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Petrol lawnmowers tend to be one of the most popular options for homeowners because they’re so powerful. In the past, some might have hesitated to buy a petrol lawnmower because they were considered difficult to start. This is no longer a problem because most modern petrol lawnmowers have easy-start or electric ignition features.
It’s important to bear in mind that petrol lawnmowers are often heavier than their electric or cordless counterparts. It’s therefore a good idea to think about what weight would be manageable for you, and to also think carefully about if your garden is on multiple levels and how practical it will be to manoeuvre the mower between them.
If the most suitable machine for your garden is going to be on the heavier side, look at a mower which is self-propelled. These machines make light work of even the largest gardens, reducing the time it will take to mow your lawn considerably. You will also find that you end up with far more consistent results.
Choose between rotary, cylinder and hover mowers as well as more specialist field and rough grass mowers, and browse between the range of useful features on offer until you find the best machine for your garden. We have options for every requirement and budget. Read our price-specific guides to find the best petrol mowers under £200 and £250.
Petrol lawnmowers are best suited for large garden where the use of a mains cable would not be possible. While generally more expensive than electric mowers they are also more powerful and faster at cutting. They also be maneuvered easily around large objects.
This will depend on the size and power of your lawnmower, but most walk-behind lawn mowers have a fuel capacity of about 1/4 gallon, which is approximately one litre.
All petrol lawn mowers purchased from Lawnmowers Direct come with free engine oil as standard.
Most four-stroke petrol lawnmower engines require fresh unleaded petrol with an octane rating of 87 or higher. Two-stroke engines use a mixture of petrol and oil, as the engines uses fuel as a lubricant.
Hand-propelled lawn mowers require the operator to move the lawn mower forward without the aid of any technology. Self-propelled lawn mowers use a transmission to drive the wheels as you push, making moving them around much easier, which is especially useful for heavy equipment.