3 Questions to ask Yourself When Buying a New Lawn Mower

When it comes to a new purchasing a new lawn mower it isn’t rocket science. Most people want a machine that will put a nice cut on their yard and last for a long time without breaking the bank. While there can be a lot of considerations like what your neighbor has, what your favorite color is or whether or not you need a cup holder, there are really only three main questions that you need to ask yourself when you’re looking at a new lawn mower.

What am I mowing?

It is extremely important to know how large your property is, how it is laid out and how rough it is. How large, usually measured in acreage, is paramount. If you go back to what people really want from their lawn mower in the first paragraph, durability makes the list. Lawn mowers are built for different conditions and to take varying types of wear. It would be a mistake, financially to invest in a lawn mower that is built to mow an acre when you’re mowing 10 with it. Knowing what type of grass you’re mowing is also important for the same reason. You’re going to need a heavy-duty deck if you are going to try to mow some tough grass that you only mow every other week.  The lay of your land is also important, whether you have hills or ponds, or even gates, can dictate which lawn mower is the right fit.

Are there any special considerations?

I know I made light of a few considerations in the opening paragraph but it is important to ask yourself if there is anything special you need. For instance, if you have a bad back, you might need a suspension seat for support. If your wife mows half the time (or all the time), you might need to make sure that you’re getting a machine that fits her individual needs as well. The real piece of advice here is to separate what is really important and what isn’t.

Who am I buying this off of?

I’ve been on chat rooms all over the internet about buying tractors and lawn mowers. Easily the most consistent and most accurate bit of advise people give when helping other consumers pick which lawn mower is best for them is to pick the one that has the best dealer. It doesn’t matter how mechanically challenged or gifted you are, at some point you’re going to need help. From the day you bring that new mower home, it’s going to start breaking down; it’s just the nature of things. You need to know that you can count on someone to get you the right parts and the right know how and service. It’s easy to get caught up in the price and the machine itself when you’re looking for a new machine, but it is exponentially more important to make sure that you’re aligning yourself with professionals who know how fix your machine when the time comes.

Those are the three main questions that everyone needs ask when they’re looking for a new lawn mower. At this point you’ve probably noticed that price wasn’t one of them.  Price is also important, but usually gets more importance placed on it than is necessary. I’m only mentioning this because of all the times I’ve heard of people getting a great deal only to be back in my shop paying for their great deal because they didn’t get the lawn mower that they needed. They went with the least expensive option rather than the option than was the best fit in regard to the questions above. Everyone wants the best deal possible but remember that it’s not the best deal unless you’re comfortable with all the answers to the questions above. If you’re trying to match the perfect lawn mower with your property stop in or give us a call!