Gas Lawn Mower Reviews

gas lawn mower reviewsGas-powered lawn mowers are the most commonly used mowers these days. They operate with 2-stroke or 4-stroke gasoline engines.

Gas lawn mowers have been used for so long that they have been optimized for maximum power and efficiency. The biggest advantage of buying a gas lawn mower is simple: it’s more economic than electric lawn mowers.

The only lawn mowers that are more economic than gas-powered lawn mowers are reel mowers. However, reel mowers might not be a possibility for you if you have more than a small lawn. If that’s the case, you should seriously consider gas lawn mowers.

These lawn mowers have the major advantage of being able to handle any type of lawn and any size of yard. But it comes at a cost: the gasoline-powered engine will make it more complicated to maintain than other types of lawn mowers.

Gas-powered lawn mowers can easily mow huge lawns, you might just need to add more gasoline in the tank, but contrary to electric lawn mowers, you won’t have to wait for some electric batteries to get charged.

Similarly to electric lawn mowers, gas-powered lawn mowers come either as push mowers or self-propelled mowers. Navigate through our gas lawn mower reviews to find the perfect model that will fit your needs.

1a. Engine

gas lawn mower engineWhen you select your new gas lawn mower, it’s important to pay attention to the mower’s engine. You will most likely have a choice between 2 stroke engines and 4 stroke engines.

Some of these engines will deliver more torque but they will use more fuel to operate. Keep in mind that these mowers will also generate more noise.

No matter which type of mower’s engine you select, you should always choose an engine with an OverHead Valve (OHV) which will be easier to maintain in the long run.

1b. Starting System

gas lawn mower starting systemHistorically, gas lawn mowers were built with a recoil starter. With this type of starter, in order to power up your gas lawn mower, you have to pull a rip cord. This system requires some effort and it can be difficult when it doesn’t start on the first try.

Recently, constructors started building gas lawn mowers with electronic push-button starters. These electronic systems make the process of starting your lawn mower completely painless.

1c. Self Propulsion

gas lawn mower self propulsionThe most common gas lawn mowers are push mowers, but some self-propelled gas lawn mower are also available nowadays.

If you go for a push lawn mowers, keep in mind that you’ll be the driving force of your lawn mower and you’ll need to be able to push its weight around your yard. Self-propelled lawn mowers require a lot less effort, but it comes with a higher price tag.

1d. Blade Override

gas lawn mower blade overrideYou should never forget that operating a lawn mower without the proper care can be very dangerous. To make sure the risks are minimal, there are several safety features available on modern lawn mowers.

Blade Override (also called Blade-Brake Clutch System) is absolutely essential if you want to avoid accidents with your lawn mower. A Blade Override system can increase the price of your future lawn mower but in my opinion, safety always comes first.

Blade Override will make sure that the cutting blade is completely stopped in case of a sudden obstruction of its path, uneven movement or if you let the handle go. This system works by turning off the power path between the engine and the blade in hazardous situations.

1e. Swivel Front Wheels

gas lawn mower swivel front wheelsOn most gas lawn mowers, wheels are on a static axis that allows them to roll only forward and backward. With these traditional wheels, you have to lift the front of your lawn mower when you want to turn around.

A few gas lawn mower models are equipped with swiveling front wheels for optimal maneuverability. These front wheels allow you to make turns whenever you want, making your task a lot easier when it comes to avoiding rocks, trees, flowers and plants.

Poulan Pro PR160Y21RDP 11110.5

Poulan Pro PR160Y21RDP

The Poulan Pro PR160Y21RDP is a gas powered walk behind lawn mower with a 160 cubic centimeter engine that is manufactured by Honda, a trusted leader in engine design and manufacturing. The engine is designed efficiently so that it packs enough power to provide reliable performance over the long term. The lawn mower has a [...]

Pros: Powerful 160cc Honda engine.

Cons: Non CARB compliant.

Lawn Boy 10604 1110.50

Lawn Boy 10604

The Lawn Boy 10604 has a Kohler engine that is 149 cubic centimeters and provides 6 1/2 torque, which is more than enough power to run the cutting blades at high speeds as well as power the rear wheel drive. That’s right: the mower’s self propulsion system has a rear wheel drive, which has a [...]

Pros: Rear wheel drive.

Cons: Rather noisy.

Poulan Pro PR625Y22RKP 11110

Poulan Pro PR625Y22RKP

The Poulan Pro PR625Y22RKP is a gas powered walk behind lawn mower with a best in class Briggs & Stratton 625e Series engine that has a displacement of 190 cubic centimeters and provides 6.25 foot pounds of torque to the machine. This is enough power to drive the cutting deck at the kind of high [...]

Pros: Extra wide cutting deck.

Cons: Fairly large dimensions.

Poulan PO500N22S 1110.50

Poulan PO500N22S

The Poulan PO500N22S has a Briggs & Stratton 500 series 158 cubic centimeter engine with 4.7 horsepower. It provides this power very affordably as well, and is one of the more inexpensive walk behind gas mowers on the market today. It has a 22 inch cutting deck width, which puts it on the higher end [...]

Pros: Powerful Briggs & Stratton engine.

Cons: 1 clippings management option.

Husqvarna 7021R 11110.5

Husqvarna 7021R

Husqvarna 7021R is a gas powered lawn mower that is a class apart from a lot of what is available these days. It has a powerful, well designed engine under the hood that drives both a self-propelled rear wheel drive and a cutting deck that has a high degree of torque and tip speed. That [...]

Pros: Honda GCV160 Engine.

Cons: Can be difficult to maneuver.