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Stop Spinning, Start Mowing: Green Grippers Conquer Any Terrain for Powerful Mowing

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Here are some of the best things you can do to improve your lawnmowers mowing power.

Stop Your Lawn Mower Wheels From Spinning:

  • Drive Wheel Slipping: Standard self-propelled lawn mower wheels can lose traction on wet, uneven, or loose terrain. This slippage prevents the drive wheels from transferring power from the engine to propel the mower forward. Green Grippers, with their gripping deep tread, aim to increase traction on these surfaces. By providing more bite, the wheels are less likely to spin without moving the mower, effectively reducing slippage and allowing the engine power to be used for self-propulsion.

Lawn Mower Enhanced Safety and Efficiency:

  • With Green Grippers, not only do you get a stop spinning wheels, you get a more controlled mowing experience, but you also enhance the safety and efficiency of your lawn care routine. Our wheel attachments provide better traction, reducing the risk of accidents and allowing you to mow more effectively, even on challenging slopes or even wet grass.

Conquer the Terrain, with Deep Treaded Wheel Attachments:

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The Lawn Mower Self-Propel Mechanisms not working:

  • Indirectly Assisting Engagement: While Green Grippers don’t directly address the self-propel system engagement itself, they can indirectly help. If the mower struggles to move due to constantly slipping wheels, it can feel like the self-propel system isn’t engaged. By improving traction and reducing slippage, Green Grippers can make it easier for the self-propel system to function as intended, giving you a smoother and more positive feeling of self-propelled mowing.

  • Is the self-propel system engaged properly? It may seem like pulling power is not engaged. Make sure the drive wheels or belts are not slipping. Look for worn belts or wheels inside the mechanism. 

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Check Lawn Mower Engine is Working:

  • Engine size and running condition are the core factors determining a mower’s pulling power. Green Grippers add traction to the wheels, but they can’t increase the engine’s overall horsepower or fix a sluggish engine.
    However, Green Grippers can indirectly help a properly functioning engine utilize its power more effectively. If the wheels constantly slip due to poor traction, the engine might be working harder than necessary without actually moving the mower forward efficiently. By improving traction, Green Grippers allow the engine’s power to be translated into forward movement more readily, potentially making the mower feel like it has slightly more pulling power.
  • Is my engine size powerful enough for my lawn size and grass type? Consider upgrading to a higher CC engine for larger lawns. 
    Is your engine running smoothly? Symptoms of a sluggish engine could be pulling power issues.

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Are Your Lawn Mower Blades Slowing Down the Mower:

  • Are my mower blades sharp? Dull blades require more power to cut grass. You should always keep a sharp blade to remove strain on your lawn mower engine.
  • Are my blades the right type for my mowing needs? High-lift for bagging, and mulching blades for finer clippings need more time to fulfill their needs.

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Mowing Conditions Slowing Down Your Mower:

  • Heat: While Green Grippers can’t cool the engine, they can potentially reduce strain on a hot engine in certain situations. During hot weather, even a healthy engine might struggle a bit. If the wheels are constantly slipping due to loose terrain, the engine works extra hard just to move the mower, adding unnecessary strain. By improving traction, Green Grippers can help the engine use its power more efficiently for mowing, potentially reducing some of the strain caused by hot weather.
  • Tall Grass: Mowing tall grass puts a heavier load on the engine. Green Grippers won’t magically make the grass easier to cut, but by improving traction, they can help prevent the wheels from slipping and bogging down in the tall grass. This can make the mowing process feel a bit smoother and potentially reduce some of the strain on the engine, especially on inclines or uneven terrain.

General Maintenance of Your Mower Slowing You Down:

  • When was the last time I had my mower serviced? Your lawn mower needs regular maintenance can improve overall performance. 
  • Is there any debris built up on the underside of the mower deck? Clogged decks can impede airflow and cutting. Remember that safety is first. We ask users to refer to the lawn mower manual for what steps to take.

Mower Settings Not Allowing Your Mower to Get Full Power:

Am I using the correct cutting height for my grass type? Cutting too low can put extra strain on the engine.
Is the bag (if used) full or clogged? A full bag can add weight and reduce maneuverability. Use Green Grippers to get better traction out of your lawn mower.

Not Having the Right Mower Type:

  • Is my mower the right size and power for my lawn? (larger lawns may require a more powerful mower)
  • Is a self-propelled mower even necessary for my lawn size and terrain? You may be better off with a push mower for smaller, flat lawns. The Green Grippers are not designed to be placed on a push lawn mower.


Before attempting any maintenance or repairs, start by following proper safety precautions. And most importantly consult the user manual for safe practices.

Other Top 10 Reasons Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers Lose Pulling Power:

Keeping your self-propelled lawn mower running smoothly is essential for a clean and efficient mowing experience. But what happens when your mower suddenly loses its pulling power and leaves you pushing instead? Here are the top 10 reasons why your self-propelled lawn mower might be struggling:

  1. Worn or Damaged Drive Belt: The drive belt connects the engine to the transmission, transferring power to the wheels. Over time, belts can wear out, stretch, or even break, causing loss of pulling power.

  2. Transmission Issues: The transmission plays a crucial role in controlling the speed and direction of the wheels. Internal wear and tear, or a lack of proper lubrication, can lead to transmission problems and loss of pulling power.

  3. Gear Problems: Gears within the transmission or wheel drive system can become stripped, worn, or misaligned. This disrupts the power transfer and weakens the mower’s self-propelled function.

  4. Tread Issues: Worn lawn mower wheels can significantly impact pulling power. Unfortunately, even new wheels have very shallow treads and might need Green Gripper lawn mower wheel attachments to improve traction.

  5. Control Cable Problems: The control cable connects the handle to the transmission, engaging the self-propelled mechanism. A frayed, damaged, or disconnected cable can prevent the mower from engaging the self-propel function.

  6. Engine Problems: While less common, engine issues like a clogged air filter, dirty spark plug, or low oil levels can indirectly affect pulling power by reducing overall engine performance.

  7. Debris Build-Up: Grass clippings, leaves, and other debris can accumulate around the wheels and transmission, hindering their movement and causing the mower to lose traction.

  8. Clutch Problems: Some self-propelled mowers utilize a clutch system to engage the wheels. If the clutch malfunctions, it may not properly engage, leading to a loss of pulling power.

  9. Improper Engagement: Ensure you’re properly engaging the self-propelled function according to your mower’s manual. A simple user error can sometimes be the culprit.

  10. End of Life: Lawn mowers, like any machine, have a lifespan. If your mower is very old and has seen extensive use, overall wear and tear might be the reason for its declining pulling power.

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