Proposal - Trade 20" Mower for 21"....for "free".

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Here's my dilemma. I let my father borrow my 20" mower with 4ah battery last week he really liked it, and now wants to buy his own. I told him to buy the new 21" because it's only $50 more, and come with a 5 ah battery. He just called me tonight and after his research, he says he wants the 20" because it's smaller, and 15 lbs lighter than the new 21". He only wants a mower to mow his back yard, which the 20" will do easily, and probably 3 times on a single charge. So, being a nice dad and all, he's proposed this. If I want the 21", he'll buy that and trade me. If not, he'll just buy a new 20" and call it a day.

What would you do? Does anyone have experience with both units yet?
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I'd say thanks dad and maybe try and get him the $50.
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I'd be waiting in his driveway with my old mower and a couple cases of beer by the time he got home from HD!
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Nice dad..If it were me, I'd buy the new one and give the 20" to him...but that's just me...On a side note, you could sell him the 20" at the depreciated value so your out of pocket wouldn't be so much on the 21"...Then again, that's what I would do...
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I thought about this, and the $50 like pincoat suggested, but my dad does pretty well for himself, and won't accept money from me.

I guess I'm trying to figure out, is the new 21" really better than the 20"? I know what it says on paper, but I'm looking for some feedback from owners.
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The feedback we have so far is that, yes, the 21" is a better mower. We should kind of expect that, I'd think anyway, as it's the 2nd generation of the product.

The 5Ah push version gets a power upgrade to 700W from the 600W of the older model, and as you already know, comes bundled with 25% more energy in that new 5Ah battery.
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Me? I would strap a case of beer on the 20" mower and roll it on over to pops. Here's to you dad. I'm your son, that's what we do.
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So, here's what I told him. I said at the current prices of only a $50 difference between the two, one of us should have the 21" mower. I told him to buy the 21", and I'll bring my mower back to his house, try them both, and keep the one you want.
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Yes, give him $50 for the 21-inch up-trade in a heart beat!  I'm an Engineer who has always bought 22-inch gas mowers, rather than 21-inch gas mowers, just because, when the mowing is easy, I like to get done fast.  (While this is my first mower, I've about 3 years of lithium-ion-battery-chain-saw experience!  I love the quiet!  I love the silence, when I let off the trigger!  I love not pouring gas, oil & wasting time!)

Here, you have the additional reason of getting a much bigger and better battery!

But, consider that I just bought a 21-inch SELF-Propelled from Home Depot last night!  According to the website, you can turn off the self-propelled feature!  (In theory, this might give 1.5 hours of mowing on the 7.5-Amp 3P battery!)  I'd sure be checking the price, if I had such a nice dad!

So absolutely trade!  Better yet, trade bigger, even if it's $200 bigger!  Just look at battery prices!

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