Is it Time to Retire Your Old Lawn Mower

Choose a New Mower to Fit Your Yard and Lifestyle

MILWAUKEE,WI (March 22, 2012) — If your lawn mower is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement.  In the past decade, engineering technology has produced lawn mowers that run cleaner, start easier, and are more fuel efficient – and they provide a variety of options that can make yard care easier.  For more details on the engineering oadvances in gas lawn mowers, read our position paper on "Making an Informed Choice."

According to the Stevenson Company, a leading consumer research organization, gas-powered mowers are the number one choice among homeowners, accounting for more than 4 out of 5 lawn mowers sold in the United States. While electric /battery-powered mowers may be an option for some homeowners with small yards, gas mowers offer a greater range of power to reliably mow any size yard and even tall, thick grass.

“Gas mowers remain the number one choice because they have the power to get the job done under all mowing conditions,” says Rick Zeckmeister, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at Briggs & Stratton Corporation, the largest maker of gas engines for outdoor power equipment.  “They run cleaner than ever before, start very easily and give homeowners the choices they want to fit their lifestyle, yard and budget.”

New gas-powered mowers are also in tune with today’s environmentally-conscious lifestyles. Since 1995, smog forming emissions produced by gas mowers have been reduced by 75 percent.  According to EPA statistics, all lawn and garden equipment combined accounts for less than half a percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S. (Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the U.S. Transportation Sector 1990-2003, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA 420 R06 003, March 2006). In fact, a family that replaces a single 75 watt incandescent light bulb with an equivalent compact fluorescent bulb in their home would more than offset the carbon dioxide emissions from using a gas lawn mower for an entire mowing season.

Other innovations and benefits of the newest gas mowers include:

  • Easy starting, with even a single pull of the starter rope or the push of a button  like in the newest cars
  • Improved fuel efficiency and advanced muffler systems that produce a more pleasant sound quality and less vibration
  • Ample engine power to mulch grass clippings while mowing, turning them into a natural fertilizer for the lawn
  • A variety of options to make mowing easier, from mowers that automatically adjust to the walking pace of the person mowing to digital dashboards that show the time, fuel level, maintenance reminders and other information.

“Today’s gas mowers are so much better, it’s like comparing a television from the 1990s to a new flat screen LCD TV you would buy today,” adds Pete Hotz, Vice President of Engine Product Development.

Briggs & Stratton provides an on-line tutorial on how to select a lawn mower at as well as a perspective on environmental and product performance considerations when choosing a new mower at