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

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 11" or 12" 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.


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