Choosing the Right Lawn Mower for Your Yard
Spring is in the air — flowers are blooming, the grass is turning green and the weather is getting a little warmer. As a homeowner, you know it’s that time of year to add mowing the lawn back onto your weekly to-do list.
If you’re looking to get a new lawn mower this year, or maybe this is your first time shopping for a lawn mower, The Handyguys — home improvement specialists — share their thoughts on choosing the right lawn mower for your yard.
PAUL: Spring is just around the corner and a lot of people are considering what their next mowers going to be.
PAUL: Hi! We are Paul and Brian from the Handyguys and we’re going to talk about whether to select a riding or push mower.
BRIAN: That’s right they’re both great choices but obviously the big factor in deciding is going to be the size of your lawn.
PAUL: If you have a larger lawn, maybe over half an acre, you’re going to want to consider a riding mower to get the job done quickly.
BRIAN: Absolutely … but if you’ve got a lot of obstacles. Narrow gates, you know, tight turns around the landscaping you’re going to need a push mower.
PAUL: Yeah or else you are going to be out using the trimmer for hours on end after you use the riding mower.
PAUL: So … you have to consider the yard obviously but also it’s a lifestyle issue.
BRIAN: That’s right. You don’t want to spend all day Saturday pushing one of these around if you’ve got a lot of things to do with the kids and whatever a rider is going to cut that time down significantly.
PAUL: Right. On my lawn I could take an hour and a half with this or about 15 minutes with a riding mower.
BRIAN: Right, right.
PAUL: So if you have a push mower like this you’re going to get some more exercise.
BRIAN: And that’s a good thing.
PAUL: And maybe you want to get that exercise routine in on a weekly basis.
BRIAN: But what about maintenance, Paul?
PAUL: That’s a good point. You know maintenance is more of … it can be a hassle if you have a riding mower.
BRIAN: You can’t put this in the trunk of your car and take it into the shop, right?
BRIAN: You’ve got two blades instead of one you got to take the deck off to get to the blades.
BRIAN: More gas, more oil and you have pneumatic tires versus just hard plastic ones.
BRIAN: You can get a flat tire or whatever so you’ve got to maintain all of the aspects of this and if you don’t have a decent sized pickup truck you’re not going to be able to take this in yourself for service.
BRIAN: You’re going to need to pay for someone to service it.
PAUL: Yeah, this mower you can throw on back of your truck or your bigger car or you can flip it over to get the blades off if you needed to so it can be maintained a lot easier.
PAUL: Finally, Brian, you need to be aware that both of these mowers can be dangerous. You need to understand how to operate them … how to work them.
BRIAN: Right, read the owner’s manual. All of the safety precautions are going to be in the owner’s manual. Make sure you respect them. They are both powerful pieces of equipment.
PAUL: Absolutely and keep kids away from home and you’ll be safe and hopefully you can select the right one for your lawn.
BRIAN: That’s right.
PAUL: Thanks for watching the Handyguys.