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A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Lawn Mower

A healthy, lush lawn is a source of pride and goes a long way in beautifying your property. Maintaining manicured grass requires getting the right cut. Using the proper lawn mower allows you to tackle any landscaping tasks efficiently and effectively. To ensure you're buying the right lawn mower, look at the different types and feature available to find the perfect option for you.  

Types of Lawn Mowers

Push Lawn Mowers

Push lawn mowers require you to push manually. These models are available in both electric- and gas-powered varieties.

Benefits...

  • Ideal for small to medium-sized yards - A push lawn mower is equipped to handle lawns smaller than half an acre. Because there are no cords, you can maneuver around your yard with ease on flat or uneven terrain.
  • Affordability - Gas push models tend to be more affordable, which is perfect for homeowners trying to trim down on their landscaping costs.


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Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers

Self-propelled mowers move them forward automatically. They're available in single and variable speeds, and these models are also sold in gas- or electric-powered options.

Benefits...

  • Perfect for medium to large yards - If your lawn is half an acre or more, a self-propelled lawn mower can handle the job with ease. This lawn mower is also a good choice if you have a hilly landscape because of its maneuverability.
  • Easy to operate - Self-propelled lawn mowers help make yard work easier. They’re available in rear- or front-wheel drive and you can direct them with a gentle nudge. These powerful machines also can carry the extra weight of bagged clippings with ease.

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Reel Mowers

Reel mowers are manually operated and consist of blades that turn on a frame like a paddle boat. These mowers trim with cuts similar to those made by a pair of scissors.

Benefits...

  • Ideal for small yards - Push reel mowers are a good choice if your yard is a quarter-acre or smaller. Because of their simple design these mowers work best on flat terrain.
  • Environmentally conscious solution - Since these models run on manpower instead of gas or electricity, they're ideal for those interested in minimizing their carbon footprint.
  • Low-cost options - These mowers are generally less expensive than their gas- and electric-powered counterparts and require very little maintenance. Since they don't require gas, oil or spark plugs to keep them operating you only need to sharpen the blades as needed.

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Cordless Rechargeable Mowers

Cordless rechargeable mowers offer the convenience of efficient lawn cutting without tangled cords, exhaust fumes and gas.

Benefits...

  • Perfect for medium-sized lawns - Cordless rechargeable mowers can be used to effectively maintain lawns that are one-third of an acre or less, as their rechargeable batteries generally last 30-70 minutes. These models work best on flatter terrain.
  • Cost effective and enegery efficient option - By not using fuel or draining electricity, these varieties don't use as much power. The rechargeable battery provides ample to cut your grass routinely.

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Corded Electric Mowers

Corded electric mowers are generally more cost efficient, environmentally friendly and quieter than gas-operated mowers. They deliver continuous power with the help of a power cord.

Benefits...

  • Great for homeowners with small lawns - Corded electric mowers are ideal for lawns that are smaller in size, as you need to keep them plugged in to keep the lawn mower running. That means you can only cut the parts of the yard you can reach.
  • Low-maintenance options - For those who don't want to bother with having to charge a battery, the corded electric mower is a great option. Unlike a rechargeable mower, you won't have to worry about running out of power during your mow.

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Features of Lawn Mowers

Convenience & Safety Features

  • Push-button start - Many mowers come equipped with engines that can start with the touch of a button.
  • Self-propulsion - Self-propelled models can make the task of cutting your lawn faster and less strenuous.
  • Safety - Enhanced safety features, including updated shields and automatic turn-off mechanisms that stop the motor, help to make newer lawn mowers safer to operate than previous models.

Performance Features

  • Reduced noise - The latest mowers feature quieter engines. This makes it easier on your ears and less disruptive to your neighbors.
  • Adjustable deck - New push mowers have an adjustable deck, letting you customize the cutting height to give your lawn the best cut for your climate and type of grass.
  • Mulching - Mulching with mowers has been available for a while, but modern mulching functionality creates smaller clippings that fall easier to the soil even in damp or tall grass.
  • Energy efficiency - The latest lawn mower models are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than those of the past.

Drive Types

Self-propelled mowers come in three drive types: front-wheel, all-wheel and rear-wheel.

  • Front - Front-wheel drive models are best for level terrain.
  • Rear - Rear-wheel drive is best if you have hilly terrain and need more power to move up and over hills. They're also great if you bag clippings, as the added weight increases traction to the drive wheels.
  • All - All-wheel drive self-propulsion gives you a good mix of both if you have to mow a variety of surface types.