If you need help deciding which is the best push mower you should buy hop on to my Top List below where I listed my top picks for this year. If you need a few tips for maintaining your mower you can check the Everything About Push Mowers You Were Afraid To Ask About part that follows after the list. In any case, have fun with your new mower!
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
Everything About Push Mowers You Were Afraid To Ask About
Lawn mowers are such a ubiquitous part of our lives that we probably don’t give them much thought. After all, they’ve been around not only for our entire lives but also for the entire lives of our parents and even back to their parents. You see them everywhere: from mowing a number of different lawns, to sitting in people’s garages or on the back of their pickup trucks. They are just about everywhere.
Which makes it pretty natural for us to not give them much thought until we need to check out push mower reviews to find the best push mower. That is the point when we try to learn everything we can about these machines. From how they work, to the best features available today to what the popular models are. Which can cause quite a bit of anxiety and make you feel like you’re cramming for your college finals.
However, I want to propose a different solution. A solution that will not only give you a light understanding of the best push mower features available today but a solution that will improve your understanding of all aspects of these machines. A little guide that I’d like to call: Everything You Need To Know About The Push Mower You Were Afraid To Ask About. Okay, it’s not exactly a little guide but it will do a few things. It will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this lawn machine. From its history to what to look for in push mower reviews and the features you need to look for that can be found in even the best push mower. We have a lot to cover, so let’s get started.
My Push 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