Rear Engine Lawn Mowers

Written by Charles Peacock
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Rear engine lawn mowers are basically a step between traditional push mowers and larger tractor-like riding mowers. They offer a real advantage over push mowers in terms of speed and ease of operation, while also being small enough to store and maneuver easily. Let's take a look at how rear engine lawn mowers work, and if they might be the right solution for your landscaping needs.

How Rear Engine Lawn Mowers Work

Rear engine lawn mowers, as the name would suggest, have a small engine mounted under the seat, at the rear of the machine. This engine provides the drive for the mower, and also controls the cutting blade which is mounted under the center of the mower. The engines in these mowers are usually medium-sized, with around ten to 15 horsepower.

Rear engine mowers have a slightly larger cutting area than standard push mowers. While most push mowers have about a 20 inch diameter blade, rear engine mowers are typically in the neighborhood of 30 inches. This size allows you to cut your lawn more quickly, while still maintaining the maneuverability of a smaller mower.

Rear engine mowers are typically recommended for smaller areas with about a half an acre of grass. They're fast enough to offer substantial reductions in the time it takes to cut your lawn when compared to push mowers. They also usually have a very tight turning radius, which allows you to easily cruise around things like shrubs and trees.


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