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Fall is a great time of year to take care of lawnmowers. With the right mower, you can cut your lawn faster and easier. Now is a good time to find a new mower for sale. Lawn mowers don’t last forever. If you’re looking for deals on these must-have lawn care tools, we’ve found the best cheap lawn mower deals at major retailers.
In this article we will focus on walk behind mowers as well as some robotic mowers. We do not cover riding mowers that are normally not required for lawns less than half an acre. Following up on the great lawnmower deals listed below, we’ll cover the different types of mowers and their advantages and disadvantages. We also list essential features and factors that may be important in your search for the best lawnmower deal for your needs.
Today’s best lawn mower deals
How to choose a cheap lawn mower
The advantages and disadvantages of different types of lawn mowers
- Gas powered lawn mowers: Gasoline-powered lawnmowers are often the cheapest. Gas mowers are also more powerful than electric lawn mowers, which gives them an advantage when you need extra power on unusually thick and long grass, or when you use your lawn mower to remove weeds and other types of plants. You can also mow anywhere with a gas mower as long as there is gas in the tank. One of the disadvantages of gas mowers is the need to have gasoline on hand. Gas mowers also require more maintenance than electrical machines. Even with near-universal electric starting, gas mowers can sometimes be difficult or impossible to start, which often means a trip to a repair shop. A common complaint about gas mowers is that they are louder than electric mowers.
- Wired electric lawn mowers: The most affordable electric lawn mowers require power cables that are long enough to reach all parts of your lawn. Cable handling can mean mowing your lawn longer if you move the cable out of the way to avoid being run over and stop to release the cable if it becomes kinked or pinched. Wired electric lawnmowers start without any problems and require little maintenance. Apart from keeping the mower relatively clean of any accumulated dried grass and debris, not much is required. Since you need access to electricity in order to use a corded electric mower, you may lose some portability as you have nowhere to use it where it cannot be plugged in.
- Cordless electric lawn mowers: Cordless electric lawnmowers cost more than electric lawnmowers, but as long as you have batteries charged, you can cut grass anywhere you carry the lawnmower. Cordless mowers generally have more than one power mode, so you can save battery power on flat ground with thin or short grass and then switch to more powerful and energy-intensive modes on slopes or with thick or long grass and weeds. Most battery operated cordless mowers these days use 40 volt batteries to provide enough cutting power for average lawns. Some cordless mowers use permanent batteries with built-in chargers. For models with removable batteries that can be charged separately from the mower, you can increase your mowing time by replacing a used battery with a new one. Another benefit of cordless mowers is that manufacturers often have other tools such as edges, grass cutters, and blowers that use the same size battery.
- Robot lawn mower:: Robotic mowers are common in Europe but are still uncommon in the US. Robotic lawnmowers run on battery power, like robotic vacuum cleaners, and, like vacuum cleaners, have different levels of self-management. For example, they need to overcome obstacles to reach all areas of the yard and monitor their power levels to return to a charging station when their batteries are low. The biggest advantage of a robotic mower is that once the robot has been configured and planned, no human supervision or intervention is required. You can remotely configure and monitor a robotic lawnmower with a smartphone app. Some models also respond to digital voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa. Robotic lawn mowers are the most expensive type of residential mower, but their cost is expected to decrease over the next few years.
The most important factors when choosing a lawnmower
It is helpful to have three general factors under control when purchasing a new lawnmower: you, your lawn, and the lawnmower functions. If you are keen to play cardio while mowing half an acre of lawn, your choice of mower is different than a mower who has a tiny lot and wants to get the job done with the least possible effort or hassle.
- Your lawn: Small lawns of a tenth of an acre or less usually don’t require large, powerful lawnmowers. A small corded electric mower or a walk-behind or wireless robotic mower may be sufficient. If you have a large lawn with hard-to-mow grass, steep slopes, and excessively moist soil, a more powerful mower is in order. The type of grass in your lawn can also play a role in your mower choice, especially if you have grass like Bermuda grass that looks best when cut very short.
- Energy source: See the section above for the pros and cons of gas, corded electric, cordless electric, and robotic mowers. For example, if you have long, narrow areas to mow, a cordless electric mower may not be a good choice because you can spend an inordinate amount of time handling extra long power cords.
- Cover or cutting path width: Mowers with narrow cutting decks are lighter and easier to navigate around obstacles in tight spaces than machines with wider decks. A thinner cutting path width means you will have to make additional passes and it will take longer to cut your lawn. For most lawns, a cutting deck width of 19 to 21 inches is a good compromise.
- Thrust or self-propelled: Push mowers, the movement of which depends on the operator, are lighter, cheaper and easier to use than self-propelled mowers. However, if your lawn has hills or even modest inclines, a self-propelled mower can relieve you of much or all of the pressure exertion.
- Clipping discharge: Most walk-behind mowers have two or three of the common unloading modes: sagging, mulching, or side unloading. If you want the cleanest lawn possible, bagging is your best option, although handling the bagged cuttings can be a hassle and mess. Side discharge mowers are typically used with separate lawn sweepers. Mulching, in which the grass waste is returned to the lawn where it can add nutrients, is the least complicated and arguably the most environmentally friendly way of dealing with waste.
- Settings for the cutting grass height: Few lawn mowers have only one grass height. Most have three or more settings. The height you choose may depend on the type of grass in your lawn or your personal preference for a well-manicured lawn or longer and softer grass. Most mowers have manual height adjustments with one or four levers that raise the cutting blade or cutting deck. Some more expensive mowers have height adjustment.
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