How do I Choose the Best Cheap Lawn Mower?

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Finding a cheap lawn mower is usually not that difficult to do, however, you should keep in mind that price often reflects quality. If you are in need of a high quality cheap lawn mower, it may be a good idea to look at used mowers. Sometimes, very expensive brand name mowers can be found used, and often at substantial savings. Other places to find a better quality lawn mower that is still cheaper include outlet stores and auctions.

When determining the type of cheap lawn mower you should purchase, think about your lawn maintenance needs. If you have a large or hilly lawn that requires frequent mowing, you probably need a mower with some extras. You might want to consider self-propelled or riding mowers. In addition, if you prefer a manicured lawn, you probably need a mower that has a bag attachment to catch the cut grass. Understanding your needs will help you choose a suitable type of lawn mower.

If your yard is small, you can probably get by with a standard push mower. Many retailers offer these mowers for very reasonable prices, and sometimes these mowers require less upkeep. With proper care and storage, push mowers often run for years without needing to be replaced.


Sometimes a good, cheap lawn mower can be found at a lawn mower repair shop. Mechanics who operate these shops often purchase used lawn mowers with the intention of refurbishing them for resale. In addition, repair shops sometimes sell abandoned mowers, as some customers bring in mowers for repair and then never pick them up. Most lawn mower repair shops reserve the right to resell these abandoned mowers.

In addition to outlets and repair shops, you might be able to find a good deal on a lawn mower by checking your local newspaper classifieds. Often, both businesses and individual sellers use classified ads as a way to sell their products. You might also consider placing a classified ad yourself, indicating that you are in the market for a good cheap lawn mower. Be sure your ad gives a good description of the type of mower you are interested in purchasing.

Winter and fall are probably the best times of year to find a good deal on a lawn mower. Most retailers put their lawn and garden equipment on sale after the summer season has passed. Sometimes prices are drastically reduced during the winter months. If you decide to deal with a retailer, it is also a good idea to ask about “scratch and dent.” Mowers that are only slightly damaged are often sold at a greatly reduced price.


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Post 3

Estate sales commonly have yard equipment, including cheap lawn mowers, for sale. Prices are often better at these sales than at yard sales.

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@Laotionne - My grandfather bought all of his lawn mowers from the same guy who repaired them. My grandfather said that he paid so little for the mowers that he could afford to replace them each season. I don't think he was exaggerating either. However, he was buying walk-behind mowers and they are less expensive anyway.

My grandfather knew the man he was buying from and he trusted him so that made a difference. If you buy a used mower from a repair person try to get some type of warranty or a written agreement stating that specific future repairs will be made at no additional cost.

Often times, repair shops will have cheap lawn mower parts on site, so that could save you money if an issue does come up and a part needs to be replaced.

Post 1

I want a cheap riding lawn mower that will last a while. I have seen some used riding lawn mowers for sale at lawn mower stores, but they are still more than I want to pay for a mower. I have seen less expensive ones for sale in the classifieds, but I am worried I might get taken advantage of since I know little about the workings of mowers.

The article talks about buying mowers from a repair shop. This seems like it might be a good option. Has anyone tried going that route to get a mower?

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