What's the Best Lawn Mower for You? Sears.com 'Lawn and Garden Advisor' Offers Tips

Researching and buying lawn and garden equipment on the Internet has never been easier -- or more popular.

Sears, which sells more lawn and garden power equipment than any other U.S. retailer, now offers on sears.com the "Lawn and Garden Advisor" section that answers common equipment questions and provides tips for making the right purchase decisions and for maintaining products.

According to Richard Orr, Sears e-commerce merchandise manager for tools and lawn and garden products, "Lawn mowers and tractors are among the hot sellers on sears.com. Customers tell us that the ability to compare similar products side-by-side on sears.com is very helpful in their decision-making process. Our new 'Lawn and Garden Advisor' section simplifies the shopping and buying experience even more."

The sears.com Lawn and Garden Advisor offers these tips on choosing a lawn mower model that best meets your needs:

  -- What size is your lawn?  If it takes less than a minute to walk the
     perimeter of your lawn, a push gas-powered lawn mower will most likely
     meet your needs.  If it takes up to two minutes, or your yard is hilly,
     consider a self-propelled lawn mower.
  -- What cutting width is best?  Most gas lawn mowers have cutting widths
     from 12 to 33 inches.  Shop for a lawn mower with the widest cutting
     deck if your lawn has few obstacles and you want to get the job done
     quickly.  If you have lots of trimming to do, go for a narrow deck that
     can be easily maneuvered.
  -- What kind of terrain do you have?  Look for a lawn mower with large-
     diameter rear wheels if your property is hilly or uneven.  Rear wheels
     can range from nine to 16 inches in diameter.
  -- What type of self-propelled mower should you buy?  Self-propelled lawn
     mowers have either front-wheel or rear-wheel drive.  Advantages of
     front-wheel drive are lower cost and easy maneuverability.  Rear-wheel
     drive mowers have better traction when you bag your grass clippings and
     are best for uneven terrain.
  -- What will you do with grass clippings? You can bag your mowed grass
     clippings, discharge them into the lawn or, better yet, mulch them into
     small particles to fertilize your lawn. The ability to bag, discharge
     or mulch leaves is featured on 3-in-1 convertible mowers.

To access the Lawn and Garden Advisor on the Internet, go to http://www.sears.com/ . Click the Lawn and Garden tab at the top of the screen. Scroll down on the left navigation bar of the Lawn and Garden screen, and click Lawn and Garden Advisor.

Sears.com features more than 600 lawn and garden tools and pieces of equipment covering the major categories including: hand tools, sprinklers, hoses, power mowers, riding mowers, lawn tractors, chain saws, blowers, trimmers, edgers, tillers, pressure washers, chippers and log splitters.

In addition to Craftsman®, America's best-selling brand of mowers and tractors for the past 20 years, sears.com also features popular brands such as Toro®, Yard-Man® and Black & Decker®. Kenmore® and Weber® grills also are available on sears.com. (Brand names are the intellectual property of their respective owners.)

Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of more than $40 billion. The company serves families throughout the country through approximately 860 department stores, approximately 2,100 specialized retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the company's Web site, http://www.sears.com/ .

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Contact: Ann Woolman of Sears, Roebuck and Co., 847-286-7079,

Website: http://www.sears.com/

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