Choosing the right lawnmower can be the difference between having a visually stunning lawn and a lawn that appears inadequately maintained. But with so many alternatives available, it can be difficult to know where to begin looking.
Before looking at the ranges and types of lawnmowers available, it is useful to identify your requirements that need to be matched.
When choosing a lawnmower for domestic use, you should consider:
- What size of area needs to be cut?
- How often do you intend to cut your lawn?
- What is the preferred width of cut?
- Do you need to collect grass clippings?
- Do you want a striped effect on your lawn?
- Is the area flat or on a slope?
- Are there any sharp humps or hollows on your lawn?
- Are there any flower beds or obstacles to cut around?
- What access is available (e.g width of garden entrance)?
Once you have answered the questions above, you can consider the main types of lawnmower outlined below and decide which best matched your requirements.
Suitable for general garden use, rotary mowers are a popular choice for domestic use. They have a single blade that rotates horizontally, hitting the grass at high speed. Due to its scything action, the rotary blade tends to tear grass as it cuts.
Rotary mowers can handle uneven lawns with longer, rougher grass types. They typically have a rear discharge and clippings can be collected in a removable box, or left to 'fly' if they are dry.
If a striped effect is required, you rill need to purchase a mower with a rear roller.
Rotary mowers come as either pedestrian or ride-on mowers. Ride-on mowers are the most practical solution for larger gardens but not ideal for reaching confined areas.
Cylinder mowers cut grass in a scissor like action. One blade is fixed, while a cylinder of 5-10 blades rotates at high speed, cutting the grass by trapping between the two blades, just like scissors cutting paper.
They can cut at a low height to produce very fine lawns, cutting the grass very cleanly without ripping it. They are designed for frequent mowing and are not suitable for long grass or bumpy, uneven ground.
Most cylinder mowers have a grass box in which clippings are collected and normally have a rear roller to give the best striped effect.
Cylinder mowers for domestic use tend to be self-propelled pedestrian mowers, which ise a power source to propel themselves forward as well as to turn blades. Ride-on cylinder mowers are more widely used for commercial groundcare purposes than for a garden, due to their large size.
The hover mower is a variation of the rotary mower and has a rotating blade which produces a cushion of air which the mower rides on, instead of being mounted on wheels.
They are easy to handle when running and are useful for uneven lawns and difficult corners. However, it is worth bearing in mind that hover mowers often need to be carried once switched off as most models do not have wheels although some manufacturers now sell Transport Wheels as an optional extra.
After selecting a type of lawnmower from the categories above, you can narrow down to a particular make and model depending on the extra features you require and the amount you are willing to spend.
SGM Contracts are able to supply all types of domestic lawnmowers and our friendly staff can offer further advice on the best make and model to suit your requirements.