How to Choose a Lawn Mower

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Tired of spending the entire afternoon pulling and tugging, trying to get that antique lawnmower to turn over? Has your precious tractor turned into a dust collector, parked permanently in the garage? Maybe then, it’s time to think about purchasing a new mower to tackle those endless yard projects.

Whether you’re a new homeowner looking to take care of that brand new lawn or just looking to upgrade old-equipment, choosing the right mower for your lawn may seem like a daunting task. However, by following these simple steps, you can take the guesswork out of this purchase:

Know Your Yard

Cutting a lawn on a John Deere riding mower.

The key to buying a new lawn mower is knowing the type of machine your yard needs. Take a walk around. How big is your yard? Is it flat and smooth, or sloping? Do you need to mow around trees, sweep off your patio or plow your driveway?

If you’re working with less than half an acre, a walk-behind mower will do the trick. Do you have inclines? John Deere offers an array of self-propelled mowers that will make cutting up and down those hills quick and effortless.

A ride-on mower may be a better choice for those with larger acreage, but make sure to pay attention to the mower’s maneuverability if you have to tightly turn around many obstacles. These days, riding mowers offer different options for traction and turn radius with the added versatility of attachments.

All Grass Isn’t Alike

Grass comes in many different shapes and sizes. How thick and course your grass is will factor in on how powerful a mower you’ll need. Lawns with thicker, tougher grass will require a mower with higher horsepower and bigger, taller wheels. If you want your mower to stick around for a while, you’ll need to make sure you have enough power to handle the grass in your yard.

How Handy Are You?

Ask yourself, how often am I going to use my mower? If you know you’ll be putting your mower to good use, make sure you purchase a machine you’ll know how to maintain and tune properly. Choose a brand with a reputable maintenance record or take advantage of John Deere’s Ready To Mow™ mobile maintenance service. A well-kept, clean lawn mower can last for many years.

Check Your Wallet

What’s your budget like? Thanks to advancements in technology, even the more basic models offer nice amenities like cruise control and hydrostatic steering. How long will you be living in this home? Lawn mowers can be a pain to move from home to home, so look at what you can realistically afford for the time needed.

Talk with your local dealer or retailer and tell him what you’re working with. They know their equipment and can help you make the right decisions for the right amount.

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Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.


  1. Thank you for sharing this tips! Now I have ideas of what to consider before buying a lawnmower. I’ll make a list of everything and check out the fittest equipment for this. And of course, I will decide how much budget I’ll be going to allow this.


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