Choosing the right lawn mower needs a bit of research. Firstly, it’s a question on whether you want to do the job yourself or you want to hire a professional service to handle it for you. If you have the inclination to mow your lawn, then this article is for you.
There are many factors that go into choosing the right lawn mower. Nowadays, we are spoiled for choice as they come in all shapes and sizes. You will have to take into consideration the following:
Know your garden well:
You should know details about your lawn
- Firstly, what size it is. A lot of lawn mowers are perfect for medium ranges, if your lawn is on the bigger end then you would want a more powerful mower to get the job done.
- Secondly, the variety of grass that grows in your lawn. A few mowers face a bit of a problem with certain varieties.
- Thirdly, the surface of your lawn. Are there uneven areas or surfaces in your lawn? Is it on a steep inclination?
Take your lifestyle into consideration:
Are you staying in a rented house and will be moving in a short while? There’s no point in investing in a mower if you’ll be shifting to sandy areas like Nevada.
Depending on how much or how little you would like to spend, there is a mower for you.
Different types of lawn mowers:
- Push-behind mower:This has an engine and takes relatively little muscle to operate, making it an ideal choice of smaller lawns which have an even surface. Being quite simply designed, there’s not a lot that can go wrong with it – proof that they don’t break down as often as compared to other lawn mowers. They are priced at around $150.
- Reel mower:For a small yard, you may want to opt for this choice. It has no engine, is relatively hassle-free, environmentally friendly and inexpensive to use & maintain. However, you would have to keep in mind that they tend to cut closer than other mowers and so are highly favored by the Golfing community. Being priced at a range of $100 – $200, they seem to be a great deal. As it has no engine, it would be suitable only for a smaller sized lawn – unless if you’re looking for a good workout every time you mow.
- Electric mowers:These are also great for small to medium sized yards. Equipped with an engine & variable speed levels, these are the environmentally friendly option. They come in two options – Cord & Battery powered. If you choose the former, do be careful you don’t mow your cord as that would just be bad news. These models are priced in the $200 + range.
- Self-propelled mowers:If your garden has a steeper gradient and you don’t want to be huffing and puffing the day away whilst mowing your lawn, this may be the ideal choice for you. These models come with adjustable speeds that allow you to control your pace. However, due to safety regulations, the control lever is placed just inches away from main handle and this must be pressed at all times to operate. These models are priced from $500 – $ 900.
- Riding Lawn mower:There’s a difference between choosing the best walk-behind mower and choosing the best riding lawn mower! If your lawn is half an acre or more, it might be wise to opt for a riding lawn mower. It comes equipped with a seat, steering wheel and various controls. As with other electric and self-propelled mowers, this is largely defined by its cutting deck. The cutting deck is the area that shelters the blade – therefore, the larger the blade, the larger the deck. Being the bigger mowers out of the entire list, these come packed with some fancy accessories like CD players, cup holders and sunshades to name a few.
You can choose between electric and gas powered riding mowers. On a large area, the battery powered mower may not last too long, and are also less efficient as they expend less energy. However, whatever model you choose, these lawn monsters come with a price tag of $1000 – $9000.
These machines are not tiny toys to play with – they can do damage if not properly utilized. The mowers can tip over, cause people to fall off their seats, or even run over others who may be in the way. So you will have to practice a certain degree of caution while using them.
For whichever mower you end up buying, especially for the riding mowers, be prepared to put in some time for maintenance for your product to have a longer life. Store it in a safe place where the elements cannot reach – your basement, garage, storage unit.
Check your oil, filters and spark plugs and regularly clean or replace them. If you live in an area prone to snow which would prohibit you from mowing your lawn, you should take some extra care – clean out any grass clippings so that no rust accumulates.
In the end, you would have to do your research before buying. The above points should help you narrow your search hopefully, or at least make you think about the various factors that could influence your decision.
You could go to a dealership to get some great deals – if they offer product servicing it’s a plus so that you don’t have the hassle of running around later trying to get replacement parts. You could also check offer sites that offer discounts online, or you could get second hand deals on Craigslist or garage sales.
But remember, it’s harder to get replacement parts on a used product. Sometimes, it’s better to pay more and get the peace of mind that your product is under warranty should anything happen. With whatever you decide, we wish you happy mowing!