Lawn Mower Buying Guide
Lawn Mowers 101
Types of Lawn Mowers
Corded Electric Lawn Mowers
Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Gas Lawn Mowers
Reel Push Mowers
Riding Lawn Mowers
Robotic Lawn Mowers
Lawn Mower Safety Tips:
• Don’t use electric mowers in wet weather
• Position the electrical cable away from the cutting direction
• Switch off and unplug an electric mower and make sure the blades are still before trying to remove jammed clippings
• Keep children and pets away from the area when using a lawn mower
• Remove stones, twigs and branches from the lawn before mowing
Lawn Mower Features
Bagging Systems +
Bagging systems collect grass clippings in a bag attached either behind the mower or at the side. Remove the bag and empty the clippings into lawn and garden recycling bags, or into a compost pile. Before you buy, make sure the bag is easy to remove, empty and replace.
A mower with large wheels or with larger wheels on the back will handle uneven terrain better than a mower with small wheels.
Electric Start +
An electric starter is a popular option on gas mowers. Tedious pull starts are replaced by a single touch of a button that fires up the mower.
Variable Speed Control +
Variable speed control allows you to slow down your self-propelled or riding mower when mowing close to obstacles such as trees or flower beds, and speed up when you’re mowing out in the open.
Blade-brake Clutch System +
Also known as a bail handle, a blade-break clutch system enables you to stop the blade from rotating without switching the engine off. This is a handy option if your lawn has patches of rough terrain or gravel. It lets you pause the blade, travel across the rough spot, and resume cutting again as soon as you reach mowable lawn.
Removable Key-Start +
A removable key-start is designed to prevent children and other unauthorized people from accidentally starting or using your mower. Simply remove the key when the mower isn't in use and store it in a safe place.
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Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips:
• Perform regular maintenance tasks before, during and after the mowing season
• Sharpen the blades regularly
• Old or contaminated oil should be drained and replaced
• Clean caked-on grass out from the undercarriage and discharge chute
• Disconnect the spark plug before working around the undercarriage of a gas mower
• Inspect the air filter of a gas mower and replace as necessary
• Change the spark plug every year to ensure an easy start
• Get a professional tune up to ensure your gas mower is in top working order for the mowing season.