Cylinder Mowers Vs. Rotary Mowers


Cylinder mowers and rotary mowers are commonly used to cut residential lawns, but they both use very different cutting mechanisms. Regardless of whether you like or loathe cutting your grass, if you're considering purchasing a new lawnmower, it's worth taking some time to consider the best mower for your lawn and lifestyle. Read on to learn about some of the differences between both types of mowers.

Cylinder Mowers

Cylinder mowers consist of multiple blades connected to a central cylinder that spins when the mower is in operation. As the cylinder spins, the blades cut the grass with a scissoring action. This method of cutting the grass gives a clean, even cut and can prevent patchy areas from developing. You can purchase petrol, electric and push cylinder mowers, and cylinder mowers tend to have the grass collection bucket at the front. Cylinder mowers tend to be able to cut your grass shorter than a rotary motor, and for this reason, you will often find them being used on golf courses. Some models allow you to adjust the height of the blades and it will be necessary to sharpen the blades from time to time, but this isn't a difficult task to do yourself or have your local garden supply store do for you. If you tend to enjoy keeping your grass in tip-top condition and like to cut your grass at least once a week, a cylinder mower may be the best choice for you.

Rotary Mowers         

Rotary mowers use a circular cutting motion and rely on the force of the movement of a single blade to cut the grass as you move the mower up and down your lawn. It's similar to the action required to use a scythe, and this type of mower is particularly suited to very uneven lawns due to it not cutting as close to the ground as a cylinder mower. Rotary motors also handle long grass well, particularly if you have a model with a height-adjustable blade. Rotary mowers tend to be electric, but petrol models are also available. If you're not too concerned with your grass looking perfect and tend to allow your grass to grow for a couple of weeks between cuts, a rotary mower may be the best choice for you.

If you're struggling to decide between a cylinder mower and a rotary mower, pop into your local garden supply store and compare a few models. You'll be able to ask about mower maintenance and get some advice based on the size and condition of your lawn.


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