By Jen Jones
My Weedeater 20″ gas lawnmower with a Briggs & Stratton engine was purchased from a local big box store. It is a 300 series, and I have had it about 6 years. The low price was a big reason I chose this model. I needed a basic push mower, and this one fit into my budget better than other brands. If you plan to go to a big box store for a mower, do not assume that any sales associate will be able to answer many questions about which model would work the best. You’ll typically get someone who just reads to your from the box on the shelf, in my experience.
I had to put the mower together when I got home. The only problem I had with putting it together was not having the correct tools. Once I got those, putting it together was easy, even for a woman who has rarely put anything together. I just followed the directions closely and was happily surprised when it started right away.
This has been a really good mower for me. The blades are sharpened every spring and the oil is changed. It is a little difficult to change the oil, but once I got used to what I needed to do, it became easier each year. The blade comes off easy, but I have a hard time remembering how to put them back on. I finally sprayed painted an X on the top of the blade so I would remember how they came off. This is all the maintenance I have done to the mower.
The mower cuts evenly and can be pushed close to objects to make using a weed eater unnecessary in many places. Small areas do still need the weed eater used near them, but I have managed to limit that. It runs for quite a while on a tank of gas, which is really important when gas is so expensive.
One issue I have with the mower is how it starts. It has a choke button that needs pushed three times before you try to start it. There are times when it needs pushed more than three times before it will start. I have had to push it up to six times, but then run the risk of flooding the engine and having to wait for a while before I try again.
I also wish I had considered buying a push mower with an electric start. Pulling the rope to start every time I shut it off gets old very quickly. But, this is a personal issue and not one about the mower itself.
Another problem I have with the mower is that it can be hard to push. I am a strong woman, but with some types of grasses, the mower is extremely hard to push. I wish I had considered a self-propelled mower when I was looking for a new mower. Again, this is a personal wish and nothing that is wrong with the mower.
I will definitely consider another Briggs and Stratton powered mower if I ever need to replace this one. It does everything I need it to do and is simple to use. For the price I paid that was well below $200, it was a great choice for me!
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