Tips & Advice
How often should lawn mower blades be sharpened?
For a standard household lawn mower under normal conditions, it is recommended to sharpen the blades twice a mowing season. It’s important to keep the blades sharp as they cut grass faster and cleaner, and this cleaner cut promotes faster lawn regrowth. If you notice decreased performance, uneven cutting patterns, or it is taking longer to mow your lawn, it might be time to check the blade. Take the mower to a certified blade sharpener.
How much do riding lawn mowers cost?
Depending on your need, riding lawn mowers can start as low as $999. The average riding lawn mower of good quality averages around $2,000. Larger, heavier duty models and higher quality mowers will, of course, cost more. You might be able to find used or refurbished models for less.
What is a zero turn lawn mower?
A zero-turn lawn mower is a riding mower that has a zero-turn radius--meaning it spins as opposed to turning like a standard vehicle with front-wheel turning. Basically, these things can turn on a dime. Instead of a steering wheel, most models have levers to control speed to each drive wheel, using a hydraulic-based system. They are considered faster and more efficient than standard riding lawn mowers. Because of this unique feature, they can be more expensive.
What are the benefits of gas lawn mowers?
Gas-powered lawn mowers are generally more heavy duty than electric models, meaning they perform better and last longer. Gas mowers can handle thicker more robust lawns and are not affected by wet grass--a potential hazard for electric mowers. There are also no cords to get in the way.
What are the benefits of electric lawn mowers?
The main benefit of electric mowers is monetary--eliminating gas and oil consumption and the changing of filters and spark plugs. Electric mowers are generally quieter than their combustion engine counterparts. Electric mowers leave no carbon footprint, making them more environmentally friendly. Electric mowers are usually lighter and easier to use than gasoline engine mowers.
What is a robotic lawn mower?
A robotic mower is an autonomous mower that operates within a defined set of boundaries to mow a yard. Wire boundaries frame the desired mow area (the yard) and the robotic mower operates continuously within that area, mowing the lawn until you turn it off. They are generally designed for smaller areas, but some newer models are showing increased mow area capabilities. They are awesome if you don’t have the time (or desire) to do it yourself.
What is the lawn mower safety data sheet?
The safety data sheet (SDS) is a document prepared by the manufacturer that details the potential safety hazards of chemicals used by the product. Most lawn mowers use standard oil. In the event of a spill, ingestion, or personal contamination, general instructions are provided on how to deal with these situations.
What is the most commonly used lawn-mower attachment?
Easily the most common lawn mower attachment is the bagger, a device, usually attached to the side of the mower, to catch the lawn trimmings. The bag can be easily removed and emptied and then reattached.
How often should the oil in a lawn mower be changed?
For a new mower, it is recommended to change the oil after the first five hours of usage. After that, for standard-use mowers (residential), change the oil once a year, or each mowing season. For heavy-use mowers, change the oil after 50 hours of usage or seasonally, whichever comes first.
What are the different types of lawn mowers?
The main types of lawnmowers are the walk-behind mowers (push reel, gas or electric); riding (the fun one), hover mowers, which are push mowers that use an impeller system to push air down, allowing it to hover over the grass; and the robotic mower, which is an autonomous, self-guided unit that is as efficient at cutting the grass as it is at impressing (or frightening) the neighbors.