A new lawn mower can set you back $100s.
And that’s just for those small push mowers or self propelled ones. Riding, especially those Zero Turn lawn mowers can go for thousands of dollars.
If your budget’s tight, then that’s an expense you could probably do without!
But if you have grass that needs to be cut, you can’t just not do it.
So what can you do if you can’t afford to buy a lawn mower?
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In today’s post, we tell you how to get a free lawnmower!
How to Score a Free Lawn Mower
Here are some of the best ways you can get a free (or as close as you can get to it) lawnmower.
1. Just ask!
You know how some companies send you free samples or full size products if you contact them?
Ok, I’m not John Deer is going to ship you a free lawn mower just because you asked them to, but it won’t hurt to ask.
All it takes is a simple letter (I’d use a letter as it has a much more personal touch as opposed to an email). Explain that you are in a tight spot financially and need a mower but can’t afford to buy one. You never know. You might just get lucky!
Here are contact info for some of the top brands:
- One John Deere Place
Moline, IL 61265
- 8111 Lyndale Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420
Black & Decker
- 1000 Stanley Drive
New Britain, CT 06053
- P.O. Box 368022
Cleveland, OH 44136
- 8111 Lyndale Avenue S
Bloomington, MN 55420
2. Contact Companies on Social Media
You can also contact them through their social media pages. There are countless stories of people asking for a products on social media and companies actually sending them one.
Why would companies do that?
Because it gives them free exposure. They may be out a few hundred bucks (which isn’t much for big brands) but in return they may go viral on social media and get mentions on major news outlets. They may gain new fans that translate into life long customers because of the perceived kindness they showed.
You can find their social media pages by doping a simple search on Google
Here are a few:
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Start following some of these brand son social media and give this a try:
3 . Swap
If you have unwanted items that are just gathering dust in your garage or basement, you can easily turn them into a working lawn mower by trading/swapping on BarterOnly.com.
On swap and barter sites like BarterOnly, you can create a free listing for what you want.
Here’s how it works:
- Step 1: Post your (unwanted) item and list the item you actually want.
- Step 2: Search items posted for trade.
- Step 3: Make an offer
If both side agree, then you get your kind of free lawn mower and the other person gets something they wanted from you.
4. Use rewards sites to get gift cards for free lawnmowers
Our first tip is to use rewards sites like Swagbucks.
Rewards sites give you points when you do easy tasks, like watching videos and searching the internet.
You can then redeem your points for gift cards to places that sell mowers, like the Home Depot, for example.
Others give you cash right from the outset, which again, you can use to get a mower for free, or at least at a discount.
Take a look at these rewards websites:
- Gift Hunter Club
By the way, if you’d rather shop directly from your favorite lawn mower brand, some of these sites actually offer store gift cards for some of the best lawn and garden equipment manufacturers like John Deere, Craftsman, Lawn-Boy, GreenWorks, Toro, Husqvarna and others. Once you have enough points, redeem them for a gift card for one of these stores and get a brand new lawn mower for free.
5. Look on Freecycle
Freecycle is an awesome website where people can get used items for free. The site encourages people to recycle what they don’t need by giving it away to others for free.
It’s worth taking a look on Freecycle.org to see if anyone’s giving away a lawnmower.
- Visit Freecycle.org here.
6. Browse the free section on Letgo
Letgo is a website where people can buy and sell a wide range of items. It also has a free section where you can browse the stuff people are giving away at no cost.
There might be a lawnmower in there, so it’s definitely worth having a look.
7. Find a totally free lawn mower on Facebook
The All Free Stuff Public Group has nearly 15.000 members who can list and request free stuff.
The group’s page is updated regularly, so it’s definitely worth a look as you could find a free lawnmower on there.
- Visit the All Free Stuff Public Group on Facebook here.
8. Use OfferUp
OfferUp is another app where people can buy and sell stuff locally. But, it also has a section where people give away stuff for free. If you’re looking for a free lawnmower, then you should definitely take a look.
- Visit the OfferUp website here.
- Download the OfferUp app for Android devices here.
- Download the OfferUp app for iOS devices here.
9. Browse the free section of 5miles
5miles lets you buy and sell stuff nearby. It’s another online marketplace that has a free section, where you may be able to find a lawnmower at no cost.
- Visit the 5miles website here.
- Download the 5miles app for Android devices here.
- Download the 5miles app for iOS devices here.
10. Visit local garage sales and yard sales
Your good old fashioned garage sale or yard sale can be a great place to visit if you’re looking to get a lawnmower at no cost.
Sometimes, when it’s near the end of the day, sellers just want to offload their inventory.
That’s why they’re sometimes will to give it away for free.
Now, there might not even be a lawnmower for sale, but if there is and it hasn’t sold by the end of the day, then there’s a chance that you could get it for free or at least at a discount.
- If you want to find garage sales near you, take a look at Garage Sale Finder here.
11. Take surveys for free lawn mowers
No, survey sites don’t have lawn mower as a form of reward but just like with rewards sites we mentioned above, you can redeem your earnings for gift cards for home improvement stores like Lowe’s, The Home Depot and Sears and purchase a mower at no cost, or at a discount.
For completing surveys, survey websites will give you points that you can exchange for gift cards.
Others will give you money from the outset which you can cash out via PayPal or check.
You can use these gift cards or the money to get a lawnmower for free or at a discount.
Here are some websites that pay you to do surveys:
- Point Club
- Univox Community
- Google Opinion Rewards
- Ipsos i-Say
- Valued Opinions
- Global Test Market
- Opinion Outpost
- Survey Junkie
- Branded Surveys
- Darwin’s Data
12. Trade your receipts for a free lawn mower
Instead of throwing out your receipts, use them to get a free lawnmower!
Receipt apps give you money or gift cards when you upload photos of your receipts.
Some receipt apps will require you to purchase specific items and upload your receipts, and others will just accept any itemized receipt.
So, after you’ve gone shopping, upload your receipts, and you can use the money or gift cards you get to purchase a lawnmower at no cost or at a discount.
Here are some apps and websites that’ll pay you for your receipts:
13. Free Lawn Mower Near Me
Above, we mentioned a few places, like Letgo, OfferUp, and garage sales that are good for getting free stuff near you.
But, we’d say that if you’re looking for a free lawn mower near you, one of your best options is Craigslist.
Although people sell stuff on Craigslist, many people use the site to give stuff, including lawnmowers, away for free.
Most cities have a free section on Craigslist.
Here are some examples:
- Craigslist free stuff Bronx
- Craigslist free stuff Manhattan
- Craigslist free stuff San Francisco Bay Area
- Craigslist free stuff Boston
- Craigslist free stuff Chicago
- Craigslist free stuff Los Angeles
There might be a free lawnmower available in your city. Just select the “free stuff” option from the dropdown options in the “for sale” section.
- Find your city on Craigslist here.
By the way, if you know your way around a push lawn mower, keep an eye for people giving away “broken” lawn mowers on Craigslist or other classified sites. A lot of times, these machines aren’t really even broken, they may just need to have their filter cleaned up or they may need a new starter. Sometimes they might have been sitting in a garage over the winter with gas still in them. Then when they try to start it, it won’t start. In most cases, all you need to do is empty the old gas and put in fresh gas.
How to Get other Lawn Equipment for Free
You can use all the methods we mentioned above to get your hands on practically any lawn care Equipment you can’t afford to buy.
I just did a quick search on our local Craigslist. I found people giving away items like:
- Trimmers (Weed Eaters)
- Leaf Blowers
- And even Chainsaws
So next time you’re in the market, be sure to check your local Craigslist (and the other options listed here) before you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars. If you can’t find one for free, you’ll definitely find used lawn care equipment for very cheap, especially on Craigslist’s “for sale” section.
Try these tips and you could get a lawn mower at no cost! If you have any tips on how to get a free lawn mower, let us know in the comments section below.