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Yard Machines Lawn Mower 11A-02SB700 Review

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It isn’t because this is a super powerful mower or a do-it-all landscaping mower that I included it at number four in my top 5 gas powered mowers list. In fact, this Yard Machines lawn mower 11A-02SB700 makes a surprise, but deserved, appearance owing to its affordable price tag and petite size. At just 140cc, the Powermore OHV engine has just enough bang for the buck to mull through a small to mid-sized suburban lawn.

45 pounds is what it actually weighs and topped off with gasoline it won’t cross over 53 pounds making it the lightest gas mower in my top 5 list. Just don’t think you can rear bag or mulch with this Yard Machines lawn mower – it was designed & engineered to only mow.

Yard Machines 11A-02SB700, 140cc 20-Inch Push Mower Review

Product Info:

  • Walk Behind Mower
  • Petrol Mower
  • 140cc OHV motor

Features:

  • 20 inch cutting deck
  • Comfortable loop handle
  • 3 Height positions
  • Weight: 45 lbs.
  • 1-year warranty

Ease Of Use

Assembling the Yard Machines lawn mower 11A-02SB700 takes time, I am not shitting bricks! The accompanying manual for this mower is about 44 pages long and most of it details how to set it up. From the handle to the rip starter cord, the wheels and what not. Yeah, this is as close as you will get to serious DIY projects so if you aren’t the kind of guy who feels a sense of pride from building something on your own, Do Not Get This! Thankfully, the guys at Yard Machines have taken the pain to elaborate each and every step with accompanying labelled images so you really won’t get lost amidst all the nuts & bolts. Just remember to have a nice set of wrenches handy before you start.

Once assembled though, this little red beauty is all pleasure and no pain. Top it off with gas (first time and subsequent refueling are detailed in a separate engine manual), prime the engine two or three times, press the throttle ‘loop’ handle and rip the starter cord to unleash the engine’s purr. It worked on the very first attempt for me and has done so ever since. Moving this mower around, that is pushing it, is easy and does not take much effort probably because of its petite weight. As for adjusting handle height and other such novelties, they are all self-explanatory.

 

Cut Quality

20 inch wide deck, 140cc engine together translate to a pretty decent cut quality irrespective of conditions. However if you have tried out Husqvarna, Lawn Boy or other power hungry beasts you may be in for a slight let down. Because of its weight and balanced wheel height this mower is not suitable for extra-tough grass strains, particularly Bermuda. My advice get something else if you have to face tougher strains of grass on a regular basis or you tend to ignore weekly mowing demands.

 

Height Adjustment

I am thoroughly disappointed with the lack of easy adjustment levers. I understand that features are decided in conjunction with the price point of any product but denying standard specs is never a good idea. This Yard machine lawn mower, while capable of operating on three height settings, needs a good 15 minutes to change between each setting. Why? Because you have to unscrew or untether each wheel from its supporting socket and re-attach the carriage bolts in a different hole to achieve change in height! And, you have to do it four times remembering which hole you used to start with. I hope Yard Machine reads my 11A-02SB700 review because upping the price by another $15 and giving a lever on each wheel to adjust the height will definitely attract more buyers. To iterate what I previously said, you better be a DIY lover to make, operate and maintain this mower. (So why have I ranked this particular Yard Machine as my 4th best gas mower? Read till the last to find out!)

 

ard Machines Lawn Mower Motor

Motor Power

Not a Briggs & Stratton or Honda engine but rather a lesser known PowerMore engine rated at 140cc gives life to this petite mower. To some people it is yet another reason why to stay away from the Yard machine lawn mower, but let me be straight with you – even Honda and Briggs & Stratton engines tend to fail after a couple of years, not to mention the maintenance they demand. At under $200, I say this mower has an impressive engine, which also happens to be light and quick to start.

 

Maintenance

As there aren’t many parts that may get damaged over the years, I don’t foresee major maintenance issues with this mower. Everything in this mower is bolted on, including the wheels (remember I said read on and find out why I rate the 11A-02SB700 mower 4th in my list?). The only thing that may need replacement or a casual sharpening is the blades. Just keep oiling them or spray PAM on the deck underside before you mow to prolong their life

 

Cost Effectiveness

Love playing LEGOs with your kids? Got involved with DIY home projects recently? Feel comfortable handling a wrench, assembling tools and gadgets? Then this yard machine lawn mower is going to be a cheerful addition to your landscaping toolshed. Once assembled and primed, it does not cost a penny for the next couple of years. Forget the warranty (only 1 year by manufacturer) and what not, this mower won’t quit on you ever!

Yard Machines Push Mower

$149.00


PROS:
  • Strong motor
  • Affordable priced
  • Low maintenance

CONS:
  • Assembling and height adjustments are a bit complicated
  • Not suitable for stronger grass, like Bermuda

7.7 Total Score
Perfect Light Mower for DIY Experts!

This mower is perfect for you if you like putting things together, taking the time to learn how something operates and don’t mind getting your hands dirty. Trust me, once you are done assembling this mower, you won’t ever again have to take a wrench out (unless it is to change the height of course).

7.3Editor's score
Ease of Use
6.5
Cut Quality
7
Height Adjustment
5
Motor Power
8
Maintenance
8
Cost Efectiveness
9
8User's score
Ease of Use
8.6
Cut Quality
8.3
Height Adjustment
7
Motor Power
7.6
Maintenance
8.6
Cost Efectiveness
8
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7.7 Total Score
Perfect Light Mower for DIY Experts!

This mower is perfect for you if you like putting things together, taking the time to learn how something operates and don’t mind getting your hands dirty. Trust me, once you are done assembling this mower, you won’t ever again have to take a wrench out (unless it is to change the height of course).

7.3Editor's score
Ease of Use
6.5
Cut Quality
7
Height Adjustment
5
Motor Power
8
Maintenance
8
Cost Efectiveness
9
8User's score
Ease of Use
8.6
Cut Quality
8.3
Height Adjustment
7
Motor Power
7.6
Maintenance
8.6
Cost Efectiveness
8
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General Info

Brand
YARD MACHINES
Mower Type
Deck Size
20

Features

Mulching
Bag
Side-Discharge
BBC
Speed Control
Electric Start
CARB Compliant

Height Settings

Blades
Height Positions
Max. Height (inch)
Min. Height (inch)

Motor Info

Engine Brand
Motor Info
Max. Forward Speed (mph)
Max. Reverse Speed (mph)

Buyer Guarantee

Warranty
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  1. Reply
    Peter February 10, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I’m happy to find this article because I’m very interested in this topic! This is trully suprising lawn mower! Like you wrote just 140cc, the Powermore OHV engine and has just enough bang for the buck to mull through a small to mid-sized suburban lawn. That’s awesome and very suprising! It think that according to what you wrote in your article, this lawn mover is good enough for me and I will think of buying it. It will be on my top list for sure.

    • Reply
      billmartin February 11, 2015 at 6:54 am

      Excellent choice! Have fun with your new mower! Bill

  2. Reply
    Tony J. Mason June 3, 2016 at 6:05 am
    4
    Ease of Use
    100
    Cut Quality
    90
    Height Adjustment
    70
    Motor Power
    70
    Maintenance
    70
    Cost Efectiveness
    80

    This is a decent mower for the price.

    + PROS: The mower is easy to assemble, and does well. It gives a nice clean cut.
    - CONS: Despite it being 1 140cc engine,it seems to be a little lacking in power, and bogs down easy.compared it to my old mower that was a 140cc as well. From my understanding this is because of the difference in engine type. This one being Over Head Valves and the older style mowers being a flat head engine type. So I am not expecting it to last the 16 years my previous mower did.
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  3. Reply
    Harry J. Wafford June 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm
    3.75
    Ease of Use
    70
    Cut Quality
    70
    Height Adjustment
    70
    Motor Power
    70
    Maintenance
    100
    Cost Efectiveness
    70

    Although this mower comes with only a year warranty but still it cuts my heavy grass cleanly. It is not that powerful, but it’s ok as it is pretty much affordable petrol mower. It has a very comfortable handle. It comes with only three height adjustment which is really really very less in number. The best part about this mower is, it requires very less maintenance as all its parts are already bolted. Yes! The situation may come when you need to replace its blades. It is my advice to oil its blades before you start your mowing session.

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  4. Reply
    Eric R. Griffin June 16, 2016 at 1:56 pm
    4.3
    Ease of Use
    90
    Cut Quality
    90
    Height Adjustment
    70
    Motor Power
    90
    Maintenance
    90
    Cost Efectiveness
    90

    I bought this for my small sized lawn, and it works like a charm. It is a budget lawn mower, but the cut quality is more than average for this price tag. It uses petrol as fuel and comes with a 140cc engine, thus making it easy to carry and store. The mower is indeed very easy to use, and the cut quality and speed are decent enough. The height adjustment feature is not that great but yes it is equipped with 3 height positions. Finally, maintenance is not a big issue and hence this one is perfect for a small lawn.

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