The Yard Machines 11A-B96N is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, push mower
models like the 11A-B96N are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
Features & Specs - Yard Machines 11A-B96N
Can bag Indicates whether the mower can cut in the bagging mode. In this mode, the clippings are gathered in a removable catcher. Lawns tend to have the best appearance after cutting in this mode because the mower essentially vacuums the lawn clean and leaves very little debris behind. This advantage is offset by the need to periodically empty the catcher and dispose of the grass clippings.
Can mulch Indicates whether the mower can cut in the mulching mode. In this mode, the discharge port is closed off, and the mower re-cuts clippings until they're small enough to settle and decompose in the lawn. Cutting in this mode reduces the need to fertilize the lawn because some of the nutrients from the clippings are returned to the soil. It is also more convenient because there is no need to empty a catcher or dispose of any clippings. Certain conditions are required for successful mulching, and if these conditions are not met, many visible clippings can be left behind on the lawn. For successful mulching, one should avoid cutting more than one third of the grass's length, cutting wet grass, or cutting at too fast a pace.
Can side discharge Indicates whether the mower can cut in the side-discharge mode. In this mode, the mower simply discharges the clippings off to the side of the mower. Depending on the length of the grass cut, this method tends to leave many visible clippings behind. This mode is preferable when cutting tall grass because the mower is less likely to clog, since the clippings are quickly removed from the deck.
Can side discharge
Deck size (in.) Most models have a deck size, or cutting swath, of 20 to 22 inches. There is no significant advantage from one size to another. A larger deck can cut more grass in a single pass, but in this size range the difference is negligible.
Deck size (in.)
Engine size For gas-powered mowers, engine size in cubic centimeters (cc) provides a rough indication of the engine's power; electric models are rated in volts (for cordless) or amperes (corded). A larger number for either a gas or electric model, however, does not necessarily result in better cutting performance.
I bought this model, put it together carefully, filled it with out and clean gas with a stablizer. It started after a couple of pulls and I noticed that the housing was all plastic so that when you are starting it you can hear the plastic rubbing, definitely not a sound of quality.<br /><br />I used the mower for about 30 minutes and it cut great, was very easy to adjust the height of the cut and overall I was please.<br /><br />After not using it for a couple of weeks, I started it and it ran for a few minutes and then it shut off. 3-4 pulls later and nothing. I removed the air filter and checked the automatic choke and pulled it again. I started to run then stopped. 3-4 pulls again and nothing. I let it sit for a while, then pulled it once and it started to run, then stopped. Again I let it sit for a few minutes and tried starting one last time. I never got the mower running again and there is no primer bulb like other motors and no manual choke. I ended up taking it back for a refund. What a piece of junk. I think that if yard machine uses a different motor (Honda or Kohler) it would be a much better machine.