Mower Advice

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Dear Hi-Way 3: Help! My riding mower is old and can’t keep up with my yard. Which mower should I choose? – Jim Smith, Muncie

Hi Jim – Buying a mower is like committing to a long-term relationship. There are a lot of factors to consider, and you want to pick the right one for your needs and wants.

Yard – Consider your lot size and terrain. Look for a deck size and style that will work best with your yard. If you want those coveted ballpark lawn stripes, Simplicity’s signature free floating mower deck is your best bet. Don’t know the right deck size to get? Here’s a helpful guide:

• 1/2-1 Acre: Up to 42” deck.

• 1-2 Acres: 42” or 46” deck.

• 3 Acres or More: 46” to 54” deck.

Style – Do you need something that’s nimble to move around garden beds and works quickly? A zero-turn mower is a great solution. They’re fast, powerful and turn on a dime, greatly reducing the amount of time involved in caring for a larger yard.

Power – A lawnmower with higher horsepower can typically do more work faster than one with a lower horsepower rating. More horsepower can also have a quieter operation and easier starting ability.

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