Tips for buying a used lawn mower

Used lawn mowers.
Used lawn mowers.
A few retailers have been trying to ride the cash for clunkers craze by offering deep discounts for people who trade in their old, used lawn mowers for new lawn mowers. However, if you know what you're looking for, a used lawn mower can still do the trick.

The biggest question lawn mower shoppers need to consider is how much they're willing to spend on a used lawn mower. Depending on the size of your lawn, you may want to spend more for a riding mower or save some money with a smaller walk-behind mower.

Walk-behind mowers - as opposed to tractor mowers - are built for lawns that cover a half-acre or less. A large yard with a steep incline may need a self-powered mower to help you get the job done.

Self-propelled mowers with rear-wheel drive are better for steep, sloping lawns because the weight of the machine rests on its rear wheels, according to an article by the Associated Press.

Front-wheel-drive mowers are easier to maneuver by pushing its handle down - lifting the front wheels off the ground - and swiveling the mower around to reverse direction.

Protect your eyes with goggles or glasses while mowing and never remove the guard over the blade while the blade is spinning.