Push Lawn Mower or Riding Tractor: which Is Best for Your Lawn?
For most of the country, lawn-mowing season is upon us, leaving many homeowners with the age-old question, “which type of lawn mower is best for my yard?” This question comes about because there are so many different types of yards and so many different types of mowers. We will discuss different types of lawn mowers, and what types of lawns each of them fit the best.
Manual Reel Lawn Mowers
Manual reel mowers are great for very small lawns that are flat and relatively smooth. If you have a small, flat lawn this could be the best type of mower for you. Reel mowers are lightweight because they do not have an engine, there are few moving parts so they last a long time without the need for many repairs, and they are quiet. Along with that, reel mowers do a good job of cutting grass, although they have a tendency to miss tall weeds. The main drawback for a reel mower is that you must walk at a quick pace in order to realize the best cutting performance.
Battery Powered Electric Lawn Mowers
Again, this is a good choice for those with small flat lawns, although they can be used for a larger lawn than a reel mower. The benefit of this type of lawn mower is that they are quiet, they are durable, and they do a good job cutting the grass no matter how fast you walk. There are several key drawbacks if you choose a battery powered lawn mower. First, as the battery loses its charge the cutting ability of the mower will deteriorate causing multiple recharges if your lawn is too large to do on one charge. Next, rechargeable batteries only last for a certain amount of time, replacing them can be expensive, nearly as much as purchasing a new mower. Lastly, they do not work well if your grass is thick or your yard is rough.
Electric Lawn Mowers
Electric mowers are the big brother of battery-operated mowers. These types of mowers can be used on any lawn up to about three-quarters of an acre if you have enough extension cord. Modern electric mowers are very powerful and very efficient and they are quiet. They do not require much service or repair so they make a great choice for small, flat yards, although they can do large lawns. The drawback of this type of mower is the fact that they have to be connected to electricity via extension cords, which you must drag with you as you mow.
Gasoline Powered Walk- Behind Lawn Mowers
This category of mowers has the most different types of mowers in the class, making the choice of a mower more difficult. All of these mowers share the fact that they are powered by a gasoline engine which will require more maintenance than the mowers we have discussed to this point. They are also heavier and louder than the above-mentioned mowers. Gasoline powered mowers can be used on lawns up to 1 acre in size, with any type of grass, and no matter how rough your lawn. The only thing that stops this type of mower from doing any size lawn is how much walking you are willing to do. For lawns that are one acre or larger you should look into a self-propelled mower. You will also need to choose between a two-cycle or four-cycle engine. Four-cycle engines run on regular gasoline, two-cycle engines require that you mix special oil with the gasoline. Four-cycle engines are easier to use, but two-cycle motors are typically quieter and more durable.
Riding Lawn Mowers
There are nearly as many types of riding mowers as there are walk-behind mowers. They come in classifications of lawn mowers (the smallest type), garden tractors (very large with many options), and zero turn lawn mowers. If your lawn is more than an acre in size, you should consider purchasing a riding mower. This type of mower will save you a great deal of time and effort when mowing large lawns. If you have many trees, or other obstacles in your yard to maneuver around you should consider a zero-turn type of riding mower. Only people with very large lawns and that do a lot of gardening and other heavy outdoor yard work would need to consider purchasing a garden tractor sized riding mower.