Don't Overlook These Features When Choosing a New Lawnmower

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A self-propelled, push lawnmower can be sufficient for you if you have a smaller yard that doesn't require the use of a riding lawnmower. When you're ready to get a new push lawnmower, you may actually be surprised at the options and choices you have, so note a few features to consider to ensure you get the right type for yourself.

1. Gas versus electric

An electric lawnmower is very lightweight and won't do much good when it comes to cutting thick grass, and especially grass that is often overgrown with weeds and brush. You also need to consider a cumbersome extension cord and if you have enough cord to reach your entire lawn.

On the other hand, if you have a very small plot of grass, an electric mower means not having to fill the engine with gas or worry about spark plugs, oil changes, and the like. An electric mower can then be simpler to own overall.

2. Drive

As with your car, lawnmowers may come with front wheel, rear wheel, and all wheel drive. Front wheel drive mowers may offer less power to propel the mower along, but they're easier to tip up and maneuver around obstacles. This might be good if you have a lot of landscaping features to work around when you cut the grass. Rear wheel mowers will give you more propulsion so they're good for hilly and uneven terrain. All wheel drive mowers provide power to all four wheels for maximum propulsion; these can be good through soft or muddy soil and through thick, tall grass.

3. Cut width

This refers to the width of the blades and how wide of a path you can cut at once. While you may be tempted to get the widest cut width possible so you can cut more grass at once, remember your yard's landscaping features, trees, and the like; a very wide cut width may not fit in that small path between a tree and your home's garage. In turn, you'll need to use a weed trimmer to cut spots like those. Balance your desire to get the grass cut quickly with the smaller width you'll need to fit in those tight spots around your lawn.

4. Blade stopper

It's always good to consider a blade stopper of some sort; this can be a clutch or disengage button that stops the blades from spinning but not the mower's engine from running. This allows you to empty the bag, clear obstacles, or otherwise work safely around the mower without having to restart the engine, thereby reducing wear and tear on its parts.

For more information, talk to a company like Cox Mowers.


28 March 2016

Creating An Organised And Functional Kitchen

The kitchen is the most used room in my home, and in the past, I found it could get messy and chaotic very quickly. Trying to cook dinner when you can't find an essential appliance or see past the clutter on the counter is no fun. I realised I enjoyed my time in the kitchen more and was more productive when my kitchen was organised and laid out in a way that optimised functionality. I changed my kitchen cleaning and organising routine, decluttered, got rid of appliances I don't use and moved things around to ensure frequently used items were easy to reach. I started this blog to share my tips for creating a kitchen that's enjoyable to use, and I post about ways you can optimise the space you have. I hope you find my posts useful.