What Are The Differences Between Push And Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers?
Whilst most homeowners are happy to take on the task of maintaining their lawns themselves, some struggle to get the task done because they aren’t in great physical condition, are injured or have to contend with hills. This leads many to wonder whether a push or a self-propelled lawn mower would be the most suitable option for their needs. We have outlined the differences between the two to help you come to a final decision.
Self-propelled models are fitted with a clutch that, when engaged, actually propels the mower forwards. This greatly reduces the amount of effort that a user must expend to mow their lawn. A push model, on the other hand, does not contain a clutch – all movement (both forward and backward) is caused by the user pushing or pulling the machine. Whilst this does provide you with a great workout, in can put unwanted strain on your body.
It almost goes without saying that a self-propelled mower will cost more than a push one. The cost difference between the two (if they both have the same size engine) is about $100. It is important to remember that you are paying for the additional propelling feature, which isn’t overly cheap to purchase or install in the machine. Because these models are so popular, however, they are regularly offered on sale, so it is possible to pick up a bargain.
You might be surprised to learn that self-propelled lawn mowers are more readily available than push models. As most homeowners prefer to let the mower do all of the hard work, they don’t want to struggle with a machine that is doing very little on its own. These models are, by far, more popular and can be found in pretty much any gardening equipment store. They are also easily found if shopping online.
Homeowners with large properties (half an acre in size or larger) or with overly hilly terrain are going to find that a self-propelled model makes the job much easier. If your property is quite small (less than half an acre) and flat, however, there isn’t much need to spend the extra money and a push mower will suit your needs just fine. It is an idea to consider whether you will move houses in the near future, as you might wish to plan ahead.
Unfortunately, self-propelled models will require more maintenance because of the clutch and belts. Any necessary repairs will also be more expensive for the same reasons. Both mowers, however, should last for many years without issue if they are serviced properly, kept clean and stored in a dry place. Many of the more common maintenance tasks can also be undertaken by the homeowner, which will help to keep costs down.
Now that you know the main differences between push and self-propelled lawn mowers, you should be in a much better position to make a decision between the two. The first thing that you should consider is the topography of your property, then start to look into some of the other points (such as your budget and how easy the machine will be for you to maintain). If you run into any problems with your choice, make sure you speak with a salesperson.
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