Originally Posted by stygz
How is the cruise control compare to personal pace? I like how the Honda has more power for the thick bermuda grass. What should I know about the Honda vs the Lawn Boy?
The Honda Cruise Control is a fully hydrostatic (fluid drive) system. There are a couple of nice features it provides:
* There are two controls to adjust speed. The drive clutch lever on the handlebar adjusts the speed from zero to maximum. This is very nice and easy to change speed on conditions, turns, and obstacles. There is a short, orange lever on the side that sets the maximum speed. Together, these make it a breeze to precisely tune the drive speed to match your pace.
* The entire system operates under constant belt tension, which minimizes the abruptness and possibility of a belt slipping off a pulley. Other drive systems (like the Personal Pace) typically use a slipping-belt clutch design.
Finally, take a look a recent consumer reporting publication and note Honda mowers recently captured 3 of the top 5 spots, including a "Best Buy" rating. The hydrostatic model wasn't even tested as it had won the top spot many times in the past.
Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding was my opinion alone.