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Model: 7800980
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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5
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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
Width
21

Cutting Inches
Engine
More Efficient Bagging System
Hi-Vac is the best choice if you like to bag your grass clippings
Works similar to a vacuum cleaner
Cuts and sucks up grass clippings for an ultra clean yard

190cc Briggs & Stratton 850 Pro Series ReadyStart™ Engine
No need to choke or prime the engine – just start and go

Disc Drive, Self-Propelled, Rear Wheel Drive System
The disc shifts to slow down, speed up or control speed on hills
Delivers more power directly to the rear drive wheels

Grass Gripper Mower Traction
Smooth-turn differential for improved maneuverability
10-inch ball-bearing rear wheels help prevent damage to your grass

21-Inch HI-VAC® 3-In-1 Steel Mowing Deck
High-lift blade & rolled deck-edge design sweep your lawn clean
Generates large volumes of air to create vacuum-like suction
7-position height-of-cut adjustment
Side discharge and mulching kit sold separately

2.5 Bushel Rear Door Grass Bag
Easier to empty
Top disharge deck design helps fill bag fuller


Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
190 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.3 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Torque
8.5 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
90 Days
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
14-Gauge
Deck Construction
Stamped
Blades
1 Blade
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Width
21 Inches
Cutting Height
1.25-4.0 Inches
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
4 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Self-Propelled
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Included
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Wheels
Front Tire Size
8 Inch
Front Axle
Stamped Steel
Rear Tire Size
10 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
90 Pounds
Product Length
62.0 Inches
Product Width
22.0 Inches
Product Height
40.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
90 Days
UPC
472820796904
Model
7800980
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  1 Question
Q: How many horse power is a 190 cc engine? Right now I have a 7 horse power, have had the mower for about 15 years but the pull start broke off the engine so now I use the rope to start it.
by Norman Gustafson from Rhode Island on November 13, 2015

A: Norman - there is no true conversion from cc's to HP, but the Briggs 190cc engine on this mower is roughly equal to about 6HP.
by Jose, Product Expert

Snapper 7800980 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5
Pros
Durable (11)
Easy To Use (7)
High Quality (6)
Reliable (6)
I'd Buy It Again (4)
Cons
Unreliable (6)
Expensive (6)
Durability (4)
Low Quality (3)
Packaging (3)
72% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
29 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Brendan Garvey
Indianapolis, IN
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAR.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
By Putting It Together, Didn't Think I'd Have To Re-engineer It.
Mower arrived a couple days ago. I immediately got to work on putting it together out of the box. The unit looks good. Now I am a strictly by the book guy, so I'm meticulous in following the instructions for setup, etc. Everything was going great until I came to the point of adding on the throttle and shifter plastic housing.

When I tried to apply and tighten the 4 x 30mm box nuts, they would not tighten down. Weird! After inspection I noticed that all 4 hole receptacles were not threaded.... more
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Pros: Durable, Reliable, Features, Price
Cons: Snapper Needs To Pay Attention To Its Manufacturing Quality
Brendan Recommends This Snapper Mower
Brendan's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Excellent experience so far from the MowersDirect.com perspective. Wish I could say the same from the Snapper perspective. It'll be interesting to see if Jose and Snapper will address my request."
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Scott M.
Shallowater, TX
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
12
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Design Flaw
I purchased this mower 10 months ago and have put it through the paces this season. My initial impression was good, especially the drive system, it works flawlessly. HOWEVER,

I have broken two started cords due to the unbelievably stupid design the engineers came up with for routing the pull cord to the upper handle. It binds. Everything is dependent upon the nylon pulley mounted on the grass chute. If it stops spinning freely you have a broken pull cord with 10 to 20 pulls. That's one... more
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Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight
Cons: Unreliable, Durability, Difficult To Use, poor pull cord routing
Scott Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Scott,
Thank you for the feedback. We'll be sure to pass this review on to our Snapper Rep.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Scott,
Thank you for your review. We're sorry that you experienced these issues with the starter cord. Your feedback is important to us, as we take information such as this to help us make improved design choices in the future. You comments will be shared with our engineering team for a future improvement opportunity.

If you would like to contact us directly regarding further questions or issues with your mower, you can certainly do so by calling 1-800-317-7833.
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Wilbur W.
Albuquerque, NM
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/22/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
13
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Some Major Drawbacks
The mower failed to start after 15 of run time. Warranty repair shop said it was bad gas but I had just bought stabilized 94 oct gas from them. It is still somewhat cantankerous about staring after getting warm.

The large rear wheel drive makes handling difficult especially since the clutch handle is at such a awkward angle that you have to let go of the mower with right hand in order to turn mower.

Finally, the mower leaves much longer grass in the wheel lines after mowing, looking like... more
Pros: Durable
Cons: Unreliable, Expensive, Heavy, Difficult To Use
Wilbur Does Not Recommend This Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Wilbur,
Thank you for your review. Your feedback is important to us, and we're very sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant experience with your mower. Your comments have been shared with the product team so that they can be incorporated into future product improvements.

If you have any further questions or issues with your mower, you can contact us by calling 1-800-317-7833.
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Mary L.
New Orleans, LA
REVIEWED
OCT.
10
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Bad Choice
We were looking for a dependable mower, and because we were owners of a snapper walk behind and also a riding one, we decided to stay with Snapper and give the Hi Vac series a try, big mistake. We purchased the 875 series Briggs & Stratton with ready start (7800980) 21" on April 04,2016 for $599.99.

The bag was $22.00 and the mulching blade was $39.99, so with tax $727.09 only to be disappointed 3 months later on July 18, 2016. The mower wouldn't start, the string wouldn't move. I... more
Mary Does Not Recommend This Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Mary,
Thank your for your review. Your feedback is important to us, and we're very sorry to hear that you've experienced these issues with your new mower. You can reach out to our team directly at 1-800-317-7833 to help troubleshoot the issue.

You could also try locating one of our local authorized service centers to see if they can determine the cause of the issue and see if it is covered under warranty. You can do so here: https://www.snapper.com/na/en_us/support/dealer-locator/find-us-and-canada-dealers/find-product-services.html.

We hope the issue can be resolved for you soon!
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Chris
REVIEWED
OCT.
28
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Snapper Not What It Use To Be
Purchasing this was a breeze. Ordered online and received in 2 days. That's about all the good I have to say about this mower. I used this mower once...let me repeat that...I used this mower once in my average sized backyard. Worked pretty well but each time I tried to restart after emptying the bag, it took several tries. Put he lawn mower away and the following weekend took out to mow again. Well, it wouldn't start. Tried and tried, still wouldn't start. Fresh gas (from a well known... more
Cons: Durability, Unreliable, Bad Instructions
Chris Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Gary G.
Grovetown, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/20/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My 2nd Snapper Hi-vac
I've been using Snapper Hi-vacs since the mid 80's when I had a lawn maint side gig... have been using them on my home property ever since.

Now that I have a place at the lake, I tried using another brand just to have something there. Just couldn't get into cutting grass with a crappy mower. Bought a new Hi-Vac for the house and now I have my old one (going on 20 yrs now!) for lake duty.

Aggressive self propelled and excellent bagging is what I am used to with the Hi-Vacs. Don't settle... more
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Fast, Exceeded Expectations
Gary Recommends This Snapper Mower
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Robert T.
Massapequa Pk, NY
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
02
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Mower For Bagging
Bought this because for the high vacuum feature. Relatively easy to assemble except for the self tapping screws used on the handle. They are torx drive 1/4-20. Needs a lot of torque to thread into 3/16 stamped handle flanges. I installed one successfully but ended up using a tap on the remaining three. They don't include oil. The grass bag has a huge trap door making it difficult to empty into a lawn bag which in my town I must do but I am getting use to it. The engine is hard to start when... more
Pros: High Quality, Features
Cons: Expensive, Packaging, Bad Instructions
Robert Recommends This Snapper Mower
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Steve W.
Ludell, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/19/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
09
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Mower Reliable, Briggs Engine Not
Have purchased several snappers from this site. The performance of the deck and assemblies are good but the Briggs and Stratton Ready Start engines that come on these units are a nightmare. Easy starting the first time but if you have to shut it off to empty or move to a new area, it will not start again. Had to take to my small engine mechanic for carbureater adjustments. He informed me that the way the engine is built for easy starting is also why it is hard to start the next time if you have... more
Pros: Durable, Fast
Cons: Unreliable
Steve Recommends This Snapper Mower
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James Y
Salado, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/14/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
05
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Snapper Hi Vac
The Snapper right out of the box would not turn over. The blade hit the mower deck., The Snapper QA dept. Must be none exsistant. When I called for warranty work repairs, I was told it would be 6 to 8 weeks. My lawn would have been 4' tall in 8wks. I made the repairs myself. I had owned my previous Snapper for 20 yrs. It used to be the best one to buy. I don't believe that is the case anymore. The craftsmanship is not there. The B&S motor is as good as my old mower. Starts on 1 pull
Pros: Reliable, Easy To Use, Features
Cons: Expensive, Low Quality, Sad that it is not as good as it used to be
James Recommends This Snapper Mower
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Arthur J
Easthampton, MA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/13/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
21" Snapper
I have owned Snapper products for decades. These are good items to own. Versatile, highly functional and user friendly!
Pros: Durable, High Quality, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: none
Arthur Recommends This Snapper Mower
Arthur's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great!"
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Eunicee K.
Lima, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/29/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
NOV.
28
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Snapper Ever
This was my third Snapper and l love this one better than the other two l had. l'm tall and the bar is setting just right for me. It is easy to adjust to the speed you want and the height also.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Eunicee Recommends This Snapper Mower
Eunicee's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"l had an easy experience buying Direct for the first time."
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