Yard Machines 11A-020B000 Review

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Yard Machines have generally had mixed reviews over the years – you either love them or you hate them. Here at The Best Lawn Mower Review Site, we do not let any such prejudices get in the way of a full independent review. Out with the matrix, and on with the review……..

Yard Machines 11A-020B000 – Product Details

This Yard Machine is a small gas-powered lawn mower which is not self-propelled. Whilst that may be a bit unusual for a gas-powered lawn mower, the unit itself is relatively light and therefore you can get away with pushing this mower around without the help that self-propel provides.Yard Machines 11A-020B000 Review

Setting up takes a little more effort than most ‘lift out of the box and switch on’ models. But it really isn’t anything that a set of spanners, or a pair of pliers, can’t deal with. The instructions are easy to follow.

The 11A-020B000 is small enough to get into the tightest of spaces, but do not expect this to mow a massive field. It’s ideally suited for smaller yards, with reasonable grass length. However, being smaller and easier to use, you are more likely to fire it up on a weekly basis (rather than one a month).

The recoil start works to efficiently kick the Briggs and Stratton 148cc motor into life.

The grass cut is fine, you may need a couple of passes for any stubborn areas, but no major re-working is necessary for the average looking lawn.

Specifications

  • Full Descriptive Title : Yard Machines 11A-020B000 20-Inch 148cc Briggs & Stratton Mulch/Side Discharge Gas Powered Push Lawn Mower
  • Dimensions : (L)28.5 x (W)22.5 x (H)13.6 inches
  • Model : 11A-020B000
  • Power : Briggs & Stratton 148cc 300 Series Quattro Engine
  • Blade : Rotary
  • Cutting Height :  3x cutting heights available
  • Cutting Width : 20 inches
  • Propulsion : Push mower
  • Start : Recoil starting system
  • Fuel Tank : 0.4 gallon
  • Grass Collection : Side Discharge / Mulching
  • Wheel Size : Front – 7 inches / Rear – 7 inches
  • Weight : 50 pounds
  • Warranty : 1 year

If you would like to see the full owner’s manual, it is available here : Yard Machines 11A-020B000 Owner’s Manual.

Summary

If you have not yet ventured into the gas lawn mower, then you want to start with something that will be easy to maintain. With gas mowers, you always have to trade-off a bit of maintenance work (topping up with oil and gas), for the additional power you get.

This little mower will cut your grass for years, with no fuss and no frills. The steel deck will certainly go on for years and a big plus over some rival plastic models.

Good Points :

  • Light-weight mower that’s easy to manoeuver.
  • Reliable Briggs & Stratton engine.

Areas for Improvement :

  • Could make the cutting height adjusting easier (see below).

Other things to be aware of :

  • Whilst the cutting height can be adjusted, you do need to detach the wheels and axle bolts and re-attach them in another hole to change the setting.
  • We would always recommend finding a cutting height that works with the type of grass you have and does not scalp the lawn…. And stick with that height. There really is no need for changing height settings every time there is a full moon.
  • This machine is non-carb compliant and therefore not for sale in California.

You can check out some customer reviews here.

We award the Yard Machines 11A-020B000 a review score of :

77 out of 100

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Comprehensive Review of Troy Bilt 12AVB29Q711 Gas Mower

Troy Bilt is not a name that springs to everyone’s lips when considering what lawn mower is next on their list. However, this is a brand that really is worth a look.

They’ve been around for over 60 years and that is usually a good sign that they are doing something right (something their band of loyal followers will agree with). In 2001, they became part of the MTD group of products, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Troy Bilt 12AVB29Q711 Review

Troy Bilt 12AVB29Q711 ReviewTroy Bilt does have some innovative features which sets this mower apart from its competition.

Auto Return Choke System : This really helps kick-start the great Honda engine and also prevents the engine from over-choking. No priming is required. In fact, as a gas mower, you definitely want something you can rely on to start easily – and this certainly ticks the boxes for that.

Front Raker : This is part of the TriAction™ Cutting System and is set at the front of the mower and the idea is that it lifts the grass upright to enable an even cut (see video below).

Specifications

  • Full Descriptive Title : Troy Bilt 12AVB29Q711 TB260 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-In-1 FWD Self Propelled Lawn Mower With High Rear Wheels (CARB Compliant)
  • Model : 12AVB29Q711
  • Power : Honda GCV160 gas engine (160cc OHC)
  • Blade : Rotary
  • Cutting Height :  6 position height adjustment
  • Cutting Width : 21 inches
  • Propulsion : Self-propelled (front wheels)
  • Start : Gas pull cord
  • Grass Collection : Mulch / side discharge / Rear bag
  • Wheel Size : Front – 8 inches / Rear – 11 inches
  • Weight : 83 pounds
  • Warranty : 2 years

Summary

Good Points :

  • The TriAction™ Cutting System front rake guard really is a great feature and adds to the even cut.
  • Reliable starter and good engine performance.
  • Nice wide cutting width.
  • The grass bag has a wider inlet than others we have tried recently, and this makes emptying of it easier.
  • The washing port is actually very effective at keeping the underside of your mower clean.

Areas for Improvement :

  • Could do with having a slightly more robust handle, although the 3-step height adjustment is easy enough to adjust.

Other things to be aware of :

  • This mower IS carb compliant – so is suitable for all states.

If you would like to see some customer reviews of the Troy Bilt 12AVB29Q711 then click here.

We award the Troy Bilt 12AVB29Q711 a review score of :

91 out of 100

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Lawn Boy 10606 Review

Welcome to our Lawn Boy 10606 review page.

We actually did an initial review for this lawn mower in May 2011. However, we have decided to take another look at this, to give it a fairer comparison – using our new scoring matrix.

The Lawn Boy brand does have a range of mowers, but how would the popular 10606 compare against some of its rivals ?

Lawn Boy 10606 – Product Details

The Lawn Boy 10606 is a versatile gas self-propelled lawn mower, which can be started via an electric key start or a pull cord. Rear-wheel drive is powered through two eight-inch wheels, with two seven-inch wheels at the front. Lawn Boy 10606 review

Minimal build is required ‘out of the box’, with just a simple handle fitting that does not require any tools.

Height adjustment is independent on each wheel – we actually prefer the one-lever system seen on many mowers.

Small and compact, it is very robust and easy to manoeuvre even over the toughest of ground. The blade and cut are quite impressive

As part of its safety features, the engine will cut off and blade stop spinning within 3 seconds of release of the power bar.

Specifications

  • Full Descriptive Title : Lawn Boy 10606 20-Inch 149cc 6-1/2 GT OHV Kohler Gas Powered Self Propelled Lawn Mower With Electric Start
  • Dimensions : L x 57 in. D x 40 in. H x 21.25 in
  • Model : 10606
  • Power : Kohler 149cc 6-1/2 gross torque OHV engine
  • Blade : Rotary
  • Cutting Height :  1 inch to 4 inches
  • Cutting Width : 20 inches
  • Propulsion : Self-propelled (rear wheel drive)
  • Start : Electric (pull cord option)
  • Grass Collection : Mulching / Bagging
  • Wheel Size : Front – 7 inches / Rear – 8 inches
  • Weight : 78 pounds
  • Warranty : 3 year Tru start engine commitment, a 3 year Power train warranty and 2 year-full product warranty

Summary

Good Points :

  • Fantastic starter – with the key or the cord.
  • Able to hack through thick grass with ease.
  • Small enough to work in confined spaces.
  • Quiet, when compared with other gas mowers.

Areas for Improvement :

  • Although we had no issues, some people reported damages in transit. If buying on-line, check the vendor’s returns policy, just to be on the safe side.

Other things to be aware of :

  • Unfortunately, the Lawn Boy 10606 is non-carb compliant and, therefore, not for sale in California.

You can check out some customer reviews here.

We award the Lawn Boy 10606  a review score of :

79 out of 100

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