda engine.  Like I said, I will have to verify this with another Canadian dealer because the price does not seem right.

Ah, sounds like maybe a little price gouging is going on? Could he be quoting you a higher end Honda model than the Tecumseh model you're looking at thus making it seem like all of the price difference is for the engine only?
Frank


Joined: Mar 6, 2005
Points: 7

Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #17   Mar 8, 2005 12:23 pm
Marshall wrote:
Ah, sounds like maybe a little price gouging is going on? Could he be quoting you a higher end Honda model than the Tecumseh model you're looking at thus making it seem like all of the price difference is for the engine only?


The only significant difference is the motor. I did find out that the only ones they are ordering this year is the Tec. version and if the customer wants the Honda version they say that it will cost extra for shipping (probably because they have to make a special order for this). I am getting the impression they do not want you to order the mower with the Honda engine because it will be a hassle for them so they have made the price 50% more. Time to shop elsewhere.
johnsterrill


Joined: Jun 14, 2019
Points: 1

Re: Lawnboy lawnmower
Reply #18   Jun 14, 2019 11:51 pm
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