A Review of the Various Types of Lawn Mowers Available
By Matt Hawkins
If you're in the market for a new mower, you should know that Craftsman mowers have an unsurpassed reputation in the industry for their exceptional reliability and performance. The Craftsman brand continues to be known for its uncompromising quality and has always stood behind its products.
Once you have made the decision to purchase a Craftsman mower, the next step is to determine which kind of mower you need. Mowers come in two main varieties: push mowers and riding mowers.
Push Mowers vs. Riding Mowers
Push mowers may or may not be self-propelled, which can affect how much effort it takes to push them across your lawn. Riding mowers, which may also be referred to as lawn tractors, allow the operator to sit comfortably on the back of the mower as in a car and steer it in any direction. They are quite a bit more expensive than push mowers, but can cover large areas fairly quickly, are very maneuverable, and can be used with various attachments to perform addition tasks beyond mowing, such as rototilling, lawn aeration, and leaf bagging.
While push mowers take a bit more work to push around the lawn, for most people this is the right solution. Unless your yard is quite large, a push mower will get the job done for just a fraction of the cost of a riding mower. If you want to go with a more high-end push mower to make mowing your lawn a bit easier, then you can opt to purchase a self-propelled push mower.
If it’s clear that a push mower is right for you, but you have some questions about which type is best, consider how much terrain you have to cover and the nature of the terrain itself. If you have more than about a quarter acre to mow, or the terrain is rough or sloped, a self-propelled mower will greatly facilitate mowing. For yards less than a quarter acre which are fairly flat, an electric or standard reel mower will suffice.
Deck Size and Torque
Another consideration is deck size. If your yard contains numerous obstacles such as trees, shrubs, flower beds, gates, or other objects, opt for a smaller deck that is easy to maneuver in the tighter space. Larger decks will allow you to save time mowing in wide, flat yards.
Finally, there is the issue of torque – how much do you need? Unless you have a large yard or thick, coarse grass, a 5.0 gross torque should be suitable. Otherwise, consider at least a 6.25 gross torque so your mowing efficiency is not compromised.
Gas Mowers vs. Electric Mowers
Although most mowers are gas-powered, an increasing number are electric. Electric mowers actually have a few distinct advantages of their gas-powered counterparts: they are cheaper to run since they don’t require gasoline, they run quieter, and are more convenient in the sense that you don’t need to worry about running out of gas while mowing or having to run to the store for more.
On the flip side, corded electric mowers can make mowing cumbersome in that you have to avoid getting the mower tangled in the cord, and it makes maneuvering around obstacles difficult. Cordless electric mowers alleviate these problems, but require regular recharges of the battery. If this interrupts mowing, it can be an inconvenience.
Hopefully this article has given you some things to think about before purchasing a Craftsman mower. Once you have settled on the type of mower you want and the features you’d like, you can head to your local hardware store or Sears to check it out in person and make a purchase. Craftsman mowers can also be found online at Craftsman.com, Sears.com, and even Amazon.com.