Self Propelled Lawn Mower Buying Guide
There are two basic categories of self propelled lawn mowers on the market: Gas self propelled and Electric self propelled. We have outlined the two types below and shared with you some specifics about each type so you can compare them and decide which type you prefer.
Gas Self Propelled Mower
If you are mowing terrain that has a lot of hills,a gas self propelled mower is a good choice for you. They are more powerful than the electric models and can handle whatever terrain you are dealing with.
The effort that is required of you with a self propelled gas mover is much less that a regular mower would require. Most gas powered self propelled lawnmowers are started using the old fashioned rope yank starts. Look for self propelled lawnmowers that offer users the 3-in-1 discharge options.
A few of the advantages that gas lawn mowers that are self propelled offer include powerful performance, even in thick grass and going up hills. They are usually affordable as well and tend to be in the mid-range price wise unless they have a lot of features that raise the price.
Using a gas, self propelled lawn mower allows the user to move and mow wherever they need to with no restrictions, such as a power cord to worry about. This makes moving much easier. The gas powered self propelled models are longer lasting and much more durable than electric.
One of the disadvantages to gas propelled mowers is the noise. They are much louder than electric mowers which can dictate what time of day or evening you mow.
A couple of other things that people don’t like very much is that it requires a cord to pull start it which can be very difficult for some people, and that a gas powered mower emits exhaust which doesn’t always work for users who are trying to be environmentally conscious.
Electric Self-Propelled Mower
An electric, self propelled lawn mower uses electricity to work and can either be corded or cordless and operating off a battery. Most corded electric mowers have a 14 to 20 inch cord that is used. The cordless mower is much more flexible and allows the user to mow without having electricity right there.
It’s powered by a battery. Battery life will depend on the quality of the battery that the mower uses. Many users buy two batteries to allow for the first one to run down before the mowing is done. Electric mowers are the favored choice to use if you are trying to be environmentally conscious. There are no carbon emissions that can harm the environment.
Another popular benefit to using an electric lawn mower is that they are much quieter than gas powered varieties. They are also very easy to use, even if the person mowing has some health issues to contend with. They are also much easier to start and can be started with a quick push of a button.
There are a few disadvantages to the electric self propelled lawn mower as well. These include having a limited mowing area or limited mowing time if you choose the cordless variety. They are also only suited for smaller yards that are pretty much flat and don’t do well in tall or thick grass. Electric mowers will also usually cost more than their gas powered counterparts.
Which one you choose really depends on the kind of yard you have, the type of grass you are mowing and whether you want to stick to green choices or need the power of a gas powered model. The self propelled feature that both the electric and gas powered mowers offer make them much easier to use but there is still some effort required when mowing hilly terrain.
There are several things you want to pay attention to when it comes time to start shopping for your self-propelled lawnmower. We have outlined these things below so you are educated on what to look for when sorting through all the various choices.
- Sound Level – If noise is a big issue with you, you will want to consider an electric self propelled model rather than a gas propelled one. If you are worried about disturbing your neighbors and you have a small yard that is flat, this would be an excellent choice for you and it won’t be bothersome.
- Warranty – Self propelled mowers can sometimes require more maintenance than other types. This is due to the clutch and the belts that wear out with time. They also will need blade maintenance. After several years, the battery powered models will need the batteries replaced as well. A good warranty takes care of many of these issues for you so be certain to look for models that offer a good warranty and then pay attention to the requirements that warranty has so it stays valid. The longer the warranty the better. 2 years or longer is an excellent warranty length to shoot for.
- Cutting Width – The width of the cutting deck is very important as this will determine how many passes you will need to make when you are cutting your grass. If you have a large yard, you will want to look for a cutting deck that is as large as possible. If your yard is small, you can get away with a lighter-weight narrower deck but you probably wouldn’t want to choose anything smaller than 20” for a small yard and 22” or higher for a large yard if you can find them.
Mowers can have a lot of features that make your mowing jobs easier. These include safety features that make mowing much safer for the user and those around them, automatic speeds, ergonomic designed handles, single level height adjustments, larger rear wheels and much more. Decide what features are important to you before you purchase a self propelled mower. Once you know what features are important to you, you will automatically eliminate the models that don’t work for you.
Looking for a self propelled lawnmower that will work for your mowing needs isn’t overly complicated but there are some decisions to be made and options to choose.
There are so many different models available that it can get a bit daunting to try and figure out which one is the best for your needs. With a little bit of time and care, you will be able to eliminate the ones that clearly aren’t what you want and make your ultimate choice easier.
Don’t forget to take into consideration the size of your lawn, the terrain of your lawn and type of grass you have, the physical health of the person who will be using the mower, the importance level of being “green” and other factors while you are doing your research.
This information will help you look at the available models with confidence and your choice will be exactly what you need.