I didn't think it was possible, but you really CAN buy anything online these days.
When our inherited lawnmower broke a few weeks ago, our backyard began to grow into a tangled jungle until we could fine a suitable replacement. We were tempted to just go out to the closest home improvement store and pick one up, but...well...I am such a research wonk with a jones for the best value.
So I headed to Consumer Reports Online (always worth the subscription fee if you will be doing a lot of home improvement) and looked up some options. Or a trip to your local library will give you the same information at your fingertips for FREE!! We love public libraries.
-rear bagging deck
-easy to change wheel height
-easy to maintain
We already knew we wanted electric...we have a relatively small lawn within easy reach of power outlets. Better for the environment, cheaper and easier to run than a gas powered model.
A rear-bagging model was critical for narrow spaces (such as the sides of the house).
To maintain the sharpness of the blade, damp grass should be brushed out of the mower between uses. Which is accomplished pretty easily when the mower is unplugged and lightweight. This also helps you to keep an eye on the sharpness of the blade, which can be easily resharpened with a file. Aaron thinks that I am somewhat of a fanatic about appliances, but I don't like to throw things away! I like to take care of the ones we have and make them last.
The best rating for this type was a Bolen's...but I couldn't find the model listed. (The study featured a model that was out of date.) It outranked and outpriced the Black & Decker model. With a little more research though, I found that the YardMachines made by MTD are an equally interesting choice. Perfect for smaller yards. And available through Amazon.com.
I was hestitant to take a chance on buying something as large as lawnmower online...site unseen. But I could not easily find it to buy in person. So I read the reviews, read the spec sheets and pushed that button.
The lawn mower was delivered to our door and was easily assembled. Immediately, Aaron tried it out on our (now) jungle/lawn. We filled up two discharge bags and got a fast even cut.
It was light and easy to turn over and maintain afterwards. Easy to store it away as well.
Quite nice for a small lawnmower that costs a little over $200.