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Which mowing technique do you need?

One of the things you should keep in mind when choosing a lawn mower is mowing technique. Do you need a reel mower or rotary mower? Does your garden have a flat lawn, rough terrain, or hard to reach places? In this article, we'll discuss the most common mowing techniques and which one suits you best.

Reel mower

Reel mower

As the name suggests, this type of mower has a reel. Between the discs, you can find rotating spiral blades that rotate over a cutting plate. When you start driving, the wheels bring the reel in motion. As they rotate, the blades and cutting plate mimic the movement of scissors, so they can cut the grass neatly. The roll on the back of the blades provides the lanes in the grass. This technique is mainly used on golf courses or (sports) parks. If the grass is too long, the reel mower doesn't work as well, so make sure you mow regularly.

Rotary mower

Rotary mower

This is the most common way of mowing. A rotary mower has a blade that rotates at high speed in a round box. The air flow pulls up the grass, and after that a rotating blade cuts it. The result isn't as nice as mowing with a cylinder mower. Rotary mowers perform better on rough surfaces and when there's a lot of high grass.

Hover mower

Hover mower

A glide mower is almost the same as a rotary mower, but there's one crucial difference: a glide mower doesn't have wheels. The rotating blade creates an air cushion. The mower rises and floats above the grass, as it were. As a result, gliding mowers are easy to control. They're less suitable for tall grass and shouldn't be used for larger lawns, given their small size. Hard-to-reach places are easier to reach with a glider mower than with a rotary mower.

Bar mower

Bar mower

As its name suggests, a bar mower has a blade bar at the front. That means it has an upper and lower blade, each consisting of a row with triangular blades. These blades are driven by the motor and move back and forth. A bar mower cuts the grass with a scissor motion. A bar mower is well-suited for rough terrain and high grass, as you would find in meadows, fields, roadsides, and ditch banks. This mowing technique is often used in agriculture.


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