Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Picking a lawn mower is the moment you go from homeowner to dad, we all know it. Soon, you'll have the indescribable urge to build a deck and complain about lights being left on for half a second too long! Jokes aside, selecting the proper petrol mower for your needs is a complicated process that really doesn't need to be. So, we decided to answer the most commonly-asked questions we get about choosing the perfect petrol mower for you and your needs.
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Now, let's dive right in, shall we?
When deciding on the best mower for your needs, there are a lot of factors to consider. Let's take a look at the most vital ones for the everyday user.
This is going to depend on two things - how large your property is, and how much work you're willing to put into mowing. If you have a large property and/or don't want to work hard while mowing, a riding mower is likely your best bet. However, a push mower can do the job quite well, is almost always the cheaper option, and is generally well-suited to most people's needs.
You'll find that small lawn mowers generally come in one of the following ranges of cutting width:
So how do you choose the right size of petrol mower? Measure your lawn!
A mowing area of 1 acre or less is suitable for small, less powerful mowers. Anything between 1-3 acres generally will need a medium mower, and a large (5+ acre) lawn will need a large mower. Be sure to check your cutting deck width, too. Deck size shows how wide of a cut the mower makes in a single pass. In other words, the larger your cutting deck, the larger your mower and the fewer passes needed.
This is a really hard decision to make, as you'll need to do our least favourite task - maths . Choosing a petrol mower relies on the factors listed below:
In short, measure your lawn and consider how much work you want to do. You can pick from a range of cutting widths, heights, levels of power, and more. And some mowers will offer cool little quality-of-life upgrades, like an electric start, adjustable handles, anti-vibration technology, or even combs for mowing along a wall.
Most petrol lawn mower engines range from 140-190 CCs in power and size.
The lower range of size and power is great for small or easily managed lawns, whereas you'll need a larger engine for tall, thick, grass and properties with tough weeds you want to mow too.
As discussed above, the power you'll need in a lawn mower will depend on your property. Specifically, ask yourself the following questions - the more you answer yes, the more likely you are to need a powerful mower:
This question, I would hope obviously , will vary based on the specific mower you have.
Petrol lawn mowers can range in weight between ~13.5 kg to over 45 kg. As basic common sense would tell you, the simpler your mower, the lighter it generally is. Push and self-propelled mowers generally range between 15-20 kg, whereas larger, more powerful ones can be upwards of 45-50 kgs.
Riding mowers are generally drastically heavier, ranging from 135-270 kgs or more, and electric mowers often weigh below 10 kg. It's also worth noting that your mower will vary in weight based on its tank size, too - petrol is surprisingly heavy, so the larger the tank, the more weight you add.
All in all, picking the right mower is a very large task. They can be expensive, so it's important to make the right decision first , rather than learning too late it's the wrong tool for the job. So take a look at your property and ask yourself a few questions. How large is your property? Is it sloped, or does it have lots of tall grass? And how strong/fit are you? Each of these will inform what's the best choice for you .
In other words, don't blindly believe the mower salesman; trust your gut and follow grandpa's advice of, "measure twice, cut once."
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