What should be considered when shopping for a walk-behind lawnmower?

Which type of lawn mower is best for my yard?

The size of your lawn is one factor that will help determine whether you need a push or self propelled lawn mower.

  • Smaller Lawns
    (Less than 1/3 acre)
    May only require a push mower.
  • Larger Lawns
    (More than 1/3 acre)
    May require a self-propelled mower that assists in getting the job done faster and easier.

Should I consider a push or a self-propelled lawn mower?

  • Push Mowers
    Push mowers are simple machines that offer the opportunity to combine yardwork with
    moderate exercise.
  • Self-Propelled Mowers
    If you have a larger yard or uneven terrain, you need to consider a self-propelled mower.
    Self-propelled mowers provide added power to turn or "drive" the wheels. This reduces mowing time and offers better maneuverability around trees and flowers beds. They are available in both front wheel drive and rear wheel drive.

What is the difference between a front wheel drive and a rear wheel drive?

  • Front Wheel Drive
    More of a drive assist and easier to maneuver
  • Rear Wheel Drive
    More positive traction for use on grades and unlevel lawns

What engine type do I need?

It is important to buy an engine to meet your lawn mowing needs. Most walk-behind engines have simple, single cylinder gasoline engines that are reliable and easy-to-start. In general, it is recommended that you use no less than a 4.0hp engine for optimum bagging
and mulching applications.

How will I dispose of my grass clippings?

There are three options available to handle grass clippings:

  • Mulching
    Mulching cuts the grass into fine clippings that are returned to the lawn to act as a natural fertilizer that adds nutrients to the soil. No need to dispose of the clippings because they are deposited into the lawn. Mulching saves time, conserves water, cuts fertilizer bills, and provides a greener lawn.
  • Bagging
    Bagging is great for collecting grass clippings or for leaf pick-up. Ideal for those who like to compost.
  • Side Discharging
    Grass clippings are dispersed onto the top of the lawn.

Do I need a convertible mower?

Choose a mower that best fits the way you usually mow your yard and has the flexibility to adapt to changing mowing conditions. A convertible mower allows you to change back and forth easily without tools.

  • 3-in-1
    This is a mower that will mulch, bag and side discharge grass clippings.
  • 2-in-1
    This is a mower that will either mulch and bag, or mulch and side discharge grass clippings.

What is the benefit of a high-wheel mower?

High wheel mowers have 14" rear wheels with increased surface that make the units more maneuverable. This provides stability and makes the mower easier to use on hilly or uneven yards.

Is it a hassle to adjust the cutting height?

Easy-to-use 7 position height adjustment allows you to adjust the cutting height from 1” to 3.8” to get the level cut you want.

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