Buying a New Lawn Mower: Tips and Considerations

The life of a lawn mower is truly amazing. So when the time comes to retire those old faithful, you may not be in touch with the latest in lawn mowers. These tips and considerations will help you decide which is the best mower for your garden.


  • Put off buying your new mower until the off-season. When demand decreases, so will the price. You will save a considerable amount of money if you can buy later in the winter.
  • Pollution controls are now mandatory and by 2011 all new mowers should have a 35% reduction in emissions than mowers on the market today. A gas mower can emit as much pollution as 40 cars and burps more than 9,000 times more hydrocarbons than electric mowers. Some states have instituted lawnmower trade-in programs where you can get cash, or a trade-in, for old people to buy a green lawnmower. Contact your local government office to find out if there is one in your county.
  • Price generally reflects quality. Quality in this context refers to stronger blades that will cut better and stay sharp longer. Don’t just go by brand. Compare the price with the features with the reputation.
  • Don’t buy for yourself, buy the best mower for everyone who will use it. The age, energy level, and size of the yard must be taken into account. Clutch start and disconnect electric mowers are safer for each user.


Consider electric, gas, or manual

Electric mowers have “green” on their side. They’re quiet (not much louder than a vacuum cleaner), they don’t need fuel-producing emissions, but they have power limits that need battery recharging or longer extension cords to get the job done.The average cordless electric mower will require another charge after approximately 5,000 feet of mowing (approximately .5 acre) and will require between a few hours and 24 hours of charge time. These mowers are light and easy to maneuver. They generally have a narrow area cut between 16 and 18 inches.

Gas mowers are noisy, they use gas and oil, but they have no power limitations. Its cutting range can be up to 22 inches. They require a bit more maintenance related to the spark plug, gas filter and oil. You can choose a walk-behind mower or a powered mower that powers the front or rear wheels to help navigate rougher terrain.

Manual mowers are the simple push-pull rotary blade system. Good for working excess energy and cutting small condos or townhouse-style patios.

Consider Rotary or Reel

Rotary mowers cut with a circular blade under a metal, plastic or fiberglass housing. Mounted horizontally, these fan-style blades rotate quickly to cut grass. Reel mowers rotate and mow downward pulling grass toward a fixed blade. Both are available on gas or electricity.

The reel mower is also the design used in the manual mower. The manual push motion is designed to work with the blades and wheels to create cutting power.

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