Mower Advisor

Self Propelled

Save time and energy with a self-propelled lawnmower
Lawn mower manufacturers are constantly looking at smarter ways to make cutting the grass, quicker, easier and more convenient to ensure you spend less time tending to your garden and more time enjoying it.

Mowing the lawn is a great way to exercise but if your is large or hilly you may be glad of some extra help from a lawn mowing innovation that has been around for many years; the self-propelled drive system! A self-propelled drive system really does take away the effort of mowing, all you have to do is guide the machine around the garden!

How does a self-propelled mower work?

Similar to a car, the transmission powers the wheels and effectively pushes the mower along, all you need to do is keep your hands firmly on the handlebars and steer, reducing the effort needed to mow the lawn. The mower does all of the hard work for you and it will even sail through long, damp, thick grass effortlessly.

The drive system is activated using a bail arm, which is usually located below the main handle bar (within easy fingertip reaching distance). Users simply need to start the mower via pull chord, button or key start and squeeze the bail arm when they’re ready to move. The addition of the bail arm prevents the mower from driving itself as soon as the mower is powered up, providing safety and reassurance.

Choose from two speeds…

Self-propelled mowers are available in single or variable speed options and with rear or front wheel drive. Front wheel driven mowers are the easiest to operate and are best suited to flat terrain. A rear wheel drive offers better traction making it is ideal for gardens with tricky terrain such as slopes or medium to large flat lawns, as the amount of space means there would otherwise be a lot of pushing to be done.

Smaller lawns can be easily maintained using a lightweight push mower, meaning there is no real need for a self-propelled feature but there are models available if required.

Reasons to buy a self-propelled mower

Mowers with convenient features tend to come at a premium so expect to pay a little extra for a self-propelled model. The mower, however, will repay you in effort and most premium models tend to offer a range of additional options too; side or rear discharge, mulching or standard collection, making them worth the extra spend.

This feature is mainly found on petrol-powered lawnmowers as it is suited to larger lawns, though there are a small amount of self-propelled battery and electric mowers available.

Petrol powered brands that have self-propelled models in their line-up include Cobra, Webb, McCulloch and LawnFlite.

The Mower Selector

You can use our handy ‘Mower Selector’ tool to find out which mowers are best matched to you and your garden.
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