Is your old lawn mower struggling? If it’s not doing the trick and your lawn is suffering, it may be time to invest in a new lawnmower. Most mowers will last around 10 years, but that may vary based on how often you use it, the climate you live in, and the size of your lawn. If you notice any of these problems with your mower, it may be time to look into purchasing a new one.
1. Transmission Issues
The transmission is a costly repair—often costs about $500 to replace. If you have an older mower and it’s having transmission problems, it is probably better to invest in a new mower instead of fixing the old one. Better to invest $500 into a nicer and newer mower than pour money into an old one.
2. Engine Problems
The engine is really a make or break issue. If it’s an engine problem, it’s likely more cost effective to replace your mower instead of repairing it. You’ll be hard pressed to find a motor cheaper than $600. A blown engine is usually a death sentence for a mower.
3. Crankshaft Damage
If your lawn lower’s blade strikes a rock, tree stump, or another hard object, it can cause damage to your crankshaft. Crankshaft damage can cause your mower to stop and not restart. If the blade is bent, it cannot work properly. The crankshaft is a costly repair—again, it usually makes more sense to replace the mower altogether.
4. It’s Not Under Warranty
Many lawn mowers these days will come with a warranty for the first few years of use. Without a warranty, lawn mowers can be pricey to repair. Generally speaking, you should be able to get 7 to 10 years out of a new lawn mower, but repairs come up. Things like belts pull chords, or broken cables are easily replaced with little cost. But mechanical issues are much more costly. If your mower breaks down, check its warranty to see if it’s covered.
5. It Keeps Breaking Down
If your machine is continually breaking down, is it really worth it to keep repairing it? It’s usually not. Even if the repairs are small, continuous repairs can add up over time and be a headache to deal with.
6. You Want an Upgrade
There are numerous lawn mowers out there with luxurious upgrades that can make your lawn mowing much easier. Whether you want to invest in a riding lawn mower or just a newer model, upgrading is never a bad idea. Newer models are often more fuel-efficient, which can save you money over time. It may be worth the investment.