What every best Lawn Mowers has:
- Leaves lawn looking well-trimmed.
- Handles intuitively for easy pushing and steering.
- Offers brand reliability and a good warranty.
Very good in most regards. The Cub Cadet SC100HW performs as well or better than any other gas-powered push mower in its class. It features Cub Cadet's Signature Cut System for a terrific looking lawn. Cub Cadet's brand reputation is sometimes called into question, but its ranking in Consumer Reports' most recent brand reliability survey has risen to fourth, which is about average. While user tales of broken or faulty mowers are not unheard of, those are more than offset by the very many owners who share nothing but raves.
Sure starting. One of the hassles with gas mowers that lack electronic starting is the sometimes back-breaking job of yanking the recoil cord time and time … and time again. Not so with Cub Cadet. It features an Autochoke SureStart system that adjusts for temperature to provide reliable starting -- so reliable that this Cub Cadet includes a three-year warranty that guarantees the mower will start with no more than two pulls. Setting the mower for different cutting heights is a breeze thanks to its single point cut height adjustment. Large, 11-inch rear wheels improve maneuverability and handling over uneven terrain.
Brake shuts off blades. The Cub Cadet SC100HW includes a control bar that must be pulled back for the engine to run and the blades to turn. As soon as the bar is released, a brake stops the blades from spinning and shuts the engine off. We didn't find any expert tests that measure the noise of the SC100HW, but we also didn't spot significant user complaints regarding its noise level. Still, safety experts say hearing protection should be used with gas mowers.