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Regardless if your riding lawn mower has an odometer, it’ll have likely racked up miles and miles of grass if you add up all the times and countless hours it spent in the front and back yard keeping your property neat and trimmed.

But your lawn isn’t looking quite as sharp lately, making you wonder if your mower isn’t cutting as well as it used to. Is it time for some maintenance (i.e. blade replacement), or is it finally time to buy a new lawn mower? Like all machines, the lifespan of a lawn mower depends on several factors. Here’s what to consider:

Age is Just a Number

Most lawn mowers generally have a lifespan of eight to 10 years. If your lawn mower is older than this, it may be time to consider replacing it.

However, what if it’s still in good working condition? It’s OK to start browsing new models and give one or two a test run. Since you bought yours, technology has improved, and there are new mowers that perform better than yours did even at its best, making the decision to replace it — before it up-and-quits for good one day — easier.

Usage and Maintenance

When it comes to the age of a lawn mower, the number of years it’s been used is not the only factor to consider. The frequency of use and quality of lawn mower maintenance also play a significant role in determining how long the machine will last.

lawn mower that’s been well-maintained and used sparingly can last longer than one that’s been overworked and poorly maintained — again, just like an automobile. Therefore, if you take care of your lawn mower, it can last for many years, regardless of its age.

Mower Quality

The quality of a lawn mower determines its durability and overall lifespan. A high-quality lawn mower (think John Deere or Toro) can last for many years, even with frequent use, while a low-quality machine will break down quickly, even with minimal use.

If you’re purchasing a new lawn mower, it’s crucial to invest in a high-quality machine, even if it means spending more money upfront. With lawn mowers, like almost everything else that gets rigorous use, you get what you pay for. Not only will it last longer but it will also save you money in the long run since you won’t have to replace or repair it as frequently.

Type of Terrain

Grass is grass, you may think, but the type of terrain you’re on can also affect the lifespan of your trusty mower. A mower used to mow a flat, even lawn will last longer than one used on uneven, rocky terrain. Choose a lawn mower that’s designed for the specific terrain you’ll be mowing, minimizing the strain on its engine.

Why? Uneven terrain causes more strain on the machine’s engine, so choose a mower designed for the specific terrain you’ll be covering. Choose a walk-behind mower for smaller, flatter properties and sturdier, zero-turn mowers for hills and longer distances.

Take Care of Your Mower and It’ll Take Care of You

Regular lawn mower maintenance such as changing the oil and cleaning/sharpening the blades will go a long way in ensuring your mower’s longevity. But weigh your costs. Like a car, if the cost of fixing an older mower is reasonably affordable, and you know you’ll get some life left out of it, opt to repair or refurbish. But when it becomes cheaper to replace it, consider a new mower.

Keep Your Lawn Looking Its Best

Thankfully, purchasing a new lawn mower doesn’t need to be a significant expense, and with care, it can last you for many summers to come. Minnesota Equipment’s selection of lawn mowers starts as low as $369. And we carry the best, most reputable brands.

(Your lawn deserves no less.)

Minnesota Equipment has carried on a tradition started in 1916 by providing the Twin Cities and surrounding areas with premier commercial and residential equipment from brands like John Deere, Gravely, Toro and more.

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