Lawn Mower Buying Guide
Lawn Mower Buying Guide
The range of lawn mowers available today is greater than ever before, The task of finding the right machine can be quite daunting, this guide has been put together to help the buyer find the right sized and appropriate machine for there garden. Read this guide through, and have a look at the machinery reviews on www.gardenequipmentreview.com and see which machine suits your particular needs.
Cylinder mowers offer that perfect finish to your lawn, they use a very precision cutting action, which used on the right lawn, can leave it looking perfectly manicured. Most are roller driven, leaving a striped finish, however the smaller electric machines are generally push. These machines are best used by the enthusiastic gardener who takes a pride in there lawn, and who wants that perfect finish every time. The down side of these machines is there precision cutting action can easily be damaged by obstacles such as stones or mole hills, if your lawn is slightly rough or is likely to have objects laying on it, the better option is probably a rotary mower, which we will talk about next. Walk behind cylinder mower widths vary from 12 inches to approximately 42 inch widths, and for larger areas, there are the sit on gang mowers. Cylinder mowers are available in electric, petrol and diesel.
Rotary mowers are very versatile machines, they are generally able to cope better with longer grass and wetter grass than a cylinder mower, and they are more versatile when mowing around obstacles and cutting rougher areas. The roller driven machines leave a striped finish, which even used on a poor lawn can leave the lawn looking reasonable, and create a good effect to the eye. Wheel driven rotary’s are also available; these are also very versatile machines, although they don’t leave a striped finish. Most rotary mowers come with a grass collection box, which is also ideal for collecting leaves in the autumn. Mulching mowers are also available, some machines having the option to collect or mulch, used regularly, mulching mowers can save a lot of time, as there are no grass clippings to dispose of, used regularly these machines can help to keep the colour in your lawn in dry summers. Rotary mowers are available in electric, petrol and diesel.
These machines are best for small to medium sized gardens. A hover mower is a rotary mower that floats on a cushion of air, very useful for cutting under overgrown shrubs, and ideal for cutting banks. Hover mower sizes vary from 10 inches to 24 inches; they are available in electric and petrol versions.
Ideal for larger areas, they can take the hard work out of mowing, if you have a large area to cut, just beware if your lawn has obstacles to cut around, as some ride-ons are not particularly maneuverable, in some cases if you have objects, such as trees and shrubs, to cut around a good quality walk behind will do the job quicker, and without leaving any wheel markings. Many ride on mowers have hydrostatic transmission, which gives the operator variable speed in forward and reverse without having to change gear or use a clutch, this makes the machine much more efficient than an old fashioned gearbox. Although these machines are more expensive, the benefits gained in efficiency and operator fatigue, far outweigh the extra cost. Some ride-ons can have various attachments, worth looking into before you buy. Machines are available in petrol and diesel; it is worth looking at diesel machines, if you have a lot of cutting to do.
ZERO TURN machines provide much higher levels of maneuverability due to the way they turn 360 degrees on the spot. This agility gives the user much greater control when working in confined areas, around trees and shrubs or other obstacles such as street furniture. Increased performance and greater mowing speed in turn delivers increased productivity, enabling professionals to get more out of a mowing day and meet all important targets.
ZERO TURN ride-ons are by the nature of their design more compact than out-front rotaries, and with their shorter frame operators can fit more machines onto a single trailer. Now a greater number or range of machines can be taken to any location. This gives the users more cutting power or greater choice when selecting a specific machine for a specific purpose. Either way it makes life easier for the user and saves time and cost.
If you have the right type of lawn a robotic mower may be the answer, I have personally used Robomow robotic mowers and they do a great job! Before I go any further it is important to know that not every garden is suitable for a robotic mower. For example, if you have a garden that has lots of small paths and obstacles a robotic mower probably is not a good option. However if you have a lawn with some shrubs, trees and flower borders a robotic mower will probably work for you!
A robotic mower has many advantages in the fact that it mows and you don’t! You can set the mower to come out at a certain time and be fully automated, there are no grass clippings as robotic mowers mulch! You could potentially mow your lawn every day without having to do anything with a robotic mower.
If you do buy a robotic mower, the most important thing, is to make sure that you do a good installation as this will save you a lot of time in the future. Robotic mowers need a perimeter wire that runs around the perimeter of your lawn, which soon becomes hidden when the grass grows over the cable. If time is taken to fix the cable correctly it can save you a lot of time in the long run, for example strimming edges.
To conclude, I would very much recommend the Robomow range of robotic lawnmowers which I have had experience with, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below for further information.
Strimmers are very useful for finishing a lawn, they are ideal for trimming around trees and shrubs (with care), and for getting in those awkward areas, they are available in electric and petrol.
Brushcutters can be an efficient way of clearing overgrown areas, especially when fitted with heavy duty nylon chord or a metal blade. Generally these machines have cow horn handles and a harness or there are the back pack type, which then have a flexible drive shaft.
Things to take into consideration when buying your mower
Electric, Petrol or diesel- Weigh up the pros and cons, electrics are fine for very small areas, and remember the electric cable can be a nuisance when trees and shrubs are in the way. When looking at buying a petrol mower, it’s well worth looking at the diesel option, taking in the price of fuel today.
Buy the largest cutting width that you can, the wider the cut the quicker the job will be done, unless you have lots of narrow paths etc. Buy a machine that you can manage, some of the larger machines can be heavy if you have lots of turns to make.
If you want your lawn to look tidy, choose a mower with a collection option, generally mowers with rear collection boxes are better for going around obstacles etc, also ideal for leaf collection in the autumn.
If you like stripes on your lawn then choose a mower with a rear roller. As the mower cuts the grass, the roller travels over it and flattens the grass in one direction, which gives the classic stripy effect. The roller also gives you the ability to cut over the edge of the lawn.
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