Poulan Pro Lawn Mower PR500N21SH 2-in-1 Mower Review

The Poulan Pro Lawn Mower PR500N21SH 2-in-1 Mower comes with a 21-inch blade, a 140 cc Briggs & Stratton engine that delivers about 5-foot pounds of torque, at least on paper. It’s a 2-in-1 mower, which means that you can discharge grass from the side or mulch with it but there isn’t a rear bag option. Which is okay because I don’t usually do a whole lot of bagging, so I thought that this mower would be a pretty inexpensive mower for what I needed it to do.

Assembly time was about average for a mower of this type. It wasn’t the quickest assembly I’ve ever done but it certainly wasn’t as bad to assemble as some other mowers I’ve had to put together. Within about 10 minutes I was up and running. I noticed that the engine started fairly quickly and the engine had a nice sound to it. Once I fired it up, I decided to run it on its rounds and see what it could do.

This mower does a decent job of doing finer grasses that aren’t too overgrown. On taller or tougher grasses, this mower tends to either struggle or stall out. While it does have a Briggs & Stratton Motor, it just isn’t powerful enough to get tough jobs done. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that I don’t much of this mower’s construction. It doesn’t seem to be very high quality, which wasn’t a shock to me because its price tag was pretty low when I bought it.

The big 11-inch wheels did help navigate rougher terrain, but this was kind of offset by the flimsiness of the handle. The handle on this mower had quite a bit of play to it, even after I tightened it multiple times. Which makes me wonder just how long it would last—over the long term.

My conclusion about the Poulan Pro Lawn Mower PR500N21SH 2-in-1 Mower is that it’s an okay basic mower that doesn’t have a whole lot of features, is inexpensive and does all right if you don’t expect a whole lot out of it. If you need a mower that’s built to last or a mower that has to perform heavy-duty mowing, then you’ll probably want to pass on this mower. It just doesn’t offer those things.

7.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

It's an okay basic mower that doesn't have a whole lot of features, is inexpensive and does all right if you don't expect a whole lot out of it.

Performance
7
Features
8
Ease of Use
8
Value
9
Quality
6
PROS
  • Inexpensive
  • 11-Inch back wheels
  • Quiet
CONS
  • Low Build Quality
  • Not powerful
  • Assembly is required
  • Handle feels flimsy
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