ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best Lawn Mower for Small Yards

Updated on April 21, 2013

Best Lawn Mower for Small Yards

This is why the cheapest mulching lawn mower you can find is the best for your yard.

I don't want to hear about awesome features, consumer reports, cost of repairs, etc. The best lawn mower for your small, typical, American family in suburbia yard is the cheapest mulching lawn mower you can find. Period!

Buy it, use it, throw it away, buy another one.

Why is mulching important?

Ouch!

The only requirement I have when I buy a lawnmower (yes you can spell it with or without the space) is that it has mulching. This basically means that the grass is cut up and left where it was. Why get one without mulching that will discharge at high velocity anything you run over? Looking to damage your neighbors house? Seriously, the mulch feature is priceless. Gone are the days of shooting grass, sticks, rocks out the side chute. Sure you still have to be safe as things are moving quite fast under there and yes, things still come flying out, but overall just chopping up the grass is the goal.

Besides, the grass just floats around in there and comes out underneath in a relatively even pattern. You don't even notice it unless it's been a month since you last cut! The side chutes seem to create a nice mosaic on your lawn with little walls of chopped up grass.

Other Features of Lawn Mowers

Who cares?

Hey, you got a bag on yours. Ok, if you like cleaning up the cut grass so your lawn looks nice and well kept, I'll give you the bag. Otherwise, what features do you really need on a lawn mower? Gas primer? Most lawn mowers are doing away with that little red ball and still start on one pull. But is it that hard to bend over and push it 3 times? If you have to pay more, will you? How about just go for the electric start? Okay, if you are thinking "hey, that's a nice idea" you need to start reading this page from the beginning.

It starts

It cuts grass

What else is important?

Yours propels itself? Wow, that's gotta save you approximately 12 calories mowing your 20x50 lawn.

Yours has a 12hp engine? Wow, you planning on letting the grass get 3' high? You can even get the premium engines now with overhead cams. Oooohhhhh! Why?

Variable speeds? Seriously?

Electric start? Pretty soon they all will be. But until then, it's a fluff feature.

How to find a good deal

Amazon if you can wait for shipping, Sears if you want it today

Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, Valu Home Centers...they all sell lawn mowers. They all have the teaser model on their websites and in their local ads. This is the model you typically want. Most mowers mulch these days. Most have a gas primer on them. If you spend more than $250 for a gas lawn mower, and you have a typical suburban lot, you're nuts.

Don't leave it out in the rain

Don't run over rocks and tree roots

Use it til it's dead, throw it away, get another one.

I spend about $139-$159 on a lawn mower every 3-4 years. Now I see the prices have finally gone up to around $189 - $249 for the basic model. As sad as that is to a guy like me, I can't expect prices to stay the same forever I guess.

To me, the cheap model is worth it. I don't get my lawn mower serviced, I don't change the oil, I don't do anything with it but cut the lawn. I will admit to cleaning the air filter when it starts acting funny like when it bogs down every time you turn, stop, lift the front, etc. Other than that, use it and throw it away. Ok, I actually replaced the blade on one because I failed to follow the "Don't run over rocks and tree roots" rule and it was only 1 year old. Silly me, $34 later it's much better.

Lawn Mowers on Amazon right now

All of these are less than $250 as of 8-17-12

Join Squidoo

Its better than blogging

I just love squidoo. You can write any type of article and it doesn't have to fit any overall theme or go with the rest of your stuff. It's free, and some people even make money doing it!

JOIN SQUIDOO and share your thoughts with the rest of the world!

Go ahead, convince me I'm wrong

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      You Rock--Thanks for the great perspective and FABULOUS reality check!! Think I'm gonna try the Craftsman (optional side discharge) mulching mower. A lightweight beauty at $179.00

    • justDawn1 profile image

      justDawn1 

      6 years ago

      Very nice! :)

    • ryurek lm profile imageAUTHOR

      ryurek lm 

      7 years ago

      @JoshK47: Exactly! And though I don't know for sure, I bet they last around 3 years...which is probably 2 years more than the warranty you'd get from a $500 lawnmower.

    • profile image

      JoshK47 

      7 years ago

      Can't do too much to convince you that you're wrong, these seem like pretty solid machines. :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)