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Lawn Mower Reviews
Lawn Mower Reviews
According to lawn mower reviews, some inexpensive mowers are more user-friendly -- to assemble, start, operate, store -- than others. Mower reviews for most of the models we researched also note that they cut cleanly, quickly, and efficiently.
Lawn Mowers Ease of Use.With no engine to maintain, the Scotts 2000-20 jumps to the head of the class. It earns a loud shout-out in lawn mowers reviews on Amazon for its environmentally friendly, low-tech design. This person-powered mower revolutionized grass cutting for one homeowner who says it transformed an annoying chore into a pleasant and relaxing task. Another user, however, reports that the Scotts 2000-20 demands extra muscle power in thick grass and requires additional passes to get an even cut on hills.
The corded electric Black & Decker MM275 draws compliments in lawn mower reviews on the Target site from women who don't mind the cord and appreciate a simple, cheap mower that doesn't involve messing with gas and oil. That said, one homeowner grouses on Buzzillions about needing a special adapter to connect the mower to an extension cord, and another recommends buying the 9-amp model instead of the cheaper 6.5-amp version if you'll be pushing through heavy grass. Note that the Black & Decker MM275 incorporates a folding handlebar for easy storage.
The gas mowers on our list, the Toro 20371 and Craftsman 37041, also earn cheers for ease of use, according to lawn mower reviews on Home Depot and Sears. Toro users like the simple assembly (just attach the handle and add oil and gas), washout port for easy cleaning, high rear wheels, and quick start. Many lawn mower reviews note with appreciation that the Toro 20371 always starts on the first pull. The Craftsman 37041 likewise finds favor with users who appreciate its quick start and self-propelled auto drive. The Husqvarna 38450, on the other hand, is panned in several lawn mower reviews on MySears.com for shutting down after only minutes of usage; one mower operator reports that the blade cut into the side of the decking when the handle was lifted up to turn. Starting problems plague the Ariens 2-in-1, according to lawn mower reviews at Home Depot, where several owners also grouse that this Kohler-engine model uses too much gas.
Lawn Mower Maintenance.Wheels, bolts, belts, and bearings that can come loose from the vibration of everyday use should always be checked before you start to mow, and make sure to keep the blades sharp. An annual check-up at the start of every mowing season is also vital. But none of this is especially taxing.
Reel mowers are particularly easy to store and maintain, according to lawn mower reviews. A hobbyist posting at Reelmowers.info explains how to sharpen the blades yourself by taking the mower apart, brushing the blades with a special compound, and then cranking the blades backward. One owner hoses down the Scotts 2000-20 before putting it away and hits it with a shot of WD-40 to keep it pristine, according to a lawn mower review on the Target website. Maintenance is also minimal with cheap electric mowers. If you have a corded lawn mower, make sure to unplug it before cleaning under the deck and around the blades. If you have a cordless lawn mower, recharge the battery before it runs dry and keep it connected to the charger when not in use. Don't leave a cheap electric lawn mower exposed to rain or snow.
Gas-powered mowers require more care and attention. First, always use the gas and oil recommended by the manufacturer and turn the air filter side up when cleaning so the oil doesn't drain out. Cleaning off the built-up dirt and grass immediately after use is important; the Toro 20371 includes a convenient wash-out port, which lets you hook up a hose to the top of the deck for washing off and around the blades. Experts suggest draining the gas and follow the winterizing directions suggested by the manufacturer. And before the start of the next season, you'll need to change the oil and the spark plug, and clean or replace the air filter.
Don't Bother Cheap Lawn Mowers
Despite having all the makings of a good mower, with its Honda engine and Husqvarna name, this one misses the mark. Several users report front springs flying off and others complain that the blade cuts into the outer decking when the handle is lifted to shift weight to the front wheels for pivoting.
Ariens 2-in-1 Review
Husqvarna 38450 Review
Scotts 2000-20 Reel Mower Review
Craftsman 37041 Review
Black & Decker MM275 Review
Toro 20371 Review
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