Lawnmowers, Lets Talk About Them
Many of us have already begun the first cut of the season. This typically brings issues such as taking your mower out for a spin and realizing it isn’t working as well as you remember. This could be due to storing issues, general wear and tear or even age. This may lead you down to get parts replaced and have it fixed up, but it may also land you in the market for a new mower.
There are numerous different types of mowers and options suitable for different lawns, for a more in-depth look into which kind of mower is best suited for your lawn type and requirements read last week’s blog, Which Mower is best for you
Although there are options for ride-on and Auto-mowers sometimes you just can’t beat the traditional walk behind. For those who enjoy mowing the lawn and think of it more as an enjoyable activity than a chore, there’s nothing better than a walk-behind mower that does the job well.
When looking for a mower some considerations include the type of grass you have alongside the layout of your garden, is there a lot of nooks and crannies, is there some steep areas? These factors will determine which mower is ideal for your lawn. However, some other generic factors are key to look out for.
Lawnmower power is an important factor as this is what will determine the quality of the cut. If you have long, thick grass, or live in a climate where you will be frequently mowing grass while it’s wet then a pedestrian mower that doesn’t have a lot of power is going to make the job more difficult than it needs to be. When deciding on the power, the highest-powered mower is not always the answer. For a more realistic approach, other considerations such as budget are important. A good lawnmower is an investment, due to this a lot of consideration is made before final purchase as this machine will ideally be used for the next few years. However, if you only have a small garden, however much you mow it you won’t need to dish out on a professional mower with extremely high power, a more modest one with the right power to do the job will save you money.
Cutting Width, Height Adjustment & Self-propelled
Powers not the only thing you should be paying attention to when browsing the specs of your dream mower, aspects such as cutting width is going to determine how quickly you’re done with your lawn as well as the grass bag size or if there’s a mulching option. A lot of mowers these days are more flexible and can come with both options depending on what you want your lawn to look like. Height adjustment is also something to consider, you ideally want a mower that has different height adjustment settings making it simpler for mowing in different seasons.
Most mowers these days are self-propelled which is ideal for most people as these mowers do most of the work for you, often with different speeds these mowers move forward and takes a lot of backache and fatigue away even from the longest jobs. The only real downside to these mowers is that they do cost a bit extra than your average push mower, however, if you insist on a push more just to save some money prepare for a workout, particularly if your garden has slopes.
Petrol VS Cordless
Petrol VS Cordless Mowers is a huge question as more brands push battery alternatives, but which one is better suited for you? If you’re the average everyday gardener and you have an averaged sized garden, then there is an abundance of reasons why having a battery-operated mower may be more beneficial to you. Firstly, if you’re someone who uses your lawnmower an average amount then there can be times when you’re storing your mower for long periods, particularly in the winter. When it comes to petrol mowers, this is where issues can occur. Either by poor preparation for storage or just general conditions of where the equipment is stored often issues with the engine can occur. Whereas in comparison with battery-operated lawnmowers, not only are they lighter for easier storage but no engine means less servicing and the elimination of these typical engine issues. As well as this no emissions or exhaust fume means it’s better for the environment as well, a win, win. This is not to say they don’t need servicing, good care, maintenance and frequent servicing are recommended for all mowers but typically fewer issues crop up in battery mowers in comparison to their fueled alternatives.
For those who have an exceptionally large area of lawn to cover and need a lot of power for thick or wet grass then a petrol mower is still in fashion for these purposes. Although with the price of petrol rising as well as the need for more frequent maintenance, petrol is more costly to run than electric. However, if you’re not wanting to replace or charge batteries or be limited by the length of a cord, petrol is ideal for unrestricted and long mowing tasks. The downsides of petrol, however, besides the major environmental implication lies in the physical ability to start due to these mowers usually having a pull cord and their heavyweight which means without a self-propel function, some strength is required for use.
We hope this has given you some more information on what to consider when in the market for a new walk-behind mower, however, if you’re still unsure of what you’re looking for or which mower is best suited for your needs don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts who would be more than happy to help. At Gammies, we are dealers of numerous of your favourite brands including Honda, Stihl, Husqvarna, Toro, Mountfield, Iseki & more!
Our Top 5
To aid in your search and give you some ideas, here is the list of our top 5 Lawnmowers for the average user