Self-propelled lawn mowers – the type of push mowers that move the wheels forward for you so you don’t have to use too much effort in mowing your grass. Now, a lot of people simply lump these in with regular gas powered push mowers but I don’t do that. I think they belong in their own category. They usually cost more than regular mowers, are more complicated and there are certainly more things that can go wrong with them.
I have more to say about the topic in Questions & Answers section below. If you only need help with deciding which is the best self-propelled lawn mower you should buy this year then hop on to my Top List below:
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It's powerful, great at mulching and cutting and is easy to maintain and handle. To me, this is an excellent self-propelled gas lawn mower. I would definitely recommend it.Read Users' reviews
It worked really well on hills and seemed to be a good quality mower. While it doesn't have a whole lot of power for mulching and tends to pull a little bit, it gets the job done.Read Users' reviews
It's a good mower yet it seems like it would've been a great mower for hills if they had designed it a little bit better. Put this mower in the “it could've been a contender” category.Read Users' reviews
Taking everything into consideration, it's a pretty decent all-around mower - a budget model that will eventually cut the grass but is not among the top mowers.Read Users' reviews
It's good, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for someone looking for a mower that will last a long time. It does do a pretty good job of cutting grass at the moment, though.Read Users' reviews
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My Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Reviews
I’m going to review the Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower today. It’s a mower that I didn’t know a whole lot about before I began this review, but it’s one that surely had my attention by the time I was finished with it. Let’s see what this little baby can do, shall we?
The first thing that I noticed is that it was fairly easy to setup. While it wasn’t as easy to setup as some of its competitors, I was still able to have it up and running in a matter of minutes. I also liked the fact that the oil dipstick was easy to find and remove, so I was able to quickly put oil (and gas) into this lawnmower. The same thing can’t be said for some other mower models.
The next thing that impressed me was how easily it started. From a cold start, I was able to get this lawnmower started with just two pulls. That’s probably because it has an auto choke feature, which allows it to start from a cold start. Which is very convenient. Hopefully, this auto choke feature works as well down the road as it does when it’s fresh out of the box.
After I had it started, I then proceeded to cut my grass. While I thought that the Honda GCV160 engine had acceptable noise levels for a lawnmower, I know that some people have complained that it was kind of noisy to them. In my opinion, it doesn’t purr like a kitten but it isn’t loud either—especially when you consider that it is a gas powered lawn mower, so it’s not going to be that quiet.
I immediately began to mow my grass with the Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower and began to experiment with the thumb-controlled variable speed controls. While I liked the ability to slow down the speed of the motor or speed it up, as I see fit, I don’t like where the controls are located. Using the thumb control for a period of time kind of made my thumb feel numb, probably due to the vibrations from the mower. I imagine that if I had to use it for a really long period of time, then it would be extremely annoying.
Another thing that I didn’t like about this rig was that the wheels were kind of small. This fact, combined with the rear-wheel drive, would occasionally make the mower pop a wheelie on one of the hills I had to mow. It’s not a constant problem, but it does happen every once in awhile and is worth mentioning.
However, I think those are the only negative impressions I had of this mower. As far as cutting the grass, I think that it did an exceptional job. That Honda engine really does a good job of propelling those twin blades. And speaking of the twin blades, I really like the fact that they cut the grass so fine, it basically is like increasing the size of the bag. Which is a plus for me because I always hate having to empty a mower’s bag. Even though I have to say that this mower’s bag was pretty easy to remove as well, so maybe I’ll have to rethink how much I hate bag changes.
Well, that does it for my review of the Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower. Sure, it had small wheels and I didn’t like the controls for the variable speed control, but everything else worked very well. It handled my yard, even the hills, and pretty much simplified my yard work. This makes this mower something I’d definitely recommend.
It's powerful, great at mulching and cutting and is easy to maintain and handle. To me, this is an excellent self-propelled gas lawn mower. I would definitely recommend it.
- Easy to start
- Twin blades make for finer clippings
- Bag is easy to empty
- Has an auto-choke
- Easy to store
- Variable speed control button is awkward
- Wheels are kind of small
- Some people complain about engine noise
The Poulan Pro 961420127 is a 22 HP 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower which has front-wheel drive, large 12-inch rear wheels and an auto-choke system for easy starting. The first thing I noticed when I received it was that it was very easy to assemble. All that was required was some minor assembly—basically, attaching the handles and cables and then assembling and attaching the grass catcher. I then added gas and oil, of course, and by the second pull, the engine was purring like a kitten, all thanks to its auto-choke system.
I then took it out for its maiden test drive. I really liked the fact that this mower was a 3-in-1; able to side discharge, bag or mulch the grass. However, while using it I felt like the bag was kind of small. It seems like I had to empty it a few time more than I was expecting.
As I continued to use the mower, there were some things that I really liked about it and some things I weren’t too pleased with. One of the things I really liked was that it did a great job cutting grass. When used on flat terrain, it really did a great job, although it did feel like it was dragging me at times. Unfortunately, it didn’t do that great a job on my hills. Front wheel mowers tend to have problems with hills and this one was no exception.
I also felt that this mower really lacked mulching power. I would often have to go over brush areas a few times over. This isn’t really a surprise, however. This mower only has a 150 cc engine and I’m used to 190 cc mowers.
When I was finished mowing, I did really appreciate the deck-cleaning system that allowed you to attached a garden hose to clean the blades. It worked very well and wish that more mowers had this feature.
All in all, I think the Poulan Pro 961420127 is a 22 HP 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower is a good mower. While it doesn’t have a whole lot of power for mulching and tends to pull a little bit, it gets the job done. It worked really well on hills and seemed to be a good quality mower.
It worked really well on hills and seemed to be a good quality mower. While it doesn't have a whole lot of power for mulching and tends to pull a little bit, it gets the job done.
- Easy to assemble
- Easy start
- Deck-cleaning system
- Bag is kind of small
- Front wheel drive pulls a bit
- Lacks mulching power
The Husqvarna 961450023 3-in-1 Rear Wheel Drive 3-in-1 Mower is a mower that comes equipped with a 160 cc Honda engine, a self-propelled rear wheel drive system, 11-inch rear and 8-inch front wheels and 22-inch blades. It also comes with a mower deck washout port where you can attach your garden hose to clean out the blades. While this mower only has a 160 cc mower, as opposed to the 190 cc mowers I often prefer, this mower did have a 22-inch cutting deck, so I was pretty anxious to see how it performed.
In under 10 minutes, I had this mower unboxed, assembled and ready to mow. After putting gasoline and oil in it, I noticed that it started up by the second pull—which is always a plus. The first thing I noticed is that the rear bag doesn’t fit as well as I think it should. While I was mowing, it tended to let some tiny debris out along the sides of it. Not sure if that was just a problem with my particular mower or if it was a design flaw.
The one thing I’d like to mention is that the rear propulsion system takes some getting used to and that’s from someone who has used quite a number of different mowers over the years. I found that this mower does a really good job at mowing grass on hills but that really wasn’t a big surprise since it was a rear-drive mower and many of them tend to excel cutting grass on hills. However, this mower really had a tendency for its back wheels to dig into the ground at times, which happened in a couple of spots during my mowing tests.
I do like the fact, however, that this mower does have larger back wheels designed to navigate tougher terrain. I also liked the deck cleaning system. And while it didn’t do as well as I would have liked mulching, it managed to do a great overall job on the grass.
Taking all things into consideration, I think the Husqvarna 961450023 3-in-1 Rear Wheel Drive 3-in-1 Mower is a good mower that could’ve been great with a few minor adjustments. It seems like it would’ve been a great mower for hills, if they had designed it a little bit better. Put this mower in the “it could’ve been a contender” category.
It's a good mower yet it seems like it would've been a great mower for hills if they had designed it a little bit better. Put this mower in the “it could've been a contender” category.
- Easy to assemble
- Easy start
- Deck-cleaning system
- Rear wheels can dig in while turning
- Lacks mulching power
- Rear bag doesn't fit tightly
The Troy-Bilt TB330 is a 3-in-1 mower with a rear self-propelled drive system, a 21-inch cutting deck, a 1.9-bushel rear bag, 8-inch front and back wheels, a 1.09-quart gas tank and a ReadyStart® System that is designed to make the mower start up without any problems. It also came with a 163 cc Briggs & Stratton engine. I’ve had experience with other Troy-Bilt mowers over the years and have always liked them, so I was looking forward to getting this mower set up and running. Here’s what I found out about it.
The first thing I want to mention is that this mower was pretty easy to assemble. Everything fit together nicely and I was up and running in about 5 minutes. Once I added fuel and gas, I set out to cut my yard—some of which is rather flat and some of which is kind of hilly. I started it on the first pull, which was nice and proceeded to cut my grass. I noticed that this mower did a fine job on the hills, although I do have to say that it doesn’t have the most powerful drive system I’ve ever used. It also did a pretty good job cutting the grass on the flat terrain, although I did notice that it didn’t do as good as a job as I thought it should’ve. While it mulched perfectly well, thanks to its specially designed blade, I had to go over one or two patches more than once. This mower could’ve also used larger back wheels for driving over rougher terrain.
However, there are also some things to like about this mower. For instance, it has a deck-cleaning system that makes cleaning the blades easier, it has a variable speed control that allows the user to set the pace of the mowing instead of the mower setting the pace for them and it had a nice sized rear bag that I didn’t have to empty quite so often. I also liked that it had six different grass height settings that ranged from 1.25 to 3.75-inches.
Taking everything into consideration, I felt that the Troy-Bilt TB330 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower with Rear-Drive Mower was a decent all-around mower that handled hills moderately better than it handled the level ground. But it’s also a mower that has its fair share of design flaws. For me, it’s a budget model that will eventually cut the grass, but is not among the top mowers.
Taking everything into consideration, it's a pretty decent all-around mower - a budget model that will eventually cut the grass but is not among the top mowers.
- Easy to assemble
- Starts easily
- Deck-cleaning system
- Back wheels too small
- Back wheels can dig in
- Could cut grass better
- Drive System wasn't too powerful
The Lawn Boy 10732 Kohler XT6 OHV Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower is a mower with a 21-inch cutting path, an auto-choke system, and a 2-point “Height-of-Cut” System that allows you to change your cutting heights from just one side of the mower. It features a Kohler 149 cc engine that delivers approximately 6.5-foot pounds of gross torque. While it’s not the most powerful system I’ve reviewed, it does have the power to cut through many different types of grass.
One of the first things I noticed about this mower is that it was easy to assemble. I was up and running in no-time flat. I then added fuel and gas and was mowing within about 10 minutes or so. Using it on my lawn, I noticed that it did a fine job on both level plots of land but also on hills. It cut through just about anything I threw at it and thanks to its nice size bag, I was able to keep going for longer periods of time without having to empty the bag. However, I did notice that occasionally the blades would slow down due to excess grass build up and I had to manually clean it out—which is always a pain. I also noticed that this mower was quite a bit louder than a lot of the other mowers I’ve used. Not the loudest but still pretty loud.
And while this mower did do a good job mowing, it did have sort of a “cheap feel” to it. What I mean is that I noticed they used quite a bit of plastic in its construction and the deck feels kind of flimsy. It didn’t break down or anything while I used it, but I don’t know that I’d be too confident that it would last over the long haul. Like I said, I didn’t experience any problems with it but then again, I only used if for a couple of mowing sessions.
Overall, I expected a mower that was constructed better, especially since it wasn’t inexpensive. I’m not sure I’d recommend it for someone looking for a mower that will last a long time, but this mower does do a pretty good job of cutting grass at the moment. A few design changes and the Lawn Boy 10732 Kohler XT6 OHV Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower could have been a good mower—too bad it didn’t become the kind of mower I imagine they designed it to be. It just has too many flaws and I can’t recommend it.
It's good, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for someone looking for a mower that will last a long time. It does do a pretty good job of cutting grass at the moment, though.
- Easy to assemble
- Starts easily
- Too much plastic
- Deck feels flimsy
- Grass can buildup around blades
- Can be loud