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Home Depot and Lowe's waive shipping fees on mowers and grills

A little competition can be a good thing for the consumer. Both Home Depot and Lowe’s are offering free shipping on lawn mowers and tractors and Lowe’s also promises free delivery on grills that cost more than $249. The lawn tractors come fully assembled but you’re on your own when it comes to the walk behind mowers and grills. So is it worth ordering a big box from a big box?

That depends on your skill level and whether you want to take a chance on having a large bulky item delivered to your home that you may have to return later at your own expense. That said, both retailers are offering mowers and gas grills that have done well in our tests including John Deere and Cub Cadet lawn tractors and Weber and Char-Broil gas grills. Before you order, consider the following:

Mowers and tractors
Consumer Reports just wrapped up its latest mower tests and the results will be online and on newsstands in early April. Putting a walk behind mower together isn’t that complicated, says Peter Sawchuk who oversees the mower testing. But if you’re having a riding mower or tractor delivered, there are some things you should check.

  • Manufacturers often ship lawn tractors with the tires over-inflated so the mowers are less likely to jostle around and damage the tire bead during shipping. So be sure to check the tire pressure and inflate your tires according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • The mower decks can be askew. To make sure yours is level, measure the distance from the edge of the deck to the ground—and from the blade tip to the ground—on every side of the mower.
  • Batteries are often undercharged and won’t become replenished in the course of average mowing time. You’ll probably need a charger to keep the battery at optimum strength.

Gas grills
Not everyone has the skills, tools or patience to assemble a gas grill and we’ve seen problems with mis-assembled grills in which the hose of the gas tank was too close to the firebox. Steve Bova, who put together many of the grills in our latest tests (results will be online and on newsstands in early May) has these tips:

  • A good-quality cordless drill/driver works better than a less powerful cordless screwdriver. 
  • A socket wrench kit with both metric and standard sockets is another time saver—many grills come with fasteners of both types.
  • Screws and bolts can strip easily if the wrong-sized tool or too much force is used. “These grills are designed to be assembled once, and unfortunately the quality of the component reflects that,” says Bova.
  • Use work gloves to avoid being cut on the sharp edges of sheet metal parts.
  • You may need a friend to help install the firebox, which can be heavy and difficult to align before fastening. Be careful not to nick or pinch the igniter wires or gas line while installing the firebox.
  • And most importantly, says Bova,  “make sure you don’t smell any gas after you connect the tank.” To check for leaks, spray the hose and valve with soapy water and check for bubbles.

Return policies
Be ready to inspect the mowers and grills before the delivery truck leaves your home. Spokeswomen for both Home Depot and Lowe’s told Consumer Reports that customers can return an item at no charge if damage or a defect is noticed at the time of drop-off. But after you approve delivery with your signature, it’s your responsibility to bring the item back to the store or to pay the cost of shipping it back. In that case, free shipping may cost you.

—Reporting by Gian Trotta

Sours: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/03/home-depot-and-lowe-s-waive-shipping-fees-on-mowers-and-grills/index.htm

My top selling list, updated yearly, contain Lowes best value walk behind push mowers.  Discover the best walk-behind mowers at Lowes.

Who defines the “Best”? Well, I do!

Best means different things to different people. Some folks are looking for best-selling walk-behind mowers, while others seek top-rated models.  Some people even think best and cheapest go hand in hand!

For me the best lawn mowers are easy to handle, safe to use and are a great value. They should be easy to start, low maintenance and keep your lawn looking good. As a lawn and garden manager at Lowes, I’ve sold hundreds of mowers through the years and seen them all-good, bad and somewhere in between. This year, I have finally put an electric model on my best value list.

Here’s my Top 5 Walk Behind Push Lawn Mowers at Lowes:

Bolens 140cc 21-inch cut Gas Push Lawn Mower with Briggs & Stratton Engine and Mulching Capability. Lowes Item 421852. Model 11A-B0BL765.  $189.00

  • 11-in rear wheels provide more maneuverability on any terrain
  • Dual-lever, 6 position height adjustment makes it easy to change cutting height
  • Cutting height ranges from 1.25-in-3.75-in high
  • Mulch kit included to help put nutrients back into soil for a healthier lawn
  • Reliable starting and performance with the Briggs and Stratton engine

Craftsman M110 140cc 21-inch cut Gas Push Lawn Mower with Briggs & Stratton Engine and Mulching Capability. Lowes Item 1125499 Model # CMXGMAM1125499 $219.00

  • No prime, no choke engine with two-pull Starting Promise from Briggs & Stratton for reliable starts every time
  • 21-in, 3-in-1 convertible deck lets you side discharge, mulch or rear bag grass clippings
  • Mulch kit included to help put nutrients back into soil for a healthier lawn
  • Adjustable loop handle for comfort while mowing
  • Limited 2-year warranty

Craftsnan M140 160-cc 21 inch cut Gas Push Lawn Mower with Honda Engine and Mulching Capability. LowesItem 1125500 Model # CMXGMAM1125500 $269.00

  • Powerful Honda engine with automatic choke eliminates choking or priming before starting
  • 11-in rear wheels provide more maneuverability on any terrain
  • Advanced TriAction cutting system features a rake bumper to lift grass upright, a specially designed blade for a finer mulch and a symmetrical deck for superior grass flow, eliminating clumping
  • Dual-lever, 6 position height adjustment makes it easy to change cutting heights
  • Cutting height ranges from 1.25-in-3.75-in high
  • 3-in-1 convertible deck lets you side discharge, mulch or rear bag grass clippings
  • Limited 2-year warranty

Husqvarna 5521P 140-cc 21 inch cut Gas Push Lawn Mower with Briggs & Stratton Engine and Mulching Capability.  LowesItem 479783. Model 961330018.  $239.00

  • Powered by Briggs & Stratton 550 EX engine
  • 21″ dome deck is 3-in-1 capable for mulching, bagging, or side discharge
  • High rear wheels for greater maneuverability
  • Comfortable ergonomic design

Kobalt 13-Amp 21-inch cut.  Corded Electric Push Lawn Mower with Mulching Capability. Lowes  Item 1165237 Model # KM 211-06 $199.00

  • Get started in seconds with the easy, electric start
  • 21-in steel cutting deck for durability and quick results
  • 7-position single lever height adjustment cuts grass from 1-3/4-in to 3-3/4-in
  • 3-in-1 design offers versatile capabilities including side discharge, mulching or rear bagging
  • Cord retention system prevents cord from disconnecting, allowing you to work safely

Push mowers are lighter and less expensive

Push mowers will save you money. If you want to spend less on a lawn mower and don’t mind putting in a little extra mowing effort, consider a push mower. These models are all under $275 and will provide a great value for many years.

Want to spend a little more money and get a self propelled mower?  Look for my review on Lowes self-propelled mowers. Happy mowing!

By Victoria Stone

Sours: https://www.lowesemployees.com/top-5-best-selling-push-mowers-at-lowes/
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  • Pesape avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 7:27 AM, , User Since 109 months ago, User Post Count: 3282

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    My mower seems to be on it's last legs.  It's an 8 year old craftsman, and I think both of the self propelled front wheels have stopped self propelling.

    I have an average suburban yard, so I just need a good self propelled mower.  Lowes and Home Depot both carry different brands.  At Lowes, I could essentially one for free by cashing in excess Southwest credit card points (I get a ton) for Lowes giftcards.  This one is their 'top of the line/most expensive' self propelled mower - http://www.lowes.com/pd_632492-63311-961450021_1z0wgdb__?productId=50329483&pl=1#img  It has a Honda engine and has AWD.  It's $500.

    For the same price at Home Depot, I could buy this Honda mower - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Honda-21-in-3-in-1-Variable-Speed-Self-Propelled-Gas-Mower-with-Blade-Stop-HRR216K9VYA/203709697  The Honda mowers have different models that jump up in price a bit each time like car models with additional features (not sure which are needed or which features would allow me to compare the Husqvarna).

    They both seemed to be reviewed about the same.  Does anyone have any thoughts on either brand?  Or suggestions on other mowers to look at?

    If they are equal, I'd go with the Husqvarna because I could basically get it for free, but I thought I always heard people say Honda one's are great.  (Not sure if they meant the mower or mower engine - these both have Honda engines).  If I should go with the Honda mower, should I spend a little more and get one of the more expensive models?

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  • jasontheviking avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 9:25 AM, , User Since 146 months ago, User Post Count: 1606

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    I'll tag along to this thread. I'm interested to hear what people have to say about some of the more budget models..$200-350 range. My mower died and I've gotten a wide range of advice from just picking up a $75-100 used Toro to buying the cheapest new Toro I can find with a Briggs and Stratton engine.

    I grew up with Honda mowers, and am in general, a Honda fan. But I think they're all out of my price range except for maybe their lowest model. I've also been told they're over-engineered and more expensive to repair if problems arise.

    Any thoughts on new vs used and then some of the low level budget models at Lowes/Home Depot?

  • waterbuffalo4 avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 9:27 AM, , User Since 100 months ago, User Post Count: 3543

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    I bought a Craftsman at Sears for $270 or so last month. Was that wrong?

  • DrMink avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 9:30 AM, , User Since 226 months ago, User Post Count: 48101

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    My 15 year old Craftsman has never had an oil change and I leave gas in the tank during the winter. Still runs fine.

  • Rthorn avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 9:32 AM, , User Since 170 months ago, User Post Count: 6701

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    jasontheviking wrote: I'll tag along to this thread. I'm interested to hear what people have to say about some of the more budget models..$200-350 range. My mower died and I've gotten a wide range of advice fromjust picking up a $75-100 used Toro to buying the cheapest new Toro I can find with a Briggs and Stratton engine.

    I grew up with Honda mowers, and am in general, a Honda fan. But I think they're all out of my price range except for maybe their lowest model. I've also been told they're over-engineered and more expensive to repair if problems arise.

    Any thoughts on new vs used and then some of the low level budget models at Lowes/Home Depot?
    I bought a Troy Built 6.5hp B&S from Lowe's 9 years ago for $199. That mower is still running like a champ. I've tried to replace it a couple of time but I just can't bring myself to replace a perfectly fine mower.

  • Rthorn avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 9:35 AM, , User Since 170 months ago, User Post Count: 6701

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    Pesape wrote:

    My mower seems to be on it's last legs.  It's an 8 year old craftsman, and I think both of the self propelled front wheels have stopped self propelling.

    I have an average suburban yard, soI just need a good self propelled mower.  Lowes and Home Depot both carry different brands.  At Lowes, I could essentially one for free by cashing in excess Southwest credit card points (I get a ton) for Lowes giftcards.  This one is their 'top of the line/most expensive' self propelled mower - http://www.lowes.com/pd_632492-63311-961450021_1z0wgdb__?productId=50329483&pl=1#img  It has a Honda engine and has AWD.  It's $500.

    For the same price at Home Depot, I could buy this Honda mower - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Honda-21-in-3-in-1-Variable-Speed-Self-Propelled-Gas-Mower-with-Blade-Stop-HRR216K9VYA/203709697  The Honda mowers have different models that jump up in price a bit each time like car models with additional features (not sure which are needed or which features would allow me to compare the Husqvarna).

    They both seemed to be reviewed about the same.  Does anyone have any thoughts on either brand?  Or suggestions on other mowers to look at?

    If they are equal, I'd go with the Husqvarna because I could basically get it for free, but I thought I always heard people say Honda one's are great.  (Not sure if they meant the mower or mower engine - these both have Honda engines).  If I should go with the Honda mower, should I spend a little more and get one of the more expensive models?

    My neighbor has the Husqvarna and really likes it, He hasn't had any issues with it in the 4 years he has had it.
  • Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 10:01 AM, , User Since 196 months ago, User Post Count: 605

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    Are you a guy who frets over what his yard looks like, or one who just considers lawn mowing an unfortunate side effect of home ownership? 

    If you are the former, buy the Honda, only step up another $100 and get the low-end model of the higher-end model range, rather than the mower you linked which is essentially the opposite of that.  Honda mowers have a reputation of cutting very nicely and evenly, I'm guessing mostly associated with their dual blade system.

    If you are the latter, just use your points and buy the Husqvarna.  They are a great brand all on their own (although, not with the rep in mowers that Honda has) and it comes with a Honda engine anyway.

  • tb69396 avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 10:18 AM, , User Since 235 months ago, User Post Count: 9823

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    Honda and Husqvarna mowers are great but if you want service later buy from a local place that does service too.

  • KUcurt avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 10:46 AM, , User Since 226 months ago, User Post Count: 12692

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    Smitty's off the frontage road of I-35. Olathe (I know, I know).

    Oh, and don't get Husqvarna. I worked there 14 years and if you only knew how they lower product quality, cost cutting measures that affect the product quality, you should steer clear of Husqvarna.

  • KMan87 avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 11:17 AM, , User Since 226 months ago, User Post Count: 11182

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    KUcurt wrote:Smitty's off the frontage road of I-35. Olathe (I know, I know).

    Oh, and don't get Husqvarna. I worked there 14 years and if you only knew how they lower product quality, cost cutting measures that affect the product quality, you should steer clear of Husqvarna.
    And how is this different from just about every company making just about any products?  There is a reason that companies manufacture in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. and it isn't about the product quality.

  • TRUTH34PP avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 11:37 AM, , User Since 106 months ago, User Post Count: 4551

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    Seems like a stupid place to ask this question. Everyone here has an income north of $250K with no credit card debit and a model quality wife who loves to give BJ's. Why would they waste time mowing their own lawn? They have a guy who does it for them.

  • AlohaHawk avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 11:56 AM, , User Since 210 months ago, User Post Count: 5674

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    If your average suburban yard is flat, I would give serious consideration to a push mower without the self propulsion. Lighter, easier to turn/ maneuver. And less expensive. I’ve have the Husqvarna 7021p with the Honda motor for four years now. It’s beena good mower, but I wish I’d have sprung the extra hundred for the Honda version.

  • KUcurt avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 12:00 PM, , User Since 226 months ago, User Post Count: 12692

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    KMan87 wrote:
    KUcurt wrote:Smitty's off the frontage road of I-35. Olathe (I know, I know).

    Oh, and don't get Husqvarna. I worked there 14 years and if you only knew how they lower product quality, cost cutting measures that affect the product quality, you should steer clear of Husqvarna.
    And how is this different from just about every company making just about any products?  There is a reason that companies manufacture in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. and it isn't about the product quality.
    While that is true with any product nowadays, I seriously would not recommend one.

  • FappyMcFapperson avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 12:01 PM, , User Since 92 months ago, User Post Count: 4247

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    TRUTH34PP wrote: Seems like a stupid place to ask this question. Everyone here has an income north of $250K with no credit card debit and a model quality wife who loves to give BJ's. Why would they waste time mowing their own lawn? They have a guy who does it for them.
    Or a wife.  My wife mows the lawn in her bikini.  She burns some calories and gets some sun. I get to watch her mow the lawn in her bikini.  It's a win/win for everybody.   I'll post some pictures when hell freezes over.

  • KUcurt avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 12:02 PM, , User Since 226 months ago, User Post Count: 12692

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    TRUTH34PP wrote: Seems like a stupid place to ask this question. Everyone here has an income north of $250K with no credit card debit and a model quality wife who loves to give BJ's. Why would they waste time mowing their own lawn? They have a guy who does it for them.
    Believe it or not, there are some guys who just like to do their own yard work. Doesn't matter how much money they have. Something primal about doing your own yard.

  • FeelingPhoggy avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 12:14 PM, , User Since 110 months ago, User Post Count: 8010

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    I got this one a few years ago and have been very pleased:  Toro Personal Pace at Home Depot.

    And, as KUCurt mentioned, there is something about doing your own lawn work that is rewarding.  Plus, if you have kids, I think that it is important for them to see you doing "real" work once in a while.  There have been a number of projects that I could have, and really wanted to hire out, but I felt that it was better that my kids saw me do the work, and they helped where possible.

    I have many memories of my dad doing things with his hands and that contributes to my memories of his badassery.

  • bgbdbr avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 12:35 PM, , User Since 154 months ago, User Post Count: 14724

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    I did the Husqvarna/Honda motor from Mowersdirect.com. They delivered it quick and no sales tax. I wanted a Honda but they don't make a mower with 12inch wheels. My house has a ridiculous amount of shallow roots and the big wheels have made a huge difference. Haven't had any real problems with the Husqvarna, except I changed blades this spring and the self-propelled belt rubbed a little until I re-adjusted it.

  • moparhawk avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 3:08 PM, , User Since 183 months ago, User Post Count: 5648

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    KUcurt wrote:Smitty's off the frontage road of I-35. Olathe (I know, I know).

    Oh, and don't get Husqvarna. I worked there 14 years and if you only knew how they lower product quality, cost cutting measures that affect the product quality, you should steer clear of Husqvarna.
    Don't buy where they don't service. You will be sorry. All mowers break and the $16.00 you saved at the big box will haunt you when you need service. You'll end up at Smittys anyway and they know all too well who bought from them. The difference in service is night and day.

  • Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 3:53 PM, , User Since 105 months ago, User Post Count: 10356

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    Home Depot and Lowe's have different grades of mowers than other places. When I bought my echo weedeater I learned the big box store's get lower quality stuff. The trimmer I bought at nuts and bolts has less plastic parts and is a commercial grade whereas the exact same trimmer at the box store isn't as high quality and has more plastic parts

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    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 10:02 PM, , User Since 103 months ago, User Post Count: 2502

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    Seeing as how we get all our best recruiting info from a guy who works at The Home Depot I think you should buy a mower from them.

  • Pesape avatar

    Posted on Jul 21st, 2015, 7:20 AM, , User Since 109 months ago, User Post Count: 3282

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    Took a look at the mowers in more detail, and I think I've decided to go with the Honda, specifically this one - Honda mower.  The Husqvarna seemed good to, but a few of the reviews were complaining about the AWD breaking.  I don't want to mess with that.  The Honda also seems to be a bit more homeowner user friendly.

    On a related topic, I got it stuck in my head that I was going to basically get a mower for free via the use of gift cards by cashing in Southwest points.  Long story short, Home Depot gift cards aren't an option on Southwest and apparently you can't use gift cards to purchase gift cards (for instance, get Walmart gift cards and use those to purchase Home Depot gift cards from Walmart).  After google'ing, I found a site called cardpool that buys and sells gift cards.  Turns out that I can get Walmart gift cards from Southwest and sell them to this site and only lose 10% of the value.  I can then purchase a Home Depot card for 7.5% off the value.  Essentially, I'd only be losing 2.5% to switch my Walmartcards to Home Depot cards (using Walmart as an example because of the various cards that Southwest sells and this site buys, Walmart seemed to give you the best value).  I never looked at this site before, but I definitely will have to in the future, notnecessarily to switch cards but just to buy them in general.  If you know where you are going to buy something from and know you won't be returning it, you can save a little bit of money buying gift cards from this site and purchasing whatever with them. Just browsing it, a few I might use are AMC (18.5% off) and Dick's (19% off).  They have Best Buy for 5.5%.  I'd probably only mess with Best Buy if I was buying a big ticket item like a TV.

  • KCKHawk avatar

    Posted on Jul 21st, 2015, 7:23 AM, , User Since 226 months ago, User Post Count: 24370

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    FeelingPhoggy wrote: I got this one a few years ago and have been very pleased:  Toro Personal Pace at Home Depot.

    And, as KUCurt mentioned, there is something about doing your own lawn work that is rewarding.  Plus, if you have kids, I think that it is important for them to see you doing "real" work once in a while.  There have been a number of projects that I could have, and really wanted to hire out, but I felt that it was better that my kids saw me do the work, and they helped where possible.

    I have many memories of my dad doing things with his hands and that contributes to my memories of his badassery.
    That's what I have.  I've really gotten used to the Personal Pace feature

  • luvthosehawks avatar

    Posted on Jul 21st, 2015, 12:41 PM, , User Since 223 months ago, User Post Count: 7382

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    I had/have a Personal Pace Toro that I bought from Home Depot...100% Junk! Cant keep the drive system from falling apart. I did my research and decided to get a new mower. I bought a Honda. I didn't want to buy it at a big box store and found it on line/Ebay for the same price as Home depot. Free Shipping and NO sales tax! Take that Sam Brownback. The difference between this baby and the piece of crap Toro is amazing. I love this baby! It was delivered, freight free, in 4 working days!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/311201574313?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D311201574313%26_rdc%3D1

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    Posted on Jul 21st, 2015, 1:13 PM, , User Since 211 months ago, User Post Count: 30946

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    ---------------------------------------------
    --- Purplish wrote:

    Battery powered.....I have this one and the trimmer that uses the same battery. No gas or oil changes.

    www.amazon.com/GreenWorks-2522...orks+lawn+mower


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    Battery powered?! Has the doctor indicated to you when he thinks your testicles will finally descend?

  • JasonHawk avatar

    Posted on Jul 21st, 2015, 5:52 PM, , User Since 226 months ago, User Post Count: 3462

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    Www.mowersdirect.com

    Competitive prices, free shipping and no sales tax.

    You can also see what Jose recommends.

    You're welcome

  • Purplish avatar

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2015, 10:24 AM, , User Since 130 months ago, User Post Count: 1855

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Sours: https://247sports.com/college/kansas/Board/103726/Contents/Lawn-mower-from-Lowes-or-Home-Depot-71710048/

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