Lawn Mower Buyer Guide


May 11

The Simple Guide To Help You Choose Your Next Lawnmower

At Millers’ we have generations of experience in recommending lawn mowers to our customers in Laois and across Ireland. We operate a workshop for all repairs and maintenance required. We only sell brands that we recommend and are comfortable servicing in the long term. A lawnmower is an investment, we want to help you find the right machine for the job. 

Buying a lawnmow­er can be very confusing if it is your first time, or if you now have a totally different lawn than you are used to. It’s not too difficult to find the best machine to suit your needs. In this article we look closely at the typical push lawn mower. It’s all about what would work best for you.

Maybe the petrol machine would suit your needs better if you are looking for a more powerful option or maybe a cordless lawnmower is more suited to your requirements. Do you need a machine that can cut deep or do you need one that doesn’t need too much power?

Below Are Some Tips To Buy Your Perfect Lawn Mower For The Perfect Garden

There are some questions you can ask yourself before:

  • How large is your lawn? 
  • How often do you mow the lawn?
  • Do you need a mower for a relatively small, flat area? Or rather, long grass in a large area?
  • What kind of finish would you like for your lawn?
  • Where do you typically store your mower?

What’s The Most Common Factor When Choosing A Lawn Mower?

The size of the engine and cutting width of a lawn mower depend on how large the garden is and personal preferences. This is the main difference between most models on the Irish market.  The power is measured in cc’s, with higher numbers meaning more power and not necessarily a lighter mower. This is when there is a petrol engine. There are also electric varieties that are also measured in their power output. Cutting width refers to the distance travelled by blade in centimetres or inches. 

If you have a small lawn, with thin grass, an entry level mower option will work fine for you. However if you have thick and untamed types of grass and an extensive lawn, then you’ll need to pay more attention to the power of your mower. A more reliable engine with higher power will mean that the longer grass will not put too much pressure on the engine. This is the main factor for people replacing lawn mowers(the engine size was too small). 

Before buying, you should think about the size of your lawn – is a large or small mower necessary? 

This is just an example, but you may choose to take a narrower cut with a wider machine. Larger areas may require a more manoeuvrable machine.

One thing you may want to think about is the type of finish you want the lawn mowing machine to have. Some models can provide different effects on the grass and make your garden look a lot better. The famous “Wimbledon Stripes” are created with specific models. If you want this measured lawn finish, a professional mower with adjustable heights is very important, with rollers to add additional finishes.  

It’s always good to consider additional storage space. Do you have extensive space in your garden shed or does the mower get moved into the garage for the Irish winter.  Foldable handles on some models can save you space in your shed and make it easier to store for the winter months. 

Instead of providing a long list of every possible product, we have simplified the process for you by grouping them into product types. To help you choose, we’ve included these explanations that cover everything from wheel size to features.

Common Types of Lawnmowers

Push Lawn Mowers

Push lawn mowers are great for small plots of land and flat terrain. As nothing is self-powered on these machines, the user needs to actually push the blade around the garden themselves. Push mowers are cheaper in weight and price than the self-propelled models while still providing excellent cut.

Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers

A self-propelled lawn mower requires no physical effort: it is powered by its own engine and can be controlled by a person with very little direction. These models are perfect for large yards, and some allow the user to adjust the speed of the engine while they work.

Cylinder Mowers

Give your lawn a very fine cut to create a beautiful finish. In addition, the rear roller will make beautiful stripes in the grass.

Ride On Mowers

These are larger mowers that are typically used for larger spaces. These tractor style mowers have extensive features and are common among professional landscapers or households with extensive lawn space.

Features of Lawnmowers

Lawn mowers come with lots of features and this can be hard to understand, so here’s a short overview of the main things you might see when shopping for one:

Blades – blades cut cleanly through the grass.

Collectors – When you’re mowing your lawn, the yard clippings can be collected in a fabric or plastic bag or box to save trips to the compost heap

Rollers – Give a striped finish to your lawn.

Cutting height – The height is the measurement from ground level to the blade of grass, so you can easily cut the grass to this height. A lawn mower with a wide cutting range is good if you have to cut lawns of different qualities or heights at different times of the year. In most cases, it is a good thing to have a setting to choose the height of your lawn. You can cut it how you want and avoid spending too much time on mowing. Some models offer a range of adjustable height settings, so be sure to take that into account. They are the same.

Mulching – It is not only a quick and easy task to bag up these clippings, but it is also an environmentally-friendly composting operation where the clippings are cut into tiny pieces and then blown back onto the lawn.

Adjustable handle – The adjustable handle makes it easier for you to find a comfortable position in relation to your height. It also means that the lawnmower is easier to store, as well as taking up less space.

Wash-port – This spigot lets you connect your garden hose to the lawnmower to clean under the deck.

Deck Types – Steel or aluminium, metal decks offer a more rigid platform compared to composite plastic decks Steel decks will last years if properly maintained and should be cleaned of grass after every cut. Aluminium decks offer a weight reduction and are longer lasting and are very resistant to rust.

Browse Some Of Our Lawnmower Product Recommendations Below –

The STIGA Twinclip 55 S-R H BBC self-propelled lawnmower with a 163 cc Honda GXV 160 OHV petrol engine has a net power output of 2.87 kW @ 2800 rpm. It has a rear roller to create a perfectly striped lawn. The hybrid steel and aluminium chassis ensures strength and durability.

The powerful and versatile STIGA Combi 753S lawnmower has a 60-litre grass collector with grass bag full indicator and 51 cm cutting width.

The cutting height adjustment is centralised and can be set to 5 positions, ranging from 25 to 80 mm, using the ergonomic handle. The robust steel chassis houses a reliable and efficient 166 cc STIGA ST 170 engine with a net power output of 2.6 kW @ 2900 rpm.

Cutting efficiency is optimised with a 4-in-1 system that offers collection, side discharge, rear discharge and mulching modes. The ergonomic, adjustable folding handle makes the Combi 753S lawnmower comfortable to use and easy to store.

The Efco LR53TKE is an extremely user friendly self propelled lawnmower, equipped with a simple push button start. It features a 51cm (21 inch) cutting width and a streamlined steel deck and a 70 litre grass collection bag with the option of mulching also. Powered by the Emak K655 Li OHV engine, displacement of 166 cc.

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