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7 Types of Mowers Explained

Have you just bought a block of land? A new mower may be on your list of things to buy.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are 7 types of mowers to help you narrow down your options.

1. Ride on Mower

If you have a large block, typically an acre or more, a ride on would probably be the most efficient and effective way to go. Plus a lot less effort for you!

They cut the time taken to mow down and as you can imagine, are also more expensive than a typical walk-along mower.

Ride on mowers vary in deck size, horsepower and transmission type. Their common drawback can be manoeuvrability to turn corners and move around obstacles – so you may need to finish the job with an edge trimmer.

Ride on mowers are great for large grassed areas, but if you have a steep block, chat to us here at Valley Rural about whether a ride on is best for you.

2. Zero Turn Mower

Zero turn mowers are a type of ride-on mower, but are typically controlled by lap bars. Their design provides much great levels of manoeuvrability – they can pivot well and get closer to obstacles than a traditional ride-on.

As you would expect, zero-turn mowers are more expensive than traditional ride-on mowers.

Here at Valley Rural we stock both ride on and zero turn mowers, so we can talk you through what’s best for your property or work.

3. Self-propelled Mowers

Self-propelled as the name indicates have a transmission that propels the mower forward, so there is significantly less pushing required by the user. They can speed up the time it takes to mow a lawn and are much easier to use on blocks with small gradients. They are more technical than a typical rotary mower, so servicing and maintenance can be more involved. The team at Valley Rural are experienced in servicing and repairing self-propelled mowers, so if you are considering one, let us talk you through the detail.

4. Rotary Mowers

Rotary mowers are best suited to smaller lawns, generally up to half and acre. They offer the greatest variety and versatility and vary widely in price and feature.

Rotary mowers have a single blade that rotates at a high speed in a horizontal motion. They work best on medium to long grass, so in growing season, you can let the grass grow a little longer than with other mowers like Cylindrical Mowers.

5. Push Mower

Push mowers are good for very small blocks as they are a manual way of mowing that requires much more effort. They are typically inexpensive, lightweight and easy to store. Pushing these up hills or uneven terrain can be challenging, but by contrast, they are also the most environmentally friendly and quiet option you can find.

6. Electric Mowers

As the name indicates, these are rotary mowers that you need to plug into power in order to use them. They are good for small lawns and are a very affordable option. The biggest disadvantage is that they need to be connected to power and you will need to ensure you can reach all areas of your yard with the length of power cord you have. You also need to be mindful of where the cord is, so you don’t mow over your power cord.

7. Battery Mowers

Battery mowers have been around for a while and are an interim between petrol mowers and electric mowers. The biggest disadvantage is that the battery life – they typically run for about an hour before needed to recharge. However, battery technology is improving especially battery life, so they are becoming a more viable option for smaller yards.

We're always here to help you make the choice

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