OK, here's the problem... I have a yard which is roughly 1/2 an acre with my house in the middle of it. Now when I bought the house I ran to walmart and bought the cheapest 20" push mower they had which used a 3.5 or so horsepower briggs, and I used that mower for 3 years. It took me about 2 hours to mow the yard and didn't require much effort since it was so light. Well eventually the deck cracked from the force on the rear wheel when pushing through thick grass, so I decided to get a better replacement and finally chose the troy-bilt push mower from lowes. It's definitely made better than my old mower but the 675 briggs makes this thing a bear to push. And so I eventually got an old worn out snapper rear engine rider to make life easier, but by the time I trim all the spots the rider can't get to, I still have spent 2 hours mowing.
My question is, does anyone make a nice wide deck push mower that is side discharge only???? My yard is at the middle ground of being too small for a rider to get everywhere, but too big for a push mower to be able to do in a reasonable time frame. Every walk behind mower I see is either made for bagging or mulching, and comes with HUGE engines that weigh down these mowers to the point it would need to be self propelled. Basically what I am looking for is something like the old style troy-bilt mowers with the big rubber tires, thick deck, and small light engine which were balanced and easy to push. Is there anyone still making these style walk behinds? It seems all push mowers are almost identical these days with only a different sticker, I want above home owner quality since the dry summers make the ground so hard that the stamped decks and plastic wheel begin cracking from the bouncing around. So short of getting a goat...what do you guys suggest??