If you do not intend to use your mower for 3 to 4 weeks, start the engine with the fuel valve OFF, and allow it to run until the engine runs out of gas. Toro Recycler 20340 A good cordless mower: Though he would have strongly preferred a self-propelled model at the time, he said he was living proof that, with enough sweat and determination, a basic push mower could get the job done.
All of these features are enough to set a mower apart from the pack, but what really launches the Honda into new territory is the unique Versamow system. One thing to know about engines is that an overhead-valve engine OHV is preferred over the less-expensive side-valve engine. Everything we recommend Our pick. After every few mowings, you connect a garden hose and run both the hose and the mower for a couple minutes. Fill the fuel tank to minimize air in the tank.
Mulching puts clippings and their nitrogen [a key nutrient] back into the lawn.
Check the filter before each use. Of the top eight spots in the Consumer Reports rundown, six are Hondas, including the top five spots our pick is number two. David [last name withheld], Boston Lawnmower Company , interview. It lacks self-propulsion, but it does have other nice features: If your mowing usually takes less than 45 minutes and you want to bypass the hassles involved with owning a combustion engine, we recommend the Ego LM2101 56-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower.
To do this move, you usually push down on the handle, lifting the front wheels off the ground, and turn. The good news is most fuel-related problems can be avoided by following a few simple steps.
John Neff, Former editor-in-chief of Autoblog , interview. Please be patient. According to Honda and confirmed by Neff , if you set the mower at a certain spot between bag and full-mulch, it forces the leaves to stay in the mowing dome longer, which completely shreds them and sends them back into the lawn or disposes of them in the bag. First, John Neff reported that the speed-control dial can vibrate down to a lower speed when used on a bumpy lawn.
If you have a lawn larger than half an acre, consider getting a riding mower.
Though larger rear tires and pivoting front wheels are an option, each have advantages and drawbacks. Replace it often when used in dusty conditions.
This means that the Personal Pace drive system works for backing the mower up as well as for moving it forward. On a FWD mower, this same situation lifts weight off of the drive tires and makes them less effective at pulling the machine.
Mowers with oversized rear tires are best for rough and bumpy terrain. Top photo by Honda.
Consumer Reports has it in the middle of the pack, below both the Honda and Toro.