160cc vs 190cc Lawn Mower Engine: What’s the Difference?

Choosing a new Lawn mower can be a big decision. With any luck, if you choose a good one, you should be able to use it for at least the next ten years or so – but there are so many factors to take into consideration.

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There are many styles of Lawn mower, including riding Lawn mowers, electric cordless Lawn mowers as well as gas-powered ones. If you have settled on buying a gas-powered model, one of the things you might be considering is engine size – so here we look at 160cc vs 190cc Lawn mower engine.

Here’s an interesting video about what to do when your new mower first arrives.

What are “ccs” and how do they affect the engine’s performance?

Before we look at which Lawn mower is the right pick for you, let’s take a step back and look at what “cc” actually means.

When talking about engines, cc stands for cubic centimetres and is the measurement used for engine displacement. Sometimes, you will also hear engines talked about in terms of litres – this is another way of measuring the same thing but is usually reserved for larger engines.

It is a measurement of the total swept volume (meaning the volume that is displaced) of all the pistons in the cylinders inside an engine. It is an important measurement since it determines how much horsepower and torque an engine is capable of delivering.

It also plays a part in how much fuel is consumed since a larger engine uses more fuel with each revolution.

So, in very general terms, higher ccs equal more power but also higher fuel consumption – although there are other factors that may come into play too.

So how many ccs do you need in your mower engine?

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Most gas-powered push mowers or self-propelled Lawn mowers have engines in the range of 140cc-190ccs. If you are looking at models offering between 160ccs and 190ccs, how do you know which is best for you?

As we have explained, more ccs equate to more power, so if you think you need a mower with a bit of extra kick, you should probably consider opting for one at the upper end of this scale.

What kind of job requires a more powerful engine? One example could be if you often need to cut longer grass – in this case, a more powerful model might help.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a mower that only needs to deal with trimming a well-cared-for lawn every week or two, a smaller version will probably be sufficient.

Similarly, if you often need to deal with wet grass, a more powerful mower will be able to handle the job better. Wet grass can clog up less powerful mowers, and by choosing one with more kick, you will be able to handle wet grass more easily.

If you plan to do lots of bagging or leaf mulching, a slightly bigger more powerful engine might also be more convenient.

Finally, if you often need to deal with more unkempt areas – for example, places where there are lots of tough weeds mixed in with the grass – a higher cc model could be advisable.

When don’t you need a bigger engine?

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If you don’t need a more powerful mower for these kinds of tougher job, you might be better off choosing a smaller model. As we have said, all other things being equal, a larger engine usually consumes more fuel, and choosing a less powerful one can save you money.

Another point to bear in mind is that in real terms, the difference in performance between a 160cc engine and a 190cc engine is not huge. Most mowers with 160cc engines will be able to do more or less the same job as one with a 190cc engine.

This means you should only consider choosing a 190cc mower over a 160cc model specifically because of the larger engine if you are sure that the extra power is important for the work you need to do. If not, there are many other factors to take into consideration when choosing.

Let’s have a look at some of these now.

Other factors that will help you choose the right Lawn mower

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When choosing a Lawn mower, the size of the engine is not the be all and end all, and there are several other considerations you should factor into your decision. Here are some of the most important.

  • Fuel consumption

If you are sure you need a gas-powered mower, be sure to inform yourself about each model’s fuel consumption.

Although, as we have already mentioned, larger engines generally mean higher fuel consumption, some engines are more efficient than others, and sometimes, larger engines can outperform smaller ones in this area.

If you choose a gas-guzzler that is destined for intensive use, you are committing yourself to spending a lot of cash throughout the lifespan of your machine.

  • Gas or another option?

Are you sure you need a gas mower at all? While gas mowers give you the most flexibility, they are noisier, more polluting, require more maintenance and are more expensive in the long run than corded or battery mowers.

Make sure you are aware of the relative advantages and disadvantages of each type before buying – don’t just opt for a gas version because that’s the only type you’ve ever known.

  • Reliability

One of the most important points to take into consideration when buying a mower is reliability. If you choose a solid mower from a respectable brand and keep it well serviced, you can expect it to keep running for the best part of a decade.

Make sure you find out which mowers tend to have the longest lifespans – this is perhaps far more important than a 30cc difference in engine size.

  • Comfort

When choosing a mower, make sure it is comfortable and practical to use. Again, this is a machine that should be with you for many years to come, and choosing one you hate using will be a decision you will end up regretting for a long time.

More ccs for more power – but that’s not the only factor

As we have explained, more ccs mean more power, and if you are sure that’s the most important factor for you, choose a model with a larger engine. However, don’t forget that there are many other important aspects to consider, and raw power is not always the most important of these.

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3 thoughts on “160cc vs 190cc Lawn Mower Engine: What’s the Difference?”

  1. Re…… As we have explained, more ccs mean more power, and if you are sure that’s the most important factor for you, choose a model with a larger engine. However, don’t forget that there are many other important aspects to consider, and raw power is not always the most important of these.

    Re…….. (raw power is not always the most important of these) ….O yes it is ! More power, or more cc’s mean’s several thing not they didn’t talk about above . Like the bigger the engine , the less labor AND” ware, on the engine (a biggie right there)…. Other factors are, the bigger the engine, the faster you will finish the job and get on to the next job . Their are other reason’s which I won’t go on here , but it’s just the opinion , of the editor above , which his comment above seem to lean to smaller engine’s so one doesn’t have to spend the more money for gas, so to each his own I guess you might say .

  2. I have a lawn care business, and I have used both 160 cc and 190 cc Craftsman self-propelled machines. I thought the 190 would be the more powerful and faster, but that has not been the case. They both show 7.25 on the motor, but the 190 runs slower in self-propel mode and bogs down in deep St. Augustine. The 160 is lighter, so maybe that is the difference. Anyway, I use the machines several times a week, in all weather and types of yards. If it’s deep, I go with the 160.

  3. Hi Peter,thank you for such a good info regarding lawn mowers. I googled the site coz I needed to know how to chose one for my mum’s garden


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