Walk-behind petrol lawn mowers range in price from $220 to $900. They’re built for frequent mowing of your large residential or not-near-electricity-lawn. Generally, they’re best suited for lawns up to 1 acre with tough, thick grass. Here we’ll look at the best push and self-propelled petrol mower for most people.
Do you have a personal preference for petrol mowers?
I know I do.
And I still own one. I could go cordless electric and get my lawn done on 1 charge…
…But nothing reminds me of weekends in summer like the smell of fresh cut grass and fumes from a gasoline powered lawn mower engine.
Of the top 5 best selling push lawn mowers only 1 is petrol. Of the top 20 only 3 are petrol.
And, it makes sense for most people.
As the price of fuel increases. And as we move into suburban sprawls with smaller lawns… Electric mowers are sometimes better suited for the job.
Best Push Petrol Lawn Mower for Most People
The best push petrol lawn mower for most people is the lightweight (55 lbs), powerful (4.4 HP) and versatile Husqvarna 7021P.
It’s powered by a 160cc Honda and has a nearly 1 quart fuel tank… Giving it about 3 hours of mow time on 1 tank. At average walk speed you could mow an acre in just over 1.5 hrs. Or 2 acres on 1 tank.
As you can see it has a grass catching bag, and also the ability for side discharge and mulching. It’s the ideal mower for most people because it’s affordable at around $285 and has all the options most people need.
Best Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower for Most People
The best self propelled petrol lawn mower for most people is the rear wheel drive electric start mower from LawnBoy.
You’re paying about $40 more than the Honda powered Husqvarna above… And you’re getting electric start and rear wheel driven self propel system.
The LawnBoy brand is actually owned by Toro Company, so you can rest easy if you’ve never heard of the LawnBoy brand. Toro warranties these up to 2 years.
How to Choose Between Self Propelled and Push
If you’re consistently mowing tough grass then the self propelled feature will save you. Literally, it could prevent an injury. I know I’ve wrenched my back trying to push and pull my mower through really stubborn grass.
Especially after a rain you really notice the difference in a rear wheel drive self propelled mower.
Just Mowing Your Home’s Yard on the Weekend
I’ve used self propel and not. And you definitely notice the difference. Even taking into account the self propelled mower shown above is 20 pounds heavier – it’s still easier to move around.
However, my lawn is relatively flat, and I only need to mow during the warmer months… I still enjoy pushing the mower, breaking a sweat (earning that beer) while mowing.
Lawn Mowing Daily
Maybe you have a landscaping or garden business and don’t need a riding mower cause your jobs are suburban residential. If that’s you then you’ll probably want to get the self propelled mower. At the end of a long hot day you’ll be thankful you did.
Hills and Slopes
This is a tricky one. Because you can always go side-to-side along the slope thereby never needing to actually go direct up it. But if your slope is a tight squeeze and it’s hard to do the side-to-side technique you can get a self propelled mower to help you go straight up it.
Lazy Mans Way
Hey, sometimes we just want to be lazy. In that case, why not get a riding mower?
2. The Honda page for the engine used in the Husqvarna was used to find out the power and fuel capacity so the run-time could be calculated.
3. I watched this video to get a good idea of what others thought of the Husky mower. I recommend you watch it.
4. And finally, I had a really good read of the PED.com best mowers guide. I used it to compare their results with what I find from reviews on Home Depot, Lowes and Amazon.