What Lawn Mowers Are And How To Choose The Right One
Creating a beautiful lawn and maintaining it in order is not an easy task. And to make it easier, you need a reliable assistant. A lawn mower. There are many good and different models on sale. And although everyone has the same purpose, in a number of parameters they differ from each other. Let’s try to figure them out.
What are lawn mowers?
By the way of moving lawn mowing machines are divided into:
- Manual (trimmers) that are held in hand when mowing,
- Wheeled hand, which you need to carry on the lawn,
By type of drive motor distinguish mechanical, gasoline and electric lawn mowers.
Mechanical Wheel Mowers easy to operate, it does not need electricity or gasoline, but significant muscular effort is needed. They are environmentally friendly, silent and allow you to adjust the height of mowing the grass. The cutting mechanism is a cylindrical knife driven by wheels. Such a tool is good for caring for a young lawn, as the low speed of rotation of the knife prevents pulling out grass with a fragile root system.
Mechanical Wheel Mower
And we will consider gasoline and electric lawn mowers below.
Hand Lawn Mowers (trimmers) fit for regular lawn mowing in a small area even with an uneven surface, as they can mow at any angle. The trimmer is a holder bar, at the lower end of which is a cutting device with fishing line. And with high power. Additionally with a circular knife. The mower hangs on a belt on the operator’s shoulder, literally making it easier for him to work.
Trimmer can be equipped electric or gasoline engine. Electric is located on the lower or upper end of the rod, and gasoline. Only on the upper.
A protective cover limits the mowing edge and protects the legs of the mower from injury. During operation, the left hand holds the handle of the bar (adjusting, if necessary, the height of mowing the grass), and the right hand holds the handle with the engine control button.
The main advantage of trimmers. The ability to mow grass in uneven areas and close to bushes and trees. But maintain the same mowing height at the same time will not work.
The electric trimmer is powered by a household power outlet. To his merits can include:
- Light weight
- Environmental friendliness (there are no exhaust gases and noise).
Disadvantages of the electric trimmer:
- Binding to a network (outlet),
- The presence of a stable voltage,
- Forever disturbing cable on the lawn
- Low power.
And the cable itself has a limited length: you can’t squint far from home.
Battery Trimmer. The same as the electric one, but the engine does not work from the outlet, so you can mow at any distance from the house. This is his basic convenience. However, the mowing area is determined by the capacity of the battery.
The gas trimmer is designed to work in large areas. Therefore, it is especially in demand by summer residents, and owners of country estates, and workers in urban utilities. However, working with it requires some preparation.
This type of lawn mower is distinguished by an enviable mobility, increased power and practicality. It can be used for mowing not only lawn grass, but also weeds and bushes. And professional models are able to cut stems up to one and a half centimeters thick.
However, even with a small fuel tank, such an assembly:
- Weighs quite a lot,
- Requires a mixture of gasoline with oil,
- Pollutes the environment with exhaust fumes,
- Makes a noise.
But it can work in any weatherat.
The convenience of mowing grass with a trimmer is determined by several points, and one of them is the location of the engine.
Trimmers engine bottom on sale a lot. Most often they rechargeable low power. They overheat quickly, so they require frequent interruptions in work. Protection against moisture and mechanical stress is poor. They cannot work on morning dew and immediately after rain, otherwise a short circuit may occur. Engine Trimmer
Trimmers engine top more practical, more balanced and more powerful, require less mowing effort, and therefore more comfortable in operation. They have good cooling (less overheating), and, therefore, greater performance.
Engine Top TrimmerAmong the trimmers with an upper engine, I especially want to highlight knapsacks. Their engines are secured behind their backs (like a schoolbag), which significantly reduces the load on the hands and much less restricts movement.
Knapsack petrol trimmer
A nice trimmer option is anti-vibration system. It allows you to reduce the vibration load on the shoulders and hands, protects the arms and back of the mower.
Powerful gas trimmers to reduce the burden on the hands equipped with ergonomic handle, similar to a bicycle wheel. On the right handle are buttons to control the operation of the tool. When buying a trimmer, make sure that the handle and button layout on it are comfortable for you.
Comfortable bicycle handle
But from this you will learn how to make a nozzle for a trimmer with your own hands, which will cost you only 100 rubles:
Wheel Lawn Mowers
A summer resident mower, holding on to the handle, manually pushes the trolley. The main purpose of such devices is mowing grass on lawns with a flat surface. The quality of the mowing is wonderful: all the grass is on the same level, not like after a trimmer. But when you need to cut the lawn around the flowers growing on it or stationary garden furniture, as well as mow the grass between fruit trees and shrubs, it is difficult to work with such a technique.
Non-self-propelled electric lawn mower
A wheeled hand-held lawn mower is a four-wheeled trolley with control handles and an engine mounted on it and a working knife (or knives) mounted on the engine shaft under the platform. The quality of mowing depends on the quality of knives and their sharpening. Well, if automatic folding of knives is provided (for example, when hitting a stone).
Wheel manual lawn mowers can be equipped with a plastic or fabric (mesh) grass catcher, have a mulching function (the mowed grass is crushed to a state of dust and thrown out onto the lawn), or it may not have either one or the other, i.E. The grass is thrown to the side, and at the end of the work it will have to be removed manually with a rake. The more grass enters the grass catcher, the less often you will have to empty it. But then it will be harder.
Soft fabric grass collectors are usually larger than hard plastic grass catchers
Under the platform there is a protective cover that guides the movement of the mowed grass and protects the lawn mower. In one pass, the mower mows a fairly wide strip of lawn, determined by the size of the knife. The wider this strip, the more powerful the engine should be.
Lawn mower wheels mounted on bearings or plastic bushings. On bearings. reliable and more durable, but also more expensive. Wheels can be rigidly fixed or rotary (only front wheels or front and rear). Swivels are more convenient: the front wheels of the lawn mower do not have to be lifted in corners. Plus, they “injure” the lawn less.
The larger the diameter of the wheels, the easier it is to move the lawnmower, regardless of who “moves” it. A person or an engine. And if they are still wide and rubber, then they will be weaker in pressing into the soil and less lawn grass.
Mower wheels mounted on bearings or plastic bushings
The adjustment of the height of mowing grass on these lawn mowers is stepwise and is carried out by rearranging the wheels in height: either separately for each wheel using individual handles, or simultaneously for all wheels using one central handle.
“Rule” by a lawn mower with the help of handles, on one of which there is an on-off button. Therefore, the handles should be comfortable and durable and have the ability to adjust to the growth of “mowing”. It is better to choose a mower with folding arms: this will allow you to transport it in the trunk of a car.
Therefore, the handles must be comfortable and durable, have the ability to adjust for growth and the ability to fold
Self-propelled Wheel Mowers
These machines are designed to work on medium and large lawns. They come in several types.
First type: the mower rolls on its own, the mower goes for her, holding hands and controlling her work and movement. They are similar to manual wheeled lawnmowers, only engine power is greater. The engine may be gasoline or electric.
Self Propelled Electric Lawn Mower
Second type: the lawnmower rides on a lawn mower, controlling it is rider. It’s nice to use a rider, because both men and women love to ride! He has a large cutting deck and a spacious grass catcher, easily emptied by pressing a button at the hand of a mower (mower).
This machine is noisy in much the same way as any electric trimmer. Due to its small size and excellent maneuverability, it can work even on a limited area, although it is designed for medium-sized lawns. The main troubles during its operation are an uneven surface and mole mounds and bumps: when they come in contact with them, a rotating knife raises a heap of dust and becomes dull.
Such a mower only mows the grass, it does not perform any other functions, and it does not have attachments. But it copes with its task “perfectly”. A good choice if there is where to store and allow family finances.
Third type self-propelled lawn mowers. Mini tractor. It is applied on large sites. It is multifunctional, since it is possible to install brushes on it for sweeping or removing snow, a vacuum cleaner, a cultivator, a device for spreading fertilizers, etc.
Outwardly, the robotic lawnmower is similar to a wheeled one: a body, three or four wheels, knives for cutting grass. The wheels are usually plastic, with fairly high grousers so that the mower can overcome steep climbs. Leading can be either rear or front, or all four wheels.
Her main difference. The lack of a control handle, because it copes with its task on its own: it mows, confidently moving forward, when hitting an obstacle, it moves back and goes around it from the side, and when it reaches the edge of the lawn, it turns around and goes in the opposite direction.
A mandatory element in the design of robotic lawnmowers is a battery that powers electric motors, rotary knives and mower wheels. For humans and animals, the battery voltage is completely safe due to its small size. When discharging, many models themselves find a charging station, connect to it and “refuel” with current, then go out onto the lawn again and continue working. However, there are already robotic lawnmowers that work without electricity. Robotic lawnmower
The robot operates according to a predetermined program. Part of it is set by the manufacturer, part by the owner. Most often, the owner sets the time frame of the “working day”, the angle of rotation when hitting an obstacle, the height of mowing. The boundaries of the plot are determined by the robot using the built-in grass sensor or using the detection sensor of a special cable laid along the perimeter of the lawn. The robot, reaching the edge of the lawn, turns around and goes in the opposite direction. Repeatedly passing through one area at different angles, it creates an almost perfect surface. When tipping over or trying to raise the edge of the case, a special sensor is triggered and the knives stop.
This mower is protected against theft using a pin code. An outsider who does not know the code will not be able to start the robot, i.E. Theft does not make sense. Some models are also equipped with an audible alarm: it either works like a car, or sends a signal to the owner’s mobile phone. Although the price of a robotic lawnmower is high, consumers are attracted convenience use and safety This automated household appliance for pets and small children.
The robot works according to a predetermined program.