Keeping a lawn in shape is a time-consuming and sometimes challenging task. Especially if you are not happy with your lawn mower you’re bound to postpone caring for your lawn time and time again until you’re living in the middle of a grassland savanna rather than a well-kept oasis. So to bring you back the joy I created a resource of the latest lawn mower reviews for you.
By coming to this page you’ve taken the first step to a happy future where keeping your lawn is a reward rather than a chore. It doesn’t matter if you’re the new owner of a yard and therefore need a lawn mower for the first time in your life, if you’re unhappy with your old mower and want to find a better model, or if you’re just looking for some tips and tricks in terms of getting and maintaining the perfectly beautiful lawn your neighbours will envy you for – you’ve found the right place to turn to!
As a long-time owner of a fairly large property and life-long user of lawn mowers (as well as technical enthusiast who wants to try everything new on the market) I feel confident that I am in the position of helping you find a way through all the different types and models available to get the lawn mower that suits your needs best.
At this website you will find a vast array of tips and tricks, lawn mower reviews and general information about lawn mowers that will ultimately help you choose the perfect mower for your needs in order to maintain the perfect lawn.
The Ultimate Lawn Mower Guide
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Things To Consider Before Buying a Lawn Mower
Here’s a list of number of things your should consider before getting you a new lawn mower.
Depending on the size of your lawn you need to pick a smaller or larger mower. Obviously the larger the lawn, the larger the mower in order to save you time and effort.
As a rule of thumb you can think about getting a walk behind mower if your yard is less that ¾ of an acre, for anything bigger than that you might want to consider a rear engine mower or a mower tractor. The only exception of this rule is a garden with many trees or flower-beds – if your yard mainly consists of those things you will be well advised to think about purchasing a zero turn radius mower that helps you to easily manage the twists and turns needed.
This means another factor you need to consider is the periods in which you plan on mowing your lawn.
Think about if you’re happier with spending larger amounts of money at a time but less often in terms of years, or if it’s easier for you to spend smaller amounts more regularly (or if you’re going to buy a new one in a few year’s time anyways).
Types Of Lawn Mowers
As you’ve probably noticed by now, there is a wide of array of different types of mowers available. So how do you know which one suits your needs best and therefore which general type of mower should you be focussing on in your search?
Below I’m going to introduce you to the most common types of mowers and list a few pro’s and con’s of each type in order to help you get a better idea of what to look for ultimately.
This type of mower runs with an electricity powered engine that usually turns the blade. Some kinds of electric mowers also provide power to the wheels, but that’s a rather rare case. There are two types of electric mowers: corded and cordless. Corded mowers are powered via a power socket, whereas cordless mowers are powered by some type of battery.
Since electric lawn mowers typically come in the walk behind variety they are best suited for flat yards which are not too big in size (3/4th of an acre at most) and a rather short grass length. Once again – you can of course use them for larger areas and longer grass, but it will be harder than necessary for you.
- Pros: electric mowers are typically quite silent; easy to maneuver; and -maybe for some of us the most important factor- pollution free… if you’re looking for an eco-friendly mower this will be your first choice
- Cons: obviously electric mowers are limited by their power supply, be that the electrical cord or battery time which in turn usually limits the yard size you’re about to reach; they are also not great with steeper parts if they’re of the walk behind variety
Gas powered mowers can be either self-propelled or push types and run on gasoline. While you’re not limited by cords with this type of mower, the amount of gas held by the tank does influence it’s range – in my experience gas powered mowers are a good choice for yards about the size of an acre.
Since those mowers mostly operate on a four stroke engine their power-output and torque are better than those of electrical mowers which means you’ll find it easier to cut tough blades as well as longer grass.
- Pros: higher power and torque output; quite effective with tougher grass; usually the are very portable
- Cons: the are quite noisy and very high up in terms of pollution; their range is constricted by the amount of gasoline (left) in the tank
These are the most traditional mowers. They are powered by the force with which you are pushing them around in your garden – this force turns the curved blades (you can imagine a barrel or tube made of blades rolling between two wheels) which makes them cut the grass. Reel mowers are fairly safe and the most easy to maintain – you hardly need to do anything since there are no technical or electrical parts.
- Pros: they are silent and eco-friendly, easy to maintain and very durable (I’ve had mine for about 20 years and it still works as well as on the first day); I’d recommend them for touch-up work in-between flower beds or trees, or for smaller areas you wish to mow quickly and easily without setting up/taking out your regular mower
- Cons: there is no way in which you would want to use them on anything larger than a front garden since it’s very tiring to use; it doesn’t work well with longer or tougher grass; very time-consuming for any larger patch of lawn
One of the most fun ways to cut a lawn – you basically sit on top of the mower and drive it around your garden while it crops away. These mowers are designed to easily go over hills and slopes and cover quite large areas easily and quickly.
If you’re the owner of a rather large garden which has limited amount of flower-beds and trees, this will be your choice.
- Pros: this is the quick and easy way of cutting large areas of grass; they are great with slopes and can easily deal with tall, tough and wild grass of any kind; usually you can get add-on’s like snow blowers for tractor mowers; and you will be mowing with next to no effort and a huge deal of fun
- Cons: usually they have a wide turn radius and are fairly hard to maneuver; they are quite noisy and high on pollution; you have to anticipate high maintenance costs
These mowers are the Premier League of mowers. In terms of build they are very similar to Tractor Mowers, except that they are rear-wheel steered which enables them to turn on a radius of literally zero degrees. Those mowers are perfect to navigate between trees and have the power to cover wide and vast expanses of land, can easily handle steep parts and hills, and generally have the ability to deal with wild tough grass as well as with shrubs. If you’re dealing with a wide stretch of land and need to navigate trees, flowers and boulders, this should be your first choice.
- Pros: very easy to navigate; handles vast plains as well as slopes; turns at the spot; quick and very efficient
- Cons: usually can’t be used with add-ons like snow plowers; rather noisy and not very eco-friendly; expensive and requires regular repairs and maintenance