Sandra A. Olesen Push Mowers June 12th, 2018 - 17:04:38
For many home owners reel lawn mowers also known as push mowers are making a comeback as their first choice for cutting their lawns. There are a number of good reasons for this. Probably the first consideration for people is the low environmental impact reel lawn mowers have compared to gas powered or even electric mowers. Gas mowers cause a surprising amount of pollutants in terms of noise as well as gas and oil used and spilled. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a new gas powered lawn mower produces as many volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides emissions in one hour of operation as 11 new cars each being driven for one hour! They estimate that over 17 million gallons of fuel mostly gasoline are spilled each year while refueling lawn equipment.
Since the safety mechanisms of robotic lawn mowers are integrated into the mowers computer they are difficult to bypass. Some robotic lawn mowers like LawnBott utilize touch handles that work similar to touch lamps. By merely touching the handle the blade stops spinning in an instant. All robotic mowers have lift detectors that stop the blade when lifted or flipped over. Other safety features include PIN codes bump sensors that detect objects left in the yard and the ability to run during night hours are all among the palette of safety features that traditional lawn mowers couldnt dream of.
If you have a small or regular sized yard (say up to 5000 square feet) then a regular electric mower is probably going to be suitable for your needs. If you have acreage or a large yard then a riding lawn mower or a cordless electric lawn mower with additional batteries might be a better option. If you opt for a corded mower you will be restricted by the length of the electric cord and the availability of power outlets around your yard. Unless you do have a small yard battery operated mowers are a much more flexible option as you dont have to worry about dragging along an electric cord while mowing.
There are a few disadvantages to reel mowers. The most obvious being that you have to push them! This in itself is not a drawback if you cut your lawn about once weekly. However if you let your lawn grow longer you may find it quite hard to push your mower through the tall grass. Reel mowers cannot cut up or mulch small twigs so you will need to either check or rake your lawn prior to cutting or know that you will need to manually remove them from the blades. A small twig will catch in the blades and stop the reel dead. You may need to make several passes over some areas and reel mowers dont always get the tall stalky weeds the first time around. Because of this reason the cut will not be as exact as a gas mower. If you have a significant number of weeds in your lawn this may cause frustration especially if you would like a perfect cut first time around.