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16 Types of Lawnmowers – Quick Guide to Choose the Best Type

For neat yard maintenance, lawnmowers play a vital part in your day-to-day life. So, it is necessary to consider different things before purchasing your lawnmower. Try to explore and learn about the lawn mower types that fit your lawn, your budget, requirements, and specifications. After all, every owner’s dream is to have a lush and green yard, to have a soothing ambiance around them. The following are some of the types of lawn mowers, and one among them is going to suit your dream lawn.

All Types of Lawn Mowers

Mainly there are 4 types of grass cutting machines like Riding, Walk Mowers and Mowers based on Power & Drive type. There are again categorized in to 16 different kinds of lawn mowers as described below.

Type 1: Types of Riding Lawn Mowers

If the lawn size is too big, prefer a ride-on mower, and it is far better than walk mowers in terms of efficiency. There are a variety of ride-on mowers, but they can be categorised into the following three types of lawn tractors:

1. Zero Turn Mower

The zero-turn mower has a dual hydrostatic transmission at the rear wheels and is controlled by the lap bars (present in the front seat) that enable the forward speed and the steering to make sharp turns for producing perfect cutting. The deck width and the estimated horsepower of a zero-turn mower are between 32 inches to 60 inches and 12 to 25, respectively. This mower is designed to perform well and make turns tightly despite the upcoming obstacles. This is not the case with standard mowers, and quite often, they struggle to get closer to the obstacles nearby, thus leaving the grass uncut.

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2. Lawn Tractor

This mower is somewhat familiar and contains a steering wheel and an engine on the front side of the machine. The size of the engine ranges from 18 to 25 hp with single cylinders, and twin cylinders are also available but at the highest price. The lesser-priced models have lever-operated gear transmission, whereas the others come with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) operated by a shift on-the-go hand lever. The way to identify the size of the lawn tractor you need is to divide the deck width by 12, and the result shows the size of the lawn you can handle. If you have a 4-acre lawn, a 42-inch deck-width lawn tractor is suitable for your garden.

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3. Rear Engine Riding Mower

This riding mower best suits moderately designed lawns rather than a small or big-sized garden. The engine and the deck of the rear engine riding mower are present at the rear of the machine and under the driver’s position, respectively. The single-cylinder engine in this mower has a size ranging from 344 to 38 CC, and the size of the deck can be stretched from 30 to 33 inches. The estimated horsepower is 10 to 11 hp and is suitable for lawns that are less than a total of 2.5 to 3 acres. It is a better option for more than 3 acres to go for lawn tractors.

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Type 2: Walk Mowers

Walk mowers generally suit a lawn with a smaller size (half an acre) as the users have to walk behind. Walk mowers offer you different varieties, and versatility is the biggest advantage in this type of mower. Most of the walk mowers fall into the below categories:

4. Rotary Mower

Like a plane that has propellers, rotary mowers have a single blade that spins horizontally, usually from east to west underneath the mower. It usually suits small engines and is powered by electric or gas engines, manual or self-propelled ones. It uses sucking and tearing action with a very fast-rotating blade to cut the grass. Rotary mowers play a more vital role than cylinder mowers for cutting rough and long typed grass. For grass clippings, the rotary mower is available with bagging as well as a mulching system. This versatile mower can get through with mostly all types of grass.

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5. Cylinder Mower

Reel or Cylinder mowers work well on flat surfaces rather than uneven or rough surfaces. At the front side of the mower, vertically landed cylindrical blades that slice the particles against the fixed blade at the bottom. The blades used can be from three to twelve and more; the number of blades, the more precise the cut is. It is not suitable for coarse grass and is suitable for soft grasses. These cylinder mowers help reduce diseases and the occurrence of fungal infection because of the clean and smooth cut achieved.

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Cylindrical blades mounted horizontally rotate on an axle in a cylinder mower. The blade’s cutting surface starts working against the blade fixed at the bottom, helping the cutting go smoother, like a scissor cutting that produces a good finish to your lawn. A grass box will be attached to collect the grass clippings that make your work simple.

It is recommended to service your cylinder mower regularly, and if not, it will even chew the grass resulting in a poor cut. This mower is very affordable and efficient. When teamed up with the right type of lawn, it may go wrong because it is somewhat hard to look for replacement parts.

6. Hover Mower

Between the lawnmower and the grass, the hover mower creates a cushion of air, thus allowing the user to move the machine in any direction (not only front and back but side to side). Generally, hover mowers are available in the market as electric versions, but some petrol hover machines are available too. This type of grass cutting machine is not suitable for larger lawns, and this comes with rotary blades that hover above ground level. In this way, this mower is suitable for uneven surfaces and is very cheap compared to other mowers. It gives more smoothness when cutting the edges of the lawn.

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7. Push Mower

As the name suggests, it is a small cylinder lawnmower to be pushed with your muscle force. It is more suitable for small lawns that do not require electricity and, in turn, no noise or emissions are released. The blades get turned by the motor, but the wheels get turned according to the user’s handling. However, a push mower is not suitable for lawns that are considered slopes because the users may find it difficult to use the workforce to push it. The level lawn is more suitable for push mowers. It is not so expensive, and it is lightly weighted too.

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8. Self Propelled Mower

A self-propelled mower propels the machine in the forward direction, so you don’t have to push your machine, but you have to guide it. For this feature, the self-propelled mower is a little expensive and needs more maintenance than push mowers. It doesn’t require any workforce and can produce a consistent lawn cut at a constant speed. This is suitable for larger yards (probably between ¼ and ¾ acres of land), thus helping in reducing the fatigue of the user who uses the mower. It offers front and rear-wheel drive, whereas the front-drive pushers are suitable for smaller yards and the rear-drive pushers are suitable for hill regions that have good control in steering.

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Type 3: Drive Type Lawnmower Machines

The drive chosen for your machine can have an impact on performance. The drive can be either front-wheel (FWD) or rear-wheel (RWD), or all-wheel drive (AWD).

9. Front-Wheel Drive Type of Lawn Mower

When pushing down the handle, the traction gets reduced on the front wheels and pivots towards the inside and outside of the corners. The FWD is an easy to steer machine that works well on irregularly shaped lawns. On the other hand, it best suits the level grounds and not for inclines. The front wheels propel the FWD towards the forwarding direction and offer more manoeuvrability than the RWD. Depending upon your personal preference and the lawn mowing needs, you have to choose either FWD or RWD.

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10. Rear-Wheel Drive Mower

With the help of the back wheels, this mower is pushed forward to do its job. It best suits larger, wider spaces than small or unusual-shaped gardens. The low wheel works well on flat or uneven surfaces, whereas the high wheel works well on rough or uneven surfaces. If you want to reverse the machine or a turn is needed to change the direction, you have to struggle with rear-wheel drive. However, it is suitable for uphill and sidehill mowing. When you push the handle downwards at the time of going upwards a hill, the front tires don’t lose their traction.

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Type 4: Lawn Mower Styles Based on Power Options

The power source you choose for your lawn is highly dependent on the lawn size, your interest, and your effort. In that way, the types of power sources are categorized as follows:

11. Gas Powered Mowers

The lawnmower based on gas-powered comes with an engine that runs on petrol, and it doesn’t have cables, so it is suitable for mowing larger areas than any other powered mower. It is said to be more powerful than electric mowers, and the cutting time of grass is faster than that. At the same time, the gas-powered mower is somewhat heavy, and the size is somewhat bigger than other mowers. The greatest disadvantage is pollution caused by gas-powered mowers. Regular maintenance and service have to be done for greater performance.

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12. Electric Powered Mowing Machines

The electric-powered mower has a cable with which electricity is utilised. It is suitable for owners with small or medium-sized lawns. They are very lightweight and are smaller than gas-powered, so they are easy to store when you are not using them. It doesn’t have to get charged, or it doesn’t run out of gas. The electric-powered mower is tethered to an electrical outlet, creating a few problems. If your lawn is longer than the farthest part of your lawn will not get cut, and you have a cable running behind you everywhere you go.

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13. Manual Type Lawnmowers

In a manual powered mower, the user is the source of momentum. It has an engine, but it operates the blades. In that case, momentum is not provided. The user will guide self-propelled mowers, whereas the user will also provide the momentum in the manually powered mowers. This mower is quite environmentally friendly, and it is not so expensive. It is best suited for small lawns because it requires more strength and energy to operate.

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14. Battery Operated Mower

Battery-operated mowers usually run on a lithium-ion battery, suitable for lawns of any size. It offers more convenience than others but is more expensive than electric mowers. It is heavier than electric mowers but not heavier than gas mowers. The run time is one of the biggest disadvantages of a battery-operated mower. Many mowers run for nearly an hour, and they get recharged after that. The battery has to be changed after some consecutive years of usage.

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15. Petrol Mowers

It is suitable for large lawns and is expensive. Using petrol mowers are more powerful and faster than other mowers. It is very easy to manoeuvre when you encounter larger objects. But keep in mind that petrol mowers need car engines, and checking and refilling oil is mandatory for better performance and lifetime. Depending on the power requirements, you are expected to pay a cost for petrol mowers.

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16. Robot Mower

This mower is more commonly used nowadays. It could recognize the edges as well as the obstacles in its path. If you are the one who hates to mow your lawn, then this mower helps you the best. This is not so expensive, and at the same time, it is not so cheap too. Laying of a perimeter wire is a small setup you have to set up when using a robot mower. After mowing, self-charging itself into a charging system is also available on some models.

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What to Consider Before Buying Lawn Mowers?

There are many things to consider before buying a lawnmower. The first thing is to look for higher performance. For example, walk mowers have an engine capacity ranging from 140 ccs to 190 ccs suitable for cutting all the long or tall grasses, wet grasses, etc. The second thing to consider is the comfort it gives. For example, walk mowers must be set at the right height for comfortable mowing. Finally, durability is an important factor to check for better performance. Make sure to check whether the replacement parts for the mower you use are very hard to get or not.

Conclusion

There are more other factors to consider before buying a mower, but make sure to think wisely as it will be a huge investment for a better experience. Before buying a mower, try to check your lawn size and think twice or thrice about which options or varieties your lawn needs the most. And most of all, maintenance has to be done regularly for a better life for your machine. So, think and act wisely before you decide to make this big purchase.