5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Lawn Mower

There’s no doubt that having a well maintained, lush green lawn improves the look of your property. Ensuring that your lawn is in excellent condition requires using the right equipment. It’s important that you invest in the right lawn mower in order to make your hard work worthwhile and efficient. Are you looking for a new home improvement machine for your lawn? Here are a few factors you should consider when choosing a lawn mower.

Yard Size and Terrain

A typical lawn mower weighs between 90 and 100 pounds. If your yard is large, pushing a 90-pound machine is the last thing you want to do because it will be tiring, and you can only  clear a small section in a given amount of time. The best type of mower for a large yard is a riding mower or a self-propelled model. These get the job done in a short amount of time and are also efficient, without much dependence on your physical effort. However, if your yard is small, a push lawn mower is a better choice for you.

When choosing a lawn mower for bumpy terrain, a self-propelled mower is a better option than a push mower. However, a rear-wheel drive machine works best on hilly places, especially if you want to bag the grass. Although a front-wheel mower is easier to slant upwards and turn than some drive systems, bagging the grass reduces the power of the front wheels, making it less effective.


We all want to save some cash whenever we can, but when it comes to purchasing a lawn mower, spending more now can save you in the future. Walk-behind lawn mowers cost between $200 to $600. That’s quite a range, right? Well, the higher the price, the more features you get and the better the quality.

After paying a high price for a mower, you will own a long-lasting machine. You won’t have to think about frequent replacements or repairs. You should also check whether the lawn mower you are planning to purchase has readily available parts that you can replace effortlessly, if needed. This will keep your machine running smoothly and efficiently, even after the wear and tear of replaceable parts.


When choosing a lawn mower, you also need to remember that you will be using it for a long time. Therefore, you have to ensure it is comfortable for you. If you want to buy a walk-behind mower, confirm that you can adjust its height in order to suit you. If you want a riding mower, make sure that the seat is firm and comfortable enough for you to operate it with ease.

Convenience and Versatility

If you like bagging the grass, check whether the bag is easy to fix and remove. You don’t want to spend too much time installing a bag while you can be busy mowing. If you use both options, namely bagging and mulching, you can get yourself a Toro mower, which has a bag you can easily install and bag your grass, or remove it to mulch. You can also choose a mower that can bag and mulch simultaneously, if you prefer. For exclusive mulching, you’ll need to look for a mower with features like a composite deck that resists the build-up of grass on the underside.  

Yanking a pull-cord can be strenuous, especially if you have shoulder problems or you don’t have much time to spare. While getting a mower with an electric start may cost you $100 more, it may be worth it. A mower with an electric start is helpful when you have to collect objects like sticks and toys from the lawn, or when you’re emptying the bag. This way, you can restart your mower effortlessly and fast.

Your Machinery Dealer’s Take

As much as you may have heard reviews about a new lawn mower brand or model from other people or an advertisement, it’s crucial to speak to an expert who has extensive experience working with these types of machines. Since your machinery dealer is knowledgeable about various brands and models of lawn mowers, he or she is the best resource for you. For instance, your dealer can tell you if your chosen type has readily available parts and the options available when it comes to longevity, all while accessing first-hand information. It will also give you relief, knowing you can reach your machinery dealer any time you need to tune-up or repair.

Is choosing a lawn mower for your home proving to be a challenging task? It doesn’t have to be! At Greg’s Small Engine, we can help! Our team will evaluate your needs and preferences, and recommend the best machine for you. We also provide quality machinery repair and maintenance services to ensure your equipment performs efficiently and lasts longer.