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A New Guide on Buying Lawn Mower

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08.01.2020 10:12:15 - Cut Grass Pro releases the new guide for beginner to select the lawn mowers that best suit the need. We will discuss the pros and cons of different types of mower, as well as compare ride on vs walk-behind, as well as gas vs electric mowers.

( - The first lawnmower came about in 1830 England when Edwin Budding patented the first mowing machine. Until then, folks cut grass with a scythe. Budding’s machine was a reel-type mower with blades around a cylinder. To use it, you had to push it across the lawn, which was much more comfortable than swinging the scythe.

The first reel-type mower in the


United States was in 1868, when Connecticut’s Amariah Hills, gained the first U.S. patent. By 1885, America manufactured an average of 50,000 lawnmowers each year.

Today’s lawnmowers are, of course, motorized and technologically advanced. Many models feature low emission gas engines with catalytic converters and mufflers to reduce air and noise pollution. Battery-powered models are also available and run more efficiently than you may thing. They are intended for a smaller lawn, and they mow quietly for about an hour per charge.

Lawnmower Comparison, Features, and Buyer’s Guide

The benefits of lawnmowers are plain. Every homeowner needs one to maintain their lawn. Commercial landscapers rely on their equipment to handle property of all types and sizes. While the primary use for all mowers is the same, the size of the property, characteristics of the landscape, and operator preferences all matter when it comes to purchasing and using the best model lawnmower for the job.

This article provides a general overview of the types of lawnmowers. We will also discuss the features, accessories, and other factors that go into your purchase decision.

Riding vs. Walk-behind Lawnmowers

Walk-behind mowers, or push mowers, as lowest in price, though they are more work to operate. A riding mower is more comfortable, though it’s not always the most practical or economical, especially if you have a small yard.

You can purchase a simple push mower for around $150. Though, a self-propelled push mower costs a bit more, from $500 to $900. Riding mowers cost considerably more, starting around $1000 for a basic model. Of course, the price goes up depending on the brand and extra features.

Advantages of a Walk-behind Mower

If you have intricate landscape or garden features, a simple push mower is much easier to control than a riding mower. You can work around tight spaces with ease, as well as access smaller areas.

Also, if you’re mowing steep hills, a self-propelled push mower is better and safer than a riding mower. Riding mowers can tip over on hilly terrain. A self-propelled walk-behind mower, on the other hand, can handle the incline.

Advantages of a Riding Mower

Riding mowers are comfortable and require less effort on your part to operate. They are intended for use on larger yards that are either flat or have only gentle slopes as opposed to steep hills. If your property is one acre or more, a riding lawnmower may be worth the investment.

If you often mow thick or wet grass, then a riding mower can handle the volume more efficiently than a push mower. Riding mowers have larger bags and overall force to handle dense grass.

Gas vs. Electric Lawnmower

Gas mowers, as you know, require gasoline to run. As for electric mowers, there are two types available Corded electric mowers have a cord that plugs into a power outlet, while battery-powered mowers use a charged battery. Most of us would think that electric mowers are impractical. However, technology is improving all the time.

Power Supply

Power is an essential factor when comparing gas and electric mowers. The larger and thicker your lawn, the more power your mower must have. For example, the average torque of a gas-powered push mower is 4.50 to 8.75 ft-lbs. That being said, torque specifications are harder to find for electric mowers. A general estimate is that electric motors have about one-third the power of its gas-powered counterpart.

Ease of Use and Runtime

Usability refers to the maneuverability and agility of the mower. We have already discussed push mowers for steep terrain and small yards, and riding mowers for more substantial, flat properties.

As for electric motors, consider the size of your yard. A corded mower poses some obvious problems. Battery-powered mowers have a finite time they can run before you need to stop and charge them. Battery-powered mowers typically run for 30-60 minutes on a single charge. That may not do if you have over an acre of lawn to handle.

Self-propelled vs. Push reel

When we talk about walk-behind or push mowers, that includes the old-fashioned push mowers as well as self-propelled mowers. Each has its advantages.

Self-propelled mowers can be electric or gas-powered. Walk-behind mowers are available in electric and gas-powered models, as well as models with no fuel source at all. Yes, you can still purchase manual reel mowers that are basically a long push handle and spinning blades in a cylinder assembly. This one takes a bit of elbow grease to run.

Self-propelled and walk-behind mowers use a rotary cutting assembly inside a deck to cut grass. Manual reel mowers cut with scissor-like precision, while deck-based mowers tear at grass to cut. The blades inside the deck rotate like helicopter blades. This action cuts efficiently but does more damage to the lawn as it goes.

Ease of Use

Self-propelled mowers make it easier to mow rolling lawns. Many self-propelled models feature variable speed control that matches your walking speed. Reel mowers weigh quite a bit less than their self-propelled counterparts, and they move well over hills or flat terrain. Though, they are best suited for smaller lawns.

Bagging and Mulching Options

Both self-propelled, as well as walk-behind mowers, have options for bagging or mulching grass clippings. Most people opt to mulch and discharge clippings rather than bagging them to keep the load light. Of course, the added weight is not a concern for a self-propelled mower.

Reel walk-behind mowers don’t have a bagging option. Instead, the clippings to fall between the blades for decomposition.

Purchasing a New Lawnmower

If you’re in the market for a new lawnmower, then we have given you some things to consider. Your yard size and terrain will steer you toward either a push mower or riding mower. There are other factors to consider, as well. Here is an overall review.

Lawn Size

Generally speaking, push mowers are best for smaller yards since you have to push the machine around yourself. Self-propelled mowers ease the task, though it’s still you manning the mower. If your yard is an acre or more, a riding mower is a worthwhile investment.


If you have a flat lawn, then a push mower may be all you need. For a smaller yard, a reel mower will work just fine. However, if you have hills or steep terrain, a self-propelled mower is a good choice.

Power Supply

As we have discussed, gas mowers have more power, and the tank lasts for the full mowing session. However, gas-powered mowers require more maintenance and upkeep than electric mowers. Corded electric mowers give you unlimited run time, but the cord can be problematic.

Deck Size

Deck size is the width of the mower’s blades. Thus, a larger deck means larger blades. You’ll find that decks range from about 20”-70” or more. Though, most homeowners choose widths between 30”-60”.

A wider deck cuts a larger path on every straight pass. So, it takes less time to mow your lawn. However, a wider deck is cumbersome around landscape features like trees, bushes, and flower beds.

Grass Clippings

Lawnmowers are designed to handle cut grass in various ways. The least expensive option is a side-discharge mower that shoots grass clippings back onto your lawn. The grass clippings disintegrate on the lawn and act as a fertilizer. Though, you can create the opposite effect if your clippings are extra thick. If that’s the case, you’ll have to rake the clippings to protect your lawn.

Alternately, you can purchase a mower with a bagger. There’s an extra cost to this since you purchase the bag separately. Though, you also don’t have to rake your yard because the bag collects the clippings as you mow.

If you have a large yard, you will have to pause to empty the bag at least once. Once you’re finished, you’ll need a way to compost or otherwise dispose of your clippings.

Extra Attachments and Accessories

Some riding lawnmowers have room for extra attachments so you can customize your machine. The most common accessory is a bagger we discussed above. Baggers are available for both ride-on as well as push mowers.

Other attachments like rakes, dump carts, lawn aerators, lawn rollers, and fertilizer spreaders all increase the usefulness of your mower. With accessories, you can save time by performing some tasks simultaneously. You can even purchase a snowblower attachment for the winter months.

Because you purchase each attachment separately, you may want to choose a riding mower that can handle several attachments, so you can add accessories as your budget allows.

Before You Buy

Before you purchase your next lawnmower, consider all these factors. While the price is, of course, a factor, also remember that a lawnmower is an investment. The mower itself should last you several years. Investing more now could mean years of easier, more efficient mowing for you.

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