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Everyone has to work on a budget of some sort – sometimes that budget is nice and big, other times, you’re on a shoestring budget. In our Budget Buying series, we will look at some of the best mowers that are on the market if you have a certain price point. Our goal is to provide you with the best three or four options in each budget. Remember that pricing is different across the country, so you may see higher or lower prices depending on your region. For the most part, these should be no more than a few dollars over the assigned budget. We won’t be including used mowers
Today, we will be looking at push mowers for $300 dollars. At this price point, you aren’t going to come across a new riding mower – even brand new push mowers are limited in this price range. That being said, a budget is a budget – and thankfully, there are some electric- and gas-powered options in this price range.
Gas-Powered Push Mower
A versatile push mower with a 21″ cutting deck and the ability to add on a rear bag or have side discharge, the Craftsman 190CC Low Wheel Rear Bag Push Mower is a great all-arounder. The wide deck that hangs out to the wheels makes it easy to get close to the edges. The EZDeck wash system all makes it easy to hoe out the deck after mowing, so you have no excuse not to maintain your mower. At an MSRP of $279.99, this all makes for one of the best value mowers for any budget.
Even mulching mowers can make it into this price range. The Toro Recycler 20319 (pictured at right) is a lightweight mower featuring a 20″ deck with a depth of 4″. It is easy to maneuver, with a one-piece handle. It also comes with Toro’s 3-Year Guaranteed-To-Start warranty. This is our pick for the budget range, thanks to the mulching ability and the fact that it is one of the lightest to push in the range. It rings in at an MSRP of $289.00
If you have a small enough lawn where you can make do with a corded electric, the Black+Decker 18″ 12-Amp Push Mower provides a strong value. Yes, 18″ may be a little small, and the deck height can only be set from 1.25 inches to 3.5 inches. But with an MSRP of only 169.00, plus quiet operation, these are very minor quirks to pick at. If you’re in search of a super-cheap option well within the $300 budget, this might be your best bet. Remember that it’s only as good as the length of the cord, however.
If you want to stay electric, but don’t want to drag a cord behind you, you’ll want to take a glimpse at the Ryobi 20″ 40-Volt Cordless Mower. The battery and charger are not included, and the model comes in at $279. That being said, it’s not fair to categorize the battery and charger as part of the cost – you don’t calculate fuel into the cost of a new gas-powered mower. That aside, the Ryobi provides a 20″ cutting deck, and nearly silent operation.
If you’ve got a small lawn to go with the limited budget, and you don’t mind a little extra exertion, reel mowers are quite inexpensive. There’s one obvious choice in the reel mower category, and that is the Scotts’ 20″ Classic Reel Mower. Coming in at $139, it is solidly-built and easy to use and maintain. The cutting height is adjustable, from 1″ to 3″, and the dual-wheel tracking makes it easy to maneuver. It’s simply the best reel mower choice on the market, which is why it makes our list.
So if you’ve got only a $300 budget, take a look at one of these models. The right choice has a lot to do with your situation, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Keep an eye out for our upcoming