The lush green garden does not grow within days or a few months. It takes lots of your time and energy can be hectic, but if you choose the right equipment your gardening hobby or job will become quicker.
The lawn mower is the modern advent in gardening that is used to evenly cut the grasses. Back in the 80s, the lawn mower was operated by manual force. With the development of technologies, different power sources are introduced to operate grass cutters.
In this article you will find out the complete information about the types and power sources of lawn mowers.
What is Lawn mower?
The lawn mower is widely used to evenly cut the garden grasses, and hence it is also known as a grass cutter. These mowers cut the grass with the help of blades using different power sources.
The power sources to move the mower blades include electricity, battery, human power (walk-behind mower), and gasoline (petrol). Robotic lawn mowers are now also available that are fully automated (remote controlled).
When the mower of the cutter is pushed manually or moved through an electricity source, the blade rotates and cuts the grasses. The height of the grasses to be cut can be adjusted, and sometimes it is fixed.
A simple push lawn mower was invented late in the 80s by Edwin. Later on, further modifications were done.
The grass-cutter consists of 4 main parts that include:
The frame or housing
The mower frame is made of steel or resistant resin plastic. While the housing also protects the parts of the machine like blades.
Blade or cutter
The essential role of the lawn mower is performed by this part. It rotates horizontally and vertically to cut the long swaths of grasses.
The power supply
The garden mower is powered by a battery, electricity, or petrol that runs the motor to rotate the blade.
Pneumatic tires of the mower are long-lasting that help in easy replacement.
Types of lawn mower
The rotary mower can cut different forms of rough and long grasses. It is the most popular grass cutter, and it is less expensive that’s why its demand is higher in the market.
The rotary mower is powered by either electricity or gasoline (petrol). For the running motor, a power source along with a lubrication system is present that helps to rotate the blade horizontally. The gasoline-operated engine needs petrol for combustion and oil as a lubricant. While the other type of motor can run by getting energy from the battery or having a cord to supply electricity.
If the blade is blunt, the cuts produced by the high-speed motor of the rotary mower are uneven or less accurate, so the tip of the blades may become discolored. You can resolve this issue by using a sharp cutting blade.
It is the most advanced type of mower in which the operator remains seated during the process of cutting, just like a tractor. It is used for cutting grasses of large areas and does not need to be towed or pushed.
The riding mower is the most efficient type of mower, and it is available in 3 different forms that are
- Lawn tractor
- Zero-turn mower and
- Rear engine riding mower
This ride-on mower is suitable for 500m² lawn and the engine of the rear engine riding mower helps with easy friction-free mobility.
The power source of the lawn mower
An electric mower or corded lawn mower can be used for a small garden to cut medium-sized grass. Its coverage depends on the length of the cord. Mostly it can cover about 100 feet of the lawn. An electric mower is cheaper and lighter in weight, so you can effortlessly move it, but it is dangerous for the operator due to the electric supply.
A lawn mower that runs through a battery also comes under the heading of a cordless electric grass cutter. The heavier the battery, the wide-area mower will cover.
If you have a big garden, then you must consider the petrol lawn mower, in which petrol or other liquid fuel is used as the combustion source. A Rotary and cylinder mower is the best petrol lawn mower, in which the former is used to cut large grasses while the cylinder mower gives fine cuts.
This type of lawn mower operates by manual force. When you push the machine, the reel spins with the wheel and cuts the grass.
Effect of different types of the mower on environment
Before selecting the type of lawn mower, you should find the possible impact of the mower on the environment and your health.
Gas or gasoline-powered contribute to the production of a significant amount of volatile organic compounds that is the biggest source of air pollution and creates a greenhouse effect. A study specifies that the lawn mower produces more pollution than a car produces in an hour.
Along with air pollution, the mower also produces noise pollution, and the noise level is 86 to 96 decibels.