The way to choose the best used mower to stay within your budget
Used Lawn Mower
Buying used lawn mower is somewhat like buying used cars, used homes, used clothes, and used furniture. People used to buy them so it is completely okay to buy used lawn mower. Buying a used lawn mower can help you to save a significant amount of money rather than a new one. Sometimes a used riding mower costs about half of a new one. You'll be able to find out what's available through ads in the local newspapers, circulars, craigslist, etc but you should see and inspect the lawn mower with your own two eyes and two hands and have a manual of the machine at hand so that you can check for missing parts.
You must ask the following questions to the seller
- The purchasing date of the mower
- How often the mower is used
- The most important is why is it being sold
- If the purchase and maintenance receipts and user manual has been kept.
Before buying a used lawn mower you should check
- The age of belts, battery, and wiring
- Tires condition
- The condition of the blades and the level of the blade deck
- Fluid levels
- The body condition
- Catcher condition.
Steps to buying a used lawn mower
- At first, you should determine the type of lawn mower you need. Then consider the size of your yard, your budget, and the amount of effort you want to make when you mow.
- Choose the right mower. The choices include push mowers, electric, battery operated, gas, and riding mowers. If you aren't very strong then choose self-propelled mower.
- Check online about the models and reviews of the product. Positive and negative reviews help you choose the right product.
- Take a lawn mower for a test drive. Make sure that it starts easily, and ensure that nothing is smoking as it runs.
- After selecting a used Lawn Mower and bought it at home you should change the oil, replace the filter, sharpen the blade etc.
Things to look for when buying a used lawn mower
1. Research: Do some research before buying a used Lawn Mower. You will need to have an idea about currently available models. The features they have, the cost and for this research purpose, you have to look online and compare your product with the others.
2. Compare the cost to a capable new model: You should start your research by looking at the features and prices of new lawn mowers, so you can set a realistic benchmark for the used lawn mowers that you'll consider.
3. Engine: If you choose the popular, name-brand engines so that if the mower does need repair at some point, you can still find parts. You can choose engine among Briggs & Stratton, Honda, and Kawasaki, although the latter two are most often found in commercial machines.
4. Seller: A used mower can be purchased from a reputable dealer or from an individual. In case of buying from a dealer, find out what, if any, work the shop has done to the mower already, why the previous owner sold it and whether there is any kind of warranty. The length of the warranty may vary depending on the age and condition of the mower. In the case of buying from an individual, you should check the receipt that can confirm the age of a used mower. Maintenance records will tell you whether the mower was serviced, and how often.
5. Maintenance history: The information about the mower history will help you to decide whether or not it is a good investment. Unless you buy it there is no way to know the equipment entire history. Again, you should make an effort to learn as much as you can about a used mower's past. You should check the oil before starting the mower every time, clean the air filter every few mowings, sharpen the blade, check the handles on a push mower etc.
6. Consider the tools configurations: Two and three stage snow blowers clear a path much faster than single-stage models, so it stands to reason that you're better off buying an older, 3-stage unit, which will have logged less runtime, than a newer single stage. Again a wide-deck tractor will cut a lawn nearly twice as fast as a smaller rear-engine rider, and at triple the speed of a walk-behind mower.
7. Appearance: Sometimes appearance will help you to take an important decision. There is a difference between a mower that has been used often and one that has been used hard. Large scratches, dents, and rust may indicate rough handling and a lack of good care. Again check the fluid levels, inspect the mower's blade but avoid mowers with blades full of large nicks or that appear bent and warped.
8. Take a test drive: You should test drive the mower just like your car and the test drive will demonstrate how well the mower cuts grass, if it starts easily, if the brakes and acceleration are on point, and if it idles smoothly. Check the brakes during your test drive as safely stopping a riding mower is just as important as getting it moving. The blades of a riding mower should stop running if you stand on them or otherwise remove your weight from the seat. Again you should avoid used mowers with disabled or broken safety features.
--Check the oil: You should ensure the mower appears fresh and clean
--Look for signs of wear and care
--If there is a bagger, make sure it collects the grass
--If the owner seems anxious to sell it, it's a sign something is wrong with it.
Finally, the main part of checking is to do a visual inspection. The visible signs of wear, rust, cracking or other damage that might affect the machine's operation. again get a second opinion. When you are going to buy a used lawn mower you can take a friend with you because a friend who knows a lot about mowers is one option for a second opinion and also he may notice a problem you overlooked when inspecting the mower. Buying a used mower definitely saves your money. So it could be the best choice if you buy a used mower with little more concern.