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Old 06-23-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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I'm debating on what kind of mower to get for my new house. The lot is tiny ~.15 acres. In my opinion either an electric or gas push mower would be just fine. What kind of mower would you go with?

  • Corded Electric
  • Battery
  • Gas
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A gas craftsman push mower, there great for the price.

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Old 06-23-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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Definately corded electric.
Zero maintainance.
No gas to store or forget to fill.
No worries about battery charge.

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I need to buy a new one as well. The one my old man gave me is just about dead.

I'm also thinking about an OLD SCHOOL push mower. The only thing holding me back is I won't be able to use it to mulch leaves in the fall. But, my lawn's about the same size as yours, and a little bit of exercise won't kill me. Plus, be nice to not have to worry about gas (and since I burn so little, I think it's going bad on me), or lugging around an electric cord.

I used a battery-powered electric at an old apartment (I mowed the lawn for free laundry); PITA. Wicked heavy. If I go electric, it'll be with a cord.

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I need to buy a new one as well. The one my old man gave me is just about dead.

I'm also thinking about an OLD SCHOOL push mower. The only thing holding me back is I won't be able to use it to mulch leaves in the fall. But, my lawn's about the same size as yours, and a little bit of exercise won't kill me. Plus, be nice to not have to worry about gas (and since I burn so little, I think it's going bad on me), or lugging around an electric cord.
Are you talking about the real old ones, the ones that have the three blades like a combine and turn when you push it?
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Yup. Need to do some research into what's available these days, I've seen one kicking around at The Depot but I think there are some newer permutations that are a bit easier to push around.

My thing is I want something that's pretty lightweight, since I have one section of lawn that's basically a 45 degree angle and a real PITA to mow. I have to put on my old football cleats just to keep my footing.

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I'm in pretty good shape and young to boot so I would not mind getting a little bit of a workout.

Whenever I say corded electric, people start the "You'll cut the cord" mantra akin to "You'll shoot your eye out kid."

But, I have dealt with corded electric when I was 13-15. It was a little bit of a pain, but I never ran over the cord.

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For a lot that small, corded electric is the way to go.

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I'd go corded electric with a lot of that size. Anything bigger and I would go self propelled gas.

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I've got a very small lot also, but I'm glad I went with a self-propelled mower. I bought a "Yard Man" from Costco 4-5 years ago, and it cost me about $250. It come with a 6.5HP Kawasaki engine, a mulching deck, and a decent size bag. The self-propelled feature really helps this time of year when the grass is growning fast...I can rip through my whole lawn in about 35 minutes and barely break a sweat! It's been very reliable too, and starts on the first or second pull, even when it's been put away for a week. I was leery of the brand, but it has turned out to be a great purchase...for about the half the price of the nice Honda I was looking at before.

EDIT: This is the same brand, but now they have a Briggs and Stratton Engine: YardMan at Walmart

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