Lawn Mower Buying Guide

When bought my first home, I'd never used a lawn mower. So many choices. Gas mowers, electric mowers, reel mowers. So of course I sat down and spent a whole lot of time browsing the Internet looking for info.

Because my property is small and because I wanted to do my part for the environment, I decided to go with a reel mower. It seemed like the best decision. Yet two years later I gave up on it. I traded up to an electric mulching mower. It wasn't that the reel mower didn't do its job; it was that I had to rake after it did its job. I hate raking. I guess some things you have to learn the hard way. Even though I tried to cut my lawn so that clippings were small enough to leave on the space to decay naturally, it never seemed to work out that way.

Anyway, let's look at some of the options for lawn mowers.

Gas Mowers — if you have a big lawn, with the grass that grows sick and vigorous, then you might want to consider a gas mower. Typically they offer more power. Have a bumpy or hilly lawn? Then a gas more might be the right choice for you. If you choose a four stroke engine, and they are generally quieter and a little more environmentally friendly when compared to a two-stroke engine.

In the gas line up, you also have self-propelled mowers. While this doesn't mean they'll zip around your lawn and do the mowing for you like those robotic vacuum cleaners, they do make the job easier for you. Which would you prefer to steer? Your options are a Front Wheel Drive mower that allows you to maneuver around trees and flowerbeds. This type is also the better choice if you have a level lawn. If you have a bumpy lawn, lots of uneven terrain and thick grass, choose the Rear Wheel Drive option.

One of the biggest drawbacks of a gas powered mower is that it has the most maintenance. And you need to have gas handy.

Electric Mowers — if you have a smaller size lawn and an outlet handy, then an electric mower may be the choice for you. Usually lighter than their gas guzzling cousins, they are easy to start and easy to maintain. They also run quietly and have no emissions. Most corded electric mowers have motors that range between 6 and 12 amps. I personally have a 6 amp electric mower and it does the job just fine.

Cordless Lawn Mowers

Reel Lawn Mowers

Sun Joe iON 40V Cordless iON16LM 16″ Lawn Mower w/Brushless Motor

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Lawn-Boy 10730 Kohler HW Gas Lawn Mower, 21-Inch

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Toro/Lawn Boy 10630 20″ Push Lawn Mower

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Greenworks 25312 G-MAX 40V Cordless 19″ Mower

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Toro/Lawn Boy 10634 Electric Start Mower

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