5 Tips for Buying a Used Lawn Mower

Did you notice your grass recently? Yes, it is that time of year to start mowing you lawn again. Need a new lawn mower? If your answer is yes, consider buying a used lawn mower.

Choosing a Lawn Mower

The lawn mower is the most necessary tool to keep your lawn in shape. Unless you’re planning on keeping sheep to do your lawn mowing, you’ll need to buy a lawn mower. Lawn mowers come in all shapes, sizes and prices. There are really only two kinds of mowers for lawn mowing though, that is reel and rotary.

Before you go out on your lawn mowing tool buying trip, make sure you know exactly what you need. No need to overspend if you don’t need it . Save that money for other lawn tools. What you need to ask yourself are these questions to help determine what lawn mower you need.

– Is your lawn small or very large?
– Is your lawn flat, hilly or steep?
– Is your lawn wide open or covered in trees, garden, sprinklers, play equipment?
– Do you want a workout when mowing or just get the job done?
– What is your noise tolerance?
– Do you want a simple mower or one with the latest gadgets?

The next questions on your lawn mowing buying expedition are about the mower itself.

– Does the lawn mower have a blade shut off switch? This is a must have safety feature.
– Can the lawn mowing height be raised and lowered easily?
– Is it easy to start?
– Is it easy to push?
– Does it turn easy?
– Is it too heavy or too light?
– Can it be serviced locally?
– Is the lawn mower bag a hassle to use?
– Is it easy to clean?
– Is it easy to take apart to make minor repairs?

To meet your lawn mowing needs there are several different types of mowers on the market. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.

Buying used can save you a lot of money, if you know what to look for. You don’t want to buy a used lawn mower that will end up costing you more than it is worth.

Take a look at the buying guide below.

1. Sometimes shopping online isn’t a good idea. Used lawn mowers are precisely what they sound like, used machines that have been previously owned. This is why it is important to look at them up close and in person in order to see the details. Online descriptions are not always clear and detailed or as accurate as they should be made.

2. Whatever type of lawn mower you decide you want to buy (push, electric, gas or riding) you need to ask the seller questions about the lawn mower being sold. How old is the lawn mower? Why is the seller selling the lawn mower? Does the seller have any paper work on the lawn mower (warranties, guaranties, instructions)? What deal do you have if it breaks down tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Try to get the answer down in writing, especially if you are spending a lot of money on the lawn mower.

3. Give it a test drive. By shopping for a used lawn mower in person you also have the opportunity to test-drive the lawn mower, listen to how it runs and see how it cuts the grass. If it does start does it cut the lawn well? The blades should be sharp enough to cut the grass at the first attempt.

4. Check the lawn mower’s parts. Check the condition of the lawn mower’s body, engine and blade. Just because the lawn mower sounds fine and appears to cut the grass well, does not mean the used lawn mower is in good condition. Do the parts look worn, about to fall apart, or in good condition? Check for oil leaks. Check the spark plugs. If you are looking at an electric lawn mower the battery should hold at least 75% of the time (Electric Lawn Mower).

5. If you don’t know what to look for in a lawn mower or what to ask about it take someone with you that can help (friend, family member, spouse).

Now a days there are different types of lawn mowers for sale in the market but if you use a gas powered one then you should always make sure that it is using a fresh supply of gas. This is a critical thing to consider because it helps with the performance of the engine. As well as this, you should also make sure that you check the oil in the engine at the same time. When it comes to draining the oil, you need to replace it with clean oil after about 50 hours of using the lawnmower.

Before you chose a lawn mower, decide whether you want to buy electric or gasoline driven mower. Each type has its own ups and downs. In general you may follow the points as given below.

1. You must base your decision on the area to mow. Larger the area bigger is the mower you may want to purchase.
2. If your lawn is small you can go for an electric lawn mower.
3. If it is for large gardens or golf courses go for ride-on models powered by diesel or gas engines with controls on both the hands.
4. For sloped small lawns a Hover model suits best. They are light and easy, you need to carry them to lawn and start. They come in both diesel and electric versions.

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