Is Scotts Still Making Lawn Mowers?
I was looking for lawn mowers online a while ago when I read some confusing and somewhat conflicting information about Scotts Lawn Mowers. I knew that the Scotts Lawn Mower at one time was made by Murray. I also knew that the Scotts Gas Powered Mowers used the popular Briggs & Stratton engine. What I didn’t know was that the John Deere Tractor Company purchased Scotts and began designing the mowers themselves. This would seem like a natural fit, especially for the Ride on Lawn Mowers which share much of the looks and characteristics of tractors and have given many homeowners of large lawns some of the enjoyment of being a farmer. John Deere is one of the few American companies left known for making high quality machinery. Not having a large enough lawn to need a Ride on Lawn Mower, I thought I would look into the regular push-behind Gas Powered Scotts Lawn Mower. I got tired of replacing broken parts on the last couple of lawn mowers I owned. My previous Briggs & Stratton needed a new carburetor. So, I wanted to find something well made. I found plenty of the non-powered, push-reel lawn mowers by Scotts, but there were few, if any Gas Powered Scotts Mowers to be found! I stumbled upon a website that explained that John Deere decided to stop making the gas powered lawn mowers. So, I thought, ‘hmmm..why not buy the real thing? A John Deere Lawn Mower would be an excellent quality mower, right? Not so fast, John Deere only makes a Ride on Lawn Mower!
Scotts Lawn Mower: Reel Push
In my search for a Scotts mower, I heard such raving reviews about their push behind reel mowers, that if not for my mulching requirement, I would buy one of these to replace my gas powered mower. However, I am still considering a Scotts push-behind reel mower for my small back yard. Users say that the blades are incredibly well made; sharp, durable, strong and do a great job of making an evenly manicured lawn.
John Deere Ride-On Lawn Mower
Before, I explain what I eventually bought for my larger front yard, I have to tell you about my shopping diversion. I became so impressed reading about the life-lasting quality of John Deer Ride On Mowers that I wished I had a large enough yard to justify buying one.
Yardman Lawn Mowers
I have a couple of friends with large acreage lawns, but rather than the John Deere brand, they were using Yardman Lawn Mowers. Like John Deere, Yardman Lawn Mowers are made in the USA. The Yardman Lawn Mower is also based on the Briggs & Stratton engine, so perhaps it would make a suitable alternative to the extinct Scotts Gas Powered brands? While, they seem to be known more for Ride-On Lawn Mowers, the Yardman does make some high quality push-behind, gas-powered mowers. They range from $275 – $350 for a 19” to 21” model at Sears. I gave some serious consideration to a Yardman Lawn Mower like the ones below:
Which Lawn Mower did I buy?
I reluctantly took my old lawn mower into my local repair shop in Arvada to see what it would cost to repair it. I was told it would be about $50. That seemed reasonable, but then the sales person told me had several ‘near-new’ mowers he could sell me for that same price of repairing the old one. For $70.00 I got what seemed like a brand new Briggs & Stratton 21” Mulching Mower. The salesman explained to me that technically most of these refurbished mowers have been used one time for home sales, shows, etc. Judging by its appearance, he told me that the mower had never been used. I bought it and love it; it is far superior to my old lawn mower in every way and it starts effortlessly on the first try, without the need to choke. After a long rest in the winter, I got it out this weekend, and it started up after only 3 or 4 easy pulls. $70 is a bargain. The John Deere or Yardman Lawn Mower can wait until I either get a bigger lawn or buy some cheap land somewhere just so I can satisfy the itch to pretend I’m a farmer.
Husqvarna Lawn Mower
If you want a quality piece of machinery for your front and back yard, the Husqvarna Lawn Mower is one that learned about just after my shopping experience above. Husqvarna Lawn Mowers come equipped with either a high quality Honda or Briggs & Stratton Engine. Husqvarna is a high quality lawn mower; well worth your consideration: