The consumer now has a wide variety to choose from, so there is a good quality mower for every job and budget. That is the up side. The down side is that the choice is more difficult and confusing now because of so many options.
Your first choice is to decide whether you need a walk behind mower, or whether you need a ride on mower. A walk behind mower is one that you push. These can be electric or gasoline. They're pretty versatile; this and an edger can take care of all of the different areas of a lawn.
But back to basics: which brand will you buy? With so many top-quality brands out there vying for your dollar it can be very hard to pick. Choose the right mower for the job and your price range.
If you are looking for the quiet energy-efficiency of a cordless electric walking mower, you'll want to check out Honda, Black & Decker, or Simplicity. On the other hand, if you want a traditional gasoline-powered mower, the best ones are made by Toro, Reel, Snapper, and MTD.
Ride on mowers are a different breed. You definitely want a ride-on mower if you are doing commercial mowing, or if you have a large yard. For ride-on mowers, go with Murray, John Deere or Husqvarna. They consistently get excellent reviews, and they have a zero-turn radius (they can pivot in place, they don't have to make a circle or u-turn). These are gas or petrol powered.
Part of the expense of your mower will be repair and upkeep. Even if you take great care of the mower, it's still a machine and there will be wear and tear. Figure on replacing the belts, having new blades put on or old ones sharpened, and having to do repairs to the engine.
The engine is actually the part you want to really watch for. The mulching deck will probably last forever and give you no trouble, but the engine can be a real pain Ð and expensive Ð if it needs to be replaced. Take special care to maintain the engine by keeping oil in it, and by not storing your mower with gas in the tank.
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Article provided by Alex Ryan