Depending on the size of your lot, glowing conditions, and your energy
level, one or more of the following options will fit you like a glove:
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The first two of these are described in more detail is subsequent sections
of this document. For the last, well you should already know if that
is appropriate for your life-style!
- Reel mowers - manual type are still available and suitable for small lots.
Safe, non-polluting, quiet, low maintenance, and low cost substitute for
- Rotary mowers (gasoline powered) - Most common type, convenient, relatively
low maintenance, some pollution, generally noisy.
- Rotary mowers (electric, AC line or battery powered). Convenient, low
maintenance, non-polluting, usually quieter than gasoline powered mowers,
limited by cord length or battery charge.
- Teenage kid - low maintenance but variable performance and possible
- Landscaping service - expensive but consistent and may occasionally mow
your valuable flower bed as weeds by mistake.
- Cow, goat, or other herbivore - mowing performance quite variable, fencing
required, excellent source of fresh fertilizer. The extended warranty is
Large mowers (those which carry you) may be of either the rotary or reel type,
usually gasoline or diesel powered but some electrics have been produced. For
information on riding mowers, lawn tractors, garden tractors and estate
tractors (also known as compact diesel tractors), see the
Small Tractor FAQ.
Consumer Reports regularly provides reviews and ratings of most common types
of lawn mowers. These articles are a good place to start as they include
a great deal of the basic information needed to decide on the lawn mower type
best suited for your property. They compare a selection of typical models
based on features, safety, price, and their tests of performance and operator
convenience. If you do not subscribe to Consumer Reports, your local library
will likely have access to several years of back issues.
For even more advice, see Consumer Reports Books' Yard and Garden Equipment
Buying Guide. It is sold at bookstores and newsstands and is also available
directly from Consumer Reports Books using the order form in the back of every
issue of Consumer Reports.
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