Lawn mowers are one of those ubiquitous components of the modern home, and many people often find buying one to be a little bit of a challenge. Today’s options are wide and varied, ranging from traditional non-motorized push mowers to tractor style seated mowers. There are many makes and models on the market, so first ask yourself: How much do you want to pay? How often are you going to use this machine? What is the size and shape of your lawn? Do you want to purchase a “green” option?
The most basic and economic option is your traditional rotary push motor. They do not pollute, are easy to maintain, are not noisy, and easily transportable. They are usually on the smaller side with regards to blade length, require physical exertion to operate, and are not ideal for tall brush. They also do not cut as evenly as their mechanized counterparts.
The next most traditional option is the gas-powered mower. These options are without a doubt the strongest of the stand behind mowers. They come with a variety of options from mulching to blade height, and can be used on an array of different terrains. Check the emissions regulations in your state, as some mower engines to not meet state standards. California is the toughest on these regulations.
Next you have you stand behind electric mowers. These mowers come in both corded and cordless options. Consider the area you will be working in when choosing a corded electric mower, because they can be quite cumbersome if you have to contend with immoveable obstacles in your yard. The motors are not quite as strong as the gas powered models, but they are non-polluting and relatively quiet.
For larger jobs there are seated tractor style options and Zero-turn Radius mowers. Both of these options tend to be used more on the commercial scale of landscaping. They have large engines and require far more upkeep than their stand behind competitors.
Whatever you chose, make sure you have considered your particular needs, environment, and objectives. A combination of Internet searching and shopping, with visits to your local Home and Garden store, will warrant the best results which will most accurately meet your needs.