The Best Lawn Mower


After following our advice on lawn care maintenance, your lawn is finally coming in like you imagined.  With your first spring/summer cookout quickly approaching, only one task remains: cutting the grass.  While it is typically a simple task and one you have been doing since you were nearly a child, your 10+ year old lawn mower has decided it has had enough.  Continuous pulls on the starter cord and endless priming no longer has an effect. Time to buy a new one…

Its been years since you’ve even considered purchasing a lawn mower.  The endless selection of lawn mowers ranging in prices from $150-$700 doesn’t make it any easier and the tech jargon on the shelves adds even more confusion.

Luckily, 4th Strand is here to provide a lawn mower buying guide.

When selecting a mower, there are several key factors to consider:

  • The size of your lawn
  • The type of terrain of your lawn (flat, sloped, hilly, etc.)
  • Your physical ability
  • Desired convenience and performance features

Believe it or not, these factors can help easily determine the lawn mower for you.

Size of your lawn & type of terrain:

  • If you have a smaller flat lawn, a standard engine mower will do the job.
  • If you have a medium size lawn with some uneven terrain, more power is likely required.  Engines with OHCs, or overhead cams, provide more power and can tend to run smoother and quieter.
  • For larger lawns and those with uneven or hilly terrain, lawn mowers with OHVs, or overhead valves provide the most power and also tend to last longer.

Physical ability:

  • No matter the age, using the wrong lawn mower can be very taxing on your body.
  • In addition to the previous points, many lawn mowers contain self-propelling features to assist pushing. This feature helps drastically on self-bagging mowers with the added weight of the clippings.
  • Front wheel drive is best for flat terrain.
  • Rear wheel drive adapts for any terrain.

Other convenience and performance features:

  • Electric Start – Removes the difficulty of pull-start method by starting with the simple touch of a button
  • Variable Speed – Allows multiple speeds for various users or different parts of your lawn (around flower beds & trees vs open spaces)
  • Blade-Brake Clutch System – Tired of having to restart the mower after removing the tennis ball or dog bone from your path? This feature enables you to stop the blade without switching off the engine
  • Grass Disposal – There are three main types; bagging, mulching, and side discharge.  Bagging removes nearly all grass clippings; mulching cuts the clipping into small pieces and drops them back in the grass; side discharge shoots the grass clippings out the side of the mower
  • Picking the lawn mower you want can depend a lot on the extra features.  Don’t waste money on extra features that you may not need or will never use.

While there are many different lawn mowers with different features and various prices, it is of utmost importance to select the RIGHT lawn mower for you.  The wrong lawn mower can make a usually simple task a much more difficult one.  At the end of the day, select the lawn mower you feel the most comfortable purchasing and using, and we hope our guide will assist in your decision.

What lawn mower do you currently use?  Any features you wish your mower had?  Let us know!

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