Hello my name is Ron Weingartz and I would like to go over some features and benefits of your typical residential mower. To start off with, there are electric and battery powered units. Electric and battery powered; a good application would be a smaller lawn so you don’t have to deal with the gas or the fumes and the noise of the gas. It’s typically used for smaller lawns and the electric draw back would be the cord and have the cord in the way with the advancement of battery technologies. good battery powered units are an excellent option today. From there we go into all mowers are available in push or self propelled. Push is just that, you will be doing the pushing to propel the mower. Where self propelled has power drive to the wheels, either to the front or rear wheels to basically do the work for you as far as propelling the mower across the lawn.
Mowers are available in 20, 21, 22 inch would be the standard cutting width, with different engine options. Your typical engine would be conventional side valve gas powered engine 4 cycle which means the gas will be separate but another option would be an over head valve engine. To compare an overhead valve engine to a side valve would be more torq ven though it may be the same placement would give you more power for heavier mowing conditions. When looking at a mower, mulching is a great way to go, but many mowers have a bagging option, so you may want to consider purchasing a mower that has that capability if you want to purchase the bag at the time of the mower purchase or add it on later.
Typically they are easy to change back and forth you just take the bag off and put the mulch plug in so it’s very easy to convert from a bag to a mulcher. The different deck options; steal deck is very common, steal deck is an excellent choice the only real draw back is over the course of time a steal deck can rust and you did get more vibration up in the handles then you would with aluminum or a deck.
A mower with cast aluminum decks advantage would be the deck won’t rust and it absorbs vibration so you get less vibration in the handles so it gives you longer life than a typical steal deck. Another option is Xneoy ( Nexite). The technology in the Xneoy. Xneoy gives you all the benefits of aluminum, but it’s lighter weight. Excellent performance. All these mowers will have height cut adjustments, typically they have a lever on each wheel to change your height at cut, if you want to raise the mower, depending on mowing conditions.
Self propelling features, they are available in single speed and multi speed, I’d recommend looking at a multi speed as you get into different conditions or different operators want to travel at different speeds, It gives you that flexibility the only other real feature is there are different starting features, one is what they call a zone start which would mean you would hold a bail on the mower and pull the rope, when you let go of the handle the engine will stop the alternative to that is called a blade break plus you start the mower like you would the conventional lone start to start the blade you would push the handle when you let go the blade will stop but the engine will continue to run. Another option would be an electric start this is a 12 volt with a charging system you just hold the handle turn the key and it will start electrically , which will eliminate the effort from pulling the rope to start.
I hope that helps in you making your purchasing decision and cover some of the basics and the differences in mowers..