Shop Lowes for outdoor power equipment from chain saws to trimmers, leaf blowers and riding mowers to snow blowers. Choosing outdoor power equipment can be challenging. Research is key to getting the right piece of Lowes outdoor power equipment for your needs. Trust Lowe’s to help you find what you need.
Walk-Behind Mowers: What To Look For
A beautiful lawn needs the right mower. There are several things to consider when choosing a walk-behind mower.
Horsepower – In order to improve mulching performance, higher horsepower engines are desired. Or, if you regularly allow your grass to become tall before cutting, additional horsepower helps get the job done.
Self-Propelled or Push – All walk-behind mowers can be pushed around the yard. For larger lawns (at least 1/3 acre) or hilly lawns, self-propulsion will help reduce the time and effort to get the job done. Some self-propelled mowers offer a single speed while others come with a variable speed system, allowing the user to adjust the pace of the mower.
High Wheels – Mowers with larger rear wheels offer additional maneuverability, which is especially helpful on hilly or uneven lawns.
Grass Cutting Options – Most walk-behind mowers feature a convertible cutting deck system equipped to disperse grass clippings in at least two ways. Mowers with 2-in-1 capability can handle lawn clippings by either discharging or mulching them. Mowers are also available with 3-in-1 versatility (mulch, bag, or discharge) and 4-in-1 capability which can mulch, discharge or bag from the side or rear of the mower.
Mulching – Cuts the grass into fine clippings that act as a natural fertilizer for the soil.
Bagging – This option is ideal for collecting grass clippings or for leaf pick-up. Great for those who like to compost.
Discharging – When grass is too wet or tall to mulch effectively, this option disperses the clippings uniformly out the side of the cutting deck.
Riding Mowers: What To Look For
Designed for mowing lawns 1/4 acre or lager, riding mowers and tractors range in size and cutting widths. With optional attachments, they can perform a variety of other outdoor chores, including hauling, bagging, aerating, snow removal and more.
Lawn Tractor or Zero Turn Radius Tractor – Lawn tractors and Zero Turn Radius (ZTR) tractors are similar in that both are fine for cutting lawns. However, if your lawn has landscaping that requires added maneuverability, a ZTR tractor could be the right choice. The ZTR tractor is designed for a 360 degree turning radius to mow practically anywhere you need to around trees, shrubs and other landscape with ease.
Cutting Width – While all mowers can get the cutting job done, yard size helps determine the optimum cutting deck for your riding mower. Up to 1-1/2 Acres – Choose a mower with a 42″ cutting deck. More than 1-1/2 Acres – Choose a mower with a 46″ cutting deck.
Horsepower – If you plan to use any attachments or accessories with your tractor, riding mowers with higher horsepower are recommended.
Automatic or Manual Transmission – Like cars, riding mowers are available with different transmissions.
Hydro-Automatic – A foot pedal controls forward and reverse speeds. This premium transmission requires no shifting or clutching, allowing both hands to remain on the steering wheel at all times.
Snow Blowers: What to Look For
The three main types of snow blowers are two-stage gas, single-stage gas and single-stage electric. Since more than one of these types may be able to handle your typical snow-clearing job, it’s important to consider the advantages of each. Ask these questions to ensure you get the snow blower that’s best for your needs.
How much snow? For light snowfalls of 6 inches or less, single-stage units should be sufficient. For medium to heavy snowfalls, a two-stage unit offers the larger engine and intake area needed to clear more snow quickly.
How much area needs to be cleared? For smaller driveways, single-stage units can do the job. For driveways over 40 feet, a two-stage unit is a better choice.
What kind of snow is it? Single-stage units can handle light snow. A two-stage unit has an impeller to help prevent clogging in heavy, wet snow. And specially serrated augers cut through hard-packed snow or ice.
What type of terrain? A wheel drive will work best on flat terrain. Tire chains can be used with some models to enhance traction in all conditions.
Which features do you want? Electric Start: Simple, effortless starts. Single-Hand Operation: Adjust the direction and height of snow blowing on the go. Speed Control: Adjusts to multiple forward and reverse speeds. Power Steering: Allows superior maneuverability. Halogen work lights to help you see in low light. Heated handgrips for added comfort
Tillers and Cultivators: What To Look For
A tiller is the perfect tool for preplanting ground preparation as well as many other tasks during the gardening season, such as cultivating between garden rows.
Tillers have larger, heavy-duty tines (the projecting metal blade that does the actual digging) for initial groundbreaking of large gardens and can dig soil depths of 8 inches or more.
Cultivators are smaller machines with lighter engines and tines. These are perfect for keeping the soil loosened in existing flower beds and small gardens.
When it’s time to break ground, put the power of a quality cultivator or tiller to work for you. They handle a variety of tasks, from breaking up ground and aerating the soil to improving water seepage and controlling weeds. When deciding on a cultivator or tiller, keep in mind the following:
- Type and condition of soil (soft, hard, clay-based, sandy)
- Overall size of the area that needs to be turned
- Tine location (rear or front tine)
- Tilling width options (adjustable or fixed)
- Power rating and features (HP, speeds, reversible)
Cultivators – Cultivators light weight, control and easy maneuverability make them perfect for small jobs in soft soil. Cultivators churn through already-loosened soil, uprooting and removing weeds from around garden plants.
Front Tine Tillers – Front tine tillers are ideal for those with small-to-medium-size gardens and soft soil conditions. Powered by either 2- or 4-cycle engines, front tine tillers are designed for weeding and general garden maintenance, and are not suitable for tilling hard, tough soil.
Rear Tine Tillers – Transferring power from the engine to the wheels enables rear tine tillers to tackle larger jobs in landscaping, serious gardening and construction. Since you only need to guide the tiller as it does its work, rear tine tillers have the muscle to work through large gardens, tough soil, even sod. You’ll find rear tine tillers in 2 types: SRT (standard rotary tines), which have tines that rotate in the same direction as the wheels, and CRT (counter rotary tines), which rotate in the opposite direction from the wheels, effortlessly digging into hard, compacted soil.
Brushcutters and Trimmers: What To Look For
Gas-powered trimmers provide the most power to cut in demanding conditions. The large cutting swath offered by gas trimmers enables the user to get the job done quickly. Gas trimmers are available in either 2-cycle or 4-cycle engines. A special mixture of gas and oil powers a 2-cycle engine. A 4-cycle engine requires no mixing and can operate on the same gas as a car. Electric trimmers will have less power and are usually for smaller yards.
The shaft is the tube connecting the motor or engine to the cutting head. Curved shaft models are generally lighter in weight and are easier to store. Trimmers with straight shafts or extended shafts provide better balance and allow the user to reach greater distances.
Trimmer or Multifunction Tool
Among the variety of string trimmers available are those that can perform additional operations. Some, with a simple push of a button, enable the user to rotate the cutting head to convert the product into an edger. Other multifunction models have a split shaft that allows for the attachment of tools such as an Edger, blower, pole saw, sweeper, or hedge trimmer.
Attachment Examples: Edger, Sweeper, Hedge Trimmer, Pole Saw
Chain Saws: What To Look For
Before you shop for a chain saw or any Lowes outdoor power equipment, take a look around the yard and think about the job. The size of the tree or wood you plan to cut and how often you cut are factors to consider in selecting the proper chainsaw. Think about how large and powerful a saw you can handle comfortably and safely. Whether pruning trees or cutting cords of firewood, a chain saw saves time and reduces effort needed to get the job done. When purchasing a chain saw, consider the amount of cutting your saw will endure. This will determine the type of saw, the bar length and the power you’ll need.
Electric Chain Saws
Lightweight and easy to start, electric chain saws are ideal for light-duty and general-purpose uses. Electric motors produce less noise than gas-powered engines, emit no exhaust and require little maintenance (no spark plugs, no air filter, no gas/oil mixture). Access to an electric outlet restricts mobility; however, a good-quality 100′ extension cord fits the bill.
Gas-Powered Chain Saws
Gas chain saws are designed with more powerful engines and longer bar lengths for heavy-duty and extended-use jobs. Plus, 2-cycle gas engines provide the mobility to cover a greater work area, making them ideal for farm, landscaping and rural use as well as for general-purpose home use.
A chain saw’s bar length will determine the cutting tasks the saw can perform:
- 14in. — Usually light-duty use and infrequent use.
- 16in. — General-purpose use. Perfect for average homeowner.
- 18in. — Large jobs on the farm and professional or rural use.
- 20in. — Heavy-duty cutting of large-diameter wood and more frequent use.
The larger the cutting job, the longer the bar length and bigger the engine. An engine’s power is usually stated in horsepower.
Additional Features. Look for these features offered on most chainsaws:
- Anti-Vibration System — Reduces engine vibration through the handle
- Chain Brake — Stops chain in the event of kickback
- Chain Oiler — Automatically or manually lubricates the chain
- Clean Air System — Reduces the amount of dust and debris that enters the engine
Lowes Outdoor Power Equipment Lawn and Garden Extended Protection Plan:
The following information is from Lowes.com. Protection plans for Lowes outdoor power equipment provide three (3) or four (4) year coverage from date of Plan purchase depending on the Plan purchased includes:
· Onsite service or pickup and delivery for service on Riding Mowers and Products over $800 from the date of Plan purchase.
· Fix It Fast Guarantee for Riding Mowers. A one-time payment over the life of this contract of $50 will be sent to you in the event your riding mower is not repaired within fourteen (14) days of the initial visit to your home.
· Maintenance Feature for Riding Mowers: You will receive a twenty-five percent (25%) reimbursement on select preventative maintenance parts (including batteries, belts, blades, filters, oil, spark plugs, and tires) for the duration of this contract. There is a $500 limit on the preventative maintenance rebate for the life of the contract. You will need to contact NEW at 1-888-77-LOWES (56937) to file a claim for this feature of the Plan. You will be required to provide NEW. with copies of all applicable sales receipts to obtain the reimbursement.
How do I determine if my product falls under the ‘No Lemon’ Policy?
The No Lemon Policy refers to Service Plans. Replacement Plans by definition do not have service associated with them. If your product experiences a breakdown during the term of the Replacement Plan, subject to limitations and exclusions, the product is replaced not serviced.
No Lemon Policy: After three (3) of the same major failure service repairs have been completed on three (3) separate occasions within a twelve (12) month period on an individual Product, should that Product require a fourth (4th) repair, as determined by us, We will replace it with a new, rebuilt or refurbished product of equal or similar features and functionality, not to exceed the original purchase price of the original Product. The original Product and purchase receipt must be returned to us along with the service receipts from the three (3) separate service repairs. One (1) service request number requiring functional parts repair or replacement will equal one (1) repair. Please keep your service receipts; copies cannot be provided by us.
By Victoria Stone