What Should I Consider When Buying a Lawn Mower?

Sherry Holetzky

For most homeowners, a very important aspect of buying a lawn mower is ease of use. Is the lawn mower you have in mind self-propelled? Does it come with a catcher, or can one be added? Is it easy to start? These are all good questions to ask yourself when shopping for a lawn mower.

A man using a lawn mower.
A man using a lawn mower.

Price is important, since people want to get a good value for their money, but sometimes it's worth it to pay a little more to make sure you get quality equipment. When it comes to buying a lawn mower, think of it as an investment. You want a lawn mower that is going to do a good job and one that is going to last.

People with larger yards might prefer a riding mower.
People with larger yards might prefer a riding mower.

Also, consider the area that you want to mow. If it is rough terrain, you need to buy a lawn mower that is tough enough to do the job. You also need to make sure you can adjust the cutting blades to different heights. In rough areas, you may need to cut once with the blades raised, and then go back over the section with the blades lowered in order to get a good cut.

Many homeowners have good intentions when they begin looking for a lawn mower. They believe they will use cutting the grass as a form of exercise. Most people quickly tire of this method of exercise, however, so be honest with yourself and decide how motivated you really are. You might be better off with a riding lawn mower. You won't get as much exercise, but your lawn will look great.

The size of your lawn should also be a factor when buying a lawn mower. If you have a large yard, you may want to select a wider cutting deck in order to tackle the job more quickly and easily. On the same token, you don't want a wide cutting deck if your yard has small niches and angles, or tight spaces between the house and garage that may be difficult to cut with a bigger mower. Also look for rebates, discounts, and free accessories. Many manufacturers offer them, especially early in the season when lawn mower sales are slower.

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Discussion Comments

Windchime

Having spent weeks comparing regular walk behind and rider type lawn mowers I can add some advice to this topic: buy from a dedicated lawn mower store. The staff are more likely to be specialists, which is a real bonus. Plus they are more help when it comes to lawn mower troubleshooting.

Valencia

I wish I had read this useful article before I bought my first mower! I didn't realize how important it is to spend as much as you can. To save a few bucks I went for a pull cord type as it was one of the cheapest lawn mowers in the store.

The second time I used it I ricked my back and was off work for a week! What a false economy that was.It's electric start every time for me from now on!

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