Spring arrives before you know it, and that lawn will need seemingly-constant maintenance again. Can a Yard-Man lawn mower make keeping your lawn trimmed just a bit easier?
Not all lawn mowers are created equal. A high-quality mower gets the job done faster and easier, so lawn care doesn’t feel like sure a chore. However, there are countless types of mower out there to choose from. You’ll need to weigh factors like durability, price, features, balance, power drives, and more.
Does a Yard-Man lawn mower offer what you need? Let’s take a detailed look at whether or not this type of lawnmower is right for your home.
The Yard-Man Lawn Mower Brand
On the Yard-Man section of the MTD site, you’ll see push lawn mowers, as well as the easy-to-use self-propelled design. Yard-Man even made zero-turn mowers, for those difficult-to-navigate landscapes. However, click on any of these lawn mower types, and you’ll see that none of them are available.
If you want a Yard-Man lawn mower, you’ll have to buy it used: they don’t make new ones anymore.
MTD Products makes outdoor power equipment and started selling lawnmowers in 1958 with a small power rotary motor. Over the years, this brand absorbed countless smaller lawn mowing brands, as well as makers of other equipment. And, as with any time a large company acquires a smaller one, it has the power to close down a brand that’s no longer lucrative.
While MTD doesn’t offer any information on why it closed the Yard-Man lawn mower brand, the customer reviews might shed some light on the reasons it got shuttered. That will also help you see if you should invest in a used Yard-Man, or purchase from one of its thriving competitor lines instead.
Yard-Man Lawn Mower: What We Found
We started our research on Consumer Affairs, a generally reliable source of product information, and they’re shockingly bad. Yard-Man lawn mowers rate poorly, very poorly.
These date back to 2003 and show a lot of problems. A laundry list of issues, actually, from parts not working to frequent repairs. Even when the mowers did work, they often seemed to have serious issues, such as out-of-alignment wheels.
Though the brand had years to fix these problems, it looks like they never did. Over the years, customers who went to Consumer Affairs only gave it a great rating one time.
It appears some users were happy with it as a basic lawnmower. However, many noted that while it worked well at first, the mower came with plenty of problems. From starter problems to faulty parts, they had issues much like the Consumer Affairs reviewers did.
How Much Does a Yard-Man Lawn Mower Cost?
Since Yard-Man lawn mowers are no longer for sale, it’s difficult to find exact pricing information. It does seem, however, this was a classic “you get what you pay for” situation.
High-quality lawn mowers don’t need to break the bank, but as cheap mowers go, Yard-Man seemed to rely on its low prices to make sales. After a while, though, the lack of quality meant the brand couldn’t keep up with the competition.
Buying a Used Yard-Man Lawn Mower
Generally speaking, buying a used mower is a great way to save money on your lawn care. However, you want to make sure it’s a worthwhile investment. A cheap up-front purchase can end up costing more in repairs and maintenance later on.
Any used mower model you choose should break infrequently, and have parts that are easy to replace. With that in mind, a used Yard-Man lawn mower probably isn’t a good choice, even if it’s cheap.
Since the brand hasn’t been popular for a long time, you’ll have a hard time finding parts. And the frequent issues other consumers have had with the brand will make your used mower more likely to break down than others.
Reselling a Yard-Man Lawn Mower
If you do have an old Yard-Man lawn mower that still works, you might want to resell it instead.
Keep in mind that anyone you sell to can find the poor reviews for the brand online. But as long as you’re upfront about any issues your mower has, as well as its maintenance history, you may be able to find a buyer.
You won’t get top-dollar for your used Yard-Man lawn mower, of course, because it’s not a top-dollar brand. But for some people, the extra cash is worth the time it takes to sell a mower.
To sell your old mower successfully, make sure to clean it and make it look nice for potential buyers. Wash it, or even shine it up with a little bit of car wax if you have the time.
Make sure to perform basic maintenance on it before you sell it, too. No one wants to buy a mower that needs new blades or an oil change.
To set your price, check what the Yard-Man competitors are selling for used. (Find more on the brand’s competition below.) Keep in mind that you may have to sell yours for less than the competition, though, since it’s not a popular brand.
Unless you know someone who’s in the market for a used lawnmower, selling online is your best bet. Use sites like eBay and Craigslist, and make sure to include nice photos to grab buyers’ interest.
Yard-Man Maintenance and Repairs
If you have a Yard-Man lawn mower that works, performing the proper maintenance and repairs will help you get the most life out of it. That also helps you prepare your old mower for sale.
First, always disconnect your spark plug before doing even a basic mower maintenance task. Otherwise, the mower might accidentally start while you’re in the middle of a task, which can quickly become dangerous.
New mowers come with safeguards against this, but you can never be too careful.
Always make sure there’s a clean air filter in your mower. It keeps the dirt and debris kicked up by mowing away from your engine. You’ll want to change it, or at least clean it, about once per season.
You’ll also need clean fuel filters. You can’t effectively change the fuel filter, so if it looks dirty, just replace it. A tune-up kit will come with all the basics you need to keep your mower running smoothly, including new oil and filters.
The outside of the mower also needs some maintenance. Check the tire pressure to keep it consistent. Otherwise, you’ll get uneven cutting. You’ll need to sharpen the blade periodically, too.
For every eight hours of use, make sure to check the oil level. Change it after about 50 hours of use. Be sure to use the type of oil recommended by the owner’s manual.
Yard-man mower owner’s manual
Not sure where to find the owner’s manual? Luckily, the MTD Products site has a search tool so you can find the Yard-Man operator’s manual, even for out-of-date mowers. If you know your model number, enter it there and you’ll get the exact manual you need.
Yard-Man vs. the Competition
Thinking about buying a new lawn mower? Let’s take a look at how the Yard-Man lawn mower competitors stack up, so you can see if they’re a better deal than the Yard-Man brand.
How We Reviewed
We looked first at the value for the money, and discarded any options which didn’t make the cut. Then we searched for real users feedback on sites like Consumer Reports, and other review sites, to get a good idea of how they hold up.
Finally, we made sure that they were in stock, and could be delivered to your door.
The Yard Machines line seems to be hit or miss, but certainly more “hit” than Yard-Man.
They’re reliable for the price, with decent engines that aren’t too hard to maintain. Yard Machines mowers seem to start and handle easily, and work well for small jobs.
- 132CC GAS ENGINE: Reliable gas engine perfect for mowing small-medium sized yards. Battle tested and battle ready to get...
- 3 CUTTING HEIGHT POSITIONS: Cut the grass down to your ideal size! Whether your lawn needs a light trim or a full cut,...
- 20-INCH CUTTING DECK: Side discharge deck with 20” cutting width. Trim more in less time with its sizeable deck size.
The PowerSmart line is a better choice than the Yard-Man mowers.
For a reasonable price you get a decent mower that’s easy to put together. They are not problem-free, but they are worth the investment price. They have a few maintenance issues, but nothing that outweighs their value for the investment.
- Powered by 196 cc engine delivering the right amount of power in a compact, lightweight package
- Easy pull starting
- 3-In-1 bag, side discharge and mulching capability allows you to spread grass clippings to the side, returning key...
This mower is easy to assemble and does the job, at a reasonable expense. It’s well-loved by those who have purchased it,
The Craftsman brand lawnmower is reliable, though it’s one of the more expensive options on our list. It pays the buyer in performance and ease of use.
- 140CC OHV GAS POWERED ENGINE: Engine comes equipped with recoil and auto choke. No more fussing with a primer or choke -...
- 3-IN-1 CAPABILITIES: Unit has side discharge, rear discharge, and mulching capabilities.
- 21-INCH CUTTING DECK: Efficient cutting deck helps trim grass in one quick pass for an easier yard job.
Yard-Man Pros and Cons
With that in mind, what are the pros and cons of choosing a Yard-Man mower instead of the competitors? Let’s take a look.
The main benefit of the Yard-Man mower is the low price. These are among the cheapest powered mowers on the market. And for those who find their Yard-Man lawn mower reliable, the savings may seem worth it.
The list of cons outweighs the pros by far, unfortunately.
Although the Yard-Man lawn mower line is inexpensive, you might find yourself in the ranks of reviewers who had unexpected problems with their machine. The issues with a Yard-Man mower are hard to predict. Instead of one part breaking or arriving faulty, any number of parts could cause you a problem.
The fact that Yard-Man mowers aren’t made anymore also poses a problem. The longer a machine is out of date, the hard it gets to find parts, not to mention repair information. If you currently have a Yard-Man mower, you might be able to find parts for it now. But as time goes on, the task will be more difficult.
Finally, any Yard-Man mower you buy will be a used model. Since the Yard-Man brand already doesn’t make reliable mowers, buying used adds another layer of unreliability that you just don’t want. The person selling the mower could be trying to get rid of a faulty mower. If so, they might not disclose all the information about problems it has. And once you buy a used mower, there’s no returning it or repairing it under warranty.
Is a Yard-Man Lawn Mower Right for You?
You can probably guess the answer to this question already. Even for people on a budget, we can’t recommend a used Yard-Man lawn mower. They have too many problems — which is why the line no longer exists.
Fortunately, Yard-Man’s competitors all offer something better at a similar price point. Many people love their Yard Machines and PowerSmart mowers. And the Craftsman mower line has great reviews at a price point that’s not all that much higher.
If you can afford one, we’d recommend finding a Craftsman mower that you love instead.
Would you buy a used Yard-Man lawn mower because of the low price, or would you rather invest in a pricier but more reliable model? Let us know what you think in the comments!