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Things to Consider Before Buying a Lawn Mower

Things to Consider Before Buying a Lawn Mower

Don’t let that attractive advertisement lure you into buying that state of the art, feature-laden lawn mower without carefully looking up things to consider before buying a lawn mower.

Before you start burning those hard-earned dollars to purchase one, make sure you know what to look for and what you need to consider before making that decision.

As you know by now, lawn mowers come in a wide variety of sizes, types, and price ranges that would require some careful research before purchasing one, lest you buy one not suited to your needs or with your current lawn or garden setting.

Frankly, there are a some things to seriously consider, such as the terrain and size of your lawn, how much you can afford, how long the lawn mower is expected to last and even your own mechanical knowledge, since all lawn mowers require periodic maintenance.

First, start your research by taking a careful look at your lawn.

If you have been thinking of replacing your old mower, you may already have a good idea of what will work for you, since you have already managed to work over your lawn.

If you have just moved into a home, you must know how many square feet of lawn space you have and would require mowing.

This is important because recommendations for various mowers are partially based on lawn size measured in square feet.

Here are some tips in doing your research, which may not only save you time, but the inconvenience of regretting a compulsive purchase.

Take a careful walk around your lawn, check to make sure if the terrain is smooth? Are there shady spots that are oftentimes wet, especially after watering? Are there trees with surface roots appearing on the ground? What kind of obstacles are there like boulders, patches of rocky ground, etc? Fixtures like planter boxes, bushes, patios, walls or other barriers that can make maneuverability a bit difficult?  Is it a level surface or a sloped area?

Next thing to consider is by making a self-assessment.

Do you really enjoy working in the garden or maintaining your lawn? Would you feel feel comfortable getting your hands dirty by cleaning the air filter, changing the engine oil, and checking spark plugs? How about replacing old or damaged belts and scraping off cut grass sticking to the metal or painted parts of your lawn mower? Or getting down on your knees to remove the blade and sharpening and balancing it?

A good quality mower will last for many years if it is maintained properly, but an ill-maintained one cannot last very long.

Finally, the next best thing you need to consider is your budget.

Spending the right money on the right type of lawn mowing equipment can be your best investment yet.

How much can you afford for a lawn mower? How long do you project living in your home, is it for keeps or just a specific period of time? Do you travel often and spend most of your time away from home? Will you need your mower in the next one, two or three years, even more?

These are some of the basic questions you first need to knows the things to consider before buying that lawn mower and it may be deemed wise for you to weight the pros and cons of your situation, that way, you do not get to spend money on something that may just end up gathering cobwebs in your garage or supply room.

Zero Turn Mowers

Zero Turn Mowers

Lawnmowers have been a staple in gardeners’ homes for years, and ongoing advancements in technology means there is a far wider variety of choice than there was previously. As a result, gardeners are no longer looking to the traditional mowers to groom their lawns, but are instead seeking machines with advanced settings to help make the most of their lawns.

Riding lawnmowers, or tractor mowers, have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and with good reason. Riding mowers are obviously larger in size than your traditional mower, as they need to hold the weight of the rider. As a result, riding mowers are also able to cover a wider surface area of your lawn, meaning your lawn is mowed more effectively, in a shorter time.

Today, there are two popular types of riding mowers on the market. The first is the conventional rider, and the second is the zero turn radius motor, commonly abbreviated to ZTR. Conventional riders need to maneuver anything from 4 to about 28 inches in order to turn 180 degrees, meaning your parallel cutting lines may not lay side-by-side.

The ZTR is a more advanced alternative, as it can save you precious inches as you turn and allow you to mow systematically with out readjusting your mower after every completed line.

Another reason the ZTR is preferred is because they usually have larger and more powerful motors. The conventional mower usually travels at a speed of around 4 miles an hour, with better models increasing to 9 miles, whereas the ZTR typically runs at about 15 miles an hour. This may not seem like a significant difference, but it means that something as large as a sporting field can be mowed in 10 minutes.

The steering system is another point of difference between the conventional rider and the ZTR.  With the conventional mower, the steering is traditional located and handled at the front of the machine. The ZTR machine, on the other hand, has a steering system at the front of the machine as well as one at the back to allow independent rotation of the rear wheels.

This is one of the mechanisms that allows the ZTR to rotate freely, as it makes maneuvering into the next position easier than rotating all four wheels at the same time.

Whilst the ZTR may sound like the obvious choice, the difference in price to the conventional riding machine may influence your decision. Conventional options usually cost between 1000 to 3000 dollars, whereas the ZTR prices shoot up as far as 7000 dollars.

Regardless of the type of riding mower you choose, there are a few precautions you need to take. Your mower needs to have a reliable warranty. Most should offer a two year warranty, and you are lucky if you find one that holds for three years.

This will protect certain parts and potential defects in your machine, and hopefully include the delivery and set up of your machine as well.

Black & Decker mm875

Black & Decker mm875

“Lawn Hog – Aptly Named“

The lawn cutting options and a power-to-spare motor add to the value of the Black & Decker mm875. The electric rotary lawn mower is corded and provides peace and quiet for a mulch or bag mowing experience.

The Black and Decker mm875 dispenses with the high maintenance and pollution potential of a gas-powered lawn mower, while delivering a faster and more even mow than a human-powered push lawn mower.

The minimal environmental impact of an electric lawn mower is a stand-out for the Black and Decker mm875. The electric rotary lawn mower produces zero harmful emissions and is quiet to operate, up against the droning, high volumes of a gas-powered rotary lawn mower.

The efficient cutting power of Black & Decker’s corded, electric lawn mower also proves that an older, slower push lawn mower could never compete. A simple lever start and stop is a safer way for owners to interrupt mowing to clear lawn obstacles.

The Black and Decker mm875 is a lightweight, all-wheel adjustable and easy to steer, a machine that almost anyone can use without getting tired. Dual-option mulching or bagging gives users a choice. Maintenance and clean-up duties are minimal and storage is compact and uncomplicated.

The key features of the Black and Decker mm875 is ease of use, from the simple assembly to the lever-controlled start and stop. The lawn mower weighs a light 52 pounds with a generous 19-inch mowing deck and includes a rear bag assembly and rear mulching insert. The lawn mower can be set to bag or mulch grass cuttings. The Lawn Hog is emission-free, like a push lawn mower, but easier to turn than a push lawn mower.

The Lawn Hog gets its quiet power from a separately-purchased electric cord.

Mower height is raised or lowered for all four wheels simultaneously with 8 different settings, an improvement over an nonadjustable push lawn mower or the rear-wheel-only adjustments necessary for a regular rotary lawn mower. The cushioned-grip handle is alterable and can be folded for lawn mower storage.

The mower promotes fast, easy clean and store features and is under a two-year limited warranty, with a lifetime guarantee for the polymer deck

Black and Decker mm875 User Reviews

One very agreeable point for Black and Decker mm875 reviewers was how easy to order, get and assemble the lawn mower was. Including opening the box and tools-free tightening, assembly-to-startup times ranged from 2 to 15 minutes. Compared to a gas-powered rotary lawn mower and a cordless lawn mower, the Black and Decker mm875 received praise for things that weren’t necessary for operation–gas, oil, a pull starter and battery charging.

Most Reviewers immediately latched onto the green benefits and enjoyed the ability to be able to mow quietly any time of day without disturbing their neighbors.

Reviewers felt confident about the one-touch rotary lawn mower adjustments for the cushioned handle and mower height, although one or two thought the rear bagger was awkward to remove and reattach. The light switch-fast starter lever was a thumbs-up, especially next to a hit-or-miss pull-start gas rotary lawn mower, and nearly as simple to use as a push lawn mower.

A few reviewers, accustomed to a 22-inch rotary lawn mower deck, felt the 19-inch mowing path could be a little wider, although the mulch or bag choices were much appreciated. Others felt managing a trailing power cord, even with a built-in cord lock, was a little tricky, until they got used to mowing outward from the power outlet. Many reviewers were surprised by the capable 12-amp power of the Black and Decker mm875, one comparing it to a 6.5 horsepower gasoline lawn mower.

The easy on/off lever gave users a safer feeling when they had to temporarily stop mowing for any reason. The lightweight construction allowed, even first-time lawn mower users, easy maneuverability and access to tight yard spots. There seemed to be very few issues with clean-cut mowing ability for taller or slightly wet grass, the general consensus being it was far easier to pivot and move around than a standard push lawn mower or any gas rotary lawn mower.

Along with affordability, some of the most positive reasons reviewers gave for owning a mm875 Lawn Hog revolved around clean up and maintenance. Again, the benefits of not having to deal with things impressed; no oil changes, gas cans, fumes, service checkups and battery replacements were universally appealing.

For environmental protection and easy-of-use, the Black and Decker mm875 is a good value, especially for homeowners who have small to medium-sized mowing areas. It’s a reasonably-priced, low maintenance, high performance machine, comparable to a powerful gas rotary lawn mower, and far more flexible than an old-fashioned push lawn mower.