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How to Choose Between the Different Types of Lawn Mowers

If it’s your first time shopping for used lawn mowers, you will soon realize that it’s not as easy as just going to the shop and taking one off the shelves to take home with you.

A mowed lawn

There are a lot of different types of lawn mowers, so your first challenge is in deciding which kind to buy. How do you tell which type is most suited for your needs? What’s the difference between them anyway?

Just follow these simple guidelines and you will be able to choose the right kind of mower for your lawn in no time at all…

The most economical type of mower is the reel mower. There are no engines involved, and you will have to push it around your lawn to mow the grass. As a result, it’s very environmentally-friendly, and reel mowers are a good choice if you have a fairly small lawn.

If you conscious about protecting the environment, but do not want that much of a workout when mowing the lawn, then you can consider getting yourself an electric lawn mower. This has an electric motor that makes it easier to cut the grass, but on the cheaper models you do have to drag a long power cable around to connect it to the power socket in the house. To get around this, you can choose a model that comes with a rechargeable battery instead. Then you won’t have to be tethered by the cable any more and yet you can enjoy the benefits of the electric motor.

On the other hand, if you don’t care about the loud noise and oil fumes, you can opt for a gas powered mower instead. This gives you a lot of power for the price, and is well-suited for the average lawn.

But if you have a very hilly lawn, then you will probably be better off with a self-propelled mower. With this kind of mower, you do not have to push it around yourself as the engine also turns the wheels and it can move on its own. Of course, this type of mower is more expensive, but it’s a trade off that many people are more than willing to make because it makes mowing so much easier.

By the way, there is a type of mower that mulches the grass instead of just dumping the cut grass by the side as you go along. If you do not want to deal with grass clippings, you can get a mulching mower but be prepared to pay a lot more for it as compared to the normal gas mower.

Last but not least, you can also choose a riding lawn mower. This type is most suitable for those people with very large lawns or backyards. As the name implies, you sit on top of the mower and drive it around while it does the mowing. This takes the least amount of effort on your part, and you can mow huge areas in very little time. But as expected, this type of mower is the most expensive type, and there is a lot more maintenance involved.

But no matter which type of mower you choose, you must choose one with good safety features. It’s a machine with sharp cutting metal blades after all, and a lot of people are injured while using mowers. That’s why you will want a mower that has safety features such as emergency shut-off switches or dead-man switches.

Don’t try to save money by buying a cheaper model if it does not have good safety features. It’s just not worth it should an accident occur, right?

Different Types of Lawn Mowers

There are many different kinds of lawn mowers. Once you begin looking towards getting a new mower you will probably lookup some lawn mower reviews and very quickly discover that you’ve many options available to you, along with the specific type of lawn mower (for example cost, size, and the like). That said, it’s fair to say that the type of mower you are considering purchasing is the primary factor involved. Cost, size, and everything else becomes unimportant if you start searching for commercial zero-turn mowers when you happen to just have a 20ft lawn.

A lawn mower working on the lawn

It is essential to undertake a brief analysis of the various sorts of lawn mowers and lawn tractors before you start checking through reviews, allowing you to grasp the basic facts surrounding them; like if, for example, the mower you are wanting to buy runs on a horizontal axis (known as a cylinder, or reel mower) or vertical axis (termed as a rotary mower). Just below are my different types of lawn mower reviews.

Reel/cylinder (horizontal axis) – Reel/cylinder mowers may be human-powered, but they are often joined together with an internal combustion engine.
As the most well liked commercial walk behind mowers (a lawn mower you push); the horizontal mower blade axis can make reel/cylinder mowers a superb all-rounder. They’d be of little use on commercial lawns, however for a small household lawn they are excellent.

Rotary (vertical axis) – Vertical rotary blades are incredibly powerful, and consequently typically they must be powered by an interior combustion engine. That said, electric rotary mowers have grown to be ever more common.

The primary down side to rotary mowers is because of the vertical axis they do not collect the grass cuttings. You will have to leave the cutting on the ground unless you wish to bag them to keep the newly cut lawn looking uncluttered.

Like with reel/cylinder mowers, the majority of these would be of very little use on commercial lawns, but for a compact home lawn they’re ideal.

Hover – Hover mowers are energized rotary push lawn mowers that make use of a turbine engine over the rotating blades to force air down so to produce an air cushion, lifting the mower above the ground.

Hover mowers are excellent for massive commercial lawns, parks and fields, and even for excessive grass areas. They are also equipped excellently to cut things such as shrubs due to their ability to hover.

Ride-on (also known as riding, or lawn tractors) – These are typically really popular for substantial commercial lawns, school fields and parks. The person working with the mower can sit atop it, operating the mower and literally riding it.

Nearly all riding mowers use the horizontal (reel) rotating blade system, accompanied by a lot of blades.

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