BEST [10+] Lawn Mowers 2018/2019 [Reviews and Buyer’s Guide]
An immaculate lawn is certainly a wonder to the eyes however, maintaining it is the greater task. But it doesn’t have to be if you are well prepared with the right equipment.
Well it may prove a little daunting for first timers but with a little patience, you will no longer have to hire someone to mow your lawn. With a good lawn mower, you should be able to work your lawn effortlessly, learning something new with each session, and having fun all the way.
Best is different for different people. While some people will look at the top rated, others will look at the best selling lawn mowers. Well, at the least we are stepping in to break up these into finer detail to help you make the best selection for your needs.
Our summary table below will give you a brief of the features of the best lawn mowers. Scroll down for a detailed review of each product and a comprehensive buyer’s guide.
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|Lawn Mower||Price||Type||Cutting Deck||Power||Endurance||Cutting Height||Weight|
|Ego Power LM2001||Cordless Walk-Behind||20 Inches||Advance Lithium 4.0Ah 56v Battery||45mins||1.2-3.5inches, 5-position||65.3 lbs|
|GreenWorks 25302||Cordless, Walk-Behind||Dual: 20 and 10 Inches||Dual 40v G-Max Lithium Ion Batteries||70 Mins||1 ¼ - 3 1/8inches, 5-position||42.5 lbs|
|Black & Decker CM2040||Cordless, Walk-Behind||20 Inches||40V Max Lithium Batteries||30-45 Mins||1 ¼ - 4 inches, 6 position||55 lbs|
|GreenWorks 25022||Electric, Walk-Behind||20 Inches||12 Amp Motor||Indefinite||1 ½ - 3 ¾ inches, 7-position||56 lbs|
|Remington RM1159||Gas, Walk-Behind||22 Inches||159cc MTD Powermore OHV Engine||At the Release of Handle Bar||1 - 6 Inches Varying||78 lbs|
|Poulan Pro PR500N21 SH||Gas, Walk-Behind||21 Inches||500E 140cc Briggs & Stratton Petrol Engine||45-60 Mins||1.25 -3.44 Inches, 4-Position||61.6 lbs|
|Lawn-Boy 10732||Self-Propelled, Gas, Walk-Behind||21 Inches||Kohler 149cc XT6 Engine||60 Mins||1 ¼ - 3 ¾ inches, 2-Position||79 lbs|
|Raven MPV7100||Hybrid Riding||46 Inches||4-Cycle||8 Hours||1 ¼ - 3 ¾ Inches, 2-Position||870 lbs|
|Poulan Pro P46ZX||Zero Turn Riding||46 Inch||22 HP Briggs v-Twin Pro Engine||45-60 Mins||1 ½ - 4 Inches, 6- Position||750 lbs|
|Troy-Bilt TB30R||Riding Lawn Mower||30 Inch||420cc Single Troy-Bilt Engine||8 Hours||1 ½ - 3 ½ Inches||340 lbs|
In our review today, we compile some of the latest technical innovations responsible for revolutionizing the mowing world. We hope that by the end of this read you will have a new outlook to lawn mowing and be in the best position to pick the right machine for your yard and DO IT YOURSELF!
Should you purchase a riding lawn mower or a push behind lawn mower. Gas or electric? Zero-turn technology–What is this? With so many lawn mowers on the market and so many features, choosing a top lawn mower can be a difficult task.
Best lawn mowers 2017 is a guide aimed to not only recommending mowers, but also help the buyer make an educated decision. Grab some popcorn, take a beer.
This is going to take some time. After reading this you should be able to:
-Define lawn mowers features such as zero-turn
-Know which features you need in a mower
-The best push behind lawn mowers
-The best ride on lawn mowers
Let’s begin. We’ll start with riding lawn mowers:
Riding lawn mowers can seem like the lazy man’s way out, but they’re a very legitimate and necessary garden tool for a wide variety of people. Of course, they’re simply easier to use then a laborious reel mower, but they also allow a greater range of people the freedom to maintain and enjoy their gardens.
There’s a huge range of riding lawn mowers out there, of a variety of sizes and horse-powers available for a wide range of tasks and gardens.
- 0.1 Best Lawn Mowers 2018: What makes a GREAT lawn mower?
- 0.2 Best Walk Behind Lawn Mowers 2018
- 0.3 Best Cordless Lawn Mowers
- 0.4 Best Electric Lawn Mowers
- 0.5 Best Petrol/gas Lawn Mowers
- 0.6 Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
- 0.7 Our Best walk-behind Mower Pick!
- 0.8 Best Riding Lawn Mower For The Money in 2018
- 0.8.1 1. Troy-Bilt 420cc OHV 30-Inch Premium Riding Lawn Mower
- 0.8.2 2. Raven MPV7100 Hybrid Riding Lawnmower
- 0.8.3 3. Poulan Pro P46ZX Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower
- 0.8.4 4. Husqvarna 967324301 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower
- 0.8.5 5. Swisher ZTR2454BS Lawn Mower
- 0.8.6 6. Weed Eater WE-ONE 26-Inch 190cc Riding Lawn Mower
- 0.9 Our Best Pick in the Riding Mowers Category!
- 0.10 Best Mowers Brands
- 1 Murray Riding Lawn Mowers
- 1.1 The Best Murray Riding Lawn Mowers
- 1.2 Murray Model# MS18542
- 1.3 Murray Model #13BC76LF058
- 1.3.1 Murray Model# 13AO785S058
- 1.3.2 Murray Select Zero Turn Mower
- 1.3.3 John Deere Riding Lawn Mowers
- 1.3.4 Who is John Deere, anyway?
- 1.3.5 John Deere Riding Lawn mower D110
- 1.3.6 John Deere D130 Lawn Tractor
- 1.3.7 John Deere D140 Riding Lawn Mower
- 1.3.8 The Z255 22HP Riding Mower
- 1.3.9 Craftsman Riding Lawn Mowers
- 1.3.10 More about the Craftsman Riding Lawn Mowers
- 1.3.11 Why Craftsman Riding Lawn Mowers?
- 1.3.12 Craftsman 17.5HP Riding Mower Model 20373
- 1.3.13 Craftsman Model 20374
- 1.3.14 The Craftsman 20376
- 1.3.15 Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower 22HP 46″
- 1.4 Best Lawn Mowers – Buyer’s Guide
- 1.5 Best Mowers Brands
- 1.6 Types of Lawn Mowers
- 1.6.1 Push/ Walk behind Lawn Mowers:
- 1.6.2 Riding Lawn Mowers:
- 1.6.3 How do I choose my riding lawn mower?
- 1.6.4 Why is a riding lawn mower not a garden tractor?
- 1.6.5 Should I get a gear riding lawn mower or an automatic?
- 1.6.6 What else do I look out for on my riding mower?
- 1.6.7 How do I get a good deal on my riding lawn mower?
- 1.6.8 What’s the history of the riding lawn mower?
- 1.6.9 How do you keep your riding mower safe?
- 1.7 Lawn Mowing Tips
- 1.8 Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.9 Conclusion
Best Lawn Mowers 2018: What makes a GREAT lawn mower?
Before listing the top brands, it’s vital to have a quick look at the many features of the average lawn mower. Taking these criteria into account alongside your lawn size is the best way to source the mower that’s right for your needs.
Cutting Width: Cutting width has to be chosen very carefully, and with relation to your property size. Obviously, the wider the deck the less passes needed to cut a certain area of grass, but larger decks will likewise have trouble maneuvering in small gardens.
Search your lawn area for the tightest fit, and make your decision based on it. Remember to be sure the riding lawn mower will fit inside your shed or storage area easily.
Speed: Speed can matter, but probably not in the way most shops will portray it. Yes, it’s nice to get a job done as quickly as possible. Humans are humans, and the faster something tedious gets done the better. However, that’s not really where speed matters when picking your lawn mower.
Speed- most specifically the ability to easily and swiftly adjust it- is going to play a huge part in ensuring you can keep your lawn mowing consistent across the board, especially if you have a lawn with steep inclines or many obstacle the mower will have to divert around.
Transmission: Manual transmissions mean more work while you mow, although they can be cheaper. They also tend to be more of an irritation in areas with high obstacle numbers as avoiding them generally requires clutching. However, they also tend to be cheaper and can deliver a great bang for your buck.
Engine placement: Engine placement matters almost as much as the engine capacity. While Zero Turn designs tend to have rear placement, so do smaller motors and less powerful riding mowers. Front engine models tend to have larger capacity
Zero-Turn designs: If you do have issues with tight areas, the Zero Turn design is critical for you as it has the tightest radius and best manoeuvrability of all model types. They’re not particularly great for steep terrain, however, as they can turn too sharply for the incline.
Follow these points and you won’t go wrong with your purchase. If you still want more details before making your purchase, then Click Here to Jump to our Riding Lawn Mowers – Buyer’s Guide
Best Walk Behind Lawn Mowers 2018
Walk behind mowers just as the name suggests, are designed in such a way that you push the forward like a trolley, when operating them. They come in different categories which we shall discuss in detail in the buyer’s guide.
- Petrol/gas lawn mowers
- Self propelled lawn mowers
- Manual/ Reel Lawn mowers
- Electric Lawn Mowers
- Cordless Lawn Mowers
Best Cordless Lawn Mowers
1. EGO Power+ Cordless Lawn Mower
Ego Power boasts this cordless lawn mower as “the most advanced rechargeable mower on the market, packing the same power as gas lawn mowers, just without the noise and fumes”.Features
- Quick 30-minute charge time
- Cut time: 45 minutes
- Quick fold during storage
- Compact upright storage position
- Cutting width: 20 inches
- Weight: 65.3 lbs
- Uses Advance Lithium 4.0Ah 56v battery
- Weather proof construction
This bad boy runs on a 56-Volt Lithium-Ion battery, which packs enough energy to provide 45 minutes of continuous cutting. It charges pretty quickly as well, a full charge usually taking only 30 minutes. This is great if you want to save time and get rid of chords.
This compact lawn mower is very quiet, making 30% less noise than a gas powered lawn mower. One of the most impressive functions of this mower includes its weather resistant construction, a wide cutting width of 20 inches which reduces the number of passes required significantly.
Its warranty is 3 years for the battery and 5 years for the mower itself. All in one, for its competitive price, you cannot go wrong with this battery powered lawn mower. Easily one of the best lawn mowers found today.
- Long Battery Runtime: 45 minutes of Continuous Mowing
- Quick Charge: 30 Minutes
- Weather Resistant Construction
- Wide Cut Capacity: 20in
- None so Far
If you are looking for a great performer especially for tall and thick grass, that’s averagely priced, this is it. This unit comes as a great alternative to the best rated Model and will give you exceptional service for medium tasks.
2. GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX 40V Twin Force 20-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower
As you can tell, we love GreenWorks. They’re an established brand that provides some of the best lawn mowers at a premium price. This mower is no different.
GreenWorks G-Max runs on a 40V 4Ah Lithium Ion battery which gives it enough power to cut grass for around 70 minutes.
- Cordless electric mower
- Dual 40v G-Max Lithium Ion batteries (1 4AH battery and 1 2AH battery) for a remarkable 50 -70 minutes uninterrupted operation
- Automatic battery switching so that the second battery powers the unit when the first runs out of charge
- Package includes 2 batteries and 1 charger
- Cutting width: 20 and 10-inch dual blades designed with smart cut technology that adjusts automatically to the thickness of grass
- Mulching and bagging capabilities
- 5 height position ranging between 1 ¼ inches and 3 1/8 inches
- Weighs 42.5lbs
- Package includes a battery charger
- Comes with 4 years warranty
The 25302 by GreenWorks comes equipped with two high-speed sharp dual blades, 10in and 20in and offer excellent cutting width in less time than the usual walk behind lawn mowers. There are 5 levels for height, ranging from 1 1/4in to 3 1/8 in. This is more than enough for most lawns.
As for manoeuvrability, we have to give this lawn mower a 5 rating. The 10-inch rear and 7-inch front wheels allow for maximum manoeuvrability over both even and uneven surfaces.
In addition, GreenWorks G-Max also comes with rear bag and mulch functions.
- Dual functionality makes it one of the best performers
- Uninterrupted operation
- Long Life Battery
- Very Quiet
- Charging the batteries take some time
- Because the blades do not overlap, it may take time before you achieve a clean cut
3. BLACK & DECKER CM2040 3-in-1 Cordless Mower
The Black+Decker CM2040 lawn mower packs a 40V Max Lithium Battery to deliver 30-45 minutes of continuous mowing time.
- 20 inch cutting blade
- Powered by 40V Max Lithium batteries
- Variable speed motor maximises battery conservation for longer runtime
- Designed with EdgeMax mechanism making it possible to cut near obstacles
- 6 Height adjustments between 1 ¼ inches and 4 inches
- 3-in-1 functionality; mulching, bagging or side discharge capabilities
- Package includes 240V Max lithium batteries, 15-gallon nylon grass bag and a battery charger
- Comes with 2 years of limited warranty
- Weighs 55 lbs
The motor allows for variable speed options which can save some energy for longer runtime and greater efficiency.
This cordless mower features a 20-inch cutting width which will save you some time in the long term as you don’t have to go over the same patch of lawn again and again. There are 6 settings for height adjustments ranging from 1-1/2 to 4 inches.
Black+Decker CM2040 features the novel AutoSense technology which detects the thickness of the grass being cut and adjusts cutting power accordingly.
- Smart AutoSense Technology adjusts automatically based on grass thickness
- Edge Cutting with EDGEMAX
- Two 40V MAX Lithium Ion Batteries
- Very Quiet
- The cutting power is a bit lower than others in its range
This unit delivers power enough to trim clean, small lawns with medium thickness and is a lightweight too.
Best Electric Lawn Mowers
GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn Mower
GreenWorks 25022 is a bestseller on Amazon and rightly so. It is tagged with an extremely competitive price which makes it affordable for most people. Are you looking for an incredible performer that’s also pocket friendly, this is it.
- Powerful 12 Amp electric motor ideal for tough grass
- Comes with a range of cutting heights, 7 positions between 1 ½ inches and 3 ¾ inches
- Steel constructed 20-inch cutting width for a quick cut
- 3-in-1 cutting deck operation: rear bagging, side discharge, and mulching making it quite versatile
- Fold down handle for ease of storage
- Rear wheels: 10 inches, Front wheels: 7 inches
- Weight: 56 lbs
- Package includes mulch plug and grass collection bag
Its 12 Amp Electric Motor is powerful enough to tame even the wildest grass. In addition to the engine, the 3-in-1 feature provides some interesting options for grass clippings, namely: rear bagging, mulching capabilities and side discharge.
This versatile lawnmower also offers 7 levels of height adjustment, ranging from 1 ½” to 3 ¾”. It is also very easy to manoeuvre especially around uneven terrain, as it comes equipped with wide 10” rear wheels and 7” front wheels.
- Has a minimum height adjustment at 5/8-inch level, lowest among other electric mowers in the same category and is ideal for clean low cuts
- Less noise when in operation
- Highly Versatile
- Not good with moist grass, blades will simply slide over and not cut
- Its size and short cord makes it good for small and medium lawns and not large
The greatest advantage of an electric powered mower is its indefinite runtime and the 25022 model by GreenWorks comes at an affordable price however it is not the best option if you are looking for high adjustability and portability.
Best Petrol/gas Lawn Mowers
1. Remington 22-Inch Trimmer Lawn Mower
The 22-inch trimmer by Remington comes with strong power, enough to cut through both weeds and grass in a breeze. Its compact design is lovable and goes to show just how easily you can store it when not in use or move around with it.
- Powered by 159cc Powermore 4-cycle OHV Engine
- Comfort fold handle for easy folding and storage
- Comes with off-set trimmer mechanism that enables trimming hard-to-reach areas
- 22-inch cutting blade, 155 diameter trimmer line
- 14-inch ball bearing wheels for easy manoeuvring on any terrain
- Comes with a 2-year warranty against defects
This unit is relatively easy to operate and comes with great power thanks to its 159cc PowerMore 4-cycle OHV engine. A notable advantage is that it works well on both small and large yards and can well be put into frequent or commercial use.
Additionally, this unit doesn’t mind thick grass or weeds it works through with ease to deliver a clean professional cut. Quite uniquely, you will not need an additional tool for the hard to reach places as it is designed to mow and also trim such edges. Its wide 14-inch ball bearing wheels will give you an easy time on rough terrain
- Quite powerful, compact, and easy to use
- Easy storage with a folding down handle
- Comes with an offset trimmer for hard to reach places
- Not the best for sloppy terrain
- Expensive although this is debatable
If you are looking for high power and professional results, the Remington 22-inch edge trimmer/mower makes the best option. In exchange, be prepared to part with some decent amount of bucks although not too expensive compared with others in the space.
2. Poulan Pro PR500N21SH Hi-Wheel Push Mower
This unit is a great investment as it is sturdy enough on both large and small yards, even or sloppy terrain but it is not the best for rugged terrain.
- Powered by a 500E 140cc Briggs & Stratton petrol Engine
- Designed with 21-inch steel cutting deck
- 2-in-1 side discharge and mulching capabilities
- Comes with 4 height adjusters to 5 positions
- 7-inch front wheels and 12-inch rear wheels
- Weighs 71 lbs
- Backed by 2-years warranty
The Poulan Pro PR500N21SH boasts toughness and durability. Its steel deck construction makes it quite durable with proper use. It is easier to use and comes with great cutting ability thanks to the 21-inch blade. 7-inch front wheels along with 12-inch rear wheels make it quite easy to maneuver and the 5-position height adjustment is a plus, giving you a range of positions to work with.
It makes a good option if you are looking for something that’s not expensive but powerful enough for large capacity tasks yet easy to maintain.
- Versatile because it combines a mulcher and a mower in one tool
- Silent mower
- Great on slopes
- Height adjustment may be a bit challenging with 4 adjusting levers because you have to manually alter the height of each wheel
- Not for rocky areas as the deck and blades wear out fast
If you are looking for a mower for all kinds of grass and twigs, this one will do you great justice given its mid-price range.
3. Husqvarna 7021P Push Lawn Mower
Husqvarna 7021P ranks among the best lawn mowers featuring a powerful gas-powered featuring a Honda GCV160 engine. Its 8-inch front and 12-inch rear wheels offers great maneuverability.
Add to that its compact design, and you have the recipe for a one of the best lawn mowers that handles uneven terrain and tight spaces without a problem.
Its cutting width is of 21 inches which is quite a large area for such a compact lawn mower. This will definitely save you some time in the garden.
Husqvarna 7021P Is designed with the users in mind, its design being user friendly, all it takes to get used with all its function is ~10-20 minutes.
As with every Husqvarna mower, versatility is also a big component.
This gas powered lawn mower features a three-in-one cutting system, offering rear bag collection, mulching, and side discharge capabilities. The mulching function is rather important, as you can make your soil healthy, which in turn makes for a good looking grass!
- Durable and Powerful and Versatile
- Great Maneuverability for Uneven Terrain
- User Friendly
- The Warrantly is Available Only for 2 Years
Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Lawn-Boy 10732 Kohler XT6 OHV Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
The lawn-boy 10732 is known for its power and great wheel design which makes it quite effective on hilly yards. Let’s take a look at the features that have kept it at the top.
- Powered by Kohler 149cc XT6 engine with 6.5 ft. /lbs of torque
- 2-point height-of-cut system for quick cutting height adjustment
- 3-in-1 discharge capabilities; mulching, bagging, and side discharge
- Comes with a large roomy empty bag for your splits
- 21-inch steel constructed dome shape deck
- Quick easy electric start
- 3-year Tru-Start commitment
- Easy to set-up
- Large rear wheels at 8 inches (front wheels are 7 inches) for better traction on sloppy terrain
With a Kohler XT6 149CC engine with 6.5 ft/ lbs torque, you can rest assured this is a tough lawn-boy. This engine is especially commercial grade and is quite a performer to both newbies and old-hands.
Two features stand out with the 10732, tri-cut cutting system and wheel design. The cutting system features a 21-inch steel cutting deck with 2-point height adjustment equipping it with instant mulching and mowing capabilities. On the other hand, the wheel Drive system comes as a great advantage on hilly terrain as it offers better traction and control.
- Wheel design makes it easy to manoeuvre on any terrain
- Reliable as it is both gas and electric powered
- In-built roomy bag, makes bagging convenient
- Wheels are connected to height adjustment feature making height adjustment cumbersome
- Self-propel setting makes this mower rather fast you may need to improvise a way to slow it down a bit
Lawn-Boy 10732 mower is widely popular owing to a design that details several technically advanced and remarkably functional features. If you are looking for a fair priced mower that’s good on sloppy terrain and effective with different grass and twig types, you may want to consider this one.
Our Best walk-behind Mower Pick!
Our best pick in the walk-behind category is obviously the GreenWorks 25302 cordless lawnmower. It comes quality built with some exceptional utility features like the best runtime in the category as well as dual 20-inch and 10-inch blades for perfect cutting.
It’s also adjustable in cutting height and the power behind this unit, the Dual 40v G-Max Lithium ion batteries, are dependable. Perhaps one outstanding downturn is its lack of side discharge capability.
Best Riding Lawn Mower For The Money in 2018
1. Troy-Bilt 420cc OHV 30-Inch Premium Riding Lawn Mower
The Troy-Bilt premium neighbourhood riding mower is ideal for the homeowner with medium sized even terrain lawn, looking for a simplistic mower.
- Powered by 420cc single Troy-Bilt Engine with 1.3 gallon fuel tank capacity
- Top 4.25 mph forward speed with 6-speed transmission
- Manual power take-off
- 30-inch cutting deck with 5 height adjustment settings
- 18-inch turning radius
- 13-inch soft grip steering wheel
- 13-inch front wheels and 16-inch rear wheels for better traction
- Better at mulching and side discharge than bagging
- Its small size and comfortable seat makes it easy to maneuver
- Wide turn radius makes it difficult to negotiate tight corners
- Manual transmission is rather cumbersome for some users
- Poor bagging capabilities
One remarkable feature about the Troy-Bilt TB30R is its size which is not only convenient during storage but also when manoeuvring it. In truth, this one will easily reach where the larger versions cannot reach. The only setback to its operation is the manual handling which we think Troy-Bilt could have considered during design.
If you have a small budget and small property, by all means go for the Troy-Bilt TB30R riding mower. Apart from its small bags that will probably force you to make numerous emptying trips, this unit is a great cutter.
The manual transmission is good but only on even terrain otherwise you will be better off with a different mower if your yard is sloppy. To help with this, this unit comes with a gauge to help you detect slopes greater than 12o .
2. Raven MPV7100 Hybrid Riding Lawnmower
Raven MPV7100 comes equipped with a 420 cc gasoline powered engine which makes this mower ideal for fast and stable mowing even on steepest hills. With 550 lb towing capacity and a storage compartment for gardening supplies, operating this unit is quite convenient. Quite uniquely, it is one of the few riding mowers that allow you to mow on the reverse saving you significant time.
- Powerful 420cc Raven engine that powers the on-board generator with a 5 gallon fuel capacity
- 7100w on-board generator for powering blades and outlets as well as charging batteries
- 46-inch removable deck
- Electric Dual blade at 23-inches with 46-inches max cutting width
- 3-in-1 Side discharge, mulching and bagging capabilities
- Weighs 750 lbs
- Foot pedal and direct drive transmissions
- 500lbs towing capabilities
- 18-inch front wheel, 20-inch rear wheel for better traction uphill
- Electric start
- 10 height adjustments between 1.5 inches and 4 inches
- Max forward speed at 17 mph, reverse speed at 6mph, and 5mph mowing speed with 14-inch turning radius
- Comes with trailer hitch, HI-Intensity LED headlights, cup holder, storage bed and an adjustable seat
The MPV7100 Hybrid riding mower by Raven comes equipped with off-road style shocks and suspensions, allowing you to have a fun ride.
What’s more, an adjustable seat enhances comfort during your mowing session. You also have the ability to change between electric and gas mode. The engine doesn’t require a lot of gasoline; a 5-gallon gas tank should last you a long while. This unit is not just a mower; it is power generator and a utility vehicle too.
This mower is quite diverse as well, having a 46” removable deck designed specifically for mulch, discharge and vacuum which will allow you to maintain healthy soil.
As a con, assembling the steering wheel and rear bumper can be difficult and time consuming. Maintenance might also be a problem as this mower requires constant maintenance such as oil change, blades sharpening, air filtering and more.
- Fast and Reliable, especially on Steep Hills
- Very Quiet on Electric Mode
- Able to Attach a Trailer for Mulch/Dirt/Gravel
- Fragile Deck
- Difficulty assembling the steering wheel and the rear bumper
The Raven MPV7100 Hybrid Riding Lawnmower Power Generator and Utility Vehicle is a highly impressive performer with top of the range mowing capabilities. It comes with excellent fuel economy given an amazing speed of 17Mph minus the cutting deck and an excellent turning circle if you have to work around tight corners. Apart from minor issues, this riding mower will definitely give you a run for your bucks.
3. Poulan Pro P46ZX Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower
- Powerful 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Engine with 3.5 gallon fuel capacity
- 46″ RZ Reinforced 2-bladed steel Deck with a 10-Year Warranty
- Dual hydro-gear EZT drive system
- Durable Caster Wheels and Welded Frame
- 15-inch Extra High Back Seat for Comfort
- 6 Position Cutting Height Adjustment between 1.5inches and 4 inches
- Easy Access Panel
- Designed with digital hour meter, nose roller, 3 anti-scalp rollers, and dual levers with foam padded hand grips
- Top speed at 6 Mph
- Electric Clutch Blade Engagement
- 3 Year Limited Homeowner Warranty
For the homeowner with small capacity needs, the P46ZX comes as the best option. With a powerful engine and a 46-inch 2-bladed steel deck, along with 6-position cutting height adjustments with ½-inch increments, your 5 acre lawn will certainly be fun to mow.
Its engine itself doesn’t require much gas and is actually pretty cost effective; the 3.5 gallon fuel tank will give you some good service before it runs out. Manoeuvrability is important for Poulan Pro. This is why this model is equipped with a dual wheel hydro transmission which allows maximum manoeuvrability. The ability to control each wheel independently allows for less trimming and time spent in the garden.
- Powerful 22 HP Engine
- Affordable Price
- Dual Wheel Hydro Transmission
- Effective Zero Turn Technology
- Installation can be difficult
- Smaller cutting deck
- For some, a high back seat makes it difficult to manoeuvre turns
If you are looking for an affordable, entry-level zero turn mower, this is it. It is built to quality and comes as a relatively better performer compared to others in the same league but still comes with more or less the same features as the higher priced units. However, it is ideal for personal use, up to 5 acres of mowing.
4. Husqvarna 967324301 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower
This riding lawn mower from Husqvarna is a behemoth that will tame even the wildest foliage. With a strong 26 HP Kohler 7000 v-twin engine and a novel technology—air is drawn from top and bottom of the deck which in turn improves grass lift and deliver a clean, superior cut, this mower will save you massive time.
Zero-turn technology allows for increased maneuverability making cutting grass in oddly shaped areas a breeze. The ergonomic control places is very easy to use and places every major function of this lawn mower at your fingertips.
The anti-slip foot area is worth a mention, as slipping, while not common, adds for a serious risk. All in one, this is a great ride on lawn mower.
5. Swisher ZTR2454BS Lawn Mower
Swisher has stood the test of time. With more than 60 years of design experience, this is one of the best lawn mowers from Swisher comes equipped with a 24 HP Briggs & Stratton professional engine.
The engine, in combination with the zero turn technology allows this zero turn riding mower for a easily turn of full 360 degrees. This helps a lot with maneuverability.
Some noteworthy features include a full engine wrap, hour meter, 8 gal. fuel capacity (allows for a really long time of usage!) and a front & rear hitch.
6. Weed Eater WE-ONE 26-Inch 190cc Riding Lawn Mower
Powerful Briggs & Stratton engine, in combination with a 26-inch cutting decks allow for a precise, clean cut even on the toughest surfaces. The engine is also so quiet that you won’t hear anything until enaging the blades.
There is a three-speed transmission, allowing you to set your own pace while mowing, be it fast or relaxed. It is also Easy to operate: Weed Eater is electric—all you need to do is turn the key.
For the most part Weed Eater is one of the best lawn mowers on the market, however one thing that we don’t like is the lack of engine speed control, which means the engine will run at the same RPM all the times.
Our Best Pick in the Riding Mowers Category!
No question about it, the Troy-Bilt 420cc OHV 30-Inch Premium Neighbourhood Riding Lawn Mower makes the best option for most users. While it is relatively small in size compared to the others, it is the easiest to manoeuvre around the lawn in addition to 3-in-1 capability. Its price is fair enough given its functionality. Although it comes with a manual power take off, this has been carefully designed to utmost convenience. It’s quite comfortable too.
Best Mowers Brands
These mowers, although not found on Amazon, stood the test of time. If you can get your hands on any of these, you’re in luck–although it may be quite hard to do so.
Murray Riding Lawn Mowers
Founded 90 years ago, Murray Riding Lawn Mowers are a relativity newcomer on the tools market compared to some of the long lasting brands out there.
While they don’t have quite the brand pushing power of some top-end brand names, Murray offer some of the best lawn mowers on the market at reasonable prices, all the way down to entry level riding mowers.
They carry their ‘get it done, go have fun’ ethos into a simple, easy to use and no-frills range of mowers with a commitment to quality goods.
Their partnership with Briggs and Stratton ensures their product offerings are running some of the best small engines available in the market today, meaning it’s not difficult to make your purchases last year after year in your service with a little standard maintenance.
All in all, they’re a great midrange brand for the consumer looking for quality without breaking the bank.
Which of Murray’s product offerings stand up to the test in consumer’s eyes? Below, we look at 5 of the Murray range of riding lawn mowers that stand for durability, integrity and quality of service in the eyes of reviewers and users nationwide.
The Best Murray Riding Lawn Mowers
Murray Model# MS18542
Boasting a powerful 18.5 HP engine, the 42” deck provides a nice balance between large and small. The engine is a Briggs and Stratton, a byword for durability and reliability, and the 2 step management system for debris ensures that you don’t get debris damage in the engine.
This particular model allows for mow in reverse, and provides a more then reasonable 16” turning circle for tight areas. The automatic transmission makes it easy use, with durable steel construction providing stability and durability. This model has anti-scalp wheels on the front and the 20” back
Murray Model #13BC76LF058
If the 42” deck on the previous offering is a little too much for you, here is the agile 38” deck cousin. With the same Briggs and Stratton power engine, clocking in at 11. 5 HP, overhead valve technology allows for reliable service and power.
The robust build isn’t easily fazed by obstacles, although it has a slightly wider 18” turning circle.
There’s a six speed shift on the go transmission to make speed choices simple, and the mower boasts turf friendly front tyres and high traction rear ones. The seat is fully adjustable and the mower simple to maintain. It’s offered on a 2 year limited warranty.
Murray Model# 13AO785S058
This particular Murray model is aimed specifically at the home user, and offers a fairly standard 42: deck. Again, it’s a Briggs and Stratton engine complete with automatic pedal drive system, packs 19.5 HP and has headlights to compensate for poor lighting conditions.
It’s designed to be easy to maintain, and speed changes while mowing are possible. The engine is durable and built to last, making it a great entry level choice into the Murray range for home-owners with medium to large gardens to maintain.
Murray Select Zero Turn Mower
Lastly, another great residential offering from Murray Riding Lawn Mowers has to be the 46” deck Zero Turn riding lawn mower. With a 20HP engine, dual hydrostatic transmission and a range of front and reverse speeds, it’s a residential powerhouse with superior performance and guaranteed durability on almost any lawn.
The electric blade ignition comes with kill switch, and the operator deck is comfortable and ergonomic in design. The zero-turn radius makes cutting time easy and corners a cinch, and durable steel construction means it will stay in service for years. While the back tyres are high traction, the front are turf friendly to ensure minimal lawn damage.
Regardless of size, the Murray Riding Lawn Mowers range offers quality engines on durable bodies to suit a range of riding lawn mower needs and budgets.
John Deere Riding Lawn Mowers
When it comes to the art of lawn mowing, John Deere riding lawn mowers may well be the most trusted name there is, offering some of the best lawn mowers on the market. What is it that makes this such a trusted brand? Today, we’re looking at 5 reasons John Deere keeps its hold on our heats and pockets.
Who is John Deere, anyway?
John Deere is one of the most enduring names in hardware brands, and demonstrates a huge longevity. The company has been in existence since 1837, well over 175 years.
They base their marketing strategy in a fragile balance of innovation, value and quality, evolving over the immense years since its inception of a brand. Not a bad job for a firm grown from the back room of a blacksmith’s shop.
John Deere Riding Lawn mower D110
Despite a durable and solid construction, this is an entry level riding lawn tractor with a robust specification and an eagerness to work. It provides 19 HP over one cylinder, electronic ignition and a fuel economy system that combines well with ergonomic operator sitting and reduced vibrations for added comfort. It’s automatic instead of geared with hydrostatic transmission.
It also has inbuilt headlights for operation in low light level conditions. As with most John Deere offerings, it’s pretty easy to change oil and there’s a huge range of attachments and add-ons from cargo carts right through to mulchers and seeders. It’s got a great mid-range price and offers true value for money alongside favourable user reviews.
John Deere D130 Lawn Tractor
If you’re looking for all the advantages of the D110 model with a little extra oomph, you’ve got it in the D130. For a little extra money, you get 22HP and almost a third again engine capacity as well as twin cylinder operation.
Again, it has a 2 year warranty and a full host of attachments available for almost any garden task you can think of. Its Briggs and Stratton engine represents one of the best available brands on the market, and it also offers a reverse mow setting that’s sure to come in handy when riding.
John Deere D140 Riding Lawn Mower
Top of this particular range with a stunning 48” deck and the same quality 22HP twin engine of the D130, users who can afford to splash out a little find this one a comfortable and speedy ride with up to 5.5MPH speeds. It’s got the same ergonomic operator station, cruise control and electric engagement of blades.
As with the others, there’s a full range of attachments and it can discharge, bag or mulch depending on your tastes. The hydrostatic transmission is smooth and it offers forward and reverse mow. The deep design of the deck prevents grass build up, and there’s a range of cutting heights for you. Its 4.2 star rating across a variety of users speaks for itself.
The Z255 22HP Riding Mower
This model offers the top of the John Deere residential line, with a powerful 22HP engine, the usual hydrostatic transmission and a monster 48” cutting deck for even the widest of residential lawns.
It’s also a Zero-turn motor like the models lower in the series, and offers all of the easy use, easy clean and easy service features customers love from the Z-models.
Maintenance is pretty simple to carry out yourself, although authorised service centres will be happy to help too. This model offer 1” to 4” cutting depth adjustable in 0.5” increments to allow you to tailor your lawn to the best it can be.
John Deere have made a business with close to 2 centuries of service excellence on the basis of durability and quality. Their products offer a range of gardening innovations without compromising quality.
While some of the range can come with a hefty price tag, they also offer moderate priced options that perform as well as their bigger brothers, meaning it’s no surprise that John Deere remains an enduring name in the annals of the best lawn mowers out there.
Craftsman Riding Lawn Mowers
If you know anything at all about riding lawn mowers, then you know about Craftsman Riding Lawn Mowers brand. Almost every review site worth its salt devotes their time to singing the praises of this well-loved and well respected brand, known especially for making some of the best lawn mowers.
More about the Craftsman Riding Lawn Mowers
There’s a reason that Craftsman lawn mowers have come to be a household name over the years. Stemming from 1927, this Sears-owned brand uses rigorous testing to ensure superior products.
They represent a company that realised early on with the advent of the automotive age that tools had evolved way beyond simple nails, hammers and wrenches to a vast variety of quality goods with wider mechanical appeal.
They also have a certain reputation for realising that looks do matter on a finished product, and their designs are typically attractive as well as functional. But reliability above all remains a Craftsman goal.
Craftsman offers their ‘Craftsman Professional’ range as a professional-quality tool range, while still offering comparable durability at competitive prices in their standard range.
Why Craftsman Riding Lawn Mowers?
Firstly, the line is pretty convenient to find online- everywhere from Amazon to Searsonline offer the ranges, and most will either deliver straight to your home or allow you to collect from a local Sears or Kmart near you.
If you happen to own a Sears card, so much the better as you can get easy access to a whole host of deals run through the year. Most of the Craftsman riding lawnmower range offers anti-scalp wheels to prevent damage to the lawn during operation, and the decks are generally highly rated across the board. They also have a decent range of attachments open to you if you opt to take your riding lawn mower experience further.
The Craftsman Riding Lawn Mowers range are automatic transmission, which is generally best in yards with obstacles and makes operation incredibly simple across the board. The engines are fitted with oil filters and use a step-through design to help avoid obstructions beneath the steering column.
The specialist Sears repair services offer in-home warranty and maintenance offers, and parts are also pretty easy to find. Almost all of the Craftsman range mow in reverse, too.
So what are the best lawn mowers Craftsman line has to offer? Keep reading for my top 5 picks.
For a 42” cutting deck, this Craftsman offering offers tough and durable quality in a surprisingly budget package. It’s probably the Craftsman option most likely to suit the average householder. It can even take a lawn sweeper and mulching attachment, although this model isn’t great for those of you looking to add on a snow plough attachment later. It’s a 2 blade deck with a shift-on-the-go transmission for ease of use.
It won’t offer reverse mow, primarily because it’s designed as an entry level riding lawn mower and that’s a tricky feat to get right as an amateur. It’s a top-end basic choice, but be aware it’s fairly new to their range and you will feel lost at sea if you’re trying to replace an older Craftsman model with this one.
Rather look to the ‘Yard Tractor’ series offered by Craftsman for familiarity. It’s a stripped down, basic model that offers superior results for its price, but lacks the anti-scalp wheels, automotive clutch and ability to coast.
Craftsman 17.5HP Riding Mower Model 20373
This Craftsman offering takes it beyond the basics, providing a US built Briggs and Stratton engine with a full range of features. The anti-scalp wheels are included as is automatic transmission, and if you have a little more cash to splash around this is the one for you.
The reviews for this machine are solid and it’s seen as a dependable top-end entry level riding lawn mower suitable for most gardens although the 42” cutting deck may not suit bigger spaces.
Craftsman Model 20374
Upgrading from the basic 42” deck we have a strong and solid 46” 19HP riding lawn mower. It’s better suited to longer grass then the models ahead of it in the range, and comes with bagging options.
It’s excellent if you face each fall with the strong knowledge that your leaves will drive you insane. Most reviewers seem to feel this is a strong midrange riding lawn mower, and the Sears easy-service policy makes their lives considerably easier
The Craftsman 20376
Equipped with the Kohler engines widely held to be the best available for riding lawn mowers, this represents the first of the top end pro and semi-pro riding lawn mowers Craftsman offers.
It’s a twin cylinder engine from their 7000 series, and one of the best on the market at the moment. This online-only model goes back to a 42” cutting deck, but offers top quality and durability for a small riding lawn mower.
Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower 22HP 46″
The flagship of the range, this 22HP engine is, once again, a top of the line twin cylinder Kohler with hydrostatic transmission. It’s a pricey purchase, but this riding lawn mower will last you years and it offers a quality 46” cutting deck as well as left fender mounted speed control. There’s no need to accelerate and maintain speed yourself. It’s the best Craftsman have to offer, and lives up to a pretty heft reputation.
Best Lawn Mowers – Buyer’s Guide
Lawn mowers have been around for the longest time which is to say that their functionality cannot be understated.
The very first reel mower was actually based on a machine used to create the nap on velvet in textiles. This classic reel concept has proved so popular and useful over the years and has since been improved into better performing and more varied units.
A lawn mower basically uses one or more rotating blades to trim grass and more models are today designed with blade adjustability capabilities to meet different grass heights. A differentiating factor among mowers is how the blade is powered to cut.
While some will be powered manually, as in the walk behind reel mowers, others will be powered mechanically by gas engines, electricity, or batteries connected with the wheels so that when the unit moves forward, the blades rotate to cut grass.
Riding lawn mowers can seem like the lazy man’s way out, but they’re a very legitimate and necessary garden tool for a wide variety of people. Of course, they’re simply easier to use then a laborious reel mower, but they also allow a greater range of people the freedom to maintain and enjoy their gardens.
There’s a huge range of riding lawn mowers out there, of a variety of sizes and horse-powers available for a wide range of tasks and gardens.
Down History Lane – Lawn Mowers History
The first lawn mower was invented in 1830 by Edwin Budding in Gloucestershire, England. Then, the only grass cutter existing was a scythe whose operation was more energy targeted and quite cumbersome particularly in large areas like a sports ground. This in fact, is what spurred creative minds to invent the mower.
10 years down the line and the machine was improved to be drawn by animals. It wasn’t until 60 years after this that the first steam powered mower was constructed. By 1900 the automated mower came into being, powered by gasoline, although depressed economic conditions meant it only began to pick up after the end of World War II. By 1961, the mower had become one of the most common gardening tools and machines out there. Of course, they haven’t stopped evolving since then. The modern mower landscape is full of low emission, green offerings, mufflers for less noise pollution, battery offerings and much, much more.
Best Mowers Brands
As we had mentioned earlier on, different users define best differently, to some best means top rating while to others it means best selling. Overall, some brands have stood out to be best of the best regardless.
Troy-Bilt has since the 19th Century, grown to become a household name in terms of innovation, quality construction and price. Troy-Bilt has built some great mower models to meet every user need. These are characterized by versatile transmissions, variety of cutting widths, as well as good manoeuvrability.
Honda comes top of the list for most users for the strength of their units. Perhaps the most outstanding aspect is that Honda manufactures its own engines, something that very few companies have been able to do.
Gas mowers particularly, stand out for exceptional performance compared with others in the same category. Additionally, Honda Mowers are built to handle just any type of grass and are marked by great adjustability features.
iii. Black & Decker
Black & Decker are perhaps the biggest producers of home improvement hand and power tools. This company targets small to medium capacity users and has perfected their models in this same line.
Backed with some great user ratings, they also stand out for quality constructed and great performance units. The Emax and GR series power tools hit the market quite well.
Types of Lawn Mowers
Lawn mowers are categorized by operation and power; however there are two main categories:
Push/ Walk behind Lawn Mowers:
Based on their operation, a user stands behind the mower and maneuvers it using its handle controls. Walk behind mowers can either be manual, electric powered, gas powered, or self propelled. These mowers are ideal for small yards, an acre or less.
- Manual Reel Lawn Mowers – these are the cheapest and most simplistic designed mowers. They are designed with reel blades that spin as you push the mower however because they are manually operated, they are ideal for small lawns or small capacity tasks.
- Electric walk Behind Mowers: electric mowers are popular for their quiet operation. The unit is connected to an electric power outlet using a cord and perhaps this is its limiting factor because you cannot mow far from the power outlet. On the positive, they are quite convenient to use and require little maintenance.
- Gas powered walk behind Mowers: these are the most popular mowers given the freedom to use them just anywhere and the large capacity most of them are designed to handle. On the downside, they tend to be noisier than their electric powered counterparts. They are also good on hilly terrain because they have greater power.
- Self Propelled Mowers: these models come with an inbuilt motor which powers its transmission giving the user an easy time operating them. They come with single or variable speed options and most come with 3-in-1 capabilities i.e. mulching, bagging, and side discharge.
Riding Lawn Mowers:
When you are tired of pushing your walk-behind mowers, the riding mower comes in handy. These units may seem like the lazy man’s way out, but they’re legitimate and necessary garden tools for a wide variety of people. They come as a great convenience particularly when you select a strong and easily manageable mower for your task. They are great for larger spaces up to several acres.
Riding mowers are divided into two categories:
- The zero-turn Riding Mower – this mower has the capability to turn 3600 without moving an inch in radius. They make the best option in lawns with lots of obstacles. They are also relatively fast with speeds up to 10 mph. with this kind of speed and better maneuverability; these mowers tend to be very efficient.
· Rear Engine Mower – if yours is a lawn with narrow paths, these mowers come as the most ideal. They are smaller in size and come with wider rear wheels than the front wheels making them good at mowing sloppy terrains.
How do I choose my riding lawn mower?
It’s usually easier to choose your mower by lawn size then confuse yourself with the many varied recommendation out there if you’re new to riding mowers. Small riding lawn mowers do exist, and a cutting width of up to 42” and 14 HP engine will be more than enough for lawns under 1 acre.
For lawns under 2, look for either a 42” or a 46” cutting deck, and an engine in the 14/16 HP range. Lastly, for 3 or more acres, you’ll want a minimum of a 46” deck though 54” would be far better, and an 18- 24 HP engine will serve you best.
Twin cylinder riding lawn mowers have better balance, run cooler and will last longer, but they can be overkill if you’re using it in a small space. Most small riding lawn mowers will be single cylinder, and are more than adequate for the task.
Beyond physical lawn size, there’s a lot of models that offer all the bells and whistles, and others that make use of simpler, stripped down options to keep costs lower.
Have a good think before you buy, so that you can be sure you’re not being talked into more then you need. You may well genuinely need a leaf catcher, garden plough or snow thrower, but you may not. Better to invest a little at the beginning if you do- but don’t waste your cash.
Remember that all the brands that excel in mechanics and garden tools can be found represen ting riding lawn mowers. Whether you’re a die-hard John Deere, Black and Decker or Toro fan, or just want the proven durability of familiar brands like Honda, MTD and Snapper, quality buys are out there.
Why is a riding lawn mower not a garden tractor?
Basically, a riding lawn mower is a specialized tractor. It can only be used for mowing grass. While a few nifty attachments do exist, they aren’t really intended as a multi-use tool. Lifting and pulling will be beyond them. Garden tractors are generally bulkier, have a heavier frame, larger wheels and stronger transmission. Their horsepower is higher, and they can pull attachments like thatchers, cultivators and tillers.
Should I get a gear riding lawn mower or an automatic?
On a lawn with few obstacles, your best bet will be a gear driven riding lawn mower. If you anticipate a lot of obstacles, though, an automatic [pedal driven] will keep the mowing speed constant and allow you to slow to avoid the obstacle without needing to clutch.
What else do I look out for on my riding mower?
Beyond deck size and engine size, there’s a few things you need to consider. Possibly one of the most important is where the deck is situated. Mid- machine decks are often offset, which does enable slightly more control over cutting close to the edges, but by far the better choice for you if you have overhanging bushes or hard to reach places is the out front deck- at the head of the machine.
Top brands that offer out-front mowers include Husqvarna, Stiga and Countax. Multiple speed settings is useful, as it allows you to slow down for obstacles, wet grass and more. Gas level indicators are incredibly useful, as is the maintenance indicator which should give you an indication of how many hours the riding lawn mower has given you.
Blade height adjustment will also allow you much more control over the depth and feel of your lawn. Preferably, get one that allows you to adjust it without having to get off the mower for safety sake.
Once you’re sure your riding lawn mower has the features you need, you can look to practical considerations like the comfort of the machine, clarity of gauges, ease of changing cutting height, clipping collection and more. Of course, it’s always worth spending more than a little time on the safety features the mower offers- there must at the very least be an emergency kill switch for the mower.
If you’re planning on storing the mower in a shed, be sure to make sure the model you’re opting for will fit through the door. Don’t forget to list it on your home contents insurance once you purchase it. You can get storage wheel clamps for most riding lawn mower brands if you are concerned about children gaining access to the mower without supervision.
How do I get a good deal on my riding lawn mower?
One of the best ways to get a good deal on your lawn mower is to shop off season. They’re poor sellers in fall and winter, and that gives you plenty of room to capitalise on specials or bargain with salespeople needing the commission and the volume.
Do always be willing to bargain- the worst the store can say is no, and most will have some wiggle room they’ll exploit to make a sale. Remember that prices can vary hugely from store to store and even online, though, so shop around for the ones you’re looking for.
Surprisingly, mowers can be a little like cars- there’s the issues of ‘last year’s model’ for stores to contend with, and they will often be keen to move older stock to make way for the new lines.
Let’s face it- there’s really not that much innovation in the world of mowing, even with the best lawn mowers. Last year’s model will do you just fine, and probably comes far cheaper than the current one. However, please remember–the best lawn mowers can be costly as well, so you should be prepared to pay for quality.
What are the must-have attachments and frills?
Your riding lawn mower goes way beyond just a mower, and there’s a host of attachments out there for you to consider. Of course, some may not be of much use to you, and others may not suit your mower model- remember, these are not quite as versatile as garden tractors- but here’s a look at some of the most useful buys out there.
Grass catchers. Do you really want to start raking once you’re done? Lawn sweeper attachments collect clippings as you mow, and have the added benefit of catching leaves in the fall too. Tow-behind spreaders. If you’re big into fertilization, the tow-behind spreader will make this laborious task much easier. It can even be used to spread lawn seed too.
Aerators: You can harness your mower to help you aerate the lawn during spring too. What could be easier?
Dethatcher: Likewise, you can use a dethatcher add-on to remove dead grass layers during the spring and fall. It will work out cheaper then hiring one annually in only a short time.
Dumpcarts: A humble dumpcart should probably be your first riding lawn mower attachment you by. It’s a simple transports, ready to haul anything- from tools to soil- to where you need it without the need for backbreaking labour on your behalf.
Of course, these are far from the only riding mower attachments out there. You’ll find a ton of them for almost any purpose readily available. However, of all the ones you’re likely to see, these are the top list of most useful for the average suburban gardener.
What’s the history of the riding lawn mower?
The humble lawnmower may not seem like a feat of engineering prowess, but it actually is. The very first reel mower was actually based on a machine used to create the nap on velvet in textiles. This classic reel design has proved so popular through time, it’s still available in more or less the original design!
You can’t deny, though, that it’s a bit of a chore, for all it’s a healthy way to get the lawn mowed each weekend- better to be down the pub and drinking a beer, no?
Fortunately, as early as 1919 the automatized mower came into being, powered by gasoline, although depressed economic conditions mean it only began to pick up after the end of World War 2.
By 1961 it was one of the most common gardening tools and machines out there. Of course, they haven’t stopped evolving since then- the modern mower landscape is full of low emission, green offerings, mufflers for less noise pollution, battery offerings and much, much more.
It’s hardly surprising that the ability to cut the lawn in comfort from the back of the mower, instead of heaving behind it, was soon to follow. Nowadays, even small gardens can be kept neat with small riding mowers.
How do you keep your riding mower safe?
Of course, even the best lawn mowers need servicing. Regular maintenance both ensures the device runs at its peak as well as ensures your safety operating it. One of the most important things to check is that your blades are still stopping within the 5 second window recommended when you stop the machine or hit the emergency blade disengagement switch. Get the machine to an authorised service dealer as soon as possible if they don’t.
It’s also vital that the blades and engine mountings are tightly fitted, and that blades are not damaged. It’s always best, especially for riding lawn mowers, that you stick to the OEM blades. Even if they’re cheaper, the impaired performance will cause compromised safety and improper performance.
All nuts, bolts and screws should be tight to ensure a safe working condition too. Inspect the machine regularly for wear and tear. The Grass catcher, discharge cover and shields are very prone to damage. A well maintained mower is safe to use and will maintain your lawn in tip top shape. Don’t compromise from laziness!
Likewise, be sure to know that you’re operating your mower correctly. Even a small riding lawn mower needs attentive use. You should only mow during daylight and when the grass is dry, and never forget protective eye wear.
It’s best to do a quick pass over the yard before mowing to get obstacle like kid’s toys and pet play toys out the way. Older children may be able to assist with basic garden tasks around a riding lawn mower safely, but should never be allowed free or play time while the mower is in operation.
Young children and pets should under no circumstances be allowed into the garden as you’re mowing. You need to be attentive, and pay attention to your surroundings. Remember that incline cutting can be tricky, and it’s usually best to mow up and down uneven ground rather than side to side over it.
Don’t run the mower while crossing driveways and pavements, and if you make any adjustments to the mower the engine should be off. Don’t leave it unattended unless the spark plug wires are disconnected.
Accidents can happen very quickly. With that in mind, don’t be cavalier and foolish- use the safety features your mower is equipped with. Remember that engines for riding lawn mowers run a little hot, too, so be careful where you rest fingers and toes.
Overall, riding lawn mowers represent an easy way to enjoy what has previously been an arduous garden task. The best lawn mowers provide a host of extra features that make them an indefensible gardening tool, too.
Lawn Mowing Tips
- Schedule your mowing in a way that you are not removing more than 1/3 of your leaf/grass surface, this way they will remain thick enough to crowd out weeds
- Never mow a wet lawn. You are likely to end up with uneven lawn worse still have your mower clogged by the wet grass and debris.
- Don’t remove your grass clipping after a mowing session. They’ll soon break down to add to nutrients and nitrogen to your soil
- Dull mower blades are a no-no, they often damage your grass. Sharpen your mower blades at the earliest sign of dulling or wear and tear.
- Don’t trim your grass too short, you’ll expose it to weed, disease, and harsh weather.
- Take out debris before you start mowing, this way you will be taking care of yourself and your mower blades
· Switch your mowing pattern not only for the aesthetics but also to take care of grooves created by your mower wheels
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a rotary mower?
The rotary mower represents the most common type of lawn mowers. It’s distinct for its vertical axis (east to west) blades are mostly powered by gas or electric engines.
When was the first lawn mower invented?
The first lawn mower was invented in 1830 by Edwin Budding in Thrupp, in the outskirts of Gloucestershire, England. It came as the much needed alternative to the scythe which was a more manual mower that proved cumbersome on larger grounds like the sports ground.
What is a cylinder lawn mower?
A cylinder lawn mower a.k.a reel mower is quite the opposite of a rotary mower. It is designed with blades that cuts horizontally and are powered manually.
What is a self propelled lawn mower?
This mower comes with an inbuilt motor which powers its transmission giving the user an easy time operating them. They come with single or variable speed options and most come with 3-in-1 capabilities
What is a mulching lawn mower?
Mulching mowers operate more or less like other mowers when it comes to cutting. However, the differentiating factor is that it doesn’t come with side discharge or bagging capabilities but a system that chops the grass clips finely and deposits them back to the soil to add nutrients.
Lawn mowers are certainly a must have if you have to keep your outside environment as immaculate as inside your home. This is because your home is your haven, and you will need to do all you can to make it so.
The best lawn mower for your needs will depend on, among others, the size of your yard, the terrain, and your preference in terms of convenience.
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