What Lawnmower's best for you
Also to use on someone else's lawn and get paid for it !
Go into any DIY Store or Garden Centre, especially in Spring, and you will be mind boggled by the selection of lawnmowers available - with of course a wide selection of price as well.
Over the past few years, because of my diversity in 'career opportunities' !!, I've used a few lawnmowers and got through a few as well. So although this page may be based on my own experiences, it is a good guideline of what's about and the best choice.
Firstly I would say that regardless of the work it's intended for, it is best to purchase a well known brand and better pay the extra few coins for the better model ensuring that you are not going down the false economy route.
This is especially the case if you intend using it for earning money cutting other peoples lawns as well. You will have to cut quite a few lawns to break even on your outlay.
The main types of lawnmower available for home use are pictured on the left.Hand Push Mowers
These are really just for the very small garden. They are though very useful for the little areas you want cut very short, the disadvantage being they are obviously harder work.Electric Mowers
These mowers in my opinion are only good for doing your own lawn. If using a mower for other peoples gardens, often they are out so you wouldn't be able to plug the lead in anywhere and in both instances you are working around cable. Not only is there the safety angle (you should have a breaker plug to ensure the electrical supply cuts if the cable is accidentially cut) but if it's damp, the cable gets messy and it's a bother having to clean it etc.
They come in both hover and rotary systems, with or without grass collection boxes.
Call me square, but I believe there's nothing to beat petrol mowers. They are usually strong, therefore not prone to external breakage like electric plastic mowers and as long as they are serviced regulary, will last you a long time. There are Cylinder (Tennis Courts and Cricket wickets !) and Rotary.
Petrol Rotary Mowers come in various sizes from 18" (45cms) upwards and are either 'push' or 'self propelled'.
For using your mower to do other peoples grass, the petrol mower wins in all categories. As long as you have a van or estate car, it's simply putting the mower and grass box in the back and away you go.
Ride On Mowers
If you have a very large garden, then the ride on isn't a luxury, it's a must !
Servicing and general care is the same as a petrol rotary mower.
I would wrap up by repeating the false economy message. I brought a cheap self propelled petrol mower and it lasted one year until the metal protection shield broke and other mechanical things went wrong. For the next model I paid an extra £100 which has a cast protection shield, better brand name, easy to get parts etc., and this is still going strong after 4 years of cutting not only my grass but 4 other peoples as well.
A couple of things to point out if you are using it 'professionally'. Usually people want their grass taken away and taking the strimmer and hedge cutter as well is an advantage - not only will you need to trim the borders, but more than likely get a few hours extra work by doing the hedge at the same time !
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