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How to Choose the Best Lawn Mower
Step 1: Types of Lawn Mowers

This step-by-step guide will help you narrow your search for the best lawn mower for you. There are so many different types of mowers with many different features and options, that it can be overwhelming. The intention of this guide is to teach you about the different types of mowers and allow you to narrow your search in an informed manner.

The first decision you should make is the type of lawn mower you want. We have broken that down into 3 different types, walk behind mowers, riding lawn mowers, and zero turn mowers. There are different advantages for each, so read below and ask yourself, "Is this the right type of lawn mower for me?"

Walk Behind Mowers

Walk Behind Mowers

Walk behind mowers are simply mowers that, when in operation, you are walking behind while the lawn mower propels itself or you push it yourself. They are great for small residences, narrow passes that a riding mower may have trouble with, and areas that are too hilly for a riding mower.

Cutting widths (in inches) are generally in the low 20's and under for a walk behind mower. This means they can maneuver through tighter spaces and take less room to store. It can also mean a lot more passes with the mower to get everything cut, if you have a large property.

Walk behind mowers are also the least expensive of the mower types, so if you're on a tight budget, these can be a good option. Besides initial cost, operating and maintenance cost tends to be lower compared to the larger mowers. With electric and reel mowers, there's no gas or oil cost at all.

There are several different types of walk behind mowers. There are self-propelled mowers, push mowers, electric mowers, and reel mowers. Click below to learn more about these different types.

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Riding Lawn Mowers

Riding Lawn Mowers

Riding lawn mowers are great for larger properties, where using a smaller walk behind mower would be horribly time consuming. With lawn and garden tractors, as well as rear engine riding mowers, you can mow faster, spend less physical energy, and with larger cutting widths, make less passes.

Riding lawn mowers have cutting widths that range (in inches) from the upper 20's to the mid 50's. Most riding mowers have a cutting width twice the size of the typical walk behind mower. That means by upgrading to a riding mower, you can cut your mowing time in half, if not more.

With a riding lawn mower, you can also get other tasks done, besides the mowing. There are plenty of pull behind accessories available, like spreaders, aerators, and pull behind carts, although many accessories will only work with a lawn or garden tractor.

When choosing a riding lawn mower, you need to know the differences between rear engine riding mowers, lawn tractors, and garden tractors. Click below to learn more about these different types.

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Zero Turn Mowers

Zero Turn Mowers

Zero Turn Mowers are riding mowers, but more like the sports car of riding mowers. These mowers will get your job done fast, because you can mow right up to any obstacle in your yard. That's possible because they can turn on a dime, leading to the phrase "zero turning radius."

Cutting widths of zero turn mowers are comparable to riding mowers, ranging (in inches) from 30 to nearly 60. With less time spent trimming because of their impressive maneuverability, it's no wonder that professional landscapers list this type of mower as a must-have.

Zero turn mowers are steered by pushing two independent levers that control the rear drive wheels. The drive wheels, turning at different speeds, cause the mower to turn. A zero turn mower can also turn in place if both levers are moved in opposite directions.

There are different features to look for in a zero turn mower. Whether you do your mowing once a week or you mow professionally every day, there is a zero turn mower for you. Click below to learn more.

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