Key Features to Look For in a Self Propelled Lawn Mower

Shopping for a self-propelled mower? We can help. Look for these features to make your best choice

What to look for when shopping for a self-propelled mower

Picking a lawn mower isn’t an easy decision. If you have weighed your options and have settled on purchasing a self-propelled lawn mower than you have only jumped one hurdle.

There is much more to purchasing a mower than you may have originally thought. There are many considerations to think about.

There are many different types of self-propelled lawn mowers with a wide range of features that you need to consider. However, you want to make sure that you get the right one for you. For that reason, one of the most important things to consider are the features your self-propelled mower offers. Knowing how this type of mower works can also help you understand the best features to meet your needs.

What features should you look for in a self-propelled mower?

You may have asked yourself this question, and if you have, then you have come to the right place. Let’s have a look at what features you should look at when it comes to purchasing your self-propelled lawnmower.

Should you get a rear-wheel or front-wheel mower?

To make the best decision about which mower is right for you, you should think about your yard. If you have a plain, level yard, then you can get a front-wheel-drive lawnmower. However, if you have a yard with uneven surfaces and different types of grass, you are going to want to get a rear-wheel-drive mower.

The reason for this is that front-wheel drive mowers can be more difficult to use than rear-wheel ones. If you have a lot of turns to make such as around yard decorations, then you want an easier to turn mower. The rear-wheel-drive mowers tend to be much easier to move around.

What is the cut like?

You may not know that different types of self-propelled mowers cut differently. Some can do multiple cuts at once, and others cut the grass. If you have a large number of different types of grass, a mower that does multiple duties such as mulching and bagging while mowing may be the one you want.

When you have a large yard, a mower that does mulching is a great idea. Those types of mowers will make the work of a large yard much easier than you might expect.

Wheel Height

Depending on your yard, you may want to check into the wheel height. A simple yard that is flat with small grass can be mowed using a mower with small wheels. However, if you have a larger yard, tall grass or uneven terrain, you are going to want a mower with larger rear wheels.

What type of starter should you get?

There are two main types of starter. There is the recoil, which is the traditional pull cord starter, and the push-button electric starter. If you don’t like having to pull a cord, then get an electric push starter. The push starters tend to be much easier to use.

The different types of speed settings

Some offer an only one speed setting and other mowers that allow you to use variable speed settings. If you don’t mind working at the pace of your mower, then a single speed is all right for you. However, if there are days you want to get done faster and others that you don’t mind puttering through the mowing, then variable speeds it is.

Do you need a blade override system?

If you have multiple things to pick up off the ground when you are mowing your lawn, such as if you have kids with their toys, then you want a blade override system. Most self-propelled mowers immediately turn off when you need to stop to pick something up. However, a blade override system allows you to keep the mower running, but the blade stops spinning when you need to get something out of the way.

You may also want a washout port

If you aren’t sure what this is, it is a port that allows you to hook up your garden hose to your mower and wash out grass clippings that can interfere with your mower’s performance. If you don’t mind cleaning your mower by hand or you aren’t worried about this, then the washout port may not be necessary for you.

The Bottom Line

Once you have decided to leap into purchasing a self-propelled mower, then you are going to want to think about the different features you may want or need. This list of features are some that you are going to want to consider. There are some that you should have and others that are optional. Only you know what is best for your lawn.

Resources —Snapper, ICMC, MowersDirect