Find the best cheap petrol lawn mower reviews to help you decide what’s the best and cheapest mower for your lawn.
An English country garden in the summer months is one of the most pleasant sights you’ll happen to come across. Sitting in a garden chair admiring the green striped grass that would put Wembley on Cup Final Day to shame. Don’t we all have that dream? Certainly if we can do it on the cheap!
Yet we get the Flymo out and quickly run it over our lawn, finish with scraggy tufts of grass sticking up and sit down on a rickety bench wondering why it doesn’t look like it does in the magazines. Well, hopefully we can help you find some cheap petrol lawn mowers for sale and help you on your way!
Petrol Lawn Mowers Comparison Chart
Check out this comparison chart of some of the cheap petrol mowers we’ve reviewed to date. Be sure to check back often as this chart will change regularly as we complete more reviews!
You can find more details on the importance of these listed features that are common to nearly all petrol lawnmowers in our short lawn mowers buying guide.
The Advantages Of Using Petrol Lawn Mowers
There are many advantages to using petrol lawn mowers over the standard electric type that you might have used and owned previously. One of the principle advantages is the petrol powered engine. The more power an engine gives the mower the higher quality of cut it will manage. Petrol lawn mowers have engines that will win hands down on power over their electric cousins when it comes to cutting.
Even better is when the engine drives the back wheels or roller of the mower in addition to the cutting blades. Not only are self-propelled models easier to use over a pedestrian push mowers – certainly if you have slopes and uneven surfaces – but more importantly it gives a more even cut and, therefore, a higher quality of cut. However, self-propelled petrol lawn mowers need an engine that delivers more power.
How much power depends on the cutting motion used by the mower. A rotary blade (a single blade that rotates horizontally like the big hand on a clock) needs a little more power to it than a cylinder blade (or a reel blade, like what you see on a combined harvester that rotates end over end). Additionally, the greater the cutting width of the blade the more power is needed as the blade needs to do more work as it cuts more grass at a time than mowers with a smaller cutting width.
Naturally, the more powerful petrol lawn mowers and those with the wider cutting widths tend to be a bit more expensive and although they are worth the money, we’d rather focus on the cheaper petrol mowers that are available and try and get you the best mower for your money. If you’d like to compare the cheaper models with their bigger brothers, we have a selection of the more expensive mowers reviewed for you also. Who know, you might win the lottery this weekend and fancy a punt on something a bit more flash!
The Many Features Of Petrol Lawn Mowers
As noted in the comparison chart above – they’re are many features common to petrol mowers where ever they come on the cost scale. The following short video from Mountfield Mowers describing some of the features on their own range is very informative and describes features common to many cheap lawn mowers.
You can find our review of some of the Mountfield range by following this link and although they are more on the expensive side when it comes to mowers, they are well worth the expenditure if you can afford it.
How To Get The Striped Lawn You Dream Of
As mentioned in the opening paragraph we all want the classically striped lawn that typifies the English Country garden. There isn’t anything magical going on here when you see gardens like in the image below, it’s all about the bending of the grass when it’s been cut.
To achieve this look, it all comes down to whether or not you have a roller attached to the back of your mower. As the mower passes over the lawn and cuts the grass, the roller at the rear of the mower then flattens the grass and bends it forwards. This then effects how the light reflects from the grass before meeting your eye.
When you look at grass that is bent towards you, it appears darker. Alternatively, when the grass is bent away from your eye, it’s lighter. As said : there isn’t any magic in this.
The ideal solution to achieving this look is a self-propelled petrol lawn mower with a roller at the back as opposed rear wheels. The reason why we say the mower should be self-propelled is because it’s much easier to keep the lines straight when the mower is moving forward itself than when the operator is having to provide the forward thrust. As the blades cut, the roller at the rear of the mower will then flatten the grass as it goes.
Many of the mowers that are available to buy come with rear rollers and, although there are exceptions, they tend to appear on the more expensive models whereas the cheaper end of the scale tend to come with rear wheels instead. However, all is not lost as there are some cheap petrol lawn mowers that come with an included rear roller such as the M46-140RR model from McCulloch which just so happens to be one of our recommendations.