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Choosing a mower is not about power, size or technology. Remember that you ideally want your mower to last you a really long time and keep your lawn manicured. So, the very first thing to do is find out what your needs are. How large is your lawn? Do you plan on taking it along with you to your vacation home? Do you want to go eco-friendly? Is noise a big issue? Such are the questions you have to ask yourself before committing to a purchase. Once you have selected a few models, figure out which ones fulfill most of your criteria. Yes, this is a subjective question, to which different people will have different answers but it’s also the most important of all. It is a common practice to go by reviews on Amazon and many other places but it’s not the best approach because your needs might not match with that of others. By being subjective you will find a long lasting, effective and dependable lawn mower.
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Before buying a lawn mower, consider these factors:
Yard SizeTerrainSpecial FeaturesEngineMaintenance & Warranty
What is the size of your yard? This is an important consideration because the larger the size of your yard, the larger the lawn mower must be. Otherwise you may end up requiring more than two passes to cut grass. Usually for ¾ of an acre it is best to go with walk behind mowers. For more than ¾ of an acre, it is best to go for a rear engine lawn mower or a garden tractor. Zero turn radius mowers are a good alternative for those with lots of trees and flowers around or a yard size of 2 or 3 acres.
Is it a flat and small yard? If so then a walk behind mower will suffice. But for hilly yards pushing the mower around can be difficult so think of a self-propelled mower. If its big slopes that you have to tackle you need a larger engine and a ride-on mower. It all depends on how much gradient there really is. The best way to find out what kind of terrain you have in your yard is to walk up and down the terrain. If it’s easy to walk then you have a flat yard. If it’s too difficult to climb slopes then you have a hilly yard.
Today lawn mowers come with plenty of optional add-on features. Not all will be needed so decide beforehand what features you really want to have and the ones that will give you zero benefit. Do you need a mulching blade? Get one with an optional mulch attachment if you want to mulch for natural fertilizers. Similarly, do you need auto choke feature? Or maybe a battery operated mower? These are questions that only you can answer. Think carefully as special features tend to elevate the price.
What kind of engine your mower has determines whether it can cut through long grass blades. Furthermore, the engine also decides how quickly you can mow the lawn. Based on the power output and blade attachment, you can get a large powerful mower that can cut through 6 inches or more of grass height or a small compact one capable of dealing with a maximum grass height of 3 inches. Usually, Briggs & Stratton make the best engines for lawn mowers. Also remember that the sturdier the engine design and the more reputed the company, the longer the engine will last and so shall your mower.
No one wants to have an expensive piece of hardware that breaks down intermittently. In fact, your mower is only as good as its warranty. Once the warranty expires you are on your own. So, get something with a long warranty period and read user reviews on specific models to find out which ones require the least maintenance. At least, when the warranty cover runs out you won’t have to spend too much in keeping the machine going. Usually, cheap models tend to carry a limited 1 year warranty while expensive models from reputed companies carry longer warranties. However, spare parts of big brands tend to cost more than those made in China. Choose wisely.
Types of Lawn Mowers Reviewed on MowerReviewsPro.com:
One of the very first hurdles that new homeowners face when purchasing a lawn mower is learning of the different kinds of mowers and their pros and cons. Do not be surprised to find out that there are actually five different types available in the market. Here is a brief introduction to each type with the pros and cons laid out to help you choose better.
Electric MowersGas MowersReel MowersGarden/TractorsZero Turn
Electric Lawn Mowers
This kind of a mower operates on an electric motor that drives the blade coupling or attachment at high speeds. Some electric variants also provide power to the wheels. Cordless mowers derive power from a battery while corded versions depend on a power socket. They are silent and great at mulching too.
- Best For– Lawns of 3/4th acre or less and grass of height 6 inches of less.
- Pros – Easy to maneuver requires less energy, high efficiency, silent operations, relatively pollution free.
- Cons – Limited by battery power or plug points, not great with slopes and large lawns, expensive to maintain.
Gas-powered Lawn Mowers
They can either be self-propelled or push types. Most operate with a four stroke engine and have the ability to cut through 6 inch high grass cover in a single pass. They provide higher torque and better power. And they are highly portable too.
- Best For – Less than 1 acre of lawn area with grass growth no more than 6 inches high.
- Pros – High power and torque output, effective against tough grass blades, quick operations and portable.
- Cons – Makes a lot of noise, pollutes the environment, needs a lot of maintenance and is limited by the amount of gasoline left in the tank.
Reel Lawn Mowers
The most traditional design of a lawn mower, its pollution free, noise free and does not need a power source. It derives power from the force exerted upon it by pushing it forward. This drives the curved blades and helps it churn through grass. It’s also safe and easy to maintain as there are no mechanical or electrical components.
- Best For – Small lawns with flat plains and grass no more than 3 inches in height.
- Pros – Silent, eco-friendly, easy to maintain and long lasting.
- Cons – Inefficient with taller grass, takes too long, can’t be used on large yards and is tiring to use.
Garden or Tractor Mowers
These lawn mowers are also called ride-on mowers and they are designed like a mini-tractor. You basically sit on the top, drive it around and let it chop through grass. These small riding machines are designed to move over hills and sloping land with ease while covering lot of ground rather quickly.
- Best For – Lawns of 1 to 2 acres in size and limited trees or flowers.
- Pros – Quick, efficient, zero effort, covers large grounds, great with slopes, cuts through wild grass of more than 6 inches height, can take on additional attachments such as a snow blower and mulching blades.
- Cons – Poor maneuverability, wide turning radius, inefficient, highly polluting, too noisy, high maintenance costs.
Zero Turn Lawn Mowers
Similar to ride-on mowers except they depend on rear wheel and rear engine drive with a turning radius of zero degrees. They can move between trees with ease and have the power to drive across large tracts of land quickly regardless of the slope or distance. They usually have a 42 to 48 inch mowing reach.
- Best For – Wide expansive lands with obstacles such as trees, shrubs, flowers and boulders.
- Pros – Easy to handle, high coverage, quick and efficient.
- Cons – Cannot take on multiple attachments, expensive to maintain and requires regular repairs.