Choosing a new mower can be a fun process, but it can also be a time-consuming process. There are many factors to consider, but an important one is the size lot you are cutting with it.
1. Reel Mower- This is for the very small, flat yard. It has no motor--just metal blades that spin when you push it along. Because is it not motor-driven, the blades must be kept in tip-top shape to make up for the reduced power. It typically makes a very nice cut, but keeping the blades sharp can be costly.
2. Cordless or Electric Mower- These can be good with small yards, but you are limited to battery life and cords. The replacement batteries for these can be very costly. Making sure you remember where your extension cord is in the yard is very important when operating one of the electric units—some things don’t grow back!
3. Walk Behind Mower- This type of mower has a variety of features that can be fine-tuned to meet your needs. A push mower is powered by your arms and legs to mow your grass. If you have a small flat yard this is fine. The self-propelled mower comes with either a front drive or rear drive, with the rear drive mower being the choice at Dave's Tractor World. With rear wheel drive, the weight is on the tires that are doing the driving to get up small hills. Another variable in push mowers is the BBC mower. This mower utilizes a blade brake clutch (BBC) so that you don’t have to worry about the blade running at all times, i.e., going across a stony area to get to the next section to mow.
4. Lawn Tractor- This is the most common purchase. The question here is, "What size deck do you need?" The larger the deck, the quicker you will be done; decks generally range in size from 42” to 54,” with some manufacturers even offering decks as small as 28”-30.” Several variables come into play here—terrain, obstacles, and size of your lot, to name a few. Your decision will also depend on what your storage area is like—do you have room to store that big time-saving deck? An added bonus to a riding lawn tractor is that you can pull a small lawn cart and even get snow blade or snow blower attachments for it.
5. Zero Turn- Depending how many shrubs, flower beds and bushes you have to mow around, a zero turn may be the choice for you! Zero turns can take a little extra time to learn to use, but they will definitely cut down on mowing time. These are produced on a variety of scales; a home owner unit cuts a 34 inch swath while the 13 MPH diesel-powered unit gobbles up 72 inches of lawn at a time—the big ones are favored by commercial mowing companies or land owners with lots of acreage.
Buying a mower can be a fun experience. Bring your children along to a Dave's Tractor World store--we have puzzles available for them to do while you talk business with one of our sales team. To view what we sell, go online to Dave's Tractor WorldLLC.com and take a look at the Gravely and Ariens equipment shown on our website.