Buying a used lawn mower can be a great way to save money. Especially if you are handy and can repair or replace parts that may no longer be working right or need tuning up.
Determine the type of lawn mower you need. Take into consideration the size of your yard, how much effort you want to make when you mow, and your budget.
Important tip! Many used lawn mowers are listed for more than retail! Make sure you familiarize yourself with what the new machines cost before shopping for used.
If you’re not familiar with Craigslist, you’re going to love it. There’s likely one in your area, even if you live out in the sticks like me. It’s totally free, and you can look in the Farm and Garden section for used lawn mowers of all kinds.
You can also check ebay, just make sure to browse listings in your area that are available for pickup. Nobody wants to ship a lawn mower, and you want to be able to take it for a test run.
Most lawn mower shops have trade in mowers that are for sale. These mowers have usually been professionally looked at and are ready for use. These places will usually deliver the mower to your door.
Local pawn shops or businesses that fix lawn mowers may also have used machines for sale. Call around!
Lawn mower choices include push mowers, electric, battery operated, gas, and riding mowers. Horsepower will tell you how much oomph the mower has. You’ll want self-propelled if you aren’t very strong (like me).
Think you’ve found a great buy? Don’t be too hasty. Look up the make and model online and read any reviews. See if people are happy or if they’ve had a lot of problems with it.
Many seem to be really happy with the engine brands: Honda, Briggs, and Stratton.
If you aren’t mechanically minded, take a knowledgable friend with you to take the lawn mower for a test drive. Make sure that it starts easily, and ensure that nothing is smoking as it runs. Ask the owner how old it is, when it last had any maintenance, and whether or not they’ve had the blades sharpened recently.
Once you’ve selected a used lawn mower and brought it home, you’ll want to get it cleaned up and in prime working condition. Here are a few tips to do so:
- Change the oil
- Air out or replace the filter
- Replace the spark plug
- Sharpen and balance blade
If the above sounds intimidating, here are some DIY instructions to get your used lawn mower in good working order: