A yard is something to take pride in. It’s the first part of your property that people are likely to see and if you want your home to look good next to your neighbors you don’t want it looking like a wild jungle. That’s why the lawn mower was invented, to make it possible to keep lawns looking nicely trimmed with minimal effort.
Since the original lawn mower emerged out of England in 1930 technology has taken the machine in a variety of different directions. While the basic idea is still the same, to cut grass evenly and easily, a number of distinct mower varieties have been invented to handle different jobs.
The three main types of mowers on the market today are the push mowers, the riding mowers and the zero radius turn mowers. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses and if you are in the market for a new lawn mower you should consider each of them before you start shopping so you can quickly and easily find the perfect mower.
The push mower is the oldest type of mower. The original mower was a push mower, powered by the motion of the turning wheels. Some of you may remember this type of mower but the push mower has come a long ways. You aren’t likely to find human-powered mowers in stores anymore, now almost all push mowers are gas powered to make mowing faster and easier.
You can further break down push mowers into human-propelled and self propelled mowers. While all push mowers are designed to be as easy to push as possible they are still heavy and get harder to push as lawns get larger and more uneven. If you don’t want to push your mower on your own power alone make sure to get a self-propelled mower that will make the job that much easier.
The main advantages of push mowers are size and cost. If you’ve got a small yard you don’t need a large riding mower to get the job done in under an hour, and if you’ve got a small yard you probably don’t have space for a large mower. Remember that you need to have a place to store the mower when it isn’t in use. The smaller size comes with a smaller price tag, as push mowers are cheaper than riding mowers. The downside is that they take more effort to use, if you don’t like to spend a lot of time on your feet in the sun you might want to look for a different model.
For a long time all lawns were cut with push mowers, even yards that were larger than 10 acres. Mowing large areas by pushing is difficult and slow work, which is why lawn workers and homeowners alike rejoiced at the arrival of the riding lawn mower.
Riding mowers are like small tractors with a blade under them for cutting grass, you can even find more expensive models that are designed to work like tractors if necessary. They are perfect for people with larger lawns or people who want to mow themselves but don’t want to spend the whole time standing up.
The riding mower is the lawn mower evolved, doing the work of a push mower with even more speed and ease. The downside is that these advantages come at a cost in terms of size and cost, riding mowers can be large and hard to store if you don’t have a garage or shed with free space.
Zero Radius Turn Mowers
At first sight you might think that zero radius turn mowers are just riding mowers with a different look but the main difference is actually in the name. Riding mowers are fine for going forward but they aren’t agile vehicles, if you have a yard that is oddly shaped with areas that need to be carefully navigated it can be hard to mow with a regular riding mower that needs a lot of room to turn around. Not so with a zero radius mower, as the name implies the mower can spin on a dime for complete control.
The basic design of these mowers is a circular base that contains the blades and the the wheels needed for navigation, but beyond that designs vary. One big difference between models is the position the driver uses. Most zero radius mowers have chairs like a riding mower but there are new standing models that allow the driver to get on and off more quickly.
You’ve probably already noticed the main benefit of this type of mower, it offers control and maneuverability that are better than a push mower with the power, speed and ease of a riding mower. The downsides are size and cost, they tend to be larger than riding mowers and are almost always more expensive. For these reasons zero radius turn mowers are most popular with lawn care professionals.
Picking The Right Mower For You
Any one of these different mower types might be right for you and your lawn. To decide which will work best for you it’s important to consider your lawn, your budget and your own personal needs. If you’ve got a large yard, a decent amount of money to spend and a desire to avoid unnecessary time spent on your feet then a riding mower is the right choice. If you’ve got a small yard, don’t mind walking and want to save cash then go with a push mower. If you have a lawn mowing business or are thinking about starting one then a zero turn mower might be a great investment.
If you think these things over and still find yourself having a hard time deciding then check out different models yourself to see which ones look right. At OakleyNAPA we offer a variety of mowers from leading brands like Cub Cadet and Gravely. Whatever you want from your mower we have what you need.
Nothing adds to a home’s curb appeal quite like a cleanly cut yard. If you are a homeowner who wants to take care of your property then you should look for a mower that will help you get the job done without breaking the bank.
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