If you are planning to buy a new mower, then you need to make sure that you do your due-diligence. You not only want the best machine you can buy for the price, but you also want to make sure that you buy a machine that serves your needs. Buying the wrong mower can make your lawn chores a whole lot more difficult than they need to be.
Before you buy your next mower there are a few things you need to consider. That’s the whole point of this article today. I am going to show you some of the things that you need to think about when purchasing a new mower. Follow these tips and you can then pour through lawn mower reviews with confidence. You will know what you are looking for and what features are important.
Walking Or Riding Mower
The first decision you need to make is whether you need a walking lawn mower or a riding one. Usually, you can determine which of these you need by looking at your yard’s size. If you are cutting more than a ½ acre, then you definitely want a riding mower. Smaller than a half-acre (a half acre is approximate 200×100 feet) and you can usually make due with buying a walking mower. Of course, the decision is up to you, however. You might want a riding mower for a smaller lot or a walking one for a large lot. It all depends on what is comfortable for you.
Mulcher Or Bagger
Another thing to consider is how you want your mower to handle leaves. Do you want it to put it in a bag so you can dispose of it elsewhere, or do you want it to mulch your leaves? All important things to consider.
If you get a mulching lawn mower, you will also want to consider if you want one that discharges the debris from the back or from the side. There are mowers that shoot the mulch a considerable distance and those that kind of leave the debris where ever it is cut. What you need depends on your lawn care routine and on what is easier for you.
If you have a relatively flat yard to cut, then it might not really matter what size mower you have. However, if you have a lot of slopes, then you might want to consider getting a smaller, more maneuverable mower. After all, you don’t want to have to push a behemoth up a steep slope.
All of these things are things you need to consider to buy the best lawn mower possible. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg. You also need to figure out what type of lawn mower you need. For advice on picking the model type, then check out our next article: “Lawn Mower Buying Tips Pt. 2-Choosing Your Mower Type.” It details everything you need to know about some of the more popular mower styles.