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Manufacturer
Model #
WE261
MSRP
$799.99

This Weed Eater One WE261 Riding Lawn Mower features a Briggs & Stratton 875 OHV with a LawnScaper deck system and single blade with height adjustment.

Weed Eater branded riding mower offers reliability and phenomenal performance at an affordable price. The 26-inch 190CC (825 Series) Briggs & Stratton Electric Start riding mower (WE1) features a 26-inch mower deck, a three-speed transmission (3 forward and 1 reverse) so you can set your own pace while mowing. 30-inch to 40-Inch turning radius, a fold flat - foam padded seat for added comfort and support while mowing. The WE1 has a friction disk transmission and a manual cable blade engagement, 3-Inch blade engagement, stamped steel front axle, 13-inch rear tires and 10-Inch front tires. Features a 2 quart fuel capacity. When your sick of pushing your walk mower - buy the New WE1 riding lawn mower. Perfect width to ride through any standard yard gate on your lawn. 2 Year Warranty.

  • Briggs 875 OHV, 26" Cutting Deck
  • LawnScaper deck system ­
  • Single blade, deep draw deck
  • 3 Forward/1 Reverse Speed
  • Premium, Comfort Steering Wheel
  • 3" Blade Height Adjustment
  • 13" Rear/10" Front, Pneumatic Wheels
  • Ergonomic Seat Design
  • High Back

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1.6  (20)
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1.8  (20)
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1.2  (20)
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1.7  (20)
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Bought this to replace a old mower, second mowing the steering broke (plastic part) bought another one made of metal, still streered hard. The second year I just started to mow and the trans axle gave out, $300 for part, I guess this will just be a lawn ornament, cant do any thing else, to expensive to fix. Very sad
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0.5
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0.5
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0.5
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0.5
Reviewed by kenai1gs May 12, 2013
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Bad Bad Bad

Bought this to replace a old mower, second mowing the steering broke (plastic part) bought another one made of metal, still streered hard. The second year I just started to mow and the trans axle gave out, $300 for part, I guess this will just be a lawn ornament, cant do any thing else, to expensive to fix. Very sad

Pros
Will cut heavy grass
Cons
Its a peice of junk
Made in
walmart
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using a siphon to drain the oil sucks

the steering is very hard and i anticipate having it break in the near future. there is not enough selections for the height adjustment. I have owned this machine for one year. If I had known about the shoddy design, I would never have bought it. Thanks for the screwin!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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0.6
Function 
 
0.5
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0.5
Quality 
 
0.5
Value 
 
1.0
Comfort 
 
0.5
Reviewed by ronald boday March 30, 2013
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weedeater one we261

using a siphon to drain the oil sucks

the steering is very hard and i anticipate having it break in the near future. there is not enough selections for the height adjustment. I have owned this machine for one year. If I had known about the shoddy design, I would never have bought it. Thanks for the screwin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros
none
Cons
worse mower i have ever owned
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This mower looks like a product that I was asked to design some years back for a $20.00 manufacturing cost. I had to admit defeat as the material cost exceeded the managers base line requirement.

It was apparently put forth to be produced at a buck ninty eight and they were successful.

My wife bought this and I offered no input, it would have done no good. She thought it was "cute". Of course she does not have to work on it. Fortunately we also have real riding mowers, which leave a lot to be desired in regard to design integrity, but they beat the WE261 a thousandfold.

The only positive I can give it is that it will go through most gates and when working can reduce some small project push mowing.

Based upon the above I can only recommend DO NOT BUY THIS MOWER!




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1.2
Function 
 
3.0
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1.5
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0.5
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0.5
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0.5
Reviewed by George Deems September 14, 2012

WE261

This mower looks like a product that I was asked to design some years back for a $20.00 manufacturing cost. I had to admit defeat as the material cost exceeded the managers base line requirement.

It was apparently put forth to be produced at a buck ninty eight and they were successful.

My wife bought this and I offered no input, it would have done no good. She thought it was "cute". Of course she does not have to work on it. Fortunately we also have real riding mowers, which leave a lot to be desired in regard to design integrity, but they beat the WE261 a thousandfold.

The only positive I can give it is that it will go through most gates and when working can reduce some small project push mowing.

Based upon the above I can only recommend DO NOT BUY THIS MOWER!




Pros
There are none
Cons
It is a piece of junk
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The worst riding mower that could ever been built. STAY AWAY FROM THE WEEDEATER ONE RIDING MOWER UNLESS YOU LIKE BUY JUNK. NEVER AGAIN. You will be buying parts the first week.
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0.6
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0.5
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1.0
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0.5
Value 
 
0.5
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0.5
Reviewed by Jon September 09, 2012

weedeater one riding mower.

The worst riding mower that could ever been built. STAY AWAY FROM THE WEEDEATER ONE RIDING MOWER UNLESS YOU LIKE BUY JUNK. NEVER AGAIN. You will be buying parts the first week.

Pros
none
Cons
you name it
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They cotter pin that hold the deck on. NOW my tires will not turn if I sit on the seat BUT if I am not on the seat they turn. Also the plastic steering hub is cracked. Seems every time I use the thing something is wrong with it.
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Function 
 
3.5
Power 
 
2.5
Quality 
 
2.0
Value 
 
1.5
Comfort 
 
0.5
Reviewed by Lauri Ritter August 19, 2012

Upset

They cotter pin that hold the deck on. NOW my tires will not turn if I sit on the seat BUT if I am not on the seat they turn. Also the plastic steering hub is cracked. Seems every time I use the thing something is wrong with it.

Cons
Always breaking down
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I would not recommend this piece of equipment to anyone, it really sucks. Bad
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0.8
Function 
 
0.5
Power 
 
2.0
Quality 
 
0.5
Value 
 
0.5
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0.5
Reviewed by Abel July 23, 2012

Weedeater one not good

I would not recommend this piece of equipment to anyone, it really sucks. Bad

Pros
cuts grass
Cons
gets stuck holes or almost anything
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warrnaty is as bad as the mower itself i wouldn"t bother buying 1 unless you enjoy throwing your money away closest shop is 14 miles away in the worst part of tulsa we'll see if warranty is any good i feel sorry for anyone who bought 1 steering is junk cuts decent transaxle is garbage
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0.8
Function 
 
1.0
Power 
 
1.0
Quality 
 
0.5
Value 
 
0.5
Comfort 
 
1.0
Reviewed by Dirdy01 May 18, 2012

P.O.S

warrnaty is as bad as the mower itself i wouldn"t bother buying 1 unless you enjoy throwing your money away closest shop is 14 miles away in the worst part of tulsa we'll see if warranty is any good i feel sorry for anyone who bought 1 steering is junk cuts decent transaxle is garbage

Pros
it starts so far
Cons
trans axle quit
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The plastic steering mechanism (adapter, steering wheel - part 23) that is attached to the shaft steering (part 22) is a dangerous part. I was cutting my lawn when it stripped; from easy steering, and flat terrain. Ran into my fence, injured both my neck and knee when brake also failed to engage. Be extremely careful after using for more than two seasons. Unbelievable that a product with defective components is sold as safe for normal use. It should be bolted at the top and the bottom of the steering shaft as a minimal precaution.
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Function 
 
0.5
Power 
 
2.0
Quality 
 
1.5
Value 
 
4.0
Comfort 
 
4.5
Reviewed by Dante May 03, 2012

Unsafe Steering Apparatus

The plastic steering mechanism (adapter, steering wheel - part 23) that is attached to the shaft steering (part 22) is a dangerous part. I was cutting my lawn when it stripped; from easy steering, and flat terrain. Ran into my fence, injured both my neck and knee when brake also failed to engage. Be extremely careful after using for more than two seasons. Unbelievable that a product with defective components is sold as safe for normal use. It should be bolted at the top and the bottom of the steering shaft as a minimal precaution.

Pros
Economical Pricing
Cons
High Maintenance Fees
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I purchased this for $650 at my local wal-mart. Used it about 6 times before the transmission wheel failed. It literally came apart in pieces and the machines started shaking me to death. After finally finding one of their warranty repair shops (it was 50 miles away) I was without a lawn mower for right around 2 months, in the middle of summer. I got my mower back and had to pay shop fees and freight on the parts ect... after having it back for 2 weeks the clutch cable broke, and another trip to the repair shop and another wait and another bill. Long story short. spend more for a better mower or do what I ended up doing and get a spare mower for when this turd is in for repair.
Overall rating 
 
1.5
Function 
 
1.5
Power 
 
1.5
Quality 
 
0.5
Value 
 
2.0
Comfort 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Kenneth March 26, 2012

Piece of junk

I purchased this for $650 at my local wal-mart. Used it about 6 times before the transmission wheel failed. It literally came apart in pieces and the machines started shaking me to death. After finally finding one of their warranty repair shops (it was 50 miles away) I was without a lawn mower for right around 2 months, in the middle of summer. I got my mower back and had to pay shop fees and freight on the parts ect... after having it back for 2 weeks the clutch cable broke, and another trip to the repair shop and another wait and another bill. Long story short. spend more for a better mower or do what I ended up doing and get a spare mower for when this turd is in for repair.

Pros
was inexpensive
Cons
breaks a lot
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For my small yard without hills, it's okay. The small tires causes it to get saddlebagged in most places the lawn is uneven like around tree roots. It feels like it will tip on the smallest slope. That's stuff doesn't bother me, but what does is that it loses it tune up or something and either runs rough or quits running at all. It may run disengaged, but engaging then kills the engine. Near the beginning of its 2nd summer it quit running and I took it in for a repair. I had them check it out, give it an oil change and a tune up. They couldn't put their finger on the problem, but it ran fine after that. Here 4 months later, it would run engaged again. This time I took of the air filter housing and played with the carbureator linkage. I also where the filter hose seems lose possibly getting too much air in, so I fooled with that. I put it back together and it ran fine. I mowed once fine. Then at the beginning of the next time, it isn't running engaged again. So it seems that the carb linkage gets out of whack or there is too much air getting into the mixture. I'm not sure what's up, but not feeling inclined to go through the trouble of running it to the repair store and paying $100 too many more times. I came to this site to see if others were experiencing this problem keeping it running.
Overall rating 
 
1.4
Function 
 
1.5
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2.0
Quality 
 
1.5
Value 
 
1.5
Comfort 
 
0.5
Reviewed by Van October 20, 2011

Repair store twice 2nd summer

For my small yard without hills, it's okay. The small tires causes it to get saddlebagged in most places the lawn is uneven like around tree roots. It feels like it will tip on the smallest slope. That's stuff doesn't bother me, but what does is that it loses it tune up or something and either runs rough or quits running at all. It may run disengaged, but engaging then kills the engine. Near the beginning of its 2nd summer it quit running and I took it in for a repair. I had them check it out, give it an oil change and a tune up. They couldn't put their finger on the problem, but it ran fine after that. Here 4 months later, it would run engaged again. This time I took of the air filter housing and played with the carbureator linkage. I also where the filter hose seems lose possibly getting too much air in, so I fooled with that. I put it back together and it ran fine. I mowed once fine. Then at the beginning of the next time, it isn't running engaged again. So it seems that the carb linkage gets out of whack or there is too much air getting into the mixture. I'm not sure what's up, but not feeling inclined to go through the trouble of running it to the repair store and paying $100 too many more times. I came to this site to see if others were experiencing this problem keeping it running.

Pros
single blade
Cons
small tires, runs rough or not at all
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The brake/clutch canle end came off and there is no way to put it back on. After 8 weeks of run around by Weedeater, Poulan and Husqvarna I finally fixed it myself. Frankly I don't think Weedeater Service cares whether it works or no.
8 Warranty Centers listed as being within0 25 miles of where I live but none, NONE,of them will do warranty work. One 60 miles away agreed to look at it but
would not commit to doing repairs. The WE 261 might be the worst purchase Iever made. I would been way ahead of the game to have paid the additional and gotten a Snapper.
Overall rating 
 
1.2
Function 
 
0.5
Power 
 
2.5
Quality 
 
0.5
Value 
 
0.5
Comfort 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Bill September 23, 2011

Don't buy.

The brake/clutch canle end came off and there is no way to put it back on. After 8 weeks of run around by Weedeater, Poulan and Husqvarna I finally fixed it myself. Frankly I don't think Weedeater Service cares whether it works or no.
8 Warranty Centers listed as being within0 25 miles of where I live but none, NONE,of them will do warranty work. One 60 miles away agreed to look at it but
would not commit to doing repairs. The WE 261 might be the worst purchase Iever made. I would been way ahead of the game to have paid the additional and gotten a Snapper.

Pros
Price
Cons
No one works on it.
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I purchased the riding mower because I have a very small yard. Had to replace the plastic steering hub with a metal one after a few months. Then the front tire went flat and the side walls was brittle and all cracked. Could not find a 10" tire and had to buy two 11" tire and replace both front wheel. Now the back tire is flat with the same side wall cracking and have no idea if the 13" size needed is avaliable. Wish I had never purchased this brand and will not buy their brand in any yard equipment again. I think they need to replace this product or give us our money back. Surly the company knows this product is unreliable and poorly made. This is what happen when we outsourse products, the quality is not there.
Overall rating 
 
0.8
Function 
 
1.5
Power 
 
1.0
Quality 
 
0.5
Value 
 
0.5
Comfort 
 
0.5
Reviewed by Linda September 20, 2011

"High Maintance"

I purchased the riding mower because I have a very small yard. Had to replace the plastic steering hub with a metal one after a few months. Then the front tire went flat and the side walls was brittle and all cracked. Could not find a 10" tire and had to buy two 11" tire and replace both front wheel. Now the back tire is flat with the same side wall cracking and have no idea if the 13" size needed is avaliable. Wish I had never purchased this brand and will not buy their brand in any yard equipment again. I think they need to replace this product or give us our money back. Surly the company knows this product is unreliable and poorly made. This is what happen when we outsourse products, the quality is not there.

Pros
cuts flats surfaces well
Cons
stalls on inclines and in reverse
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I have a small area to cut and it's flat so the mower works well.My gripe is routine maintenance,#1 is that you have to siphon the oil out of it and good luck with that #2 is the removal and replacement of the battery for storage because that ain't easy either,it's a mechanics dream come true!
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Function 
 
3.0
Power 
 
2.5
Quality 
 
2.5
Value 
 
5.0
Comfort 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Alan Pomeroy August 06, 2011

Weed Eater One

I have a small area to cut and it's flat so the mower works well.My gripe is routine maintenance,#1 is that you have to siphon the oil out of it and good luck with that #2 is the removal and replacement of the battery for storage because that ain't easy either,it's a mechanics dream come true!

Pros
Price
Cons
Maintainability
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Bought in May, 2010. Worked great first year. Next door neighbor uses it on his back yard; I use it on my front. I knicknamed it "Teddy" because it is one rough riding son-of-a-gun (my yard is neither flat nor a table top). A few weeks into season two, the steering wheel adaptor hub (cheap plastic) wore out. Local service center for warranty said they didn't keep parts in stock and ordered as needed. Probably take a few weeks. Ordered two of them from distributor. They were metal and probably good for the life of the mower. Last week, the brake cable snapped. Called the distributor who said they were out of stock and wouldn't have them for about three weeks. Took it to a local Mr. Fixit. Won't buy another one.
Overall rating 
 
1.9
Function 
 
3.0
Power 
 
2.0
Quality 
 
0.5
Value 
 
3.0
Comfort 
 
1.0
Reviewed by Bob Franklin July 23, 2011

Me and Teddy

Bought in May, 2010. Worked great first year. Next door neighbor uses it on his back yard; I use it on my front. I knicknamed it "Teddy" because it is one rough riding son-of-a-gun (my yard is neither flat nor a table top). A few weeks into season two, the steering wheel adaptor hub (cheap plastic) wore out. Local service center for warranty said they didn't keep parts in stock and ordered as needed. Probably take a few weeks. Ordered two of them from distributor. They were metal and probably good for the life of the mower. Last week, the brake cable snapped. Called the distributor who said they were out of stock and wouldn't have them for about three weeks. Took it to a local Mr. Fixit. Won't buy another one.

Pros
Price; safety interlocks
Cons
Parts failures
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I'm only getting into my second season with this mower but for the 650 dollars that I spent for it, I'd have to say that it is thus far, well worth the price. It cuts grass well. They even sent me a free mulching attachment free of charge. Now I don't even have to rake up grass even when I don't cut grass for two weeks.

As one can see, It's not a large mower. I weigh 220 lbs. and if I weighed anymore I might have a problem using it. If you have less than an acre of relatively flat ground to mow than I'd have to say that it is a good buy.

I'm happy with the mower. Keep it maintained and it should do well.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Function 
 
4.0
Power 
 
3.5
Quality 
 
4.5
Value 
 
5.0
Comfort 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Steve June 10, 2011

Used one season...works fine for me.

I'm only getting into my second season with this mower but for the 650 dollars that I spent for it, I'd have to say that it is thus far, well worth the price. It cuts grass well. They even sent me a free mulching attachment free of charge. Now I don't even have to rake up grass even when I don't cut grass for two weeks.

As one can see, It's not a large mower. I weigh 220 lbs. and if I weighed anymore I might have a problem using it. If you have less than an acre of relatively flat ground to mow than I'd have to say that it is a good buy.

I'm happy with the mower. Keep it maintained and it should do well.

Pros
Burns little gas Cuts grass well Good value for the money
Cons
For smaller yards Not for heavier people Only good for flat yards
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