Lawn Mowers

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At the Tool Report we take a look at the top performing lawn mowers on the market.  Whether you’re looking for something for a small yard of 1/2 acre or less or yards larger than 3 acres we’ve got you covered.

Riding Lawn Mowers

The most efficient way to mow large yards of 1 acre or more is with a riding lawn mower or lawn tractor.  There are a few different types of mowers to choose from in this category.  The two main ones are traditional riding mowers and zero turn lawn mowers.  A traditional lawn mower or tractor is rear-wheel drive and the blades sit directly beneath the seat.  

zero turn radius lawn mowers

Steering is managed with a standard steering wheel just like a car.  These types of mowers are great for lawns where you might have rough terrain or hills.  They offer excellent traction, lots of power, and decent turning radius.

Zero turn lawn mowers are relatively new on the scene.  They offer faster cutting times because they are more maneuverable.  They are capable of turning 180 degrees so you can quickly mow in one direction and then start back in the other.  Many landscaping companies choose zero turn mowers because it can reduce mowing times by up to 40%. 

These mowers are should generally not be used on hills as they offer no front-wheel traction.  

Walk Behind Mowers

The other category of mower that we cover is walk behind.  This includes electric lawn mowers, push mowers, and self-propelled mowers.  These products are ideal for smaller lawns or yards that require a higher degree of maneuverability.  The best solution for you will depend upon the type of lawn you have.  Hillier yards are much easier to mow with self-propelled models.  

Push Mowers

Push mowers are powered by, you guessed it, your legs.  These lawn mowers are great for smaller yards with little to no incline.  They’re also better suited for those who don’t mind a little extra exercise.  Generally speaking they are more basic and as a result, less expensive.  This article covers our favorite push mowers.

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Self-Propelled Mowers

Self-propelled mowers offer a couple important benefits.  They are great for yards with hills and inclines as they do almost all the work for you.  As a result you can get bigger engines that allow for better cutting in wet grass or thicker grasses.  Here are a few of our top self-propelled mowers.

Electric Lawn Mowers

Smaller lawns and yards that are flat are ideal for electric mowers.  Electric mowers are a great solution if you’re looking for a product that is quieter and doesn’t require regular gas refills and oil changes.   We cover all of our favorite models in this article on electric lawn mowers.

The Tool Report Reviews

Each of our reviews cover the most important features and specs of each lawn tractor.  We cover engine size, cutting height, speed, whether it is self-propelled or push, and a great deal more.  While it is often difficult to determine the long term durability of equipment in a review, we do our best put these mowers to the test to ensure they will offer many seasons of use.

About the Author

Jason is a work from home dad who has a passion for DIY projects, yard work, and SEC Football. His background is IT, but he's always fancied himself as a part-time ship welder, landscaper, and short order cook. During the week he can be found on his laptop 10 hours-a-day, but on the weekends he escapes to the local DIY Cave to play with REAL toys.  You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and can contact him via email.
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