How to Choose a Lawn Mower

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The factors to keep in mind when choosing a lawn mower include price, blade size, turning radius, maintenance and durability. Decide how much to spend on a lawn mower by deciding on the necessary features, such as large blades and maneuverability, with... View Video Transcript

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Bill Elzey

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I'm Bill Elzey, with Showplace Lawns. How to choose a lawn mower. Well, several factors will go into that. Price obviously is one. How you're going to use it is the second one, and what is the outlay, or how can you get in and out and do your mowing is another one. Mowers come in lots of different widths. The standard lawn mower like this one is twenty one inches in width. That's the blade size and that's how much that cuts at one time is twenty one inches. They go up from there. Some mowers now are cutting twenty five, twenty six inches. Others are cutting thirty, thirty two, thirty four, thirty six, forty two, forty eight, fifty two; as far up as seventy two inches. Seventy two inches of course is a six foot width in cut. Now granted, some of those are on commercial mowers and they're on riders. In addition to what I call the old-fashioned lawn mower, the homeowner, the whatever, there are the walk behinds with the bigger decks, and different types of transmissions to run them with. Then, there are your riders. In my opinion, and from a commercial standpoint this works obviously the best for us; the zero turn with the sticks. Once you get used to it you'll never want to go back to a steering wheel or handlebars again; I promise you. Ease, operation, tighter turning radius, cut better as far as what you can cut. Another factor to consider; in today’s market, and these again, are commercial mowers, there is what they call the stand ons. They're a machine, and you stand on it and you ride standin' on the machine. I mentioned commercial mowers to you because the commercial mowers are definitely built better. Yes, you pay a little bit more for them, but if you buy a really good machine it's going to last. You're not going to have the problems, and the heartache, and the things with em' like you will with the cheaper models you can pick up. They will last, some of em' I think can last twenty years, and when you divide that initial cost out over that length of time with you, and you keep your maintenance up on your machine; change your oil, change your plug, change your air filter that mower will come down greatly in price. So, when considering that think of that return on that investment. Go to a commercial equipment dealer. See what he's got in his lineup. Talk to him just like you would if you were buyin' a car, cause' you're going to get the better machine there, and in time, that price is nothin' compared to what you will pay if you get a cheaper machine now, and have to take it to the shop once or twice a year for the next two or three years, and then, have to replace it. So, I would start with a commercial machine. Then look; these twenty one inches are commercial models as well. And then see; a big lawn, obviously you would want a rider. A small lawn; this twenty one inch will work. So, check the commercial line up, realize that the initial expense is an investment for the next fifteen years or so, and that price comes down.