Self-propelled mowers are a nice convenience, especially for people who aren't so enthused about mowing the lawn. Rather than being pushed, they essentially move while the user directs the mower around the yard.
Self-propelled mowers are either made as a single speed, and propel themselves forward at a continuous rate, or are variable speed. They allow for users to use a throttle to change speeds. In this article, we’ll discuss their pros and cons to help you make an informed choice.
Pros of Self-Propelled Mowers
Self-propelled mowers have stronger motors, so they pack more power and can cut more grass at once. The next advantage when it comes to power? Self-propelled mowers are typically battery powered.
These rechargeable batteries save money and a trip to the store to stock up on gas. Plus, they are eco-friendlier. Another plus is that you don’t have to fumble with cords or try to find an outlet so you can mow.
Self-propelled mowers are good for people with yards that have hills and inclines. Since the mower moves without extra effort from the user, the mower can handle terrain that a person using a push mower would struggle with. They're also good for larger yards since users don't have to spend much extra physical effort.
Self-propelled mowers have more extra features than most push mowers. Most self-propelled mowers give the option for discharging cuttings, bagging grass, mulching, or even a combination.
Variable speed mowers allow you to choose a comfortable pace to move at, which many users enjoy. That's not even mentioning the extra safety features that many of them include, like a blade override, which allows you to keep the engine running while stopping the blades.
Ease of Use
These mowers are very user-friendly, which is a major ‘pro' for them. There's very little physical effort required. And they have plenty of features such as electric or button push start, that make them easier to use.
It’s also easier to get an even cut on your lawn, since the speed is controlled.
Cons of Self-Propelled Mowers
While you do save on gas with a self-propelled mower, they’re more costly than regular push style mowers. For people with large or hilly yards, it’s a just investment. For people with smaller, relatively flat yards, it could be an unnecessary cost.
Self-propelled mowers are similar in size to other mowers, but they’re also heavier. When you’re mowing, the weight isn’t much of an issue since it does the work of moving for you. However, when you store it, there may be more work and rearranging needed.
While they do have advantages when it comes to power, the batteries in self-propelled mowers do need extra care and maintenance. The batteries shouldn't be left on the charger (unless charging) and should be kept out of extreme temperatures. This will help the battery last longer.
There are plenty of reasons that a self-propelled mower would be great for one person yet be a less optimal choice for another. When deciding if it is right for you, consider your yard, budget, and the amount of effort you’re willing to spend on yard work.