With so many different options out there available to pick and choose from, finding the perfect lawnmower is nowhere near as simple or as straightforward a process as most people think it’s going to be.
Different brands promise to deliver different results, different models offer advantages over others, and it’s really hard to get a general consensus from even the most experienced landscaping professionals about who really makes the best lawnmower on the market today.
Thankfully though, with the details available in this quick guide, you won’t have any trouble whatsoever finding the perfect lawnmower for your specific needs, your specific budget, and your intended use.
Let’s dive right in!
What kind of lawnmower “powerplant” are you looking for?
The very first thing you need to do is figure out which kind of lawnmower you are after in the first place, a question that may seem really simple, straightforward, and kind of obvious on the surface but is really anything but.
Cylinder lawnmowers are the “old school” lawnmowers, available in hand push configuration as well as electric configuration. These are the kinds of mowers that rotate a series of blades against a fixed blade at the bottom, which is why they are also known as “reel” mowers. Popular in the 1950s – because that was pretty much the only technology available at a reasonable price – they aren’t quite as popular today, though are still available.
Rotary mowers and “hover motors” are more commonplace today, providing you with the kind of power that you are looking for with convenience and efficiency available as well. These mowers are almost always powered by electricity or by gasoline, and are available in push and ride configurations. You can even get your hands on rotary or hover mowers that attached to a tractor or a lawn tractor that can be pulled along to cut your grass, too.
What size area do you have mow and take care of?
The other real big consideration you have to think about is how much space, how much grass, and how much lawn you have take care of and how often you are going to be comfortable heading out and mowing everything with your new investment.
If you have a tiny stretch of land that you have to take care of, say up to 100 m² or so, you can probably get away with a cylinder mower, an electric mower, or even just a high-powered weed cutter. Gasoline powered mowers are almost always going to be overkill for that tiny stretch of land.
Medium-sized lawns, between 100 m² and 250 m², or almost always going to demand something more powerful and something with a much higher cutting capacity. We are inevitably going to be talking about electric or gasoline powered mowers that are going to be of the rotary or hover configuration, and you may even want to step up to a ride along mower if you are going to be looking to cut a stretch of land that is towards the larger size of this category.
Finally, if you’re dealing with a large plot of land – 250 m² or larger – it’s a good idea to step up to a ride mower or something that you can tow behind a lawn tractor or a traditional tractor. Gasoline powered lawnmowers are going to help you get a large stretch of land taken care of faster than anything else, though if you want to reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gas you want to go with an electric configuration – though you’ll end up spending a lot more time cutting your lawn then you would have otherwise.
At the end of the day, there are plenty of different options available for you to take advantage of when it comes time to purchase a brand-new lawnmower.
Hopefully we have shined a little bit of light on the subject for you, helping you make your choice a lot easier. Make sure that you are purchasing a quality piece of equipment from a brand you can trust with a warrantee you know you can rely on, and understand that this is an investment that you are going to be enjoying for years and years to come.