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A Useful Guide to Buying Lawn Mowers
We hope you find this guide to buying lawn mowers useful. View our full range of lawn mowers here. Consider these things before you buy a lawn mower:
• The size and shape of the lawn that needs mowing
• Do you want to buy a lawn mower that collects grass clippings?
• Do you want to buy an electric, petrol or cordless lawn mower?
• What type of cut do you want for your lawn – would you like a striped finish?
Buying Lawn Mowers Depending on Lawn Size
Buying Lawn Mowers for Small Lawns
If you buy an electric lawn mower you are likely to find that they are smaller, lightweight and easier to move around than heavier petrol lawn mowers. An advantage of electric lawn mowers is that they require less maintenance than a petrol lawn mower. Consider how long you need the power lead to stretch before buying your electric lawn mower. View our full range of electric lawn mowers.
You could consider buying a hover lawn mower if you have a smaller lawn. A hover lawn mower will get the job done quickly, but bear in mind that the quality of the cut might not be as good as buying another lawn mower type. Also some hover mowers do not have a collector which means you will need to rake up cuttings or leave them on the grass. View our full range of hover lawn mowers.
You may want to buy a hand push lawnmower if you have a smaller lawn to mow. If you buy a hand lawn mower you don’t need to worry about adding petrol, charging batteries or carrying a cable around. Modern hand push lawnmowers are easy to use and require much less maintenance. They require the bare minimum of servicing and they are also almost silent. View our full range of push hand lawn mowers.
Buying a cordless lawn mower might be the right choice for you if you have a smaller lawn. If you buy one of these lawn mowers you can expect longer running times and quicker recharging times compared to past years as they have become more advanced with the lithium-ion battery technology. View our full range of cordless lawn mowers.
Buying Lawn mowers for Medium Sized Lawns
If you buy an electric lawn mower you are likely to find that they are lightweight and easy to move around which is great when you’ve got a good sized lawn to mow. Buying an electric lawn mower will mean less maintenance than if you buy a petrol lawn mower. Carefully consider how long you need the lead to stretch before buying an electric lawn mower though. If you buy an electric lawn mower expect a good quality cut. View our full range of electric lawn mowers.
You may also consider buying a petrol lawn mower if you have a medium sized lawn. The added power that comes with buying petrol lawn mowers means longer grass can be mowed without much fuss. If you are concerned about the maintenance work that comes with buying a petrol lawn mower, you needn’t be. Petrol lawn mowers are much easier to maintain than they used to be. Petrol lawn mowers use petrol straight from the pump so there is no mixing needed. One of the main advantages of buying a petrol lawn mower is the lack of power cable needed – meaning it can be used anywhere. If you buy a petrol lawn mower and look after it well it can last for many years. View our full range of petrol lawn mowers.
Buying Lawn Mowers for Larger Lawns
You can still consider buying an electric lawn mower if you have a larger lawn and are concerned about the cost or maintenance of a petrol lawn mower. Before buying an electric lawn mower look at the cutting width of the model. The bigger the cutting width the less times you will need to go up and down and you will get the mowing done more quickly. Before you buy also consider the length of the cable that comes with the lawn mower, you need it to be long enough to reach across the whole area of the lawn.
Buying a petrol lawn mower might be a better choice if you have a larger lawn. If you buy a petrol lawn mower you are likely to find that they come with a variety of cutting widths – including very larges ones which will get the mowing done more quickly. Buying a petrol lawnmower will mean you don’t need to worry about being within a certain distance of a power socket. Consider buying a self propelled wheeled rotary lawn mower if you are concerned about pushing a heavy item around a large space. If you buy a petrol self propelled lawn mower it will do most of the hard work for you. View our full range of petrol lawn mowers.
If you don't fancy a large heavy petrol mower then buying a cordless mower could be the choice for you. With the advances in lithium-ion battery technology cordless mowers will give similar power to a petrol mower. Some cordless mowers now come with self-drive options and rear-rollers so you can get the classic stripped lawn without the fuss and mess of petrol.
You may want to buy a ride on lawn mower if your lawn is huge or you maintain large areas of grass. Buying a ride on lawn mower will make light work of looking after a large lawn. A ride on mower does all of the hard work for you. Before buying a ride on lawn mower you must bear in mind that they require more care and servicing than other lawn mowers, very like your car. Have a look at our guide Which Ride on Mower? for more advice. View our full range of ride on lawn mowers.
Choose the lawn mower type you want to buy:
Buy a cylinder lawn mower if you:
- Want a lawn mower with rotating blades that will give a neat finish to a lawn as they cut at very low heights
- Need a lawn mower that produces a short, fine cut for the grass
- Want to buy a lawn mower where you can adjust the cutting widths
- Want a lawn mower where collection boxes can be attached or unattached
Buy a rotary lawn mower if you:
- Want a lawn mower that uses a blade that rotates horizontally which works well with all lawn types including rougher grasses and slightly uneven ground
- Want to buy a lawn mower on a tight budget
- Want a lawn mower where collection boxes can be attached or unattached
- Want to buy a self-propelled lawn mower which are good if you have a large area of grass to cut
Buy a hover lawn mower if you:
- Want a lawn mower that uses rotating blades but also hovers over the grass on a cushion of air
- Want to buy a smaller lawn mower which is lightweight - perfect for small lawns and those hard to hard to reach areas of the grass
- Want a lawn mower that can be moved in all directions – not just forwards and backwards
- Are less concerned with the quality of the cut the lawn mower produces but are more interested in buying a cheaper lawn mower
Bigger models are available which often come with grass collection bags
Buy a cordless lawn mower if you:
- Want a lawn mower that has the power of a petrol mower but not the mess
- Want a mower that has the flexibility of a petrol mower but the ease of use of an electric
- Want a mower that is much lighter than the equivalent petrol mower
- Want a mower that is easy to start and requires almost no maintenance
- Feel a self-propelled, key start mower is too heavy
- You are looking for a more environmentally friendly option
- Want to use other garden equipment with the same power source
Definitions Explained for when you’re Buying Lawn Mowers
- Cutting width – the width of your lawn mower’s blade. Small garden’s will suffice with around a 30cm cutting width. Medium garden’s are likely to need a cutting width of roughly 35cm – 40cm. Large garden’s are likely to need a 46cm+ cutting width
- Cutting height – this determines the height your lawn is cut to. Early on in the year you will need to use the highest cutting height and then gradually lower it as the growing season progresses
- Length of the cable – consider the distance from the power point to the furthest point of the lawn. If the cable is not long enough consider using a suitable outdoor extension cable or buying a cordless or petrol mower
- Weight – this will determine how easy or hard your lawn mower is to push and move around
- Grass collection box – the smaller the collection box the more frequently it will need emptying
- Mulching/Recycling - this is where the grass cuttings are stopped from going into the collection box and stay within the blade area, they are then cut very finely and are dropped onto the lawn and will help to keep it looking green as no nutrients are lost
- Side Discharge - often mowers that have the mulching option also come with a side discharge option which is where the grass cuttings are simply dumped to one side of the mower as you cut. This can be helpful for large areas of grass that do not need to be kept neat
- Self propelled – these lawn mowers propel themselves taking the stress off the mower operator, making easier work of cutting the grass. Consider this if you have a large lawn to mow. Bear in mind that most self-propelled mowers have a set speed that is roughly equivalent to a smart walking pace.
- Key Start - on some petrol mowers there is the option of a key start, this is helpful if you do not want to use the pull cord method of starting. The key is often battery operated and will need to be charged.
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