Looking for a way to trim more than just the lawn? Here's an updated blast from the past: the Ginge Comfort Handy Pushmower ($110 to $155). This modern, well-built version of the old-fashioned push mower is the answer for those who consider Saturday mowing chores a time for aerobic exercise. The skinny: A 190-pound male burns up to 576 calories an hour by cutting the grass (vigorously) with a push mower. Added bonus for early birds - it's ultra-quiet, so no worries about waking the neighbors.
John Deere has reinvented the wheel. This spring, big, bad SST Lawn Tractors (from $4,299 to $4,999) feature the new Spin-Steer technology. Previously, zero-turn-radius mowers were operated using dual levers. With Spin-Steer machines, operators complete a full 360-degree turn in either direction by simply touching the steering wheel. Not convinced? These tractors have more features than many people's cars, right down to the handy cup holder.
On any given Sunday, there's a virtual army of red Toro mowers moving across American lawns. Toros are everywhere because they are quality machines that keep pace with the times. This year, five of Toro's popular Super Recycler push mowers feature the Personal Pace self-propel system, which allows the operator to adjust his walking pace up to 4 mph - an edge when cutting grass of different lengths or trying to trim around trees or objects. Bottom line: The guy cutting the lawn can adjust the acceleration and be in total control simply by applying slight pressure on the handle.
Also new: Two of Toro's Super Recycler models feature an electric-start option this year. Operators use a battery-powered motor to start a gas-powered engine. What's so great about this? No more yanking cords. Toro's Super Recycler Personal Pace Mowers range from $338 to $729.