Buyer’s Guide to Lawn Mowers
Some features and benefits of your typical power mower. Start off with your electric and battery powered units Electric or battery powered would be a good application would be a small lawn where you don’t want to deal with the gas, the fumes and the noise of the gas. Typically these are for smaller lawns. Electric the draw back would be having to work with the cord and getting the cord in the way with the advancement of battery technologies good battery powered units are an excellent option. From there we go into all mowers are available in push or self propelled.
Push is just that you will be doing the pushing to propel the mower, where self propelled has power drive to the wheels. These are on the front or rear wheels to basically do the work for you as far as propelling the mower across the lawn mower are available in 20, 21, or 22 inch cutting widths, would be the standard cutting widths with different engine options.
Typical engine would be a conventional side valve gas powered engine 4-cycle which means gas and oil are separate, but another option would be an overhead valve engine. The comparable overhead valve to the side value would develop more torque so even though there is the same displacement it would give you more lugging power for the heavier mowing conditions. When looking at a mower you know if mulching is a great way to go but many have the bagging as an option so you may want to consider purchasing a mower that has that capability if you either want to purchase the bag at the time of the mower purchase or add it on at a later date. Typically the bags are easy to change back and fourth Just take the bagger off and put the mulch plug in so its very easy to convert from a bagger to a mulcher.
The different deck options steel deck is ver common. Steel deck is an excellent choice the real drawback is, over the course of time a steel deck can rust and you do get more vibration up at the handles then you would an aluminum or a xenoway type deck. Mowers with cast aluminum decks the advantage would be the deck won’t rust, absorbs vibrations up in the handles, it will give you a longer life than the steel deck. Another options is xenoway. With the technology in the plastic xenoway gives you all the benefits of aluminum and is light weight and excellent durability and excellent performance.
All your mowers will height of cut adjustments. Typically they have a lever on each wheel so they are easy to change your height of cut if you want to raise from different mowing depending on conditions. Self-propelling features, they are available in single speed or multi-speed I would recommend multi-speed as you get into different conditions or different operators that want to travel at different speeds, it gives that flexibility. The only other real feature there are different starting mechanisms.
One is called a zone start which would mean you hold a bale on the mower and pull the rope. When you let go of the handle the engine will stop. Alternative to that is what is called the blade break clutch. You start the mower like you would with the conventional, but the start the mower you would push the handle. When you let go the blade will stop but the engine will continue to run.
Another option would be the electric start. This is a 12 volt charging system so you just hold the handle, turn the key, and it will start electrical, eliminating the effort for pulling the rope to start. Hope that helps in your making your purchasing decision, kinda cover some of the basics in the differences in mowers.