Poulan Pro PR500N21SH 21 inch Push Mower Review
The Poulan Pro PR500N21SH is a reasonable priced pushed mower with some great features. The Briggs and Stratton engine drives the 21 inch cutting blade which is hidden under the bright yellow steel deck. The CARB compliant engine is more environment friendly than a standard engine. Either choose to discharge the clippings to the side or let the mower mulch it to fine pieces.
- Briggs and Stratton engine with 140CC.
- Push mower
- CARB compliant (can be sold and shipped to California).
- Side discharge or mulching.
- Steel deck.
- A 12” large rear wheel.
- 5 step cutting height adjustment.
- 2 year standard warranty.
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Poulan Pro PR500N21SH review
When we got this mower at my work I just had to take it out for a try. Poulan Pro lawn mowers are the cheaper version of Husqvarna’s own mowers. Husqvarna make various different professional yard tools, so I was excited to see if this Poulan mower could match Husqvarna’s own mowers. I have used plenty of different Husqvarna mowers in the past and been very pleased with them all. So let us take a closer look.
The Poulan Pro PR500N21SH has a Briggs and Stratton 500e series engine. It is a 4 stroke engine with 140cc, which should be enough to cut any lawn. I will tell you more about the how it performs below. The engine is CARB compliant and can therefore be shipped and sold in California.
Assembling the new Poulan mower is very easy. Simply roll it out of the box and unfold the handle. Then tighten the two bolts and nuts. Fill up the engine with the oil which comes in the box and gas it up. You are the ready to go. This shouldn’t take you more than ten to fifteen minutes.
Cutting height adjustment
Another thing you should look at before starting mowing is the cutting height. You can adjust the cutting height to 5 different levels with a maximum height of about 4 inches.
This is easily done with an individual lever on each wheel. I personally think this is a drawback, in my line of work, as a landscaping gardener. I need to change the cutting height several times a day. One lever or a lever for each the front and back wheels is preferred and quicker. If you just leave the cutting height at one specific height this setup is more than good enough.
The levers are sturdy and slip into their slot easily.
First try mowing
The engine fired up on the second pull the first time and it was fairly easy to pull for a recoil starter.
The mower has some really big rear wheels, 12 inches, and some smaller front wheels. I wasn’t impressed by the overall quality of the wheels, and am afraid they might be the first thing that breaks on this mower. Thanks to the big rear wheels, the mower is very easy to push and maneuver. Even around tight corners and around trees I had no problems.
The steel deck doesn’t flex even when riding over some humps and bumps, which is a sign of a quality deck. The mower cuts the grass well and evenly. But the engine struggled with some patches of longer grass and didn’t like the weeds at all.
When I had cut the first half of the lawn which was about an acre, I had to refill the mower. I was pleased when the engine fired up on the first pull without any priming.
After mowing the whole acre, I check underneath the mower and absolutely no grass had stuck to the deck. If grass accumulates underneath it will pick up moisture and the deck will start to rust quicker.
The mower lets you either mulch the clippings or discharge it to the side.
The side discharge function works well and spreads the clippings evenly. I was pleased to see that there were no big heaps of grass on the lawn needed to be removed when I was finished mowing. The side discharge chute felt to me a bit flimsy. So you should probably avoid hitting it against anything while mowing because it might crack.
The mulching function works great as well and left only small pieces of clippings evenly distributed on the lawn. No signs of clumps and heaps of clippings.
- Great value.
- Easy to maneuver.
- Starts on first pull most times.
- Flimsy wheels.
- No bagging function.