How to Choose the Perfect Lawnmower for Your Yard
If you’re in the market for a new lawnmower, you may feel a little overwhelmed by all of the choices. How do you know which one is right for your yard? What are the essential features to look for? This blog post will walk you through everything you need to know before making your purchase. We’ll start by discussing Yard Size – how to determine the right size lawnmower for your needs. Then we’ll talk about Handling Grass Clippings and explain why this is an important consideration. Finally, we’ll introduce you to the different types of lawnmowers available on the market today and help you decide which one is right for you. So
The decision was easy in years past. You could choose to push the mower from behind or ride comfortably on it. There are many options available these days. You can choose from traditional gas-powered lawnmowers or electric mowers powered by either extension cords or battery packs.
The decision to buy a lawnmower is not an easy one. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of your choices, keep these things in mind before making any purchases!
Let’s get started!
One of the first things you need to consider when choosing a lawnmower is the size of your yard, which will help you determine the size of the machine you need. You can probably get away with a push mower if you have a small yard. But if your yard is more significant, you’ll want a self-propelled mower.
Push mowers are best for smaller yards, less than 1/2 acre, and can operate on gasoline or electricity. However, suppose you have a larger yard. You may want to consider a more powerful machine, such as a riding or zero-turn mower. They have wider cutting areas and faster rolling speeds and can deal with uneven surfaces or tougher grasses.
Smaller yards will do fine with a 21-inch blade, but if you have a lot of ground to cover, you’ll need something more significant. A 42-inch blade will cover more ground quickly, but it’s also heavier and harder to maneuver. You’ll have to decide what’s best for your needs.
Handling Grass Clippings
You can narrow down your choices by deciding how to dispose of the grass. Some people like to mulch their lawn, leaving the clippings on the ground to decompose and fertilize the lawn. Others prefer to bag their clippings so they can be disposed of later. If you’re not sure what you want to do with your clippings, look for a mower that offers both options. Then you can try out both methods and see what works best for you.
Mulching mowers chop grass into smaller pieces that are returned to the yard as compost, and some mowers can combine these functions. These mowers are not only more efficient than regular side-discharge models but also have bagging and mulching capabilities that will leave your yard looking cleaner.
Time is another crucial factor. Bagging your clippings will require you to stop frequently to empty the grass from your mower’s bag and place it in a collection bag. Also, make sure that your local sanitation department will pick up the yard waste.
Types of Lawn Mowers
There are a few different types to choose from when it comes to lawnmowers. Here we will discuss the different types of lawnmowers and which one may be the best option for you and your yard.
The manual reel mower is best for tiny yards and is the most environmentally friendly option. They are easy to operate, require very little maintenance, and are the most affordable option.
Reel mowers typically range from $70 to $160, depending on build quality, features, and brand name.
Electric mowers come in two types, corded and battery-powered. They are best for small to medium yards and are environmentally friendly. They require very little maintenance and are relatively affordable.
Corded electric mowers need to be plugged into an outlet while in use, so they are not very convenient. You will need to purchase a long extension cord and be careful not to get it caught in the mower while in operation. Corded electric mowers typically run between $75 and $300, depending on size and features.
Battery-powered electric mowers are much more convenient and environmentally friendly but require more maintenance and are more expensive. In addition, you may want to purchase extra battery packs, depending on how long you plan to operate the mower in a single session.
When considering batteries, the Ah(Amp Hour) rating of the battery tells you how many amps of power the battery can provide for precisely 1 hour. For example, the EGO POWER Select Cut XP 56 Volt Brushless mower claims to run up to 75 minutes on a single charge and comes with a 56 Volt battery rated at 10.0 Ah. If we call this 60 minutes, then you can see that the mower requires about 10 Amps of power when fully powered. Assuming the mower is not in continuous operation for that 1 hour, you may squeeze out another 15 minutes of usage, bringing you to the 75 minutes advertised.
Generally speaking, the higher voltage a mower operates at typically determines the cutting power and the density of grass you will be able to handle. At the same time, the Ah rating will give you an idea of how long it will operate without losing power.
A battery-powered electric mower will set you back $150 to $1000. Extra battery packs can run as much as $100 for the more powerful 56 Volt systems.
Also, the more often you use the mower, the more often you will exercise the batteries, and the faster you will deplete the battery’s useful life. Eventually, you will need to get replacement batteries. So these may not be the best choice for those that need to mow more than once a week.
Gasoline-powered mowers are best for large yards and can handle tougher grasses. They require more maintenance than electric mowers but are more powerful and can operate for more extended periods.
When choosing a gas mower, you must decide whether you want a push mower or a riding mower. Push mowers are best for small to medium yards while riding mowers are best for large yards.
Push mowers typically have a cutting width of 21 inches, while riding mowers can have a cutting width of 42 inches or more.
Gasoline-powered push mowers typically range from $150 to $1,200, depending on size and features. Or, at the very high end, you can get into a walk-behind brush mower for around $3,000 to $4,000 and are only recommended if you have some especially gnarly areas to mow.
Riding mowers also come in different styles, such as lawn tractors, zero-turn mowers, and front-steer mowers. Lawn tractors are the most versatile and are helpful for hauling, plowing, and towing. Zero-turn mowers are best for those with large, flat yards as they can make quick work of mowing. Front-steer mowers are best for those with hills or uneven terrain.
Riding mowers typically start at around $1,400 and can go up to $15,000 or more, depending on the style and features.
These days, we now have a new category of mowers to choose from—the Robotic Lawn Mower.
Robotic mowers are equipped with sensors and can map out your yard to know where they’ve been and where they need to go. They are great for small to medium yards and can even handle yards with complex landscaping.
Robotic mowers can cost between $1,200 and $1500 and up to $3000 depending on your yard’s size and what features you choose.
Finally, making the purchase.
There are many factors to take into consideration when buying a lawnmower. Do your research to find the best mower for your yard. These factors include how big your yard is, what you plan to do with the clippings, and who will be doing it. This will allow you to make an informed purchase decision.