The purpose behind the power lawn mower was the make the seasonal job of cutting tall grass and weeds from the yard easier and faster. Since that time, gas powered mowers have become the most popular version of lawn mowers on the market.
This has began to shift as more people discover the importance of going green. Retro style, unpowered mower and making a come back and new technology makes them easier to use. The same applies to the corded and cordless electric mowers. Both the retro style and the electric mower are green technologies that produce zero emissions. Best of all, they work well for cutting grass, especially in the many small and urban yards across the country.
Why Go Backwards?
While at first it might appear as a backwards technological leap, going with a non powered mower or an electric mower has several advantages. Newer materials and techniques in manufacturing has allowed the non powered mower to be just as easy to use and to push as a gas powered mower.
Electric mowers have similar characteristics concerning ease of pushing and cutting. For the non powered mower, they offer a similar workout as would going to a gym. They also do not produce noxious gases that can inflame allergies beyond that caused by the grass and they are quiet and less intrusive. Many of these aspect also apply to both corded and cordless electric mowers.
One key element is that both retro style, non powered mowers and cordless and corded electric mowers are significantly lightweight compared with gas mowers. This makes the easy to maneuver, store and use as they do not typically require power assist. Additionally, they don’t require fuel, more do they need oil. This saves money. They are also easier to maintain than other mowers. Lightweight, capable and quiet, makes these mowers a great idea for almost any home.
Five Great Light Weight Mowers
Best Economy Push Reel Lawn Mower
This T handle, retro style mower is perfect for small urban yards and for those who want a zero emission tool. The blades of the American Lawn Mower Model #1304-14 Retro Style Mower are high strength thus reducing both blade wear and it stays sharp longer.
The mower is corrosion and rust resistant and it has 10 inch wheels for easy pushing and maneuvering. It has a 14 inch cutting path, making it faster to get the job done. This is great for suburban use.
Top Rated Push Reel Lawn Mower
The heat treated blades of the Great States Model #415-16 Retro Style Mower offer superior cutting and lasts longer than non heat treated. This mower has a powdered coating that prevents rust and reduces corrosion. The blades cut a 16 inch swath and with the 10 inch ball bearing wheels make it easy to move.
This mower is great for small suburban yards and it great for zero emission lawn care.
Best Manual Reel Mower for the Price
This retro style mower really isn’t retro but a new take on an older design concept. Produces by Sun Joe, who makes a variety of outdoor product, this reel mower is easy to use, and fun to mow with. The Sun Joe Mow Joe Model #MJ501M Retro Style Mower has a 18 inch cutting swath that makes quick work of almost any size yard. It has a dual wheel set, with the mains being 10 inches and the rear 6.
It also comes with a grass catch with a 6.6 gallon capacity. The mower is covered with a corrosion resistant coating and resists rust as well. Perfect for going green while cutting the green lawn.
Best Lightweight Lawn Mower to Buy
A larger model than the 415, the Great States Model #815-18 Retro Style Mower subsequently has a larger cutting swath, 18 inches to be exact. It shares many of the same features as its brethren such as a corrosion resistant coating and is protected against rust.
It uses a T handle and the wheels are 10 inch and use ball bearing to improve overall mobility. This mower rolls great, cuts well and it is very quiet.
Best Lightweight Corded Lawn Mower
The only electric mower on the list, Earthwise is a company dedicated to producing zero emission, carbon footprint neutral tools. The Earthwise Model #50518 Corded Electric Mower weighs in at 44 pounds and has a steel deck for durability and tool longevity. It has a single handle, height adjustment that adjusts to 4 inch in height. It has a 18 inch cutting path and can mulch or side discharge, with the 2 in 1 system. The handle folds down for storage and it has push button starting.
It comes with the standard safety bar for added protection. The advantage of this mower is that the motor adds additional power to handle tough and determined weeds and grasses. Great for a wide range of yard sizes and it is quiet.
When purchasing a new tool, always read and follow the operator’s manual for safety and the longevity of the tool. When using a mower, do not attempt to clear a bogged mower with the plug attached or in a position the wheels can slip causing blade motion. As always, be aware of your surroundings, for your safety and that of others.