Lawn Mower Maneuvers: What Can Your Mower Do?

Posted on: 29 July 2015

Riding lawn mowers are the dream of many people who have spent untold hours sweating and straining while pushing a mower up and down hills. Once you get your riding lawn mower, you may be so excited that you get carried away with your new toy and try to use it in ways that are not safe or practical. You will need to practice common sense while you tool around your lawn with your new purchase.

Speed

Unless you plan to join the American Racing Mower Association, you need to take it easy with your speed. Most unmodified lawn mowers can only go between five to thirteen mph, a very modest rate, unless you are making turns or mowing slopes. In those cases, going too fast can cause you to flip or wreck your mower. You may pump up the speed because you want to finish quickly or just enjoy feeling the breeze in your hair, but driving your mower too fast can really hurt the looks of your lawn by leaving ragged, uneven grass behind. Going too slowly can cause you mower to clog up.  For the best results, you need to mow at a moderate pace. 

Slopes

The hills and slopes in your yard may be the reason you wanted a riding lawn mower in the first place. However, most mowers are meant to be used on slopes of no more than fifteen degrees, so if you have a more severe incline, you should probably consider no-mow landscaping for that area. You could invest in a mower that is meant for hills, but be prepared to shell out a hefty amount of cash. They can cost well over $20,000. If coming up with this much money is an issue, you may want to contact a financing company.

When you are mowing on slopes, make sure the grass is not wet, and always mow up and down. You are much more likely to flip your riding mower if you try and mow side to side. In some instances, you may only be able to mow down a slope, requiring you to make an awkward circuit to be safe. 

Once you have your riding lawn mower, you should enjoy it. Just realize that your new machine has its limitations. You will not be able to break any speed records on it, and you will not be able to cut mountainous slopes. You new mower will make your life much easier, and, if operated correctly, it will make your lawn look marvelous.

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