How to Buy a Used Lawnmower

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How to Buy a Used Lawnmower

Everyone who has a lawn needs some way to get it mown. Whether it be through hiring a gardener or mowing it oneself, it needs to be done on a fairly regular basis. For many people, hiring someone as an option is not without its drawbacks. For one thing, it comes down to a regular cost that has to be paid every week or month; and for another, the mowing usually happens on the service's schedule, not the homeowner's.

The other option is for homeowners to buy a lawnmower and do it themselves. For many homeowners, however, there is still the concern of cost. Buying a new lawnmower can be expensive, much more so than a single payment to a garden service. This is one reason why many people are turning to used lawnmowers. They provide the flexibility of owning one's own lawnmower, but with a smaller hit to the budget than buying brand new.

History of the Lawnmower

While people have enjoyed lawns for centuries, the lawnmower itself only dates to around 1830, when it was invented by Edwin Budding of Gloucestershire. These first lawnmowers were the cylinder and roller type of push mower, with rotary blades at the front driven from a roller behind. They were heavy and noisy, but they did the job. The next innovation came about half a century later, when the side-wheel model was developed. While retaining the same cylindrical cutter, these models take the drive from the side wheels rather than from behind. This was followed by the invention of the powered lawnmower in 1919, which reduced the labour involved through the addition of a petrol engine, a great advance, although the mower itself still followed the same design with a cutting cylinder on the front.

Still, the petrol engine was just the beginning of a host of advances in lawnmower development. It was followed by the powered rotary mower, with horizontal blades spinning underneath the lawnmower's chassis. This design, which soon became almost ubiquitous, set the stage for almost all succeeding advances from the ride-on mower, to the electric mower, hover mower, and even the twenty-first century robotic mower.

Different Kinds of Lawnmowers

Because there are so many different kinds of lawnmower available, the used market is full of choices. Prospective buyers can find a lawnmower in any budget range and for any size lawn with ease. They run the gamut from manual mowers, where the person pushing them provides all the power needed, to fully automated robotic units that not only mow the lawn, but also come back unassisted and plug themselves in when finished.

Manual Lawnmower

These mowers are not much different from Edwin Budding's original invention. Most follow the sidewheel design. They are more often made from aluminium than the original cast iron, but still arise from the same basic design principles he laid down. These mowers are usually reasonably priced and very easy to maintain. Hand mowers are best suited for people who are in good health and who have a smaller lawn to deal with.

Rotary Lawnmower

The standard rotary lawnmower has either a petrol engine or electric motor on top, and a rotating blade on the bottom, shielded by a protective skirt. Some of the larger ones have a powered drive to the rear wheels, making them easier to push. As the de facto standard design, they provide a great variety of options, particularly when it comes to power. In addition to petrol, there are both corded and cordless electric models, of various weights and sizes. There are rotary mowers for small lawns and large ones, whatever a potential buyer needs.

Hover Lawnmower

One of the most interesting designs for lawnmowers is the hover mower. These lightweight mowers, usually electric but occasionally petrol-powered, ride on a cushion of air. This makes them much more manoeuvrable than their wheeled cousins, but often less powerful. There is also no option for self-propelled versions, as there is no direct way to transfer the power to the ground for movement. These mowers are an excellent choice for small lawns as well as irregularly shaped lawns due to their manoeuvrability.

Ride-On Lawnmower

Designed primarily for those with above average sized lawns, the ride-on lawnmower is for the person who wants to be able to sit down on the job. These large petrol-operated mowers are a great choice for someone with a very large and regular lawn. They cannot get into tight spaces easily, but they do enable the owner to mow a very large lawn quickly and with minimal effort. One drawback to this design is that they tend to be much more expensive than many of the alternatives.

Robotic Lawnmower

Perhaps the ultimate lawnmower is the fully automated robotic model. All the owner needs to do is lay down wire border to indicate the area that needs mowing and the mower does the rest. These automated, cordless electric mowers are perfect for the person who wants a manicured lawn without having to worry about the time or effort involved to do the actual mowing. While not cheap, these mowers do represent the fastest growing part of the lawnmower market.

Prospective purchasers can use the following table to decide which type of mower may best suit their needs:

Factor

Manual

Rotary

Hover

Riding

Robotic

Small Lawn

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Irregular Lawn

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Large Lawn

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Regular Shape

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Desire for Exercise

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Lack of Interest

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

In all cases, the best thing anyone can do when looking for a replacement lawnmower is to consider their lawn and its associated needs before making a decision.

Buying a Used Lawnmower

Two factors to consider before buying a used lawnmower are why one would buy used, and how to buy used. There are two basic reasons for wishing to buy used rather than new: either because the specific lawnmower one is looking for is no longer available new, or else the buyer may be looking to stretch their budget a little further. Once the decision has been made to buy used, the most important fact to remember is that the purchaser is not buying just any lawnmower, but rather one specific lawnmower, with its own unique condition and history. This means that any prospective buyer should pay particular attention to condition, as there is no default condition for used lawnmowers.

Buyers should study all the available information on that specific lawnmower before buying, read any descriptions and pore over any photographs. It is also a very good idea for anyone looking at buying a used lawnmower to not only research the make and model, but also to ask questions of the person selling it in case anything is not clear. Information is a very powerful tool for any buyer.

Buying a Used Lawnmower on eBay

One of the best places to buy a used lawnmower of any description is eBay. They have a wide variety of models available to suit every buyer and budget. All you have to do is type the words into the search box, there is one on every eBay page, and let the results appear. Once you have your results, you can use the filters on the sidebar to narrow your search down to just the lawnmowers you want. Not only can you set the filters to only show used lawnmowers, you can also limit the results to only show a specific make or even price range. The site also provides a sort function, which enables you to narrow your focus to the results that best fit your needs.

After you have decided on which lawnmowers you want to consider, the next thing to do is decide which of eBay's sellers would be your best match for doing business. One of the best places to start is at the seller's profile page, where you can see everything from their feedback and location, to any special shipping policies they may have. Many sellers offer packages, where you may be able to add spare blades or safety glasses to a lawnmower, and reduce the overall shipping costs.

Conclusion

Having a lawnmower is of benefit to anyone who has a lawn, even if they never intend to cut the grass themselves. Buying a used lawnmower is an excellent way for any homeowner to stretch their lawn care budget. Interested buyers can find a wide variety of lawnmowers ranging from manual push-mowers to fully automated robots that mow the lawn on a regular basis with no human intervention once the initial setup has been made. There are petrol-powered rotary mowers that can be pushed around the grass on a weekly basis, as well as electric hovercraft that cut the grass without touching the ground. In addition, there are ride-on mowers for those with very large amounts of lawn. Regardless of the nature of a person's lawn, or how much time or effort a buyer wishes to put into caring for it, there are no reasons as to why one should not consider buying a used lawnmower to take care of one’s particular lawn mowing needs.

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