Lawn mower types & features

A Guide to choosing and buying a new lawn mower

This guide should help you consider the various options available when choosing a lawn mower. Prices start at less than 50 and can reach in excess of 2,000 for one you can sit on! There are many types of lawn mowers using different means of propulsion designed for differing lawn types, sizes and the fitness of the operator. This guide should help you consider the features that will be important to you when buying. Rollers give good stripes, different cutter types determine the cut quality (the minimum cutter height determines how short the grass can be cut). You also need to consider features of your garden; are there lots of tricky borders or obstacles to cut around? Will wheels get stuck in borders? Will the cable reach and where can I safely store petrol - these and other aspects need to be considered. Each fuel and mower type below contains a link to Amazon where the price and online reviews may be of assistance. They don't make them like that anymore - a serious lawn mower made to last!

Fuel / propulsion method

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Mower types

Cutting width

Mowers come in a variety of widths. The width is important to the extent that a narrow grass cutting width will take much longer to cut a lawn with. Conversely, smaller lawns and trickier areas may benefit from a smaller cutting width. A rule-of-thumb guide to choosing the most appropriate width is as follows; note for some reason very small and large mowers tend to use inches (") while the majority of mowers are in centimetres (cm):

 size of lawn
 smallmediumlarge
Cutter width<500 m2650 m2800 m21000 m21200 m21500 m20.5 acre+
12"30 cmsuitable for this size lawn      
 32 cmsuitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn     
 33 cmsuitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn     
 34 cmsuitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn    
 36 cm suitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn    
 38 cm  suitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn   
 40 cm  suitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn   
 43 cm  suitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn  
17"    suitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn  
18"    suitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn  
20"     suitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn 
22"     suitable for this size lawnsuitable for this size lawn 
30"+       suitable for this size lawn


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