Aside from these main considerations, there are lots of other features available and accessing these will mainly depend on your budget and how much time and energy you’re really hoping to save.
Blade brake clutch: do you hate turning the mower off to empty the clippings? Or to move toys or garden furniture out the way? Especially if your mower isn’t easy to start, you will appreciate the time and effort saved by this handy feature. It allows you to disengage the mower’s drive system, stop the blade, and walk away from the mower with the engine running.
Wash-out fittings: if you’re this invested in your mower and how it performs, then taking care of it is just an important for its continuity of life – as long as it’s quick and easy. An accessible and easy-to-thread washout port makes washing out the accumulated grass clippings under the deck much easier, and doing this after each mow will provide better performance.
Petrol tank and oil fill locations: conveniently located and easy-to-turn caps and oil-fill spouts should be a given, as investing too much time into getting these basics right will chew into your mowing time.
Warranty: as with any mechanical purchase, you want to make sure what kind of warranty you have access to. Mowers are like cars and need regular servicing and maintenance. Check the details of the warranty and also the process for making claims under warranty before you purchase.
Finally, comparing mower features and pricing online is a great start. But there is no substitute for having a look at an assembled mower in a store, showroom or dealership to check the comfort, overall size footprint and operation to gauge if it’s suitable to you.