Lawn Mowers

Riding Lawn Mowers

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Riding Lawn MowersMany people love the idea of  being able to ride on their lawn mower while cutting the lawn, while others prefer to get the exercise of walking behind a lawn mower that is self propelled. If you are really looking for exercise, then a pure push type lawn mower is probably the way to go. Not only do you walk behind the lawn mower you expend extra energy as you push the lawn mower as well. Still it can get quite tedious pushing a heavy lawn mower. Especially when you have a large lawn to cut every week!

So what type should you purchase. What criteria should you use to help you narrow down your decision? We are going to focus on type of lawn mower in this post and stay away from manufacturers or various models. Basically we will compare the push type of lawn mower, the self propelled lawn mower and the riding lawn mower.

Our criteria are cost to purchase, functionality, area to cut  and overall ease of use. You may have others and we would be glad to hear about them, so please leave a comment or suggestion.

Riding Lawn Mowers – Cost

The cost of a lawn mower varies a lot and as you add features the cost goes up. A basic lawn mower with out a grass catcher or mulching capability can cost as low as $150 on sale. This is a push type lawn mower with no features. It has a good engine and will cut your lawn for many years, however you will need to push this lawn mower in all conditions and if the grass is long you may have to rake up the grass. You can spend a little more money can get something with a grass catcher.

Self Propelled

The next major level up is a self propelled lawn mower and of course these are more expensive, have more moving parts and have more things to go wrong over time driving up repairs. They are easy to drive, you just follow and steer the lawn mower in the direction you want to go. I prefer the front wheel drive model since all you need to do to slow your progress is lift the front wheels a little bit to disengage them from the ground. The rear wheel drive lawn mowers work equally well, however I find these less easy to maneuver. It is not uncommon to spend $400 to $600 on these types of lawn mowers.

The next level are riding lawn mowers. There are various types of mowers such as zero turn mowers, and short radius mowers, tractors with mower attachments which can be used for various other activities around the yard. Of course the sky is the limit in terms of size, power and attachments, so the price is as well. You really need to decide what you will use the riding lawn mower for, how much you will use it and whether it is worth it to you to spend up words of $1500 and much more on one of these machines.

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Riding Lawn Mowers – Functionality

We have mentioned push, self propelled and riding lawn mowers. What other things do you want the mower to do for you. Mulching, grass catching, de-thatching, roto tilling, pick up leaves, pull trailers, push snow or blow snow. These basic questions and the answers to them will take you in one direction or another in terms of the kind of machine to purchase.

The more you want to do with these machines, the higher the cost and the more functionality that is required. Examine this area carefully. Sometimes it is better to buy one machine that will blow snow and cut the lawn with various attachments. Long driveways with large yards in areas were you get hot summers and cold snow winters might push you in the direction of a riding lawn mower with a snow blower attachment. On the other hand, small yards with lots of obstacles and little snow in the winter time pretty well eliminates any kind of riding lawn mower.

Riding Lawn Mowers – Area to Cut

Riding lawn mowers are naturally bigger, cut larger areas easily and provide comfort for the driver. They do not work as well in areas were there are lots of shrubs to maneuver around, steep grades, and tight corners. If you have any of these conditions, give some careful thought to what you want to purchase and how you will be able to use it. You do not want to end up having to do a lot of extra trimming because you cannot get into tight areas or around shrubs and trees. Riding lawn mowers are best at wide open large areas that need grass cutting.

Overall Ease of Use

Any of these machines are great to use when the are working fine. The problem is that the more working parts there are the more that can go wrong. Which will drive your overall cost up especially if you need to hire a mechanic to fix the machine.

Push lawn mowers just need gas, oil and starting by pulling a chord to get you going. While the other extreme is the riding lawn mower. Which has a starter, a generator, more belts and possibly a transmission and drive shaft. Also inflated tires, larger engine, and several cutting blades. When they work they work great. However like any machine they need regular maintenance. Because they are more complex, your ease of use will be in question if you do have problems.

Riding lawn mowers are great, we just want you to realize that these machines are more powerful and will need more care and maintenance than a simple push lawn mower.

Feel free to leave comments on our criteria or add some of your own. Spam will be deleted so don’t waste your time and ours. For more details in general about lawn mowers, click here.

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