But, If the size of your yard is somewhere in the middle, where it might be a little bit too big for a push mower but not quite big enough to justify the expense of a riding mower, there are some things basic you’ll need to consider before making any decision and that’s what I would like to go over.
The Good and Bad of a Push Mower
Let’s start with the benefit of a push mower. A push mower is less expensive than a riding mower. A cheap push lawn mower can cost a little over $100 and an expensive push mower may cost you several hundred. On the other hand, a riding mower can cost several thousand dollars. Another benefit you’ll get with a push mower is maneuverability. It will be a lot easier to get up close to trees and other obstacles with a push mower than it would be with a riding mower.
The drawback to a push mower is that it is going to take a lot of time to mow a large area with this type of lawn mower. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is because the length of the blades and the deck size in a push mower is a lot smaller. With short blades, you can’t cut as much grass at one time and you’ll have to make more passes to cut the same amount of grass. A push lawn mower is also not going to be as powerful as a riding lawn mower.
The Good and Bad of a Riding Mower
Of course, some of the obvious good and bad of a riding lawn will be in direct contrast to what we mentioned above about push lawn mowers. A riding mower is going to cost you a lot more money but you will get the job done a lot faster because it has more powerful motor and larger cutting deck. Another benefit of a riding lawn mower is that it is going to be a lot less physically demanding. You just have to drive your riding mower and it will do the rest. So it doesn’t take a lot of physical effort to do this.
Another benefit of a riding lawn mower is some of the attachments that are available for many models. That means you can get attachments that will help not only with mowing but also with mulching, hauling, bagging etc. A lot of riding mowers also have features designed for the comfort of the rider. Such as padded and adjustable seats, steering wheels that are designed to remain cool and comfortable, etc.
Making Your Decision
For the most part, the choice between a riding or push lawn mower will be an easy one. If you have a small yard it doesn’t make sense to buy a large, just go with push lawn mower. If you have a very large yard, then a riding mower would be the only option.
If the size of your yard is on the borderline between the need for a push mower or a riding mower, then your choice will be a little more difficult. You just have to figure out how much you’re willing to spend and how much time a riding mower might be able to save you.
Hope you have your own good choice, please feel free to share your opinions below!