Is it time to buy a new lawn mower? Not sure what kind to get? Thinking about a push mower, or a self-propelled one? How about a riding mower or lawn tractor? Overwhelmed by all the choices? Never fear, the lawn mower king is here to answer all your questions.
Push Reel Lawn Mowers
They still make the old-style push reel lawn mowers that your grandfather probably used. Surprisingly enough, the reel mowers do a very good job if you don’t mind walking and doing all the work. They are ideal for small lawns. Push reel mowers require little maintenance, are inexpensive, and are environmentally friendly.
Gas Powered Lawn Mowers
Gas-powered lawn mowers are by far the most common. They come in three types: push mowers, front-wheel self-propelled, and rear-wheel self-propelled.
The push mowers are just that, human-powered. The upside is that the engine devotes all of its power to spin the blades. The drawback here is that you push the machine.
Front-wheel self-propelled lawn mowers are the best choice for most consumers. These mowers are easy to turn and controlling them is a snap. They are less expensive than rear-propelled models.
Rear-wheel self-propelled mowers on the other hand are much more difficult to control. They are however the most powerful lawn mowers and are ideal if you have a lot of hills on your property.
These gas-powered lawn mowers are not environmentally friendly. They require routine maintenance but are extremely reliable. Always purchase the largest engine you can afford, this will extend the life of the mower. Many self-propelled mowers have a “key start” option just like a car.
Riding Mowers and Lawn Tractors
Riding mowers are great if you have a lot of lands to cover. They are also ideal for the elderly, disabled, and lazy. I personally use a riding mower because I am allergic to grass. You can trim your lawn in record time while keeping most debris away from you.
Lawn Tractors are larger than riding mowers. They are designed for large areas of up to 5 acres or more. Many lawn tractors have reinforced frames to accept “ground engaging” attachments such as crop cultivators and disk harrows.
Riding mowers and lawn tractors can both use attachments. Common attachments include baggers, sweepers, spreaders, scoops, and snow blades to name a few.
Before buying a riding mower or lawn tractor measure your gates or other access points. Clearance and cutting decks on riding mowers start out at 30″ and go up to 54″ or more. The prices for these mowers start out at about $799 and can go beyond $4000.
Zero Turn Mowers
Zero-turn mowers aren’t just for professionals anymore. They make cutting the grass fast and fun. They also cost a great deal more than other riding mowers and have a lot more that can go wrong. Prices for zero-turn mowers start around $1499.
Riding mowers, Lawn Tractors, and Zero-turn mowers all require frequent maintenance. I strongly suggest buying an extended warranty or service agreement.
How to Choose the Best Push Lawn Mower
Before you spend your entire paycheck on a fancy new push lawn mower (or overpriced riding mower), first be sure to consider just how practical it is to you. Just like any big purchase, it’s important to do some research beforehand in order to get the best value. The following are some tips that will help any novice when dealing with their first mower purchase and get your summer off to a great start.
Many types of mowers exist, and it can be easy to buy the wrong one. For example, you may really like that big mower, but those are meant to mow football fields, not your front yard. In general, there are a few things to consider when purchasing a mower, such as affordability and longevity. As some mowers can be more difficult to maintain than others.
What Type of Push Mowers Are on the Market?
Generally, there are three types of push mowers on the market. The most common is the gas-powered mower. Then there are the electrical push mowers. They come in two varieties; cordless with a battery or without a battery but with an electrical cord. All three have their own unique advantages and disadvantages.
What Are the Advantages?
Gas-powered mowers have the advantage of lasting longer and are more affordable. They will only last if the user maintains them throughout their lifetime. Electric mowers are easier to start, and the user only needs to press a button. Many electrical mowers also have different levels of speed and even include a “quiet” mode. The added benefit of the cordless mower is that you are not tethered to the wall. However, electrical push mowers require less maintenance in the long run.
What Are the Disadvantages of Each Mower?
The gas-powered lawn mowers require fuel, and regular tune-ups or they will break down. They also require the user to pull a cord in order to start it, and sometimes the mower doesn’t want to cooperate. Most of us remember the dreaded rip cord. Even though electrical mowers require less maintenance, they can cost more than gas-powered ones. They can require a rechargeable battery or for the user to be tethered to an outlet. The latter is not ideal for someone with a larger yard.
The best push lawn mower will depend on factors such as affordability, longevity, and the size of the yard you plan to mow. For example, to get a cordless electric mower for a very small yard would be pointless when a corded mower, which is cheaper, can do the job just as well.