Many people dread cutting the grass simply because it takes up time that could be spent doing something more fun and because many people suffer from allergies and asthma that are stirred up from the fresh cut grass. The good news is that the process of cutting your lawn can actually become enjoyable if you use the right mower.
Rather than struggle along with your old mower, consider a new motor that will make the job easier and faster. To determine which type of mower is best for your lawn, you need to think about the following:
The terrain of your property is another consideration. If you have a lawn with hills, pushing upwards can be too tough. However, with a self-propelled mower and high wheels, you can let the mower do some of the work. If you want a mower with a bag but have a lot of trees, fences, or other obstacles, the rear bag option is best in that you can maneuver easier.
- If your property is less than 1/2 acre, a 20 to 22-inch mower would be ideal
- For property that is 1/2 to 3/4 acre, you want a mower with a 21 to 22-inch mower range but more horsepower than the first option
- Anything over 3/4 acres would justify the purchase of a riding mower
While you can still buy a push mower, more and more people are turning to a self-propelled mower. These offer a huge benefit for lawns that are 10,000 square feet or more, rough terrain as mentioned, or if you have health problems and pushing a mower is simply too difficult. With a self-propelled mower, even people with bad backs can again mow their own lawn without having to push a heavy mower around. Other features that you might want to think about include:
Other things to consider are the engine in that not all mowers are created equal. An Overhead Valve engine is one the produces a cool, clean operation. This type of engine is very efficient and helps improve the fuel economy. The Dual Clean Air Filter provides twice the protection when it comes to extending the life of the engine. The Compact V-Twin engine is one that is designed to cut down on vibration so you have a smoother operation. The Cast Iron Cylinder Sleeve option can take a lot of wear and tear while offering better oil control. Finally, the Full Pressure Lube with Spin-on Oil Filter has the highest level of lubrication, which helps extend the life of the engine.
- Mulcher � Many of the mowers today have built-in mulchers. This means that the grass clippings and leaves are cut into very small pieces, which can actually help to fertilize the lawn or garden. With a mulcher, you do not need to bag the clippings if you do not want to.
- Rear Bag � A bagger collects all the grass so you can discard it and not need to rake. Additionally, a bagger keeps grass from building up at the base of fences and trees, making your lawn loom much nicer. A rear bag is probably the best choice in that it offers more maneuverability.
- Side Discharge � With this option, the grass clippings are pushed out from the mower and right back onto the lawn. Some people like to rake and do not mind the side discharge.
- Convertible / 3-in-1 � This type of feature means that the mower can be converted from a side discharge to that of a rear bagger. With this type of mower, you can mulch, bag, or use the side discharge, whichever you prefer.
- Assembly � As you shop for a new mower, you will find that some are not assembled at all, meaning when you get home and take it out of the box, you put everything together. A new option that is now very popular is that �Assembly in the Box�. With this option, the mower is put together for you, packaged, and all you need to do is remove it from the box and add gas.