A little over 2yrs ago I got me a "personal pace" self propelled Toro. It's driven by an adjustable tension belt from the handle bar (giving it your "personal pace"). Well, three belts in two years and now the transmission is gone. I've lost faith in these "fancy" belt driven pushmowers. My old lawnmower didn't have any belts. It is about 14 years old and I happened to give it to my tenants 2 years ago to use until it dies (I was stupid), it has a simple "forward" lever and it is still cutting like new.
I do have about 0.4acres of heavily treed lawn and I don't go easy on the mowers, I do run over half inch sticks and whatnot (yeah, yeah, I know).
Anyways I'm trying to find a beltless self propelled push mower with a removable bag (I mulch or bag, never side shoot). I am having the hardest time finding one. I want a simple and tough mower, single speed is fine, no adjustable tension belt, anyone know of one? I really really don't want to get a $700+ commercial grade honda, more like half the price if possible, or am I completely outta luck?