Push Lawn Mowers – Popular Workhorses
How to choose the best suited
Push lawn mowers are without a doubt the most popular style of lawn
mower. Within the broad category of “push” there are many variations – the
manual reel mower, the electric mower, and the gas mower, all with a variety
of cutting, bagging and discharge options.
Manual Push Mowers
In the history of the lawn mower, the manual types were the first
developed. These machines use the pushing power provided by the operator to
turn cutting blades that snip the grass much like a pair of scissors cuts
paper. Manual walk behind mowers are still manufactured today, and many people
extol their virtues – they are environmentally friendly, they are quiet,
they are better for the health of the lawn and they provide a good workout
for the operator.
Gas Powered Mowers
Next up the ladder in our lawn mower history is the gas powered mower. These
gained in popularity over the manual mower because they were able to cut
through long grass with ease. Big cutting jobs are easier to handle with a
gas powered push lawn mower, and they quickly became the “norm” in the lawn
Gas Powered Lawn Mower - Pros and ConsGas powered mower have quite a few disadvantages, though. They are noisy,
dirty, smelly and require a fair amount of maintenance. Modern gas push lawn
mowers have more efficient and quieter engines, but they still require
regular maintenance to keep them running efficiently.
Electric Push Lawn Mowers
Electric push lawn mowers had the advantages of gas mower without the mess
and noise. These machines are relatively quiet, require very little
maintenance and are very cheap to operate. Electricity costs less than $10 a
year for the average electric lawn mower.
Don't Cut the Cord!
The big disadvantage of electric mowers is their cord. A large lawn requires
a long extension cord that gets in the way while you are mowing the lawn.
The answer? A cordless electric push lawn mower. These allow you to cut
anywhere without worrying about the length of the cord.
Cordless Lawn Mowers
Of course, cordless mowers depend on batteries, so your cutting time is
limited by the battery’s capacity. Still, most cordless push lawn mowers are
suitable for lawns of up to 1/3 of an acre in size. Bigger than that and you
might find a gas mower to be a better choice.
Which type of mower is best? It depends on a number of factors. The size of
lawn is an important consideration, and the cutting conditions are also
something to keep in mind. If you let your lawn become a jungle between
cuttings, a gas push mower has the extra power to cut through long grass.
Electric mowers are better performers in the emissions and noise
departments. Manual mowers are suitable for small lawns. The choice is