Weed Eater One Review

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This is about the cheapest riding mower on the market -- a compact, lightweight machine with a 26-inch cutting deck, a single-blade system that mulches or side discharges, and a relatively wide 31-inch turning radius. Some buyers are satisfied, but many complain about mediocre performance, parts that give out within a season or two, and a chronic need for servicing.

Weed Eater One reviews indicate this rear-engine rider has performed just fine for some owners with small, flat yards, as well as those where edging matters and fence lines need proper cutting. The Weed Eater One (starting at $730, Amazon) is a bit like a single-seat golf cart or perhaps a go-cart with a cutting deck. Satisfied consumers like the price and the compact size, which makes for easy passage through tight spaces and easy storage. However, this mower struggles a bit on hills, according to reviews on the Walmart website, and may give an uneven cut or get stuck where the terrain is uneven. One user who lives in Georgia writes in a review on the Sears website that the wheels lack traction when the clay soil in his area dries out and becomes hard like concrete. Other consumers gripe about steering difficulties, problems with the transmission, and replacement parts that are hard to find. Fewer than 4 in 10 of the many reviewers who have posted on Weed Eater's own website would recommend the mower to a friend.

The Weed Eater One has a small 190cc engine, narrow 26-inch cutting deck, and 31-inch turning radius, nearly twice as wide as one of our top picks. It has a three-speed manual transmission, not an automatic, which tops out at 4 mph going forward and 1 mph in reverse. This machine does boast cruise control, a convenience that doesn't appear on many more full-featured riding mowers. A single blade cuts at three heights between 1.5 and 4 inches, and you can choose a side discharge, mulch, or bag option for grass clippings, the latter two with optional accessories. Front wheels are 10 inches and rear wheels stand 13 inches high. The gas tank holds less than a third of a gallon.

This cheap model may suit fairly level yards of about one-half acre. But consumers who can resist the super-low price will almost certainly be better off in the long run with a sturdier riding mower.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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