Advantages of a self-propelled lawn mower
The main advantage of a self-propelled lawn mower is simple. It is just easier to use. Instead of spending hours pushing a heavy machine back and forth over your grass, often under a hot sun, you can instead simply guide the lawn mower where you want it to go. Yes, you still need to walk behind the lawn mower, but there is very little energy exerted. For those that have health issues, are older, or just simply dislike cutting the grass, a self-propelled lawn mower is the way to go.
Features to consider when choosing a self-propelled lawn mower
Not all self-propelled lawn mowers are created the same, so it’s important to understand their individual features. We’ve created a list of the most important aspects you’ll want to know before you make your selection.
Motor power source
There are two main motor power sources: gas and batteries. Gas motors (like seen in the Troy-Bilt TB220) allow the machine to be powerful and effective. Gas, on the other hand, will emit carbon into the atmosphere, and the whole mower will operate rather loudly. Battery-powered models, like the GreenWorks MO40L02, are much more environment-friendly, lightweight, and quiet, however, not that practical for large terrains covered with tough stuff that needs to be cut.
The larger the cutting width, the less time it will take you to mow your lawn. For our purposes, all of the self-propelled lawn mowers on our list have a cutting width of 21 inches, which is fairly standard.
Height adjustments/number of height positions
Sometimes you want a really close cut on your grass. Other times you will want to let it be a bit longer. The height adjustment of your lawn mower will help you with this. The Husqvarna L221A has the best height adjustment span, at between one and four inches.
Grass discharge options
Another option that you will want to have with your self-propelled lawn mower is to decide between mulching your grass or not. Mulching cuts the grass up into very small pieces and then leaves it on your lawn. This is often recommended as is allows the grass to disintegrate naturally and add more depth to your yard. It also solves the problem of figuring out what to do with the grass clippings. All of the products listed allow for this feature.
The dimensions of a self-propelled lawn mower refer to just how large it is. Most self-propelled lawn mowers are around 40 inches x 20 inches x 35 inches. Also, it’s important to check if the mower has a foldable handle and allows for vertical storage. This way keeping your tool away from weather conditions will be a breeze even if your storage space is limited. The GreenWorks MO40L02, for example, boasts the handy vertical storage feature.
A self-propelled lawn mower will be a bit heavier than your regular lawn mower. This is because there are more mechanical parts to it. However, the good news is you won’t really be pushing it, so the weight is only an issue as you maneuver the lawn mower from the garage to the yard.
Self-propelled lawn mowers have a lot of internal parts, so a warranty is significant. The warranties of the lawn mowers on our list vary, from a two-year limited warranty on the Troy-Bilt TB220 to a four-year limited warranty on the GreenWorks MO40L02.