by Dave McLear
There are a number of excellent lawn mower manufacturers making excellent gardening equipment. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good because it allows you to choose from a very wide range of tools – you’ll never be in a situation where you have to simply choose between the lesser of two evils. The bad part is that selecting between all of your choices can be extremely confusing.
There are two basic kinds of grass cutters: Ride on and walk behind. Now, if you choose to walk and push your mower you can choose between gasoline and electric. Of course, you’ll probably need an edger to get the spots the typical mower cannot reach.
Let’s go back to the original problem. Which brand do you choose? There are a lot of reputable brands making excellent machines – go with the machine that is in your price range and that is available to you. For gas powered walking mowers, you can’t lose with companies like Reel, Snapper, MTD, and Toro. If you’d prefer the energy saving capabilities of a cordless electric cutter, Black & Decker, Simplicity, and Honda make some of the best.
If you have a very large area to cover, or are doing commercial work, a ride on mower is your only answer. John Deere, Murray, and Husqvarna make some of the best, and always get superb reviews, especially since the advent of their zero turn capabilities. They can either be powered by gasoline or petrol.
No matter how good of a product you buy, though, be prepared to make or pay for repairs. Even the best cared for machines still wear out eventually. Things that commonly wear down are the belts, the blades, and the motor. Usually, the mulching deck survives throughout the life of the equipment. What you want to be especially careful about is the engine, though. You can make this last, but if you are not careful about keeping it oiled and not letting gasoline stay in it too long you will ruin it, and that is extremely expensive to replace.
Mark J Sinclair writes about Garden Lawn Mowers at http://www.betterlawnmowers.com
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