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Deciding Between a Gas or Electric Lawn Mower

by Allison E. Beatty, All About Lawns Columnist

If you're tired of pushing a lawn mower around your big yard, it may be time to switch to a riding lawn mower. These heavy-duty machines are more costly than a typical push lawn mower, however. Here's how to decide which is right for you.
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What's Your Yard Size

When debating whether to buy a riding lawn mower, consider the size of your yard. If your yard is one half acre or more, you're a good candidate for a riding lawn mower. This type of machine:
  • Is more comfortable when mowing large yards.
  • Has more power to get through large lawns.
  • Costs more than a push lawn mower. Prices start around $800.

As you shop for riding lawn mowers, consider:
  • The size of the lawn mower blade. Larger blades cut a wider area and move through yards more quickly.
  • The paths around your trees and other plantings. If you'll have to maneuver around small yard sections, will the riding mower fit? Otherwise, you'll have to go back through the yard with a push mower.
  • Where you'll store the mower.

When to Buy a Push Mower

Traditional push lawn mowers offer a host of features and are easy to maneuver. If you have a large yard that is divided into several small sections of grass, then you may end up using a push mower to get through those spaces. In that scenario, why spend the extra money on a riding lawn mower? Among the other benefits of a push mower are:
  • Easy to store. A typical push mower can fit along the side of a garage, as opposed to a riding lawn mower, which requires more space.
  • Easier to turn and stop than a riding lawn mower.

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About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer and founder of the Web site Renovator's Place. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement Web sites.

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