Ah if only your hair would grow as fast as the weeds in your yard! Ah if only you had time to research which mower to buy to keep your grass gorgeous and gardener bills at bay. CYA to the rescue!
We may not have a solution to supply you with billowing locks on your head, but we CAN demystify the lawnmower buying process and get you DIY-ing your lawn efficiently and with pleasure. Read on…
Considering a Gas-Fueled Mower?
Gas-fueled mowers come in both push and self-propelled varieties and aren’t limited by rechargeable batteries – which means they can cut much larger yards in one outing.
You may be ready to fire your landscaper but are not into laying out big bucks on an expensive mower. Especially since you’re planning to give this chore to your teen whose attempt at take-out-the-garbage-on-Tuesdays led to all-you-can-eat-Wednesdays (for the squirrels.) And so, for just $250, consider the powerful 163CC Briggs & Stratton 675 Gas Powered Push Lawn Mower with Bagger. With a willingness to “pull to start,” you (or your kid) will be on the way to maintaining the lawn without Mike the gardener.
The 163CC Briggs & Stratton has side discharge, rear discharge, and mulching capabilities plus 6 different cutting heights for grass that has been neglected, semi-neglected, or tended to regularly. There is also an adjustable handle to suit the tall and short amongst your family members – just in case they begin to fight over who gets to do this task.
For just $50 more at $300, the Toro Recycler Smartstow 21329 is a praiseworthy choice with strong performance. Consumer Reports has tested this cutter and has rated it a reliable pick. CR says this model is easy to start, easy to handle, easy to store, and is economical to operate. If most of your property’s space is outdoors rather than in, you’ll welcome this model’s upright storage and folding feature. The machine has a wide 22” deck, an overhead valve engine, and very good mulching ability. It produces fine clippings without leaving clumps while cutting in bagging and side-discharging modes. Then, once (or before) your new purchase is in your garage, make sure to maintain its value with a CYA warranty.
Amazon’s Lawnmowing Choice
The next selection is also an Amazon choice with a five-star rating. It’s pricier at $600 but surely worth it for those wishing to give this venture a real try. The self-propelled Honda HRX217K5VKA is a fuel-efficient model that offers superior mowing performance with effortless starting and quick cutting – even in heavy, thick grass. Honda’s revolutionary Versamow System™ allows you to mulch, bag, discharge, and shred leaves – or utilize a combination of mulching and bagging- all without attachments! The quick-release handle is simple to adjust to one of 3 positions for comfortable mowing. Another great feature is that it folds over for more compact storage.
Mowers with Batteries
Battery Propelled Mowers utilize rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs and are available in both push and self-propelled varieties. They are much easier to store and maintain than gas mowers and are best suited for smaller yards due to their relatively short battery run times.
Cordless and Cordless
The Greenworks 16” 40V Cordless Lawn Mower is $270. It is the color of spring and grasshoppers and lime-green slime. Earning 4 ½ stars on Amazon, this rear bagging and mulching backyard baby comes with a 4.0 AH battery and charger. Whether you are 5 feet or 6, the single lever 5 position height adjustment is accommodating. Plus the machine can cut grass that ranges from 1 ¼ “ to 3” in small to medium-sized yards.
Another mower worth mentioning at $400 is the EGO 21 in. 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Walk Behind Self Propelled Mower Kit. This EGO delivers long-lasting power, is rapid charging, quiet, and pushes easily. The variable throttle allows you to speed up or slow down as it mows up to two miles of your plush, lush lawn. The construction is weather-resistant and has a 6-position deck height adjustment, push-button start, and folds easily for storage. This model also boasts an easy-access 2-bushel grass collection bag and LED headlights for optimal visibility.
Robots to the Rescue!
A Robotic Lawn Mower is an autonomous robot used to cut lawn grass. A typical model requires a wire border to be set to define the area to be mowed. This wire defines the boundary of the area to be trimmed and the recharging dock.
Coveting neighbors will see your grass greener as they schlep and step after their mowing machines while you hang on a hammock and watch your AI helper manicure your pastures. Like unmanned vacuums such as the Roomba, these little guys will boast their power as they zoom back and forth and cut your lawn in calculated, even motions.
The Gardena 4069 R80Li Robotic Lawnmower has earned 5 stars on Amazon. For $1200, you’ll get excellent cutting results – even in the rain! It is quiet, emission-free, works on its own, is easy to install, use, and maintain. This tiny chomper can cut through grass heights from 2” to 7”. It also comes with an easy to place boundary wire.
A More Expensive Robotic Lawnmower
For $400 more, at $1,600, you can get the Husqvarna Automower 115H Robotic Lawn Mower which is an efficient battery-powered mower that returns automatically to its recharging station as needed. It can work in the rain and maintain small or medium-sized lawns up to 0. 4 acres cutting grass heights from 2”-3.6”. It is fully hose-washable and comes with boundary wires. The Husqvarna (what a name!) can handle obstacles and narrow passages, due to its advanced navigational abilities.
And after you’ve made a decision, cover your purchase with a lawnmower warranty at CYA.
Now breathe in…. Nothing says nature like a freshly cut lawn. Mmmmmm.
Who We Are
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