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Petrol Lawn Mowers

Petrol lawn mowers are more powerful than their electric counterparts, which makes them more suited to large-scale landscaping projects and commercial grass cutting. Powered by standard petrol, they feature an engine that is started with the pull of a cord.

Starting a petrol lawn mower

A short, sharp pull on the starter cord should start the petrol lawn mower’s engine. However, more than one pull may be necessary. Some of the larger, self-propelled options have a battery-powered starter motor for added convenience.

How the motor works

A central engine turns the cutting blades of a petrol lawn mower. There’s also a brake which can be used to stop the motor abruptly. The user can speed up the blades by increasing the throttle.

Adjusting the cut

To adjust the length of the grass you’re cutting, you must change the height of the blades. In most cases, this can be done with the use of a simple lever.

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Petrol Lawn Mowers

Benefits of petrol lawn mowers

If you’re in the market for a lawn mower, it’s always a good idea to compare the various options available. There are, of course, electric lawn mowers (corded and cordless) on the market. And quite often, they’re much cheaper than petrol lawn mowers. So why should you go to the extra expense of buying one?

There are several benefits related to petrol lawn mowers; here are a few of the most impressive:

No power supply required — so you’re not tethered to the wall or restricted in your movements by the availability of power outlets

More power — Petrol lawn mowers deliver more power and faster blade speeds. This can reduce mowing times and make light work of overgrown commercial lawns.

More robust — Petrol lawn mowers tend to be made with larger, more robust parts. All things being equal, a petrol-powered model will usually last longer than an everyday electric lawn mower.

Suitable for use in all weather conditions — You usually won’t be forced to stop cutting grass in bad weather if you’re using a petrol lawn mower. The risk of electric shocks and malfunctions preclude electric options from being used when it’s raining or excessively wet.

Are petrol lawn mowers better than electric lawn mowers?

This depends on how you use a lawn mower. If you’re a professional landscaper or groundskeeper, you’ll need a petrol lawn mower — for faster and more efficient cutting. For small household lawns, an electric version will be enough.

Pros of buying a petrol lawn mower

  • Petrol lawn mowers are more powerful and allow you to mow your lawn faster as a result
  • They don’t require a power supply, meaning that you can move around using this tool unrestricted by cords
  • More durable and sturdy than other types of lawn mower
  • Can be used in harsh weather conditions

Pros of buying an electric lawn mower

  • Electric lawn mowers are cheap
  • They are usually lightweight and more manoeuvrable
  • They are cleaner and kinder to the environment than their petrol counterparts

How much fuel does a petrol lawn mower use?

The fuel efficiency of a petrol lawn mower depends on the size of the motor, the weight of the product and issues such as blade speed. You should also check how much fuel a petrol lawn mower can store in its tank. For example, a four-stroke engine with a one-litre tank should be able to deliver at least 30 minutes of grass-cutting on a single fill-up.

What are the best petrol lawn mowers?

STIHL Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

Capable of cutting lawns of up to 1200m2, the STIHL RM 443 T features one-speed driving for making light work of steep lawns. An ergonomically designed soft-grip handle, combined with smooth-running wheels, reduces the strain on your back, shoulders, arms and legs. There’s also a grass-catcher box with a fill level indicator and the option of turning the lawn mower into a mulcher.

Makita 163cc Petrol Lawn Mower

This powerful petrol lawn mower from Makita is packed with features and power — perfect for large-scale mowing and commercial jobs. Featuring easy-start technology and a mulching option, this product is designed to minimise your workload. There’s even a 60-litre grass collection box with a fill level indicator. Trimming the edges of lawns is a breeze with this Makita mower. Edge-trimming technology allows you to cut edges, as well as ensure your blades can cut right next to walls or obstacles without getting damaged.