Lawnmowers use spinning blades to cut grass to an even, attractive level. They come in many different types, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Many of them can be adjusted to cut grass at multiple heights, using a simple lever system that’s easy to master.

The cutting blades themselves are propelled by the mower moving forwards. There are two main types of lawnmowers- those on a vertical axis, and those on a horizontal axis. The former is known as a “rotary mower”, and will typically be powered by an electric or petrol motor. The latter is known as a “cylinder” or “reel” mower, and are often manually operated. Both types have their strengths and weaknesses, which this article will explain, to help you make the right choice when it comes to buying a new lawnmower.


Cutting Quality: Rotary vs. Cylinder Lawnmowers

By far the most important aspect of a cutting system is just how well it cuts your grass. This will be determined largely by the type and length of grass you want to cut.

Rotary Lawnmowers

Rotary lawnmowers are more suited to medium-to-long grass. Thanks to their vertically positioned blades, they can quickly cut away at this longer grass. Many rotary mowers also come with a mulching blade, which gives some of the goodness contained in the trimmings back to the lawn for healthier grass. Mulching blades are often known as “3-in-1” mowers. They do three things at once: mow the lawn, produce mulch, and collect excess trimmings into a bag for easy disposal. Hover and tractor mowers take the rotary model and adapt them for different uses.

Cylinder Lawnmowers

Cylinder mowers, on the other hand, are more suited to shorter grass, and work better on flat, even surfaces- they don’t work very well on long grass or weeds. They work by moving the blades in a kind of scissor effect, to produce a nice, even finish on the lawn. They also come with rollers attached, so that the grass is pressed down to produce the popular bowling-green effect as you go. It’s recommended that you sharpen the blades on your cylinder mower regularly for the best results.

There’s a lot to consider when buying a lawnmower for the first time. Most importantly, you should consider the size of your lawn and the length of your grass. You’ll also need to think about a few other factors, too. If you hate cleaning up the lawn, then consider buying a mower with a rear box that picks up the trimmings as you go. Since lawnmowers are a lasting investment, you should make your decision carefully before you buy