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Lawnmowers

What you need to know about lawnmowers

Choosing which Lawnmower will be best for your garden can be tricky, as there are a few different kinds to select from. They can be divided into two types: Rotary Lawnmowers & Cylinder Lawnmowers, referring to the arrangement of the blades used for cutting. Whichever type you choose, you will also need to select a preferred method of powering your Lawnmower, giving you the option between Hand Push Lawnmowers, Petrol Powered Lawnmowers, Electric Corded Lawnmowers & Electric Cordless Lawnmowers. Additionally, you may want to consider if a Robotic Lawnmower or a Hover Lawnmower appeals to you.

Rotary Lawnmowers are the most common form of powered Lawnmower & will be sufficient for most kinds of lawn. They contain a rotating blade which spins off a single axis positioned vertically through the centre of the mower. Look for a Lawnmower with a mulching blade; these recycle clippings back into your lawn, which feeds it & helps compensate for the damage caused by mowing. Rotary Lawnmowers are able to deal effectively with long grass & weeds, & if your garden tends to be a little overgrown a Rotary Lawnmower will serve you better. However, on uneven ground they run a greater risk of chopping or gouging your lawn.

Cylinder Lawnmowers are usually hand pushed, in which case they are the cheapest form of Lawnmower you can buy - although some powered versions are available. They utilise one or more horizontal axes around which the cutting blades are arrayed. The straighter, cleaner cut they provide will please lawn enthusiasts & allows grass to heal quicker, promoting healthier & more resilient lawn growth. This in turn discourages the proliferation of weeds. Cylinder Lawnmowers can also be set closer to the ground without risking chopping or gouging. However, you will need to consider that pushing a Lawnmower by hand can be a lot of hard work, particularly if your lawn is sloped, uneven, or overgrown. Choosing a Powered Cylinder Lawnmower will solve this problem, but at greater expense.

Petrol Lawnmowers pack the most power, & will be preferred for larger gardens, or for thicker lawns. They can be operated out of range of a power source, & there is no danger of cable snagging or entanglement in an obstructed lawn. Electric Corded Lawnmowers, though, require less maintenance, produce less noise, & are more environmentally friendly. If you like the benefits of electric power but dislike cables, consider using a Cordless Electric Lawnmower. They are less powerful, but issues with runtime can be overcome by providing yourself with a good supply of long lasting batteries. High amp-hour batteries will last longer, much like having a larger fuel tank, whereas high voltage batteries will provide you with more power, equivalent to a bigger engine.

Hover Lawnmowers will suit those for whom manoeuvrability is an important consideration. They can be moved in any direction, and are therefore excellent for getting around awkwardly shaped or cluttered gardens. They do not handle long grass or uneven ground as well as other Lawnmowers do, though.

Safety when using your Lawnmower

To avoid injury, always wear shoes that fully cover your feet when mowing. If using a Corded Lawnmower, ensure that you use an RCD Adaptor to safeguard yourself against electrocution. Never reach into the blade area while your Lawnmower is connected to a power source.

Maintaining your Lawnmower

With all Lawnmower models, you should clear blade enclosures of grass after use to stop them becoming clogged. Dried grass will also need to be brushed from the air intakes of powered Lawnmowers to prevent overheating. Sharper blades mean a healthier lawn; you can use a Blade Sharpener to keep the blades keen. Gouged, chipped or rusted blades will need to be substituted for a Replacement Blade. Treating the blades with GT85 or WD40 will also protect them from rusting, by repelling moisture. If you are using a Petrol Lawnmower, drain fuel between seasons and replace with fresh fuel before use.

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