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Buying a Lawn Mower for Under $250 - Poulan PO500N22SX Vs Husqvarna 6021P

Traditionally the realm of the electric lawn mower, buying the best lawn mower for under $250 leaves the field of candidates relatively empty compared to those choosing with deeper pockets. There are still great mowers and bargains to be had and here we look at two of the top selling gas lawn mowers for those on a budget.

Today we will look at two different styles of gas powered mowers in this price bracket, the Poulan PO500N22SX pitted against the Husqvarna 6021P. Both have list prices under $250, and will get the job done more than adequately for those with small to medium sized lawns who don't mind a little exercise! Read on to find out more.

Size And Power

The Poulan PO500N22SX and Husqvarna 6021P are roughly the same size in terms of the blade and the engine size. Both are more than capable of tackling the normal tasks of trimming a well maintained lawn - just think twice if you have a large meadow to cut! Remember the basics of maintenance with both and oil and service regularly and keep the blades sharp for best performance.

Push Power, Both!

As with much in life, you get what you pay for here. The $250 and under bracket for gas lawn mowers is the entry level and for this you need to push your mower around the lawn! Whilst not a hindrance for the able bodied gardener with a smaller lawn (especially as these are relatively light for gas powered mowers), think twice if you are less able or have a much larger turf to chop (Top Lawn mowers for medium garden). If so, look for a self propelled mower, starting at around $300, or a ride on mower for the bigger lawn - coming in at $1500+!

Collect Or Mulch

The eternal question for all lawn smiths - and the answer probably varies with the size of your lawn and wether you compost, dump or have someone take away your green waste! The Poulan PO500N22SX is a side discharge mower, slicing the top of the blades and then ejecting the finely divided grass back onto your turf where if you have properly aerated and have a healthy lawn, the pieces will biodegrade rapidly and return some of their nutrients to the soil. This requires no extra work for the gardener but leaves a thin layer of organic material on the lawn that some people find unsightly. The Husqvarna 6021P however blows out the back into a collection bag (although some purchasers have reported that the seal between bag and mower body needs some tape!). This needs emptying regularly which becomes a drag on a big lawn but a boon if you like to compost. Choose your poison on this one!

Environmental factors

The California Air Resources Board founded in 1967 to attain and maintain decent air quality standards in California have a set of regulations surrounding the environmental impact of all types of powered devices. The Poulan PO500N22SX meets these and can be sold in California but the Husqvarna 6021P falls short. This is critical for those living in the Sunshine State and those with strong personal ethics around the environment.

Summary

Buying the Poulan PO500N22SX is the only choice out of the pair here if you live in California. It is also a winner if you want to cut down on fertilizer usage as the mulching and spreading capability helps to feed your lawn as you mow.

Choosing to buy a Husqvarna 6021P would be the better choice out of the two where you want to compost the clippings and is widely regarded for its relatively low usage of fuel, getting half an acre or more out of a tank. With larger back wheels it may also be a little more robust if your lawn isn't bowling green flat!

Either one of these best selling gas lawn mowers are excellent buys for under $250 - just keep in mind the caveats about California, the area to be cut and the fact you need to push them over your entire lawn.