Sandra A. Olesen Push Mowers June 12th, 2018 - 16:55:16
The reel cannot throw small objects such as rocks or sticks like a gas or electric powered mower can. This means you can mow with peace of mind even while your children or pets are playing around the lawn. You are also highly unlikely to catch a finger or toe in the reel and cause any severe injury like you would with the gas or electric mowers. Reel mowers provide a nicer cut than rotary mowers as the grass blades are cut like scissors instead of being torn. This means your lawn will be more even the grass blades will be healthier and you will avoid brown tips. All of this combines to a greener healthier looking lawn. People generally also choose these types of mowers to get some exercise. Getting out in the fresh air and pushing the mower around is a great way to reconnect with nature while getting some light and exercise. owners report that using a reel mower actually doesnt take any more time than when they were using their gas mower mainly because of the lighter weight of the reel mower.
The engine size and torque specifications of your mower need to be sufficient to handle what you will be cutting. The types of clippings need to be factored in when you decide how you will manage the discharge of newly cut grass. Basically you will determine whether you wish to mulch or bag the clippings. If you decide to bag then you need to choose between side-discharge and rear-bagging. Some mowers offer a 3-in-1 discharge option allowing flexibility between bagging side discharge and mulching. Types of Engines Consider the types and features of the engine when selecting a lawn mower.
By pushing the lawn mower the blades turn as the wheels turn cutting the grass or weeds. However push mowers arent as effective on overgrown weeds and dandelions because of the tall stalks and the speed of the rotating blades. Push mowers use a cylinder or reel system while other powered lawn mowers more commonly use a rotary mower with a vertical axis. A rotary mower cuts the grass shorter than a reel system with the added benefit that the grass is cut in a way that allows it to heal faster and thus grow faster. With a push mower the user would find himself or herself having to mow more frequently than with an electric or gasoline powered mower which is perfect for those looking for a workout but less so for the rest of us! Ride-on Mowers for Large Lawns Ride-ons can be fun for some people who have a bigger area to mow.
Discharging grass clippings on to the lawn is often listed as a disadvantage to reel mowers. However we would disagree with this assessment as leaving the clippings on your lawn allows you to mulch your lawn at the same time as you mow. To mulch well clipping size needs to be small so again this works best if you mow your lawn regularly. If you dont or prefer to collect your clippings some models also have a grass catcher that comes with it or can be bought separately. Reel mowers are hard to push through tall grass. If your grass is extremely tall the first time you mow it you are going to have a hard time. From then on it will be easier but only if you mow regularly. If you prefer to only mow every few weeks then a reel mower will not likely work for you. All in all we think reel mowers are a great choice for many reasons but they arent for everyone. If you understand and are content with the basic limitations of reel lawn mowers then the next step is to read reviews and recommendations to find which is the best reel lawn mower for you. The environment and your heart will thank you.