When I bought my house my friend, Kim, gave me her old John Deere lawn mower since she had two once her boyfriend moved into her house. Score! This mower worked great for four years but it’s time to upgrade for a couple of reasons – 1) the self propeller doesn’t work and it will likely cost as much to fix it as it will to get a new one and 2) it is incredibly hard to start.
Since I’ve been diagnosed with Tennis Elbow in both elbows now (how in the world did that happen?!?) I need a mower that is easy to start and gentle on my arms. I’d love to get one that starts with the push of a button but I’m having a hard time finding those online with the other features I want.
My new mower must:
- Have larger rear wheels for easier maneuverability on my uneven lawn
- Be incredibly easy to start without having to prime it 1000 times; push start is preferred
- Be self propelled
- Allow for side discharge since I don’t really care for bags (the grass shavings are actually good for your lawn in the summer heat)
- Cost less than $300
So far I’ve found only two contenders at Lowes and Home Depot.
These meet all of my requirements except that they are pull starters – not push starters. There is one push starter that I found - Lawn Boy Electric Start Walk Power Mower – but it doesn’t have larger rear wheels.
What mower do you have? Anyone out there know of a great walk behind mower that has large rear wheels and a push start? Help a girl out!