How do I Choose the Right Mower?

 

When purchasing a new mower you need to make sure that you choose one that is suitable for your garden size, type and preferred finish.  There are several things you need to consider:

  

Power source -

This will be either hand (manual push), electric, battery, petrol or diesel.

 

Type of mower -

The different types of mower to choose from are:

Hover mowers - easy to manoeuvre, ideal for uneven ground and slopes, can be electric or petrol (these are heavier).

Wheeled rotary mowers - most commonly available type of mower and are available as electric, battery or petrol versions.

Rear roller rotary mowers - similar to wheeled rotary mowers but with a roller instead of back wheels.

Cylinder mowers - these give a finer finish and are available as hand (manual push), electric and petrol.  Please note that this type of mower is only suitable for very flat lawns as any high spots in the ground may become bald because of the lower cut.

 

Size of mower -

One of the most important points to consider when looking for a new mower is the size of cut required.  By selecting a mower size based on the area to be cut, your machine should last longer (providing you have it regularly maintained).  If you have more than one lawn to cut you should take into account the total overall area not just the size of the largest lawn.

 

Size of machine needed to cut:

Small lawn - minimum recommended cutting widths 28 - 35cm (11 - 14 inches)

Medium lawn - minimum recommended cutting widths 38 - 48cm (15 - 19 inches)

Large lawn - minimum recommended cutting widths 51cm (20 inches) and over

(PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ONLY AN APPROXIMATE GUIDE TO THE MINIMUM SIZE OF CUT RECOMMENDED, ADVICE SHOULD ALWAYS BE ASKED BEFORE MAKING A FINAL DECISION ON THE SIZE OF CUT NEEDED) 

 

Extra features -

Different models of machine (mostly petrol models) are available with different features.  Some of the extras to consider are:

Do you want your mower to side/rear discharge, collect the grass or mulch it?

Do you want a push or self-propelled model?

Do you want variable speed if self-propelled?

Would you like a plastic, steel or cast aluminium deck? (there is a weight difference to consider)

Do you want 4 wheels or 2 wheels and a rear roller (which give stripes)?

Do you need help starting the machine i.e. key start (petrol models only)?

 

 

If you would like help in finding the ideal mower then please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements or call in and speak to one of our sales staff.