A lawn mower is usually a large machine using one or more spinning blades to cut a lawn surface into an even, circular height. The height of this cut grass can be set by the configuration of the mower’s blades, usually by a master lever, or by some other mechanism, typically by either a single lever or by a bolt and lock on each of the machines’ wheels. Riding lawn mowers are mowers that are used with a stand. Usually there is a space between the front seat and the mower’s body, which the rider uses to sit and have feet planted on the ground while riding.
Lawn mowers are powered either by gasoline, electricity, or both, depending on the engine type. There are two basic types of lawn mower engines: gas-powered and electric-powered. The electric mowers are generally smaller and have a lighter weight than their gasoline-powered cousins, although this is beginning to change as battery technology becomes more advanced. Both types of engine power have their advantages and disadvantages, and you will need to determine what is most suitable for your lawn’s needs before deciding which to purchase.
There are also two main styles of cutting deck that a lawn mower has: overhead and horizontal. For most people, an overhead model is easier to use on flat, level lawns, but if your lawn is uneven or you have more steep slopes to deal with, then the horizontal option is the best. For the most versatility, choose a mower with both a cutting deck and a cutting hose. These allow you to run the lawn mower under power or to use the cutting deck in dry, sunny conditions and the hose in wet, muddy conditions. This allows you to mow multiple areas at once, so you can run the lawn mower in even areas, not just in neatly lined up rows.