As the summer draws near we dream of cottages, beaches, and fun in the sun. No one wants to interrupt their summer fun by pushing a lawn mower, so we understand that you want a machine that is going to do the job fast, efficiently, and leave your lawn fresh and green!
When buying a new push-mower, we are often asked what some of the things our customers should consider to ensure an easy and efficient mowing experience. That's why we've put together four key things you should be thinking about before you make your purchase.
Terrain. If your yard is rough, you should look for a mower with larger rear wheels. This will help you maneuver the machine easier. If your yard is hilly, check out a mower that is self-propelled. The self-propelled models may cost more initially, but they are going to save your back and energy as you will be mowing at least weekly in the prime of summer. However, if your yard is a regular flat-yard, don’t sweat the wheel size or if your mower is self-propelled; a push-mower with same-sized wheels will do you just fine!
Cutting Conditions. If you are cutting a lot of leaves, brush, and larger weeds consider a larger engine (ranging from 163cc and upwards). Additionally, you will want to look for a mower with mulching options. For a larger yard you may want the mower to have a bag that will collect the clippings so you do not have a large amount of dead grass lying around afterwards. For dusty yards, look for a machine with a paper air-filter so it will trap more of the dust and dirty, rather than a foam filter.
At-Home Maintenance. If you are considering changing your oil or doing any other regular maintenance from home, make sure that the location of the gas-tank and oil are easily accessible so when you turn over your machine you don’t have to worry about a large mess.
Parts. Common engines like Briggs & Stratton will be both easier to find parts for, and the parts will be less expensive. If you are buying a used mower, make sure that the machine’s parts are still available by calling our store with the model number of the machine and the engine. We will let you know if we can get their parts, and how long it generally takes for them to come in (that is, if we don’t already have them in stock)!
As always, if you have any questions we are happy to help! Here at National Small Engines we want to make your lawn care easy, so you can get back to spending your summer as you should—having fun!