Is your lawn mower budget limited? Next 5 inexpensive lawn mowers have advantages over the newer, more sophisticated and expensive machines
Mowing the lawn is a chore which most homeowners have to do and although they may have to expend time on mowing their lawns, they do not necessarily have to spend a great deal of money as there are relatively cheap lawn mowers available
Here then are 5 of what we consider to be among the best cheap mowers on the market today.
1. The Lightweight Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO
As this mower is powered by an electric motor it is far lighter than most fuel powered mowers perhaps making it ideal for the elderly. Its lightweight is also contributed to by the fact that it only has a 14” blade which, although smaller than many, does make it easier to access and mow in smaller areas.
With 3 adjustable cutting height settings, this small and relatively inexpensive mower is particularly cost effective for smaller lawns, making their upkeep much easier and cheaper. For convenience the mower comes with a choice of either bagging the cut grass or discharging via a chute and one of its main advantages is that the chute is on the side, avoiding the user from getting covered in cut grass. Although this mower’s size and weight may make it less expensive and easier to maneuver, it also means it has a smaller bag for cuttings which will need emptying more frequently.
- Engine: 13-amp motor
- Cutting width: 14″
- Height of Cut: 1.18″ -2.52″
- Weight: 30 lb
- Small catcher bag
- Prone to burning out when long extension cables are used
2. Power without Price – Poulan Pro PR450N20S
Although relatively inexpensive compared with most powered lawn mowers this has many of the features other more expensive makes have including being self-propelled over relatively level lawns.
Mowing the lawn can be tiring as well as time consuming and so any assistance your mower can afford you is a bonus but that assistance can come usually at a high price however, this mower allows you many of the benefit of a high priced, walk behind mower but at a cost of less than $200, a much lower price tag. A speed of 3MPH can be provided by this mower’s 125cc Briggs & Stratton engine and whilst it does have a pull start rope, it is easy to prime and therefore also easy to start. As this mower may not be as complex or as sophisticated as many other walk behind mowers, which of course means it does not have as many features, it also means it is lighter and therefore more maneuverable in most situations. Its light weight does come at a price though and that is that some of the parts are made from flimsy materials which are more prone to damage.
- Engine: Briggs & Stratton, 125 cc
- Cutting width: 20″
- Height of Cut: 1.56″ – 3.06″
- Weight: 51 lb
- Inferior materials
- Prone to damage
3.Eco-Friendly American Lawn Mower Company 1204-14
As this mower is of the push variety, it not only means that it is eco-friendly but also means there are no messy oil changes or expensive power costs involved, adding to its inexpensive price. This type of mower can also provide a cleaner cut as the rotary blades, used with power motors, hack the grass causing the grass’s fluids to leak which attracts insects and disease. In contrast to this the 4 heat treated steel blades on this mower cleanly cut the grass with scissor precision every time, leaving a lawn not only looking good but also in a healthy condition.
As this mower has no engine its assembly is easy and has no unhealthy emissions or annoying noise when in use. The mower has adjustable cutting heights ranging from 0.5 “ to 1.75” which means it can provide for shorter, neater lawns than most other mowers, powered or not but as twigs can jam it, raking the lawn is sometimes necessary first.
Although this mower is relatively easy to push, it still requires pushing unlike powered mowers which really only need steering.
- Engine: non powered
- Cutting width: 14″
- Height of Cut: 0.5 – 1.5″
- Weight: 19 lb
- Sturdy, sharp blades
- No maintenance
- Easy assembly
- Not powered
- Raking may be necessary
4. Easy to Assemble Earthwise 50214
Like other electric mowers this mower is far less noisy than gas powered mowers and in most instances, far easier to assemble. With just 2 screws to tighten on receipt, this mower can quickly and easily be mowing your lawn with just the minimum of effort from you.
Although the mower may not be as powerful as gas powered mowers it is still powerful enough for most lawns even if they do undulate and its light weight makes it easier to cross cut on those slopes. However, as the mower does have less power, a second mowing may be needed for lawns with excessive stubborn weeds. With a single lever for height adjustment and a folding handle, this mower needs minimal space for storage when not in use.
Although the mower offers options for either mulch or side disposal of cut grass, its blades can sometimes be misaligned allowing it to cause damage to its deck and blades
- Engine: 8 Amp Motor
- Cutting width: 14″
- Height of Cut: 1.5″ – 4″
- Weight: 36.4 lb
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to stow
- Blade alignment may need to be checked
- Lacks power for some more diverse lawns
5. Light and Versatile Sun Joe MJ501M
Although this mower is powered by its user, its 2 x 10’ and 2 x 6” wheels make for easy pushing and its 5 steel blades enable a clean cut. Although most users’ remarks and reviews mention this mower’s versatility with 9 cutting settings, many also mention its convenience due to a large (6.6 gallon) bag which enables less frequent emptying.
The mower is easy to assemble and as it has no motor, is also virtually maintenance free as well as quiet and eco-friendly. The different sized wheels of the mower allow for good maneuverability and its padded handles allows for comfort whilst using.
Although this mower is relatively easy to push, it does still require pushing and although that sometimes means a lawn may need clearing of the more stubborn weeds and twigs after mowing most owners agree that the effort is worth it due to its otherwise efficient results and its need for no maintenance or running costs.
- Engine: non powered
- Cutting width: 18″
- Height of Cut: 1.63″ – 2.63″
- Weight: 34 lb
- Quiet and friendly to the environment
- Easy assembly and little maintenance
- Effectiveness and efficiency
- Light and versatile
- Large bag
- Manually powered
- Twigs may have to be picked up by hand
Although today many people look for the easy way to do things which means buying a powered lawn mower for cutting their lawns, there are those that prefer quality to easy. Powered mowers may be easier and perhaps faster than push mowers but few can match the effectiveness of a hand pushed mower when it comes to the finished result.
There are of course powered mowers which are relatively cheap. Although almost as cheap as non-powered mowers in some cases, care should be taken when deciding on which mower to buy when looking for an inexpensive one. In many instances it is not the price of a mower which determines its effectiveness or value for money, especially in these times when cheap alternatives always seem to be available but you should ask yourself how a mower can be so much cheaper than others which offer similar features.
The answer is of course simple as it is because it was either made with inferior materials or to lower standards than its competitors. The use of inferior materials or being manufactured to lower standards may allow the mowers to be sold cheaper but considering the extra maintenance costs and repairs which may later have to be paid for, are they really cheaper in the long term?
Most property owners that have lawns will usually not only have them to improve the look of their property but also to play their part in maintaining a healthy environment. It is for this reason that many of the owners consider the cost to the environment in keeping their lawns neat and short, as well as the cost of the mowers they will use. Of course though, consideration must also be given to the amount of effort it will take to maintain the lawn and so it are all these 3 things which should be taken into consideration when buying a mower; initial cost, effort and effect on the environment.