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Published on July 3rd, 2013 | by Jeff Linderman


Things to consider when shopping for a new push lawn mower

When it makes more sense to replace a broken lawn mower than to repair it, here are things to consider when you’re in the market for a new push lawn mower:

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  1. If you’d prefer the easiest start possible, look for a model with an electric start. Engine startup is as simple as turning the key.
  2. Variable speed. A speed-adjusting lever will enable you to speed up and slow down as needed. This is a wise choice for younger and older lawn mower operators.
  3. A blade brake clutch. This handy feature disengages the blade but keeps the engine going. You’ll appreciate this convenience when you need to empty the mower bag or if you need to stop to move a toy or branch from the immediate area. Warning: Never put your hand near the blade area.
  4. Most premium engines, as they are dubbed, are quieter, last longer and reduce emissions.
  5. A washout port makes cleaning the inside of the mower deck extremely easy. You simply connect your garden hose and it goes to work to remove grass buildup. This eliminates need for dangerous tilting or tipping of the mower.
  6. If you mow your lawn through several seasons, a model that can mulch, bag and discharge clippings is a wise idea.

It’s also smart to check reviews and reports conducted by Consumer Reports, Popular Mechanics and other respected consumer publications that regularly test lawn mowers and other outdoor power equipment.

Remember to bookmark and check back frequently for tune-up kits, spark plugs, blades and other products to keep it running well.

Have a great summer.

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About the Author

Jeff Linderman is’s in-house outdoor power equipment and landscaping expert. For 25 years, Jeff owned and operated a successful commercial and residential landscaping business. He couldn’t afford the extensive downtime that came when he brought his equipment to be repaired at overloaded small engine repair shops. Instead, Jeff learned how to complete the repairs on his own. This interest in outdoor power equipment grew as Jeff completed extensive manufacturer training. Today, Jeff is a Briggs & Stratton® Master Service Technician, Kohler® Engines Expert Technician and a Kawasaki® Service Technician for Engines and Power Products. He has a B.A. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Jeff worked for 25 years as a sergeant in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department while he operated his landscaping business. He’s an avid fisherman and lives in the metro-Detroit area.

2 Responses to Things to consider when shopping for a new push lawn mower

  1. Louiesharpe says:

    Nice Information. Keep it up 🙂

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