Find a push mower that is suited for your particular landscape. One of the factors to consider is the power source.
Reel mowers are classic lawn-care tools that use human power to spin a set of rotating knives (the reel) against a fixed blade. The cutting action is similar to that of scissors. Manual mowers work best for very small, flat lawns.
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Electric lawn mowers are quiet, pollution-free and start with the flip of a switch. Except for replacing or sharpening the blade and, on cordless models, caring for the battery, they're mostly maintenance-free. Overall, electric mowers are good for lawns measuring a quarter of an acre or less.
- Cordless models feature rechargeable batteries that provide 30 to 70 minutes of run time. Cordless mowers may struggle in tall grass.
- Corded models must remain plugged into an outlet while mowing, making it a challenge to mow large lawns or those with lots of trees and other obstructions. Corded mowers require a suitable extension cord. Follow the device manufacturer's recommendations for compatible extension cords and see Power Cord Safety Tips.
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Gasoline-powered mowers are a good choice for yards up to a 1/2 acre and are better suited than electric models for mowing more substantial growth. A gasoline-powered mower offers more power and longer cutting time, since they aren't restricted by a battery charge or the location of a power outlet.
Traditional push mowers rely solely on human power to move along. These mowers can be good choices for level lawns up to a 1/3 acre. Models with larger rear wheels give you better maneuverability around your landscape.
- Front-wheel drive (FWD) mowers are self-propelled models. The engine on a FWD mower powers the front wheels to pull the mower along, relieving you of a lot of the effort required to mow.
- Rear-wheel drive (RWD) mowers are self-propelled models that offer you more traction at the center of the mower, helping you tackle hilly terrain more easily.
- All-wheel drive (AWD) self-propelled models give you power at all four wheels. These models offer more traction and require less effort than other push mowers, making it easier to tackle larger landscapes with uneven terrain.
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