If you have pinned your interests in keeping your lawn neat, you must have considered getting a lawnmower. Of course, your lawn is no longer attractive when its grass blades are overgrown irregularly. So, even though you may not know now as a new lawn owner, you still need a lawnmower.

Using a lawnmower is like picking and using the right pair of scissors. There are different kinds, sizes, and shapes, and they serve different unique purposes, ranging from cutting threads to ripping garments apart. 

And as there are different types of lawn mowers, you should also understand what kind of lawnmower your lawn needs.

Today, we will talk about the various kinds of lawnmowers, some of their benefits, how to use each of them, and which one is best for your lawn.

How To Understand Different Types Of Lawn Mowers Happy
What is a lawnmower?

A lawnmower is a device (or machine) that is designed to cut grasses. Lawnmowers are of different types but have a basic composition of a sturdy body and a blade that trims grass blades. 

Uses of lawn mowers

Lawnmowers, as discussed above, are used to trim off grass blades in a uniform motion. They rotate or swipe their blades over a lawn to cut the surface at an angle and constant distance from the ground. A lawnmower is not only handy for keeping a lawn neat in time, but it is also essential if one would keep a beautiful lawn.

Types of lawn mowers

Types of lawn mowers

Lawnmowers are as many as bicycles in the market and are of many different kinds. If you buy a lawnmower, there are a series of options for you to choose from, which might become confusing.

Considering the various types of lawnmowers, there can’t be one way to classify every lawn mower model. For instance, you could buy a mower on which you will have to sit, charge it with a cord, and its blades rotate to cut grasses. And your neighbor may use a lawnmower that he/she pushes, that uses a battery and hovers over grass blades to cut them.

So, if we will differentiate various types of lawnmowers, it has to be through the following classifications:

Classification by body type

  1. Rotary:

Rotary lawnmowers have a blade that rotates beneath the device like a plane’s propeller. They are the most versatile type for almost any grass type.

1.2. Cylindrical:

These lawnmowers have cylindrical blades at the front of the machine. They have multiple blades that rotate vertically and are most suitable for flat lawns.

1.3 Hover mowers:

Hover lawnmowers move over the grasses to cut them. They are less costly than the other types and more suitable for lawns with uneven topography.

Classification by power options

2.1. Electric:

Electric lawnmowers come with cables for charging. They are used to cut lawns while connected to a power source. Check that the cord is long enough to reach the end of your lawn before you buy an electric lawnmower.

2.2. Battery-powered (or cordless):

Cordless lawnmowers are like electric models, but they only need to be charged before use. You don’t need a cord to reach the end of your lawn. If you get a cordless lawnmower, check that its battery capacity will last, depending on how much time it will take to finish the lawn. Battery-powered mowers cost more than electric mowers but are much comfortable to use without wires getting in your way.

2.3. Push mowers:

Manual mowers are usually smaller in size and require manpower to operate. They use no electricity, gas and do not produce noise or release by-products. These models are suitable for small lawns when the owner is capable of pushing the device.

2.4. Petrol:

Petrol mowers are usually bigger than the other models, as they are mechanically powered, and the mower’s capacity depends on the size of its tank. However, like vehicles, petrol lawnmowers need time-to-time servicing like oil-filling and checking the engine. They are relatively faster and stronger and most suitable for large lawns.

Classification by automation

Classification by automation

3.1. Manual:

As the name implies, manual lawnmowers need to be pushed over a lawn. They could be electric, petrol or battery powered. They don’t control themselves and will only steer in your direction.

3.2. Self-propelled:

Self-propelled mowers can move over your lawn without your efforts. Like a toy car, you can maneuver these models from a distance with a remote. You can set the speed and directions of these mowers. They are usually electric or battery-powered.

3.3. Robot mowers:

Robot lawnmowers are battery-powered and are automated to move and cut without intervention. Although they are novel, robot mowers are increasingly purchased because of their stress-free automation and precision.

3.4. Ride-on mowers:

Ride-on mowers allow you to sit in them and drive them around like a tractor. They are most suitable for large lawns and are usually petrol or battery-powered.

Classification by lawn size

4.1. Small lawns:

A lawnmower with a cutting width of 300mm or less is great for a small lawn. You would most likely see a manual or electricity-powered model.

4.2. Medium lawns:

A lawnmower with a cutting width of 350-400mm is great for a medium lawn. You would most likely see a cordless or electricity-powered model.

4.3. Large lawns:

A lawnmower with a cutting width of 400mm or more is great for a large lawn. You would most likely see a cordless or petrol-filled model.

Classification by technique

5.1. Grass box:

Some lawnmowers collect grass clippings as they are cut off. So, you don’t have to rake up the leaves afterward. If you will buy an automatic lawnmower, it’s much smarter to buy one that saves you the time of any manual works after trimming. Ensure the grass box to contain all the leaves, depending on the size of your lawn. And as such, you won’t have to continually stop the mower and empty it many times before completing the lawn.

5.2. Mulch mowers:

Mulch mowers cut grass clippings into fine sizes and push them back onto the lawn as mulch. Mulch is useful in protecting your lawn from moisture loss and erosion. Besides, you don’t have to find somewhere to dispose of grass clippings. Mulch mowers are relatively more expensive than but worth the money.

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Overall, lawnmowers come in several different styles that you might as well pick one before realizing it isn’t very comfortable to use.

By now, you should understand the different classifications of mowers and probably have a clear mind on what you need. All you need to do is put various contributing factors in place, and you’d be able to narrow down to the type of lawnmower your lawn needs. 



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