If you need help deciding which is the best gas lawn mower you should buy, whether push or self-propelled type, hop on to my Top Lists below where I listed my top picks for both types for this year. If you need a few tips for maintaining your mower you can check the Maintenance Tips that follow after the list. In any case, have fun with your new mower!
Self-Propelled Mowers - The Top List
It's powerful, great at mulching and cutting and is easy to maintain and handle. To me, this is an excellent self-propelled gas lawn mower. I would definitely recommend it.Read Users' reviews
It worked really well on hills and seemed to be a good quality mower. While it doesn't have a whole lot of power for mulching and tends to pull a little bit, it gets the job done.Read Users' reviews
It's a good mower yet it seems like it would've been a great mower for hills if they had designed it a little bit better. Put this mower in the “it could've been a contender” category.Read Users' reviews
Taking everything into consideration, it's a pretty decent all-around mower - a budget model that will eventually cut the grass but is not among the top mowers.Read Users' reviews
It's good, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for someone looking for a mower that will last a long time. It does do a pretty good job of cutting grass at the moment, though.Read Users' reviews
Push Mowers - The Top List
Just easy to assemble, use, adjust and store. It starts easily, too and is fairly quiet compared to others, and at the end it provides a good cut. Would definitely recommend it.Read Users' reviews
Analyzing both the good and bad points I think that it is one of the better gas-powered push lawn mowers today. It may not be the best but it's pretty close.Read Users' reviews
As far as cutting I must admit that it did a pretty good job, however, I'm not sure I would recommend it due to its sub-par build quality and the fact that it seems to be more expensive than comparable, and better quality, models.Read Users' reviews
It's a mower that's probably very good for someone who either doesn't have a whole lot of grass to cut; doesn't need it for heavy-duty use; or for those of you who feel that the price is the most important point when considering a mower.Read Users' reviews
It's an okay basic mower that doesn't have a whole lot of features, is inexpensive and does all right if you don't expect a whole lot out of it.Read Users' reviews
One of the problems with even the best Gas Lawn Mower is that it will eventually require some form of maintenance. Depending on the type that you buy, and whether it was a quality one or not in the first place, that could be a year from now or 10 years from now. There will come a time when it needs to be fixed. And there will also come a time when something goes wrong and you’ll need to troubleshoot the problem.
Which is why I decided to create this section of this guide. After reading over hundreds, if not thousands, of gas mower reviews I discovered that most people had the same maintenance problems with their mowers. So I compiled a list of the most common problems and started looking for the simplest solutions to them. Below you’ll find some of the more common problems and their corresponding solutions. I hope it proves useful to you while you’re troubleshooting your lawnmower. However, before you read through them be sure to read the following safety precautions:
My Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower Reviews
I’m going to review the Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower today. It’s a mower that I didn’t know a whole lot about before I began this review, but it’s one that surely had my attention by the time I was finished with it. Let’s see what this little baby can do, shall we?
The first thing that I noticed is that it was fairly easy to setup. While it wasn’t as easy to setup as some of its competitors, I was still able to have it up and running in a matter of minutes. I also liked the fact that the oil dipstick was easy to find and remove, so I was able to quickly put oil (and gas) into this lawnmower. The same thing can’t be said for some other mower models.
The next thing that impressed me was how easily it started. From a cold start, I was able to get this lawnmower started with just two pulls. That’s probably because it has an auto choke feature, which allows it to start from a cold start. Which is very convenient. Hopefully, this auto choke feature works as well down the road as it does when it’s fresh out of the box.
After I had it started, I then proceeded to cut my grass. While I thought that the Honda GCV160 engine had acceptable noise levels for a lawnmower, I know that some people have complained that it was kind of noisy to them. In my opinion, it doesn’t purr like a kitten but it isn’t loud either—especially when you consider that it is a gas powered lawn mower, so it’s not going to be that quiet.
I immediately began to mow my grass with the Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower and began to experiment with the thumb-controlled variable speed controls. While I liked the ability to slow down the speed of the motor or speed it up, as I see fit, I don’t like where the controls are located. Using the thumb control for a period of time kind of made my thumb feel numb, probably due to the vibrations from the mower. I imagine that if I had to use it for a really long period of time, then it would be extremely annoying.
Another thing that I didn’t like about this rig was that the wheels were kind of small. This fact, combined with the rear-wheel drive, would occasionally make the mower pop a wheelie on one of the hills I had to mow. It’s not a constant problem, but it does happen every once in awhile and is worth mentioning.
However, I think those are the only negative impressions I had of this mower. As far as cutting the grass, I think that it did an exceptional job. That Honda engine really does a good job of propelling those twin blades. And speaking of the twin blades, I really like the fact that they cut the grass so fine, it basically is like increasing the size of the bag. Which is a plus for me because I always hate having to empty a mower’s bag. Even though I have to say that this mower’s bag was pretty easy to remove as well, so maybe I’ll have to rethink how much I hate bag changes.
Well, that does it for my review of the Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Gas Mower. Sure, it had small wheels and I didn’t like the controls for the variable speed control, but everything else worked very well. It handled my yard, even the hills, and pretty much simplified my yard work. This makes this mower something I’d definitely recommend.
It's powerful, great at mulching and cutting and is easy to maintain and handle. To me, this is an excellent self-propelled gas lawn mower. I would definitely recommend it.
- Easy to start
- Twin blades make for finer clippings
- Bag is easy to empty
- Has an auto-choke
- Easy to store
- Variable speed control button is awkward
- Wheels are kind of small
- Some people complain about engine noise
The Poulan Pro 961420127 is a 22 HP 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower which has front-wheel drive, large 12-inch rear wheels and an auto-choke system for easy starting. The first thing I noticed when I received it was that it was very easy to assemble. All that was required was some minor assembly—basically, attaching the handles and cables and then assembling and attaching the grass catcher. I then added gas and oil, of course, and by the second pull, the engine was purring like a kitten, all thanks to its auto-choke system.
I then took it out for its maiden test drive. I really liked the fact that this mower was a 3-in-1; able to side discharge, bag or mulch the grass. However, while using it I felt like the bag was kind of small. It seems like I had to empty it a few time more than I was expecting.
As I continued to use the mower, there were some things that I really liked about it and some things I weren’t too pleased with. One of the things I really liked was that it did a great job cutting grass. When used on flat terrain, it really did a great job, although it did feel like it was dragging me at times. Unfortunately, it didn’t do that great a job on my hills. Front wheel mowers tend to have problems with hills and this one was no exception.
I also felt that this mower really lacked mulching power. I would often have to go over brush areas a few times over. This isn’t really a surprise, however. This mower only has a 150 cc engine and I’m used to 190 cc mowers.
When I was finished mowing, I did really appreciate the deck-cleaning system that allowed you to attached a garden hose to clean the blades. It worked very well and wish that more mowers had this feature.
All in all, I think the Poulan Pro 961420127 is a 22 HP 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower is a good mower. While it doesn’t have a whole lot of power for mulching and tends to pull a little bit, it gets the job done. It worked really well on hills and seemed to be a good quality mower.
It worked really well on hills and seemed to be a good quality mower. While it doesn't have a whole lot of power for mulching and tends to pull a little bit, it gets the job done.
- Easy to assemble
- Easy start
- Deck-cleaning system
- Bag is kind of small
- Front wheel drive pulls a bit
- Lacks mulching power
The Husqvarna 961450023 3-in-1 Rear Wheel Drive 3-in-1 Mower is a mower that comes equipped with a 160 cc Honda engine, a self-propelled rear wheel drive system, 11-inch rear and 8-inch front wheels and 22-inch blades. It also comes with a mower deck washout port where you can attach your garden hose to clean out the blades. While this mower only has a 160 cc mower, as opposed to the 190 cc mowers I often prefer, this mower did have a 22-inch cutting deck, so I was pretty anxious to see how it performed.
In under 10 minutes, I had this mower unboxed, assembled and ready to mow. After putting gasoline and oil in it, I noticed that it started up by the second pull—which is always a plus. The first thing I noticed is that the rear bag doesn’t fit as well as I think it should. While I was mowing, it tended to let some tiny debris out along the sides of it. Not sure if that was just a problem with my particular mower or if it was a design flaw.
The one thing I’d like to mention is that the rear propulsion system takes some getting used to and that’s from someone who has used quite a number of different mowers over the years. I found that this mower does a really good job at mowing grass on hills but that really wasn’t a big surprise since it was a rear-drive mower and many of them tend to excel cutting grass on hills. However, this mower really had a tendency for its back wheels to dig into the ground at times, which happened in a couple of spots during my mowing tests.
I do like the fact, however, that this mower does have larger back wheels designed to navigate tougher terrain. I also liked the deck cleaning system. And while it didn’t do as well as I would have liked mulching, it managed to do a great overall job on the grass.
Taking all things into consideration, I think the Husqvarna 961450023 3-in-1 Rear Wheel Drive 3-in-1 Mower is a good mower that could’ve been great with a few minor adjustments. It seems like it would’ve been a great mower for hills, if they had designed it a little bit better. Put this mower in the “it could’ve been a contender” category.
It's a good mower yet it seems like it would've been a great mower for hills if they had designed it a little bit better. Put this mower in the “it could've been a contender” category.
- Easy to assemble
- Easy start
- Deck-cleaning system
- Rear wheels can dig in while turning
- Lacks mulching power
- Rear bag doesn't fit tightly
The Troy-Bilt TB330 is a 3-in-1 mower with a rear self-propelled drive system, a 21-inch cutting deck, a 1.9-bushel rear bag, 8-inch front and back wheels, a 1.09-quart gas tank and a ReadyStart® System that is designed to make the mower start up without any problems. It also came with a 163 cc Briggs & Stratton engine. I’ve had experience with other Troy-Bilt mowers over the years and have always liked them, so I was looking forward to getting this mower set up and running. Here’s what I found out about it.
The first thing I want to mention is that this mower was pretty easy to assemble. Everything fit together nicely and I was up and running in about 5 minutes. Once I added fuel and gas, I set out to cut my yard—some of which is rather flat and some of which is kind of hilly. I started it on the first pull, which was nice and proceeded to cut my grass. I noticed that this mower did a fine job on the hills, although I do have to say that it doesn’t have the most powerful drive system I’ve ever used. It also did a pretty good job cutting the grass on the flat terrain, although I did notice that it didn’t do as good as a job as I thought it should’ve. While it mulched perfectly well, thanks to its specially designed blade, I had to go over one or two patches more than once. This mower could’ve also used larger back wheels for driving over rougher terrain.
However, there are also some things to like about this mower. For instance, it has a deck-cleaning system that makes cleaning the blades easier, it has a variable speed control that allows the user to set the pace of the mowing instead of the mower setting the pace for them and it had a nice sized rear bag that I didn’t have to empty quite so often. I also liked that it had six different grass height settings that ranged from 1.25 to 3.75-inches.
Taking everything into consideration, I felt that the Troy-Bilt TB330 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower with Rear-Drive Mower was a decent all-around mower that handled hills moderately better than it handled the level ground. But it’s also a mower that has its fair share of design flaws. For me, it’s a budget model that will eventually cut the grass, but is not among the top mowers.
Taking everything into consideration, it's a pretty decent all-around mower - a budget model that will eventually cut the grass but is not among the top mowers.
- Easy to assemble
- Starts easily
- Deck-cleaning system
- Back wheels too small
- Back wheels can dig in
- Could cut grass better
- Drive System wasn't too powerful
The Lawn Boy 10732 Kohler XT6 OHV Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower is a mower with a 21-inch cutting path, an auto-choke system, and a 2-point “Height-of-Cut” System that allows you to change your cutting heights from just one side of the mower. It features a Kohler 149 cc engine that delivers approximately 6.5-foot pounds of gross torque. While it’s not the most powerful system I’ve reviewed, it does have the power to cut through many different types of grass.
One of the first things I noticed about this mower is that it was easy to assemble. I was up and running in no-time flat. I then added fuel and gas and was mowing within about 10 minutes or so. Using it on my lawn, I noticed that it did a fine job on both level plots of land but also on hills. It cut through just about anything I threw at it and thanks to its nice size bag, I was able to keep going for longer periods of time without having to empty the bag. However, I did notice that occasionally the blades would slow down due to excess grass build up and I had to manually clean it out—which is always a pain. I also noticed that this mower was quite a bit louder than a lot of the other mowers I’ve used. Not the loudest but still pretty loud.
And while this mower did do a good job mowing, it did have sort of a “cheap feel” to it. What I mean is that I noticed they used quite a bit of plastic in its construction and the deck feels kind of flimsy. It didn’t break down or anything while I used it, but I don’t know that I’d be too confident that it would last over the long haul. Like I said, I didn’t experience any problems with it but then again, I only used if for a couple of mowing sessions.
Overall, I expected a mower that was constructed better, especially since it wasn’t inexpensive. I’m not sure I’d recommend it for someone looking for a mower that will last a long time, but this mower does do a pretty good job of cutting grass at the moment. A few design changes and the Lawn Boy 10732 Kohler XT6 OHV Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower could have been a good mower—too bad it didn’t become the kind of mower I imagine they designed it to be. It just has too many flaws and I can’t recommend it.
It's good, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for someone looking for a mower that will last a long time. It does do a pretty good job of cutting grass at the moment, though.
- Easy to assemble
- Starts easily
- Too much plastic
- Deck feels flimsy
- Grass can buildup around blades
- Can be loud
My Push Gas Lawn Mower Reviews
I have always been a fan of Craftsman products for as long as I can remember. Which shouldn’t be too surprising since one of the first lawn mowers I ever used, as a teenager, was a Craftsman. So needless to say, I was pretty anxious to review the Craftsman 37430 21 Inch 140cc Briggs and Stratton Gas Powered 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower.
The first thing that I noticed about this lawn mower was how easy it was to assemble. Basically, I just had to extend the handle, guide the lawn mower pull starter through, add a couple of bolts and do a simple adjustment and it was ready to go – well, except for gas and oil, of course. Which is what I did next.
Adding the gas was no problem because the gas cap was very easy to remove, almost too easy. Which is something that would give me a little bit of a problem later, as you’ll soon see. Before I get to that, however, I want to talk about the oil dipstick. It was not what I had hoped it to be.
I can tell you right now that some people are going to have a problem with putting oil in this lawn mower. It even took me a few moments and I’m a professional. The problem is that the dipstick is placed in a difficult to reach area. It’s behind the muffler and under the blower housing. This location makes it difficult to unscrew it so you can put oil in it. Especially if you have big sausage fingers like I do. It’s just something to be aware of as you are considering this lawn mower.
However, that is pretty much where most of my problems ended. The Craftsman 37430 21 Inch 140cc Briggs and Stratton Gas Powered 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower started on the first pull for me and ran really well. I had let my yard get a little bit overgrown so I could really put this mower to the test and it had no problem cutting the grass.
This mower is made of steel but is still pretty lightweight. Which is a good thing because it’s a push mower and not a self-propelled one. Nonetheless, it was easy to push around my yard, even up that hill I have that I hate to mow. Sure, it’s not as easy to push as a self-propelled one but it wasn’t too difficult either – probably because it had those big rear wheels to help provide a little traction.
I also really liked the fact this lawn mower had 6 point adjustment on the wheels. Which is something that you don’t get to see every day. This gave me a lot of options when it came to cutting my lawn. However, I did have a problem with the gas cap when I was cutting under some of my hedges. The top of my hedge knocked off my gas cap. It would have been nice if the gas cap fit on this mower just a little bit tighter.
A feature that I really liked though is that I had 3 different ways to cut: I could mulch the grass, I could use the side discharge or I could put the bag on it and use the rear discharge. And the bag was very easy to put on and remove, which is something that I really like.
All things considered, I think that the Craftsman 37430 21 Inch 140cc Briggs and Stratton Gas Powered 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower is one of the better mowers out there on the market. Sure, it has a few design flaws, but these aren’t deal breakers for me. However, they are something to think about, especially if you have problems bending over or stooping.
Just easy to assemble, use, adjust and store. It starts easily, too and is fairly quiet compared to others, and at the end it provides a good cut. Would definitely recommend it.
- Easy to start
- Bag is easy to remove
- Easy to assemble
- Height adjust with one hand
- Difficult oil access
- Gas cap comes off too easily
The Husqvarna 7021P 3-in-1 Push Gas Lawn Mower is a lawn mower that has a couple of things going for it. It has a 21-inch cutting deck, high real wheels that come with double ball bearings to ensure wheel movement life and a powerful 160 cc. Honda engine. For the past few years, Briggs & Stratton has been considered one of the best lawn mower engines, but Honda engines are currently nipping at their heels. And that’s no surprise considering they continuously seem to produce powerful, fairly quiet engines.
The first thing I noticed when I unpacked this gas push mower was that it was really easy to assemble. Within a matter of moments, I was adding gasoline and oil to it and getting ready to take her out for her maiden mowing. And it was then that I encountered my first problem. It took me about 15 pulls to start this mower for the first time—which surprised me since this was a mower with an auto-choke system. However, I did notice that when I started it on the next 3 or 4 occasions, it started on the first pull. I guess it’s just hard to start on its first use because it worked fine after that.
Once I had the engine running, I noticed that it was quiet and did a great job at cutting my grass. It not only did a great job side-discharging the grass but it also did a pretty good job mulching and rear bagging it. It just seemed to work so well that I was actually enjoying cutting my grass with it. Yes, the engine is pretty good. The only real problem I had with this mower was with the handle. It just didn’t feel all that sturdy and one of the bolts even backed out while I was mowing for the 4th or 5th time. Not a big deal, but something to consider.
Analyzing both the good and bad points of the Husqvarna 7021P 3-in-1 Push Gas Lawn Mower, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a pretty good mower. Yes, it was hard to start the first time I started it and I had a problem with its handle, but I still think that it is one of the better gas-powered push lawn mowers today. It may not be the best but it’s pretty close.
Analyzing both the good and bad points I think that it is one of the better gas-powered push lawn mowers today. It may not be the best but it's pretty close.
- Easy to assemble
- Big rear wheels
- Cuts grass well
- Handle doesn't feel sturdy
- Its first start took work
The Lawn Boy 10730 3-in-1 Gas Push Lawn Mower With Kohler XT6 Engine is a gasoline-powered push mower that comes with 11-inch wheels, a large bag capacity and a 2800 rpm gross torque. It appears to be pretty much the same lawn mower as the Lawn Boy 10736 3-in-1 Gas Push Mower, except the 10736 has a Honda engine and a higher price tag than the 10730. Of course, Honda has been really producing some quality mowers here recently, but I decided to go ahead and review the 10730 with Kohler Engine because it was the more inexpensive of the two.
Out of the box, I noticed that this mower was going to be easy to assemble. In fact, within about 10 minutes I had this mower put together, fueled and full of oil. Once I had it put together, I started it up with just one pull of the string thanks to its unique starting system—a system which is back by its 3-year Tru-Start Commitment Guarantee. Under that guarantee, if this Lawn Boy fails to start after 1 or 2 pulls, then they’ll fix it for free.
As I started using it, I noticed that this mower did a pretty good job cutting grass. Everything I asked it to do it did without any problems. I used it to cut a variety of different grasses and tried it both on hills and on even ground. I must admit that it did a pretty good job. It was able to mulch, side discharge and bag without any apparent problems.
This mower is lightweight, so it’s not hard to push around your yard. For a gasoline-powered push mower, it was surprisingly easy to use because of this fact. Unfortunately, its performance and ease of use are offset by two very big negatives, at least in my book. These negatives are build quality and price. Both of which were a complete disappointment to me.
I really didn’t like how this thing was manufactured. A lot of plastic was used in the design and the materials don’t seem to be the highest quality. While the overhead-valve engine seemed to be high quality, I’m not sure I would recommend this mower due to its sub-par build quality and the fact that it seems to be more expensive than comparable, and better quality, models.
As far as cutting I must admit that it did a pretty good job, however, I'm not sure I would recommend it due to its sub-par build quality and the fact that it seems to be more expensive than comparable, and better quality, models.
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to use
- Starts easily
- Build quality is questionable
- Expensive for quality level
Yard Machines 21-Inch Push Mower is a mower that has a 140 cc Powermore OHV engine, a 21-inch cutting deck, 7-inch front wheels and 11-inch back wheels. It was a mower I wanted to test out because I really hadn’t heard about Powermore engines before I saw this mower. I was familiar with all of the usual lawnmower engine manufacturers: Briggs & Stratton, Honda, Kawasaki, and Kohler. However, I wasn’t familiar with Powermore engines, so I wanted to see what kind of power mowers equipped with these engines could deliver.
But first things first. Before I get into engine strength I want to start off with how easy it was to assemble this product. In my experience, it wasn’t easy at all. From start to finish, it took me about 20 minutes. I had to assemble the whole thing and even tighten down things such as the lawn mower blade. This was a bit of a surprise for me since I’m pretty much used to being able to assemble a mower in about 10 minutes or less nowadays. To assemble it you’ll need a 7/16-inch wrench, a 1/2-inch wrench, 9/16th-inch and a 3/4-inch wrench, although adjustable wrenches can be used for a lot of it. The side-discharge has to be added, the handle has to be added and so do the wheels. Needless to say: Some Assembly is Required.
Once I assembled it, I then began mowing with it. While the Powermore OHV 140 cc Engine isn’t all that powerful, it does a decent job of cutting grass, as long as it isn’t too high. I don’t imagine the engine would power through heavy grasses or even through some of the tougher grasses such as Bermuda. It just doesn’t seem like a high-quality mower. However, if you have a fine grass that’s cut on a regular basis, then I’m sure this is a good basic mower that is fairly inexpensive.
Overall, I think the Yard Machines 21-Inch Push Mower is a mower that’s probably very good for someone who either doesn’t have a whole lot of grass to cut; doesn’t need it for heavy-duty use; or for those of you who feel that the price is the most important point when considering a mower. If that’s you, then you might want to further research it, otherwise, I’d find a different mower to buy.
It's a mower that's probably very good for someone who either doesn't have a whole lot of grass to cut; doesn't need it for heavy-duty use; or for those of you who feel that the price is the most important point when considering a mower.
- 11-Inch back wheels
- Low Build Quality
- Assembly is required
- Engine not powerful enough
- Not for heavy-duty use
The Poulan Pro Lawn Mower PR500N21SH 2-in-1 Mower comes with a 21-inch blade, a 140 cc Briggs & Stratton engine that delivers about 5-foot pounds of torque, at least on paper. It’s a 2-in-1 mower, which means that you can discharge grass from the side or mulch with it but there isn’t a rear bag option. Which is okay because I don’t usually do a whole lot of bagging, so I thought that this mower would be a pretty inexpensive mower for what I needed it to do.
Assembly time was about average for a mower of this type. It wasn’t the quickest assembly I’ve ever done but it certainly wasn’t as bad to assemble as some other mowers I’ve had to put together. Within about 10 minutes I was up and running. I noticed that the engine started fairly quickly and the engine had a nice sound to it. Once I fired it up, I decided to run it on its rounds and see what it could do.
This mower does a decent job of doing finer grasses that aren’t too overgrown. On taller or tougher grasses, this mower tends to either struggle or stall out. While it does have a Briggs & Stratton Motor, it just isn’t powerful enough to get tough jobs done. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that I don’t much of this mower’s construction. It doesn’t seem to be very high quality, which wasn’t a shock to me because its price tag was pretty low when I bought it.
The big 11-inch wheels did help navigate rougher terrain, but this was kind of offset by the flimsiness of the handle. The handle on this mower had quite a bit of play to it, even after I tightened it multiple times. Which makes me wonder just how long it would last—over the long term.
My conclusion about the Poulan Pro Lawn Mower PR500N21SH 2-in-1 Mower is that it’s an okay basic mower that doesn’t have a whole lot of features, is inexpensive and does all right if you don’t expect a whole lot out of it. If you need a mower that’s built to last or a mower that has to perform heavy-duty mowing, then you’ll probably want to pass on this mower. It just doesn’t offer those things.
It's an okay basic mower that doesn't have a whole lot of features, is inexpensive and does all right if you don't expect a whole lot out of it.
- 11-Inch back wheels
- Low Build Quality
- Not powerful
- Assembly is required
- Handle feels flimsy