Lawn Mower Engine Power – How Much Do You Really Need?

Has the grass on your front or backyard grown too long, and you want to even it out, but do not have the time to do so? You can settle for a lawn mower. These machines have blades (some even have revolving ones) that are used to cut the grass and even it out. When…

Has the grass on your front or backyard grown too long, and you want to even it out, but do not have the time to do so? You can settle for a lawn mower. These machines have blades (some even have revolving ones) that are used to cut the grass and even it out. When you use these machines instead of the former way of cutting grass, ie using a big gardening scissor, you will save a lot of time, because then, you will not have to worry about the grass being uneven. The walk behind lawn mower will do the hard work for you, and all you have to do is simply push it around, unless you buy the one where you can drive it around, which is more expensive, but easier. However, you should not only look at the price and convenience of a machine when shopping for one. You should also consider its engine power. You would not want to purchase one of these sophisticated grass cutters, only to find out a week later that its engine has broken down on you. Of course, you would want a reliable and strong one.

A strong, capable engine is an essential component to any gas-powered lawn mower. It is your machine's driving force, producing energy to turn the mowing blades and, in some cases, propel the mower. Conventional wisdom tells us that bigger is better – but does the same logic apply to lawn mower engines? “Typically, yes,” Power Equipment Plus product manager Carl Eickenberg said. “A larger one will provide additional power – which can give you that upper edge under demanding conditions.” These engines come with power ratings that can be confusing to buyers. To get the best one for your needs, you should familiarize yourself with how lawn mower engines are rated before you shop.

Engine displacement (measured in cubic centimeters or cc) is especially useful when comparing similar motors. That's because displacement measures the amount of fuel inside the cylinder during combustion. When it comes to engine displacement, the higher the rating, the more power it will generate.

Engine configuration is another important feature to consider when comparing lawn mowers. If you're shopping for the walk-behind lawn mower, you might have to choose between the one with a side valve engine and the one with an Overhead Valve (OHV) design engine. While a side valve engine will provide good value and performance, an OHV one will deliver significantly more power, better fuel economy and smoother operation.

If you've decided on the riding kind, the next step is to choose between the two engines: a single-cylinder and a V-Twin (dual cylinder) OHV. The mower with the V-Twin OHV engine will give you superior power and performance, making it an ideal choice for buyers with hills or a large yard.

Remember, these engines come with a huge range of power ratings. Use your discretion to find the one that will best suit your needs. For example, a lawn mower designed for jobs over three acres would not be a good fit for a buyer who only has a small plot of land to mow.

Finding the perfect one for your grass will take some time and research, but the product experts at Power Equipment Plus are here to help. Compare between hundreds of lawn mowers to find the right one for you.