The Different Types of Lawn Mowers
There’s a variety of types of lawnmower available for you to choose from, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. When choosing the type of lawnmower to buy, remember to take into account the size and shape of your garden.
The power of all electric lawnmowers is measured in watts. A good rule of thumb is the higher the wattage - the more power the machines has, therefore the better its cutting performance in longer or thicker grass. Smaller cutting width lawnmowers do not require as much power and are more economical, so should not be dismissed based on lower wattages.
Battery lawnmowers are becoming increasingly popular as they provide you with the benefit of cordless freedom (no mains cable), they are quiet and in some cases the battery can be used on a selection of different garden tools. Battery lawnmowers will have a voltage rating (V) that will determine the performance output, and each battery will have a capacity (Ah) that will determine the runtime (e.g. 36V 2.6Ah). The higher the Ah the longer the runtime will usually be, however it can be effected by a number of factors such as motor efficiency, grass conditions or cutting width. First cut of the season you might find the runtime is less than expected as it puts more strain on the motor and battery due to the longer and more dense grass.
Other Things to Consider:
There are a number of considerations to make when purchasing a Lawnmower, such as:
What size is your lawn?
The lawnmower's cutting width can determine how long it takes you to cut your lawn. The bigger the blade width means you will cut your lawn faster due to the wider cutting width. Whatever lawnmower you choose consider the cutting width as the bigger the blade the less time you will spend walking up and down cutting your lawn. If you have a small lawn then an electric lawnmower is ideal, just make sure the cable can reach every corner of the lawn or you have an extension cable handy. For larger lawns battery lawnmowers offer cordless freedom but make sure the battery is capable of cutting your lawn on one charge. A robotic lawnmower is suitable for larger lawns but can fit in small gardens equally well. Just remember you need access to a power socket for the charging station and they have a max area capacity which varies by model.
What Shape is your lawn?
Rotary wheeled lawnmowers are suited for more basic/simple shaped and flatter lawns with less obstructions, but for more irregular shapes you may want to consider a hover lawnmower for greater manoeuvrability, they are also particularly good on slopes. A robotic lawnmower can handle both simple or complex lawn shapes but you need to consider the narrowest part of the lawn and if the model is capable of operating in it.
Number of lawns
If you have multiple lawns you might have to consider the weight of the product and how it can be transported between lawns. Most lawnmowers either have transport wheels or a handle that allows you to carry the lawnmower safely to a secondary lawn, shed or garage. If there is a particularly long way between them you should consider a smaller lighter mower.
Robotic lawn mowers can also cut secondary lawns, as long as the boundary wire can continuously reach and mark out the mowing area.
Required Lawn Finish
Typically, there are two common types of lawn finishes, striped or with no stripes. If you would like a striped finish lawn, then you need a lawnmower with a roller. If you don’t require stripes and just want to get the job done then a lawnmower without a roller should be used. If you want a beautiful lush green lawn, consider a robotic lawnmower as they mow the lawn in a way which return the grass clippings back into the lawn, once decomposed they add nutrients into the soil acting like a fertiliser for healthier lawn growth.
Available Storage Space?
The dimensions and a lawnmower's ability to fold down need to be taken into account if you have limited space for storage. Some mowers can stand vertically to save floor space if the shed/garage is crowded. A robotic lawnmower is designed to stay out on the lawn throughout the growing season, but needs to come inside during the winter and can be wall mounted. Some hover lawnmowers can fold flat and also be mounted vertically on the wall to save floor space.
Obstacles in Garden?
There are many obstacles on a lawn such as slopes, trees, flowerbeds, kids toys and even ponds just to name a few. Hover lawnmowers are the easiest to manoeuvre around most obstacles including slopes which are more difficult for rotary wheeled lawnmowers. Robotic lawnmowers as long as they are set up correctly can manage most challenges with zero effort.
Do you have easy accessibility to your lawn?
Pathways, gates, do you have any stairs to climb? Don’t buy a lawnmower that is wider than the narrowest access point of the lawn e.g. garden gate. A lightweight, easy to carry lawnmower might be a better option if you have steps or a long way to walk to the lawn or split level lawns.