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Yard Machines 11A-B96N push mower

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Summary: This Yard Machines 21-inch push mower is a basic model. It has high rear wheels.
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Type: Gas push mowers
About - Yard Machines 11A-B96N

The Yard Machines 11A-B96N is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, push mower models like the 11A-B96N are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how well the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held either before it filled or the chute clogged.

Side discharging:
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
Features & Specs - Yard Machines 11A-B96N
info Can bag Yes
info Can mulch Yes
info Can side discharge Yes
info Deck size (in.) 21
info Engine size 190
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User Reviews - Yard Machines 11A-B96N
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PILE O JUNK MOWER, Thx Briggs !!
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
I bought this from Home Depot 2-13-15.<br />Model 11A-B9BG729526-047.S/N 1E124K10855<br />Briggs Engine model 126M02012F1<br />First used it for about 20 min, job done mowing small area of grass. 2nd use, a couple weeks later, it started ran fine job done. 3rd time it would not start, mind you it had less than 1 hour on it. <br />I replaced the plug, put fresh gas, check carb, compression oil, it started and I used it again for about 20 min. 4th time couple weeks later, will not start.<br />This mower is a pile of junk. I am sure Briggs is aware if not I hope they read this. <br />Today I called MTD, they instruct me to take it to local authorized shop. I called the shop, spoke with Troy at Wards Lawn, he instructed me to clean the carb. Troy was very nice, professional ect. <br />My question comment is why do I need to clean carbs on an engine with such low hours ?<br />I would not advise anyone by this mower.<br />I will be calling MTD to discuss how they plan on making it right with a product that was bought 6 months ago with such low hours on the engine that will not start.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Very Disappointing
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push &amp; Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
I bought this model, put it together carefully, filled it with out and clean gas with a stablizer. It started after a couple of pulls and I noticed that the housing was all plastic so that when you are starting it you can hear the plastic rubbing, definitely not a sound of quality.<br /><br />I used the mower for about 30 minutes and it cut great, was very easy to adjust the height of the cut and overall I was please.<br /><br />After not using it for a couple of weeks, I started it and it ran for a few minutes and then it shut off. 3-4 pulls later and nothing. I removed the air filter and checked the automatic choke and pulled it again. I started to run then stopped. 3-4 pulls again and nothing. I let it sit for a while, then pulled it once and it started to run, then stopped. Again I let it sit for a few minutes and tried starting one last time. I never got the mower running again and there is no primer bulb like other motors and no manual choke. I ended up taking it back for a refund. What a piece of junk. I think that if yard machine uses a different motor (Honda or Kohler) it would be a much better machine.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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