Push Mower vs. Self-Propelled

Few people look forward to mowing the lawn each week, but it does not have to feel like such a chore. Take a look at the equipment you use, for example. Your lawn mower could play a major role in how effective and arduous this task becomes. Walk-behind motorized lawn mowers come in two common styles. Most people know the push mower, which requires the user to push a motorized blade cutter with wheels across the lawn. The second version is the self-propelled motor. It works similar, but the motor does more work for the user. This small difference matters a lot when choosing between a push or self-propelled mower.

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Push Mower vs. Self-Propelled

Work

You have to do all the work when using a push mower, as the motor only spins the cutting blade. A self-propelled mower mechanically pushes the mower forward with a gearbox connected to either the front or rear wheels. You simply guide it where it needs to go, and lawn mowing results in a less back-breaking experience.

Speed

A push mower goes only as fast as you push it because the user propels the wheels. A one-speed self-propelled mower goes 3 miles per hour. A variable-speed version, which uses a throttle on the handle for control, goes up to 3 1/2 miles per hour. If you feel like you spend way too much time mowing your yard with a push mower, a self-propelled mower could dramatically reduce the time spent on this chore.

Weight

Self-propelled mowers weigh more due to the propulsion gearbox. Although minimal, you may still notice the extra weight. A push mower is somewhat easier to maneuver because of its lower weight, but remember that you still must exert more effort to move it due to the lack of a propelling motor.

Price

For a consumer on a budget, push mowers are much cheaper. Self-propelled mowers tend to cost twice as much as a push mower.

Engine

Self-propelled mowers have larger engines that can do more work than push mowers. Manufacturers sell self-propelled mowers as premium mowers that have more options and bigger engines than the standard versions.

Different Types of Propelled Mowers

After deciding that a self-propelled mower is right for you, you must consider one more detail: is your yard flat or hilly? The difference could determine whether you choose rear-drive or front-drive self-propelled mower. A rear-drive self-propelled mower designed for hills pulls the rear wheels instead of the front wheels. A front-drive self-propelled version pulls the front wheels and works best on flat land.


Steven Diggs, Jr.

Steven Diggs, Jr. has been writing professionally since 2008. His work can be seen published all over the Web, including on the Appalachian Independent website. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and history from Frostburg State University.