Lawn Mowers That Make The Cut

Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 lawn mowers from companies like Craftsman, Toro, and Troy-Bilt. It has some recommendations so you’ll get a great cut.

Consumer Reports’ Peter Sawchuk tests all kinds of lawn mowers. His lab? Acres and acres of grassy fields in Fort Meyers, Florida. He says there’s a mower for every lawn.

Peter Sawchuk of Consumer Reports says, “Most important is to consider the size of your property. If you have a larger property, that is it takes you more than a half an hour to mow your lawn, then you should consider a self-propelled mower.”

Consumer Reports says opt for a self-propelled mower with
rear-wheel drive.

Mowers with front-wheel drive have more trouble with hills. The wheels spin out.

Some manufacturers are touting all-wheel-drive mowers. While they do handle hills without glitches, there are drawbacks.

Sawchuk says, “First, you’re paying a little bit more for it. Secondly, it’s a little bit more complicated, so there’s more than can go wrong with it.”

Mower speeds are another consideration. A single speed like this recommended Lawn-Boy costs 330-dollars and is great for smaller yards. Its electric start makes it easier to start.

However, mowers with two or more speeds let you adjust to conditions — faster to cover more ground in larger areas and slower for better cutting in thicker grass.

Some good choices — the rear-wheel-drive Troy-Bilt for
370-dollars from Lowe’s and the 400-dollar Honda from Home Depot, also with rear-wheel drive.

While self-propelled mowers are easier to handle, a gas push mower can save you money. Just remember you’ll be doing the pushing! Consumer Reports recommends the 250-dollar Cub Cadet SC100 11A-A92J. Testers found it to be easier to maneuver than most push mowers. It also gives an excellent cut

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