If you wondering what type of mower you should get for the best cut, then you need to look at all the options on the market, including there blades to figure out what suits your lawn.
There is no particular type of mower that will give the best cut to your lawn, as there are too many variables at play, such as the health of your lawn and the blades you are using.
To make things easier for you, we have put together a small guide about the types of mowers out there and the types of blades you can get with your mower, so as you can decide which combination is the best for cutting your lawn.
Before we can figure out which mower will give the best cut to your lawn, we need to familiarise ourselves with the different types of mowers on the market first, as you can decide which power will be best suited to you.
One of the first mowers we will discuss are push mowers, these types of mowers are also called reel mowers and operate there cutting blades with the force of you pushing.
These mowers tend to use a cylinder blade system and are best suited to small flat gardens without any slopes. They are also very cheap and easy to maintain.
The downfalls to these kinds of mowers are that they might not give the best cut in comparison to other more powerful mowers, especially on thicker lawns. They are also very time consuming so not suited to larger lawns.
Electrical mowers are much less common nowadays due to the rise of battery-powered mowers which don't have a cord.
These mowers are pretty powerful but are still only suited to small lawns because of there cord, the corded system also means you never run out of power.
The drawbacks of this electric mower are the cord which is restricting when mowing, meaning they can't be used for larger lawns, otherwise you would have to have a very long cord.
Next up we have battery mowers. These mowers operate with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and don't need much maintenance.
They come in push or self-propelled form and are very environmentally friendly, another plus is that they don't have a cord, which gives you much more freedom.
The downfalls of battery mowers are the fact you will run out of charge eventually, which can be annoying when you are halfway through mowing your lawn.
The last mower type we will go over is petrol mowers. These mowers operate with an engine and come in two strokes or four-stroke engines, meaning you will have to put fuel and oil or either according to what your mower needs.
These mowers are great for tackling long and thick grasses and come in push or self-propelled form. Price-wise these mowers are also not that expensive.
Drawbacks of petrol mowers are that they are not environmentally friendly and they need a lot of regular maintenance on their engine. They can also be very loud.
Overall, so as you can judge which type of powered mower will give the best cut to your lawn, you need to take into account what kind of lawn you will be mowing.
Petrol self-propelled mowers will give the best cut on a large and thick lawn, however, push reel mowers may give a better and more controlled cut on a small garden.
Rotary and cylinder refer to the type of cutting blades that come with your mower.
Both types of blades will give a slightly different cut to your grass and have there pros and cons depending on what lawn you have.
Mowers with a cylinder blade system use a scissor-like action to cut grass and are located at the front of your mower, they can have several blades, with some having up to twelve, the more blades you have, the better your cut will be.
This type of blade cutting action is considered the 'best' for your grass and will give a good finish, they also have more range of cutting heights.
The negatives of cylinder style blades are that they will need constant adjustments so as you can get the best finish to your grass.
Rotary mowers on the other hand use one high speed rotating blade underneath the mower to cut grass. These type of blades do not need adjusting that often and work well if you have a medium height lawn.
Downfalls of rotary style blades have to be their lack of cutting heights, their quality of the cut is also said to be poorer than cylinder blades but this isn't that noticeable.
To conclude, cylinder mowers are probably the best if your looking to get a professional cut on your lawn, however, rotary mowers can also do a great job so the decision is up to you.
Cutting width does matter on a mower as it will control how much grass you can cut each time you mow.
So for the best cut on a large lawn, you would need a bigger cutting width and vice versa for a smaller lawn.
If you use a larger cutting width on a small lawn then it will be much harder to navigate the mower, especially in tight areas, a smaller cutting width on a bigger lawn will mean it will take longer to finish mowing.
We have listed out the ideal cutting widths and mower types for each lawn size below.
Now we know which types of mowers suit what lawns, and how rotary and cylinder mowers differ in there blades, we have a few tips below that can help improve the cut quality of your mower.
What are the best mowers for getting a good cut on large lawns?
For larger lawns we recommend cylinder mowers or rotary which are petrol driven and self-propelled, you might also want to consider investing in a riding mower.
How often should I sharpen the blades for a high-quality cut?
This depends on how often you use your mower and the quality of your blades when they start to cut grass in uneven patterns and tear the blades - these are some sure signs your blades need sharpening.
Should I cut wet grass on my lawn?
You should avoid mowing your lawn when the grass is wet as it can form in clumps and make it difficult to mow.
Overall, there is no specific type of mower that will give you the best cut, as each type of mower and blades have their advantages and disadvantages, suiting different sized and types of lawns.