I am looking for a graceful, small self propelled lawnmower. The one that I
have right now is a 22" cut Yard "something" from Lowe's. On the flats and
straightaways, it's ok, but I think anything would be. It gets to be a
nuisance when I have to disengage the self propel and maneuver around
flowerbeds, etc. Is there "a best of both worlds?"
I called and talked with John Deere and the smallest self propelled they
have is a 21" cut and I am assuming that the fact that it is a John Deere
makes it leaps and bounds better than what I have.
I don't think size is the issue.
The cheaper self-propelled mowers lack a differential, meaning the drive
wheels always turn at equal rates. This makes it hard to turn the mower
unless you lift the drive wheels off the ground. That's what I do, I have a
Craftsman with large back wheels that makes it easy to push when the front
wheels are up. When I need to turn, I push down on the handle to lift up
the front wheels slightly.
If I was rich I might buy one with a differential. Either way, oversize
back wheels are great.
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