Best Variable Speed Lawn Mower

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Best Variable Speed Lawn MowerIn order to have the option of a variable speed mower, the mower has to be self-propelled. It is worth noting that not all self-propelled mowers have variable speeds. There are many petrol variable speed mowers available on the UK market and some cordless mowers too.

What Does A Variable Speed Mower Mean?

A variable speed mower means that you can adjust the speed of the mower to suit your walking pace and specific needs. For example, if you have a self-propelled mower without this option, you may feel that the mower is too slow or is running away from you. This will not create a pleasant or desired mowing experience.

With variable speed you can adjust the speed of either the front or rear wheels (depending if your mower is front or rear wheel drive) to match your pace or the speed at which you want to mow the lawn. Also, if you are mowing steep inclines you are likely to want to reduce the speed further to provide more stability and better grip, resulting in a safer mowing session.

There is another self-propelled method that some higher end petrol mowers use, that basically senses the speed at which you are walking and adjusts the mower’s speed accordingly. This can be seen, for example, on some Hayter Harrier mowers.

Best Variable Speed Petrol Mower

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
Titan Pro Zero Turn Review - TPKH822

Titan Pro Zero Turn Review - TPKH822

56Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Zero Turn
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Full Review
5 (20mm - 95mm)Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
Honda HRX537HY Review - Hydrostatic Petrol Lawnmower

Honda HRX537HY Review - Hydrostatic Petrol Lawnmower

53Folding Handles
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
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Full Review
7 (20mm - 100mm)Cut and Collect
Mulching
Cobra MX534SPH Review - 53cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

Cobra MX534SPH Review - 53cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

53Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
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Full Review
6 (25mm - 75mm)Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
Hyundai HYM510SPEZ Review - Self-Propelled ZERO-TURN Lawnmower

Hyundai HYM510SPEZ Review - Self-Propelled ZERO-TURN Lawnmower

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Zero Turn
Check Price

Full Review
6 (17mm - 75mm)Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
ParkerBrand 21

ParkerBrand 21" (53cm) Petrol Lawnmower Review

53Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
5 (25mm - 75mm)Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
Hayter Harrier 56 Review

Hayter Harrier 56 Review

56Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
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Full Review
7 (13mm - 60mm)Cut and Collect
Hayter Harrier 48 Review

Hayter Harrier 48 Review

48Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
7 (13mm - 60mm)Cut and Collect
Hayter Harrier 41 Review

Hayter Harrier 41 Review

41Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
7 (13mm - 60mm)Cut and Collect
Frisky Fox PLUS 20

Frisky Fox PLUS 20" Review - 5.5hp Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
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Full Review
7 (25mm - 75mm)Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
P1PE P5100SPE Review

P1PE P5100SPE Review

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
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Full Review
7 (25mm - 85mm)Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
Hyundai HYM510SPE Review

Hyundai HYM510SPE Review

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
6 (25mm - 75mm)Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge

Best Variable Speed Cordless Mower

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
WORX WG749E Review - Self Propelled Brushless Cordless 46cm Lawn Mower

WORX WG749E Review - Self Propelled Brushless Cordless 46cm Lawn Mower

46Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Vertical Storage
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Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
7 (20mm - 80mm)
Greenworks GD24X2LM46SPK4X Review - 46cm Cordless Mower

Greenworks GD24X2LM46SPK4X Review - 46cm Cordless Mower

46Folding Handles
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 80mm)
Greenworks GD40LM46SPK2x Review - Battery Cordless Lawn Mower

Greenworks GD40LM46SPK2x Review - Battery Cordless Lawn Mower

46Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Vertical Storage
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 80mm)
EGO LM1903E-SP Review - 47CM Cordless Lawnmower 56V

EGO LM1903E-SP Review - 47CM Cordless Lawnmower 56V

47Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Vertical Storage
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
7 (20mm - 80mm)
EGO LM1701E-SP Review - 42CM Cordless Lawnmower 56V (LM1701E)

EGO LM1701E-SP Review - 42CM Cordless Lawnmower 56V (LM1701E)

42Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Vertical Storage
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
7 (20mm - 80mm)
Yard Force 108V Li Review - 46cm Cordless Lawnmower LMT46

Yard Force 108V Li Review - 46cm Cordless Lawnmower LMT46

46Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Vertical Storage
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)

How Do You Adjust The Speed On A Variable Speed Mower?

How Do You Adjust The Speed On A Variable Speed MowerChanging the speed of self-propelled mowers couldn’t be easier. The method varies from mower to mower, but in general there is a lever conveniently located on the bars that allows for the speed to be adjusted. Cordless mowers sometimes have a rotating wheel in the centre of the bars to easily adjust the speed whilst mowing.

Is A Variable Speed Self-Propelled Mower Worth the Investment?

Once you have used a self-propelled mower with variable speed you will most probably never want to operate anything else. Self-propelled mowers remove the physical effort from each mowing session compared to push mowers, what’s more they are easy to operate. The variable speed will allow you to quickly and effortlessly change the speed up or down at the flick/push of a button/lever.

Can You Manually Push A Self-Propelled Lawn Mower?

The majority of self-propelled mowers will allow you to disengage the drive, meaning the mower will be freewheeling and can be pushed with little or no resistance or cause any damage. It is also worth noting that some self-propelled mowers will allow you to also disengage the blades, this allows you to manoeuvre the mower across paths without the blade spinning and without having to stop the engine.

Remember self-propelled mowers are heavier compared to non-self-propelled mowers, so if you are going to manually push them it will require more physical strength.

Which Is Better A Front or Rear Propelled Mower?

Which Is Better A Front or Rear Propelled MowerIn general, rear wheel drive mowers tend to provide better traction, this is particularly noticeable on steeper inclines and when the grass is damp.

Most self-propelled rear roller mowers are powered by the ribbed roller itself. The powered rear roller is sometimes split in two parts to allow them to rotate in opposite directions for easy turning.

With rear-wheel-drive mowers, you can sometimes experience the front wheels lifting when you start mowing. This doesn’t happen with front wheel drive mowers.

In summary, a front or rear wheel drive self-propelled mower is a personal preference, as opposed to one being significantly better than the other, as the engine is normally centrally mounted on the deck.

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