How to Find the Best Mower for Your Lawn

Ride on lawn mowers have been around for quite some time now.  I can remember when I was just a little kid and we moved up from the suburbs to a new place that was on acreage.  Being so young at the time, I think from memory I was about 10 years old seeing this big brand-new ride on lawnmower was so cool.

Since that very day of having my first go on it I have never looked back.  You know when you’re living in the city and you have a small block there really is no need for such a big machine.  But when you start moving into the country or you have a house with a large block of land with a bit of acreage, then you are definitely going to need to get yourself a ride on.

So what do you get? There is quite a few different types or should we say styles of ride on mowers available in the marketplace today.  The most basic and cheap ride on mower can be bought from such places as Wal-Mart or Bunnings.  These machines are usually on the lower end of the quality scale and if you don’t have very much grass to take care of these will hold out quite well.  But on the other hand if you do have a fair bit more lawn to mow or if you need to do it every weekend you’re going to need to get a better machine.

 

I guess the next step up from the residential machine would be to go into the commercial range equipment.  Not only does the quality increase here but also the style of machine, you have more options.

So now you can start looking at what are called zero turn lawn mowers.  These units are my personal favourite because they’re fun to drive and they can really cut down the grass a lot quicker than your standard non-zero turn mower.

The main common one hear is the machine that has the two leavers that you hang on to so that you can steer the machine left or right.  These are pretty much like army tank controls, or skid steer bobcat type controls.

To make the mower go forward you would push both sticks together at once forward. And then to make it go backwards you would pull them backwards together at the same time.  Turning left or right means that you have to push one stick forward and one stick backwards.

These machines that I’m talking about now will usually have the cutting deck underneath your seat or out front underneath your feet.  There will also only be two main driving wheels one on the left side and one on the right side.

There is another type of the zero turn mower that has a steering wheel, an example is one of the Cub Cadet machines.

These machines have the ability to mow a lot more grass per hour per acre than your standard ride on mower.  The ability to turn so sharply means you don’t have to keep going forwards, backwards, forwards, backwards to turn around a corner.

These things simply follow any contour around in the garden edging or around any tree, allowing for maximum cutting time or efficiency.

And finally after of the commercial range of lawnmowers you have the industrial range left.  Here you step up again in quality features and comfort.  Very large cutting widths are now available along with exceptional ground travel speed and cutting speed.  The build quality of these units are the best of the best.  They are literally designed to be run into the ground 24 hour per day. So if you need to mow full on each and every day for contracting or you own a national park these are the class of machine you need to look into.

There are so many different machines in the marketplace today, how are you going to know which one to get.  Which models have larger cutting widths? Which machines can cut more grass per hour? Well you can take a look at this website ride on lawn mowers where we look at a whole range of different types of ride on mowers.

8 Steps to String a Weed Eater

If your weedeater’s string has come off or needs replacing, you will be happy to know that it is an easy procedure to replace it. Your manual will have the specific instructions on your particular brand and model so be to follow that and use us as a supplementary guide. You will need a new weed eater rated cord or string, your weed eater and possibly an oil wrench or specific tool that came with your device.

 

1. Of course the first thing you should do is make sure the weed eater is de-energized by removing any power sources and pressing the trigger to ensure it is not going to turn on while you’re working on it. Another reason is any energy that is stored inside will be discharged and not give you an unpleasant shock.

2. This is a good time to clean it up. Make sure any grass and debris is removed from the whipping chamber.

3. The spool itself will have some locks and you will have to push on the spool and flip the locks to release the spool itself. After that, carefully remove the spool from its housing.

4. Remove any old line and debris. Next you will feed in the new line. It is kind of like sewing a button on a shirt if you have ever done that. You don’t need to tie off the line inside because it will be secured by the internal locking device.

5. Now you can wrap the trimmer line in the direction of the arrows. You will notice two groves and instruction where the line is to be sitting.

6. Now you can place the spool back in the weed eater chamber and ensure that the trimmer line is fed through and coming out of both sides of the spool. You will hear a snap when the spool is locked in to place properly.

7. Once the spool is in place you will need to pull on both ends of the trimmer line at the same time. This will again ensure it is locked and properly seated. If your weed eater has a locking ring it will need to be replaced now as well.

8. The last thing is to test it. Before you go out with guns a blazing, it is important to start slow. Make sure you are wearing the proper safety equipment and start the trimmer off slowly. If something seems off or smoke develops, turn it off immediately. If everyone looks okay, then you can try it full power. Also try varying the speeds. Your next test will involve actually cutting some grass or debris. Again if all goes well, then you are set.

That’s all there is to it. Replacing a weed eater string is simple and will give you the performance you need when cleaning up your yard. Remember to work safe!

Propane vs Gas vs Electric String Trimmers

String Trimmers are necessary tools to tide grassy areas around gardens, trees and fences and also cutting overgrown brush that are higher than that a mower can cope with. String trimmers come in different types in terms of their source of power supply. Each of them has its own cons and pros and choosing between them depends on a number of factors including the extent of the area, price, and environmental factors.

Gas Trimmers

Gas trimmers are the most common type of trimmer available in the market. This type of trimmer is more powerful than other types and therefore is great for tall weeds and big yards. It is available with a two-cycle engine and a four-cycle engine. The latter is a suitable choice for very big yards. In addition it is cordless and so can be easily moved and there is not any limit to how far they can reach provided that they are filled with gas. However, this trimmer is more expensive, produces more air pollutants and noise as it works with actual engine, and so needs regular maintenance. Some models also require mixed fuels (i.e. oil and gas) resulting a lot of clean up.

Electric Trimmers

Electric trimmers are easier to handle than gas trimmers as they have much less weight, are less expensive and produce much less noise since do not use a motor, and therefore do not produce air pollution. However, they are less powerful, have short battery life (20-30 minutes), and they need relatively long recharging time (1-2 hours). Finally, since a cored is added to them their mobility is slightly comprised, however this would not cause concern as most of them are provided with the battery powered option.

Propane Trimmers

Propane trimmer is much cleaner for the environment than its gas counterparts as it produces much less exhaust emissions and almost eliminates evaporative emissions. Moreover, it does not have limitations of electric trimmers on damage and tangles created by connecting cord and the frustrations of dead batteries and the time should be spent for battery recharging. It produces much more power than electric trimmers.  Furthermore, it seems to be competitive with its gas and electric counterparts in terms of price. However, it has also some drawbacks. First, it is relatively heavier than other two types making in difficult to be moved, and second the propane tank is not refillable and should be recycled at specific locations.

A Simple Zero Turn Lawn Mower Guide

We all know that the key features of a lawn mower are its revolving blades that are used to cut the grass and its body. In old days, mechanical mowers were used that usually come with a cylindrical body that has wheels connected at the end below.

The wheels are directly connected to the revolving blades. So whenever a person applies force to move the wheels, blades also revolve thus mowing the grass area. The person had to apply force into the mower and move around the whole yard for at least two times to evenly mow it because of the low precision of the mechanical mower.

With the advancement in technology, the mower technology has improved a lot. Riding mowers are state-of-the-art technology that are frequently used due to their ease and comfort. These are easy to use because the user just sits on the mower and uses automatic levers and steering wheel to control the movement.

Engines are used to move the 4-wheel chassis like assembly of the mower around the yard. They are also deployed in revolving the cutting blades, that are used to cut the grass, at an even speed. John Deere Z355E is one such advance mower that provides us with the fast and time efficient mowing experience.

There are two most common types of mower present.

  • Lawn Tractor
  • Zero-Turn Mower

Lawn Tractor

Lawn tractor is more like a small agricultural tractor that is used to mow large lawns. It is a riding mower which is most of the time powered by an engine or electricity. You can literally ride the lawn tractor while mowing the lawn. Therefore, it is very convenient, easy and user-friendly as it does not exhaust its user.

It is equipped with a 4-wheel chassis assembly that has two driving wheels, a steering wheel that controls the movement of the chassis, and its sharp revolving blades. Steering wheel mostly controls the front wheels and that is how it is mostly similar to car. It comes with a seat where the rider sits and controls the steering wheel. The Land Tractor also provides us with pedals thus allowing us to have a very convenient car-like experience. The blades are mounted in between the front and rear axles, thus they lie somewhere in the middle.

The controls are quite easy as well. Different transmission mechanisms are deployed for the drive of the lawn tractor. Most common of these are manual transmission, and the most expensive is electric transmission. Hydrostatic transmissions are also used to transfer the torque as they are easier to use.

The deck of the lawn tractor is usually made up of steel or plastic (if it’s an electric mower) in order to avoid rusting. The mower comes with special mulching blades that make sure that the blades keep on rotating smoothly under the chassis.

Zero-Turn Mower

Zero-turn mower is another standard riding mower that does not have steering wheel. The key features of a zero-turn riding mower are its fast speed and efficient time which makes its user have a very pleasant and convenient experience. They are preferred mostly due to their speed and time efficiency. They are able to mow large lawns in a very shorter amount of time. They provide special lever controls that increase their turning time efficiency.

Zero-Turn mowers come with a special and easy to use ignition mechanism. It is just a “read and start” engine mechanism, means you only need to ignite it once to get the engine started. It also comes with a button that controls whether to lower the revolving blades or not. Zero-Turn mowers not only mow fast but also very meticulously. Once a lawn is mowed using zero-turn mower, no further trimming is needed. This is how well the zero-turn mowers do their jobs.

The turning mechanism of zero-turn mower lies within the two control levers. As they do not have steering wheels, the levers are used to control the mower direction. Rider pushes both the lever to front to mow forward and push it back to mow backward. In order to turn left, the rider moves the left wheel, or move both the wheels in reversal to achieve the left and similarly the right movement.

Many brands achieve this lever control using different techniques and mechanisms, the most common of which is hydraulic speed control for each of the drive wheels. Zero-Turn mowers exist both for home use and commercial use, varying in speed, power, torque and size of the cutting deck. Most of the times Zero-Turn mower are more expensive than the conventional riding mowers and lawn tractors. That is because of their fast driving service and high precision.

John Deere Z355E Model

Now that we know the basic difference between Zero-Turn mower and a Lawn Tractor, lets discuss some of the key features of one of the very commonly used John Deere Z355E mower. John Deere Z355E is a Zero-Turn mower which is not only fast in its service but also a very reliable zero-turn mower. It comes with both 42-inch and 48-inch deck models. It’s a mower that features 22hp V-twin engine. It also provides its user with a very comfortable riding seat with armrests which makes it very desirable by the consumers.

Hydro-gear transmission is used in this mower and it provides 7mph mowing speed. The mower has a socket which is used to control the height of the revolving blades. Thus the users are able to vary the height of the blades as per their requirements and achieve the desired precision during the mowing. It is fast, and not only fast but also very reliable

Therefore, to sum up, both the mowers are riding mowers, lawn mower provides more user-friendly experience as it is just like a car however zero-turn mower offers more speed and precision but is expensive.