Today was a good day. No rain yesterday and none today. Since I am having to leave town all of next week, I decided to go ahead with my spring scalp.
So I scalped, dethatched, scalped again and cleaned up edges. I also put down Prodiamine and mixed in a little bit of Permethrin so I can get the grass covered in that as well.
Toro TimeMaster 30" Deck Mower
This is by far my favorite mower. I've used basic Honda mowers mostly in the past, usually 21 inch decks. This machine is absolutely incredible and impressed me in every way. Surprisingly easy to maneuver considering how heavy it is. The Personal Pace feature works great. It has 2 handlebars. One is static and another that slides up and down. The further you slide it the faster it goes. So basically if you decide to move faster, naturally you would push harder. The slider makes it effortless and it really does self-propel at your pace. I love it.
It's very powerful, in fact, a couple of time it popped a wheelie. But that's only because I hadn't adjusted to it yet. I did 2 passes with it and by the second pass I felt like a pro. I'm actually getting excited about it again just typing this review.
My lawn is 5500 sq ft and I was able to mow it all without having to refuel. I looked in the tank and I can see some gas still sloshing around in there so I suspect I could probably do another 1500 to 2000 sq ft on the one tank.
The backyard was the primary reason for getting this mower. Including the sides, it's about 4000 sq. ft. Not massive, but I'm no spring chicken; so an 18 to 21 inch deck was just not "cutting" it anymore. I thoroughly enjoyed the backyard mow. The machine drives very straight, I suspect the heavy weight helps with that. I was able to cut the backyard in a very reasonable amount of time compared to other mowers.
The wheels are tucked in a bit, and so the mower deck cuts as wide as the wheel is, which I really like. It uses twin blades like the riding mowers do. Also has a nice wash port where you can plug in your garden hose, crank it and wash t he undercarriage.
All in all, I give it 2 thumbs up! One of the best investments I've made and absolutely love every feature.
So this little guy was about $120. When I read the reviews I noticed several people complained about the unit shutting off periodically. But a little research told me that they are using high gauge power cords. This machine needs a thick gauge. I picked up a 100 ft. 12 gauge cord and it worked great. Didn't shut off on me once.
I was impressed with how much this little unit pulled. Last year I used a Classen power rake from Home Depot. The Classen certainly is way more powerful with larger tines. But after using the Greenworks, I just don't see a need to go that big. The Greenworks pulled out so much that I didn't have to do a second pass. My front yard is very thick and it managed to expose some of the dirt.
Very easy to use, pretty much a no-brainer. I'll definitely will be keeping it. $120+$30 cord. So to me, $150 machine is worth buying to avoid having to rent a trailer and a power rake and going back and forth to Home Depot.
RYOBI Powered Backpack Sprayer
4 gallon capacity. Uses Ryobi's OnePlus batteries. This is the second time I use this sprayer so it might be too early to review, so I will keep this brief until I have more experience with it. Last week I used it to put down insecticide all around the house and fence-lines. I also did the inside of the house. Didn't have any issues. The unit does seem to lose pressure every 2 to 3 minutes, but only for a couple of seconds. Not long enough to concern me.
Today, it was an identical experience. Worked really well, lost pressure for a couple seconds here and there but overall, worth the money for me and I will be keeping it. I went from a handle-pump backpack sprayer and the difference is way better for me. I felt like the old one lost pressure constantly and I had to continiously pump it manually.
All in all, I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
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