If it’s your first time shopping for used lawn mowers, you will soon realize that it’s not as easy as just going to the shop and taking one off the shelves to take home with you.
There are a lot of different types of lawn mowers, so your first challenge is in deciding which kind to buy. How do you tell which type is most suited for your needs? What’s the difference between them anyway?
Just follow these simple guidelines and you will be able to choose the right kind of mower for your lawn in no time at all…
The most economical type of mower is the reel mower. There are no engines involved, and you will have to push it around your lawn to mow the grass. As a result, it’s very environmentally-friendly, and reel mowers are a good choice if you have a fairly small lawn.
If you conscious about protecting the environment, but do not want that much of a workout when mowing the lawn, then you can consider getting yourself an electric lawn mower. This has an electric motor that makes it easier to cut the grass, but on the cheaper models you do have to drag a long power cable around to connect it to the power socket in the house. To get around this, you can choose a model that comes with a rechargeable battery instead. Then you won’t have to be tethered by the cable any more and yet you can enjoy the benefits of the electric motor.
On the other hand, if you don’t care about the loud noise and oil fumes, you can opt for a gas powered mower instead. This gives you a lot of power for the price, and is well-suited for the average lawn.
But if you have a very hilly lawn, then you will probably be better off with a self-propelled mower. With this kind of mower, you do not have to push it around yourself as the engine also turns the wheels and it can move on its own. Of course, this type of mower is more expensive, but it’s a trade off that many people are more than willing to make because it makes mowing so much easier.
By the way, there is a type of mower that mulches the grass instead of just dumping the cut grass by the side as you go along. If you do not want to deal with grass clippings, you can get a mulching mower but be prepared to pay a lot more for it as compared to the normal gas mower.
Last but not least, you can also choose a riding lawn mower. This type is most suitable for those people with very large lawns or backyards. As the name implies, you sit on top of the mower and drive it around while it does the mowing. This takes the least amount of effort on your part, and you can mow huge areas in very little time. But as expected, this type of mower is the most expensive type, and there is a lot more maintenance involved.
But no matter which type of mower you choose, you must choose one with good safety features. It’s a machine with sharp cutting metal blades after all, and a lot of people are injured while using mowers. That’s why you will want a mower that has safety features such as emergency shut-off switches or dead-man switches.
Don’t try to save money by buying a cheaper model if it does not have good safety features. It’s just not worth it should an accident occur, right?