Different Types of Lawn Mowers: What Are Their Uses?

Lawn mowers are an essential tool for those who want to ensure their back and front yard are looking sharp and well-manicured. Anyone who takes an investment in caring for their lawn likely owns one.

However, not everyone knows the different styles and their uses. This information can be beneficial in choosing the right machine for your specific turf.

Now we aren’t saying to go out and buy a new mower if the one you’ve got is doing the job. But if you’re already in the market, why not make an informed decision?

Let’s take a look at how lawn mowers were developed, and how their uses branched off into a variety of different models.

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The First Push Reel Mower

reel mowerThis is the original lawn mower, the father of them all. Invented somewhere around 1830, the push reel is a simple unit, using five to eight spiral blades to cut the grass.

All you have to do is push, and the spinning wheels will trigger the blade into action. Bear in mind that the faster you move with the lawn mower, the faster the wheels will spin.

Push mowers are a great example of simple mechanics- no motor, no fuel, just basic physics at work. You’d think this model has long since gone out of style, but that isn’t true! For grass types that thrive when cut short, this is actually the safest option to avoid scalping your grass.

Motorized Push-Mowers

push mowerDon’t want to manually trigger the blades into power? Most of us don’t! To allay that difficulty, the basic motorized lawn mower was invented.

Unlike the push reel lawn mower, the blades of this unit will spin at a constant rate, allowing the grass to be cut nice and evenly. Additionally, the blades rotate horizontally rather than vertically like a wheel.

Motorized lawn mowers can come with bags, which is useful for mulching and composting. However, many people enjoy the benefit of leaving the clippings behind to enrich the soil in their yard.

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Riding Lawn Mowers

riding mowerTired of constantly walking behind your lawn mower? Why not sit on it instead? Riding lawn mowers may be a bit extravagant for those with smallish yards, but many people really enjoy the ease with which these machines get the job done.

Riding lawn mowers are basically small vehicles that you drive around your yard. The thing is, this requires some skill. If you’re going to cut your grass this way, you have to be able to work out a driving pattern that doesn’t leave any strips or patches.

Additionally, they require a lot more fuel than the basic gas/oil mixture you might keep on-hand to fill your push-mower. As fun as they are, riding mowers are only practical if the yard is large enough to offset the added maintenance cost.

Hover Mowers

hover mowerLet’s say you don’t mind walking behind the lawn mower, but you aren’t too crazy about the wheel marks on your lawn. In this case, you might want to go for a hover mower.

As the name implies, this machine literally hovers above your lawn, on a “cushion of air” that’s generated by vacuum force. This allows for a smooth cut and a much smaller turn radius around trees and tight spots.

Hover mowers are typically battery-powered. While this is certainly more eco-friendly, you will need to pay attention to the charge level to be sure the machine doesn’t die out in the middle of the job.

Robotic Mower

robotic mowerIf you simply cannot spare the time to regularly mow the lawn, then a robotic lawn mower should prove quite convenient. All you have to do is turn it on and let it wander – allowing it to cut the grass delimited by the border wire.

These machines are quite literally like a Roomba for your yard! Just like hover mowers, they run on a battery, so be sure it’s fully charged before each use. They’re designed to detect borders and barriers, so you don’t need to worry about it wandering into the pool or the driveway.


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