Lawn Equipment

Lawn Equipment

Buying the Right Mower for Your Lawn

Buying a mower for your lawn is a sizeable investment, so you want to make sure you are purchasing the right equipment for the size and type of lawn you have. While you can choose from two basic categories, push mowers and riding mowers (lawn tractors), there are numerous price points and features from which to choose.

Buying a Push Mower

When buying a push mower, you should try to match up the main feature of the mower with the landscape you will be maintaining. You have six basic categories of push mower:

Electric Push Mower

o   Good for cutting up to 1/3 acre

o   Best on flat terrain without any obstacles

Gas Push Mower

o   Good for cutting up to 1/3 acre

o   Best on flat terrain without any obstacles

Gas Push Mower w/ High Rear Wheels

o   Good for cutting up to 1/3 acre

o   Best on flat terrain with or without obstacles

Self-Propelled w/ Front Wheel Drive

o   Good for cutting up to ½ acre

o   Best on flat terrain with no obstacles

Self-Propelled w/ Rear Wheel Drive

o   Good for cutting up to ½ acre

o   Good an any terrain with no obstacles

Self-Propelled w/ Rear Wheel Drive and Large Rear Wheels

o   Good for cutting up to ½ acre

o   Good on any terrain with or without obstacles

All-Wheel Drive

o   Good for cutting up to ½ acre

o   Good on any terrain with or without obstacles


Buying a Riding Mower (Lawn Tractor)

Riding mowers have a wide variety of categories, but you really need to be concerned with three factors:

·        Cut Width

·        Type of Transmission (manual, automatic, or hydrostatic)

·        Turning Radius

Once you have these features decided, you can then focus on extra features, such as a mulching bag, engine torque, speed, and comfort features (armrests, legroom, footpads, etc…). You can narrow down your choices with these features by need and/or budget.

If your lawn has obstacles that need to be negotiated, you will need an automatic or hydrostatic transmission or a zero-turn radius mower (up to 54-inch cut). A manual transmission will suffice if you have a lawn with no obstacles to negotiate in your cutting area.

There are eight basic categories of riding mowers from which to choose otherwise:

30-42-inch cut

o   Good for cutting up to one acre

o   Good on any terrain

42-inch cut

o   Good for cutting up to one acre

o   Good on any terrain

Zero Turn Radius 42-inch cut (w/ lap bar control)

o   Good for cutting up to one acre

o   Good on flat terrain

46-48-inch cut

o   Good for cutting up to two acres

o   Good on any terrain

Zero Turn Radius 46-48-inch cut (w/ lap bar control)

o   Good for cutting up to two acres

o   Good on flat terrain

Zero Turn Radius 46-48-inch cut (steering wheel controlled)

o   Good for cutting up two acres

o   Good on any terrain

50-54-inch cut

o   Good for cutting two acres or more

o   Good on any terrain

Zero Turn Radius 50-60-inch cut (w/ lap bar control)

o   Good for cutting two acres or more

o   Good on flat terrain

HippModernBuilders.com offers a wide variety of mowers, but some models are only available in store or as ship to store. If you have any questions prior to purchasing a mower, please give us a call at our store (870-269-3800) and we will be more than happy to answer your questions. Or, for those of you in the Mountain View area, come on in and see us! Our store is located at 1404 E Main St in Mountain View, AR. 

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