Choosing a Lawn Mower

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Spring has sprung, and so have the weeds! It’s definitely time to decide how you’re going to handle the lawn this year – hire help or do it yourself.

If you’re of the DIY mind, then here are things to consider before you purchase a new mower:File:Sekačka na hřišti.jpg

-         How big is your lawn? Larger lawns take longer to mow, obviously, and you’ll want a sturdier lawn mower that’s easier to use.  Very expansive lawns will probably require a ride-on mower

-         How long will the mower last? If you’re planning on staying in the same property for more than a year or two, you want a mower to last. But if you’re trading up, you might need a bigger one when you do, and if you’re trading down, you might need a smaller one or none at all.

-         What kind of maintenance will the mower require? Do you have the mechanical abilities to perform routine maintenance on the type of machine you’re planning on buying, or will you need a reliable repair shop.

Lawn Mower-         Is your lawn level or on a slope? You’ll probably want a self-propelled mower if there’s a slope.

Types of Mowers:

-         A reel mower (the kind my father used to have) are environmentally friendly, quiet, inexpensive, and take the place of going to the gym whenever you mow the lawn! They typically run about $150.

-         Push-behind mowers require a little effort and therefore are great for small flat lawns. They don’t break down often and are available for about $150.

-         Electric mowers require an electric cord which means they’re super easy to start and are quieter and more environmentally friendly than gas mowers. They’re also not as sturdy and you’ll need to mow more often. Some people find mowing the lawn with the electric cord challenging. Electric mowers sell for around $200.


-         Self-propelled mowers are easier to use on large or sloped lawns. They all have control levers so that they turn off if you let go, preventing you from accidentally running over your neighbor’s tulips. Self propelled mowers will cost about $700.


-         Ride-on mowers come in various sizes depending on the size of the blade. Longer blades mean you cut more grass at a time and are great for larger lawns. Ride-on mowers come in gas and electric and cost upwards of $1500 and as much as $10,000.


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  1. Travis Newton 04/11/2012 09:22 AM
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Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

Lawnoowers are remarkably reliable.  I have had mine since the late 90's and it usually starts the first pull after winter.

Apr 11, 2012 07:11 AM #1
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

These are great facts on the all needed, all important lawn mower - thank you!

Apr 11, 2012 08:33 AM #2
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

As I look at the grass that is in dire need, a timely post.  Our problem here in the Pacific NW is the wet grass and I have yet to find a mower that works well in that condition.  So we mow in between the raindrops!  I've found that buying used is good too.  A nice refurbished lawnmower works for me. 

Apr 11, 2012 09:35 AM #3
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have bought 3 lawnmowers in almost 35 years, all Honda  self propelled and all bought as returns from Home Depot. The grass doesn't know the difference. Change the oil, new plugs each year and keep the blade sharp

Apr 11, 2012 11:59 AM #4
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

This is a very timely post. I'm sure you'll get tons of consumer traffic.

Apr 11, 2012 12:14 PM #5
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

You guys are now my "go-to" people if I ever have any questions about lawnmowers.  Thanks :)

Apr 11, 2012 12:24 PM #6
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I love my self propelled  ~ electric start lawn mower. It almost make lawn mowing fun!

Apr 11, 2012 12:33 PM #7
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wayne, a great guide to how to buy a lawn mower. This is really very helpful to many of my first time home buyers who do like an acre of a land but do not know how to maintain it...Thanks for sharing.

Apr 11, 2012 02:24 PM #9
Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

Spend the money on a Honda.... I resisted the price point until I found a deal on a used one. Holy cow, what a great machine.
Why buy two or three mowers over the yrs when one a bit higher priced will do the job better and for longer.

The investment is worth it.



Apr 11, 2012 11:32 PM #10
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There is no reason why these things should cost so much in my opinion is just a thought. then, my preference was for the electric mower and yes I did run over the cord...Don't ask me how and I was aware...It was one of those off moments

Apr 11, 2012 11:52 PM #11
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

What a great idea for a post for this time of year! May you have thousands reading this post!

Apr 12, 2012 04:41 PM #12
Paula McDonald ~ GRI
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I agree with Tom,  I've had a Honda and it's great.  I used to mow the lawn as exercise.  Crazy I know but I feel a sense of accomplishment when it's done. 

Apr 13, 2012 10:27 AM #13
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