Murray 22-Inch Side Discharge Mower

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Good Mower, Bad Manual

May 4, 2004 (Updated May 6, 2004)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Good Mower for the price

Cons:Instruction Manual

The Bottom Line: If you are staying put for a while it is a great mower, if you plan on moving a lot get another.


While serving in the Armed Forces, our lawn had to be kept a certain way. Clean, Cut, and within every other regulation that the Housing office can think of. Specifically the length of the grass cannot exceed three inches in height. If we didn’t maintain the grass around the house, they could and would evict us. As you can tell we had to keep the grass cut.
We bought the mower in 2001 and have used it routinely since then. The mower is very easy to operate, just prime the engine (it has a primer bubble that you depress three times), hold the engine kill lever down and pull the cord. The first time I tried to start the mower it took me two pulls on the cord to get the engine started. The wheel’s height is easy to change, because they are on separate levers that adjust the wheels independently. All you have to do is count the notches and move the lever to the corresponding notch. The mower isn’t hard to push; my wife and I often take turns cutting the grass.
Every rose has a thorn and this thorn almost caused it to get replaced. The owner's manual is GARBAGE. The only reason you need to hang on to the manual is in case you need the part numbers from the back.
When we moved from Georgia to Pennsylvania, we had the mower drained and packed, so the moving company could move it (EPA regulations state that no flammable liquids, i.e. oil and gas, can be present in the mower). The first time we tried to assemble the mower we couldn't figure out the engine kill switch. Of course we resorted to the manual to try and figure it out. The manual had a picture of the cable, the switch, and the connector. That was it; the cable wasn't even hooked up in the photo, just labeled for part numbers. It didn’t have a diagram or give a description on how to connect the cable to the bracket, or the kill switch to the bracket. I resorted to going to several stores to look at other Murray mowers, so that I could hook the cable up when I returned home. After hooking the cable up, I am pleased with the mowers operation. After being stored for over five months, it took me three pulls on the cord to get the mower running again.
I would recommend the mower to anyone who was looking for a mower if they don't plan on moving, or packing the mower up. If you are looking for a great mower straight from the store, buy this one. I have had zero problems with it minus the re-construction. If you plan on moving around a lot I would suggest a different brand of mower, because of the lack of materials. The headache that ensued from one little cable, one metal bar, and one metal bracket are not worth doing it over and over and over again.


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