Different Kinds of Push Lawn Mowers

When considering a push lawn mower for your lawn, there are three basic kinds: reel mowers, gas-powered mowers and electric mowers. Each has distinct advantages and disadvantages over the others, depending on your individual needs. Considerations such as horsepower, lawn size and shape, environmental impact and flexibility will help determine which push mower you should choose.

Reel Mower

This is the oldest form of push lawn mower. Identify the reel mower by the horizontal cylinder of curved blades attached to two wheels via gears that help it spin the blades and lack of any engine. There is no fuel required for operation; maintenance is mainly keeping the blades sharp and clean. Look for this type of push lawn mower to be the most economical because of the low cost to purchase and maintain. Attachments can include rear-mounted bags and spreaders. These mowers are best suited for areas under 1/4 acre and flat, open areas. Consider its disadvantages, such as having a cutting width of 14 to 18 inches and a blade cut height of 1 1/2 inches. Clippings cannot be disbursed as with rotary mowers. Edging ability is limited because the side-mounted wheels take up to 3 inches on each side.

Gas Mower

Identify gas push mowers by the rotary blade mounted to the underside of a mowing deck, with a gas engine mounted on top. Look for this type to come in either manually powered or self-propelled versions. Features that come with gas mowers include bagger attachments and mulching ability. Gas mowers use gasoline to power combustion that provides both the initial spark to start the engine and lubrication to keep the parts functioning. Gas push mowers can cut widths between 22 and 36 inches and have the ability to cut variable heights up to 3 inches. These mowers require more maintenance than reel mowers because of the various moving parts of the engine. Gas push mowers can be used on areas up to 1 acre.

Electric Mower

These push lawn mowers use an electric motor to operate the blade only. There is no self-propelled option with electric push mowers. Look for electric mowers to resemble gas powered mowers except for one feature; electric mowers do not use fuel but run on either an external electrical source or internal battery. Because of this feature, there is no motor making most electric mowers lightweight compared to gas mowers. Battery-powered mowers (cordless mowers) can weigh 30 lbs. more than corded mowers because the battery. Corded mowers have limited range because they are directly connected to an external power supply. Cordless mowers can operate farther from a power source, but not as far as gas models. Consider using gas mowers for tall or thick grass because horsepower is reduced for electric mowers in this terrain.

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