Written by Gene Caballero on September 29, 2014
So you are in the market for a new lawn mower?
But the question is where do you start?!
There are some questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a lawnmower.
In fact, there is a lot to consider when buying a mower for your lawn! But don’t worry GreenPal is here to help!
When it comes to mowing your lawn, you should determine whether you want to bag your grass or simply discharge it into your lawn. There are advantages to both methods, and we wrote an article on that here.
Once you do a little research and come to a decision, you need to select the right mower for your lawn...
The biggest question you need to ask yourself is how big is your lawn?
If your lawn is an acre or less a push mower will probably do the job. On the other hand, if your lawn is bigger than an acre you will probably grow very tired of push mowing, and you can use a riding tractor on a yard larger than 1/2 an acre.
A good push mower will cost $300-$600 and can be easily purchased at the big box stores.
They usually have the best pricing on them. Husqvarna, Toro, Echo, and Craftsman are some of the better consumer brands. However, if you have a smaller lawn, you can go with a cheaper lawn mower model. These models can be as cheap as around $200 bucks.
When it comes to a small property, the only way to go is a push mower. Properties that are well maintained and under half of an acre can easily be handled by any push lawn mower. With a smaller property even if you purchase a cheap model, it can last for many years if taken care of properly. Truly it's entirely up to you when you have a property of this size, any model will do.
If your lawn is over half an acre, you should stay away from the cheapest push mower models. Over time they will cause more headache than it is worth. Mid-range push more models can cost between $250 and $400.
it gets better, often have a slightly bigger deck, so they will make cutting your lawn a little faster. They also have better wheels and are generally easier to handle.
If your lawn is bigger than an acre, the best way to go is a riding lawn mower. If you still want to use a push mower, you can. However, unless you want to struggle, you need to go top of the line. These push lawn mowers will cost between $400 and $600. They are built better all around, will last longer, and have better features that really make a difference when it comes to bigger lawns.
In my experience, cutting my own 1-acre lawn with a great push mower is easy, enjoyable, and makes for great exercise. But if you want to get it done faster, or don’t want to walk for an hour, a riding tractor is for you.
Need a riding lawn mower?
Here’s the deal, when it comes to price the sky is the limit, but if your lawn is an acre or more, a riding tractor can make mowing your lawn a breeze.
The cheaper models running $800 all the way up to $8,000 for the better commercial grade mowers.
It all depends on what your budget is along with what your expectations are going to be with respect to cut quality, and how long you are wanting the mower to last.
When it comes to lawns over ½ an acre you can use a riding mower on most properties.
If your property has a lot of obstacles like trees, gardens or other features, it may still be best to use a push mower. However, if you have plenty of wide open lawn, a riding mower is where it’s at. For a lawn under one acre a deck that is around 36 inches is sufficient.
If your lawn is over an acre you should get a mower with a larger deck at least 42 inches or more.
Look: the bigger the deck the faster you can cut the lawn, but the price quickly goes up when you want a bigger deck.
When you have a property of 2 acres or more, you probably want to go with a zero-turn mower.
Be forewarned, these mowers are expensive! You may want to hire a lawn care provider through GreenPal instead.
No matter what size mower you choose remember…
The cheaper riding lawn mowers may last a year or two and then something always seems to break. It gets worse when the cheap mowers break they often cost more to repair than they are worth, and because of the local repair shops really don’t want to work on them, and they push them to the back of the lot.
The cheapo mower could easily break down, and it WILL break much sooner than the better models.
If you want a decent quality riding lawn mower plan on spending $2,000 plus. I would also recommend working with a local dealer and not purchasing from the big box store.
Here's why, the local dealer will cost a little more, but he will be there for you for service down the road when it needs repairs.
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