Lawn mower is a machine that uses a rotating blade or blades to cut a lawn grass at an even height or pattern. Lawn mower design has come a long way since the invention of the original one.
Different Types of Modern lawn mowers
1. The Original Push Reel Mower
This is a traditional push lawn mower that was invented in 1830. Push reel mowers are simple machine, the gears of which spin a whorl of between five and eight spiral-shaped blades that pass by a stationary blade at the rear of the mower. The two, working together, slice the blades of grass to provide a smooth, fine grass surface.
Push reel mower is easy and safe to use. You can see their blades and it stops cutting when you stop pushing. Moreover, it is quite to use as it does not use engine to operate. Push reel mowers, however, have limited cutting ability and is not suitable to large and uneven lawns.
2. The Popular Walk Behind Power Lawn mower
This type of lawn mower are either rotary or reel. This type of lawn mower are the most popular lawn mowers found around the world. It comes in either gas or electric. The most common power lawn mower is the rotary lawn mower.
Rotary lawn mowers became more popular than the reel mower for several reasons. First, rotary mowers are less expensive and requires less maintenance than its reel counterpart. The second reason is that fact that rotary mowers have the capability to cut tall swards. They mow through tall grasses and weeds with ease.
Rotary mowers operates either on gas or electricity. Further, small electric powered mowers are either corded or cordless that rund on rechargeable battery.
3. Riding Lawn Mowers or Ride-on Lawn Mowers
These types of lawn mowers became in demand as the lawns became larger. These lawn mowers are fitted with seat and controls where the operator can settle and control the lawn mower. They are basically in between the normal lawn mowers and tractors. Most of these lawn mowers have manual transmission though there are certain types that have hydrostatic transmission. Hydrostatic transmissions are more expensive than mechanical transmissions but they are easier to use and can transmit greater torque to the wheels as compared to a typical mechanical transmission. The least common drive type, and the most expensive, is electric.
4. Hover mowers
These are powered rotary push lawn mowers that utilize an impeller above the spinning blades to push air downwards, thereby creating an air cushion that lifts the mower above the ground. The lawn mower then can be easily moved as it floats over the grass. Hover mowers are light in order to achieve enough lift so typically they have plastic bodies with an electric motor. The most significant downside, however, is the cumbersome usability in rough terrain or on the edges of lawns, as the lifting air-cushion is destroyed by wide gaps between the chassis and the ground. Hover mowers are built to operate on steep slopes, waterfronts, and high-weeded areas, so they are often used by golf courses and commercial landscapers. The quality of cut can be inferior if the grass is pushed away from the blade by the cushion of air.
5. Robotic mower
Robotic mowers can mow the lawn unsupervised. Simply turn it on and let it wander around your lawn cutting the grasses. It is contained by a border wire around the lawn that defines the area to be mowed. The robot uses this wire to locate the boundary of the area to be trimmed and in some cases to locate a recharging dock. These types of lawn mowers are becoming popular specially to those who cannot spare time for mowing their lawn.