While spring and summer are behind us, it’s always a good time to start thinking about lawn care solutions for the next year. Perhaps your mowing has become a slog during summer months, or you’re a professional after an upgrade to make your work more efficient — whatever you’re looking for in a mower, your friends at Everglades Equipment Group can help. We carry all kinds of mowers and want to help our customers find the right mower for their needs. In that spirit, we’ve put together a short guide to mowers.
Your own preference might end up determining the type of mower you purchase, and often it’s the financials that help prospective buyers make a final decision, but at the end of the day you’ll want something that suits needs that doesn’t go too big or too small. To narrow down your search, start with broad ideas about what kind of mower you’ll want. For example, some people don’t mind the long process of a push mower, while others might be limited in their ability to stand or walk and thus require something they can ride. And if the lawn work you have in mind is more professional or else you’re dealing with an extremely large area to cut, you’ll probably be less inclined for a slow walk-behind mower and more interested in a lawn tractor or zero-turn mower.
Push and Walk-Behind Mowers
The standard for residential lawn care, push and walk-behind mowers give the everyday consumer access to serious grass cutting power without the cost of a riding mower. Push mowers might bring to mind an image of suburban living, with a morning mow across an idealized patch of grass. And that’s what these mowers are best at: small patches. You don’t have to worry about anything like fuel, and you won’t be making enough clippings to justify needing any other attachments or accessories other than a collection bag, if that. They come in a variety of widths and are the most affordable mower option out there.
Walk-behind mowers turn mowing into a leisurely stroll. They’re extremely common for residential use and can handle a lot of lawn, though sometimes you might wish it were a bit faster or could bag more clippings. Fortunately they are hardy pieces of equipment and come in a variety of fuel types as well as propelling options. Walk-behind mowers are still quite affordable and will last without much in the way of maintenance.
Riding mowers are the first choice for groundskeeping and land management services to tackle lawns that are just too big to work with a walking mower. If it takes you more than two hours to mow your lawn at home, it might be time to think about an upgrade yourself. The most basic of riding mowers have a rear-mounted motor and only provide little more than a place to sit and steer.
Lawn tractors are the next step up, with more powerful engines and wider cutting decks to make your big lawn all the more manageable. And like any tractor worth its wheels, lawn tractors often offer PTO capabilities so you can hook up attachments for even more power and utility.
And for the true lawn manicurists out there, a zero-turn mower might hold some interest. As their names suggest, zero-turn mowers are capable of executing turns with an effective radius of zero, meaning you can simply turn after finishing a pass to line up perfectly for the next. They’re especially fast for riding mowers, offer the most precise cut, and can handle obstacles effectively. However, they’re trickier to learn and are the most expensive option talked about here.
Figuring out the right mower for you means understanding what kind of power and utility you need and how you can apply them to your lawn. Under or overestimating your needs could land you with more problems, so don’t hesitate to call or head into Everglades Equipment Group, where our team of dedicated professionals will happily answer all your questions and help you find a solution to your lawn care problems. We have locations throughout Central and Southern Florida. Come in today!