A used mower is an option for homeowners on a budget. Many homeowners sell perfectly good mowers because they don't want to move them across the country or they're upgrading to a fancier type.
1. The key is to find a mower in good working condition. When buying a used mower, look on the underside and make sure there's not too much rust.
2. Check the blade to see if it's been sharpened recently and is in good shape. (New blades cost about $25.)
3. Make sure the mower starts easily, the ripcord is in good repair, and the engine runs smoothly.
4. Ask for the owner's manual to help you operate and repair the mower.
5. Whether you buy from a shop or an individual, get a receipt and ask if you can return it in, say, 30 days if you're not satisfied.