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Whilst all care is taken to provide accurate information with respect to the item described, the Independent Living Centre (ILC) is not involved in product design or manufacture, and therefore not in a position to guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. Selection of equipment, which is both suitable and appropriate for individual needs remains the responsibility of the person(s) considering requisition, and no responsibility is taken by the ILC for any loss or injury caused through use of the equipment or alleged to have arisen through reliance upon information provided. As information is subject to change any enquiries should be directed to the manufacturer.

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Buyers Guide - Lawnmowers

ILC Reference NO 71:20:001
Item sourced from ILC NSW database

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Short Description
For many people the actions involved in starting and operating a lawn
mower require strength and energy they do not have. Easier ways of lawn mowing may have to be found.

Price Guide
Approx Price: $0.00
Price Date: 14/03/2008

More Details
. Points to consider when buying a lawnmower:
* Ease of getting mower to point of use
* Method of starting (pull cord, electric switch on, key start)
* Ease of starting; ability to be started one handed
* Type of power (electric, hover & wheeled; petrol, two and four stroke ; manual / push)
* Ease of refueling; ease of opening petrol cap
* Ease of manoeuvring
* Weight for pushing, lifting
* Stability on slopes or rough terrain
* Comfort of handle height / grip when pushing
* Appropriate protection for feet (blade guard)
* Capacity and durability of catcher
* Ease of fitting catcher
* Ease of storing; electric mowers can be hung up
* Ease of cleaning
* Frequency of maintenance
* Ease of adjustment of handle height and cutting height
* Noise level (manual and electric quieter than petrol)
* Amount of vibration
* Safety issue of electric cord (electric)
* Australian made / imported - availability of spare parts
* Length and conditions of warranty

. Commonly available features:
* Height adjustable handles
* folding handles for storage
* rear catcher
* mulching mower
* adjustable wheel heights (which give various cutting heights)
* ride on mowers (for large grass areas)
* self propulsion
* A wash nozzle on top of the housing makes it easy to clean underneath (including the blades)
* A rigid plastic catcher is better than the bag type (which might let dust and clippings blow all over you). It should also have 2 handles: on on top for carrying, the other on the back for easy emptying.

. Available safety features:
* Safety lock off switch
* Automatic overload cutout
* Full insulation
* Dead man's handle (mower stops if you let go of handle)
* Blade rotation indicator which shows when the blade is stationary
or moving
* Safety switch for power point (electric mowers)

. Suggestions for people who experience pain, weakness or stiffness:
* Get someone else to mow the lawns.
* Electric mowers are one third the weight of petrol mowers - in
operation some hover above the ground on an air cushion.
* Electric mowers have the controls at the top of the handle.
* A key-start mower eliminates the need to pull cords etc.
* Do small amounts of mowing often rather a lot all at once; a hand
mower is lighter.

. For further information check with a mower retailer or have a look into the CHOICE magazine (Nov. 2004).
. We are pleased to receive feedback on the information we provide....
If there is something we should add or need to change, please let us know.
. These are general suggestions - if you experience considerable
difficulty in solving your problem, consult an occupational therapist at a community health centre, or aged care assessment team or make an appointment at the ILC.

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