Cylinder & Rotary Lawn Mowers
I know how hard it is to cut down grass with a handle held mower and even an automatic mower takes manual efforts that some people hate. But now is the time to find the best lawn mower for the money and pick one for you, so to end this sober story of grass cutting. Here I present you the list of 44 best Lawn mowers that I have personally selected based on different criteria. So, start reading the reviews below.
- Remington RM202A 12-Amp 19-Inch 2-in-1 Corded Electric Push Lawn Mower
- Earthwise 50214 14-Inch 8-Amp Side Discharge/Mulching Corded Electric Lawn Mower
- McLane 801 5.50GT Gross Torque Briggs & Stratton 9-Inch Gas Powered Lawn Edger With 8″ Ball Bearing Wheels
- Earthwise 60418 18-Inch 40-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
- WORX 32-Volt GT2.0 String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower with Tilting Head and Single Line Feed
- BLACK+DECKER LST560C 60V MAX EASYFEED Cordless String Trimmer
- GreenWorks Pro GLM801600 80V 21-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower, Battery and Charger Not Included
- GreenWorks 21142 10Amp 18 Inch Straight Shaft Electric String Trimmer / Edger
- GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX 40V 16-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower, (1) 4AH Battery and a Charger Included
- WORX 20-Volt GT 2.0 String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower with Tilting Head and Single Line Feed – WG160
- Earthwise 50518 18-Inch Corded Electric Lawn Mower
- Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Bag
- Lawn Mower Wheels Murray 21″ Low with 450 Series Engine, Red
- Honda HRX217K5VKA 187cc Gas 21 in. 4-in-1 Versamow System Lawn Mower with Clip Director and MicroCut Blades 660250
- Fiskars 18 Inch Staysharp Max Reel Mower
- Troy-Bilt TB120 159cc Powermore 21-Inch 3-in-1 High Wheel Push Lawn Mower
- Poulan Pro 961120131 PR500N21SH Briggs 500ex Side Discharge/Mulch 2-in-1 Hi-Wheel Push Mower in 21-Inch Deck, 12-inch wheels
- Murray 21″ Gas Push Lawn Mower with Side Discharge, Mulching, Rear Bag and Rear High Wheel
- Razarsharp Minimower – 13 Inch / 12 amp Electric Lawn Mower with Catcher
- Lawn-Boy 17732 21-Inch 149cc Kohler XTX OHV, 3-in-1 Discharge Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Lawn Mower
- GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn Mower
- MURRAY LAWN MOWER PUSH 21″ GAS 3 IN 1
- GreenWorks 25142 10 Amp 16-Inch Corded Lawn Mower
- American Lawn Mower 1204-14 14-Inch 4-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower
- Troy-Bilt TB120 159cc Powermore 21-inch 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower
- EGO Power+ LM2001-X 56V 7.5Ah Lithium-Ion Cordless Lawn Mower with Battery & Charger Kit, 20″
- Husqvarna MZ61 27 HP Zero Turn Mower, 61-Inch
- Troy-Bilt TB270ES 159cc 21-Inch FWD Self-Propelled Mower With Electric Start
- Fiskars 18 Inch StaySharp Max Reel Mower
- Great States 415-16 16-Inch Reel Mower Standard Full Feature Lawn Mower With T-Style Handle And Heat Treated Blades
- Earthwise 1715-16EW 16 Inch 7-Blade Push Reel Mower
- Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower With High Rear Wheels (CARB Compliant)
- Troy-Bilt TB42 42-inch 420cc Auto Drive 7-Speed Side Discharge Riding Lawn Tractor
- Troy-Bilt 382cc Powermore OHV 30-Inch Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower
- Husqvarna 961450026 LC221A 4-in-1 All Wheel Drive Mower, 21″/150cc
- Earthwise 50520 20-Inch Corded Electric Lawn Mower
- Snapper 12AVB2A2707 21″ Self Propelled Gas Powered Mower with Side Discharge, Mulching, Rear Bag and Rear High Wheel, Dual-lever Height Adjustment with Cutting Positions
- Troy-Bilt TB220 159cc 21-inch FWD Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
- EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower – 4.0Ah Battery and Charger Kit
- BLACK+DECKER MTC220 20V Lithium Ion 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and Mower, 12″
- Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower
- American Lawnmower Company Light Duty 14 inch Cutting Width Reel Mower by Great States Lawn
- WORX WG719 13 Amp Caster Wheeled Electric Lawn Mower, 19-Inch
- Troy-Bilt WC33 420cc 33-inch Wide Cut RWD Lawn Mower With Electric Start
For the moment we will ignore the power source of the lawnmower and concentrate on the cutting systems as this is the most important for lawn quality. In general there are two different types of cutting systems for lawn mowers.
A cylinder lawn mower or reel mower has anywhere between five to twelve exposed blades at the front of the mower that rotate trapping and slicing the grass blades against a fixed bottom plate like a pair of scissors. The more blades there are the better the cut. The grass box is at the front.
The downside of this cutting system is that it works best on a low or short cut and will NOT cut long grass. This means frequent mowing, usually twice a week, but at least once a week in the lawn growing season to ensure a good cut.
Rotary lawn mowers have one very high speed rotating blade underneath. The blade ‘chops’ the grass on impact due to its very high speed. Most rotary mowers have the grass box behind with a few having an integral grass box. These mowers work best on a medium to high cut.
You can get variations on these such as ride on mowers or tractor mowers which are just larger ride on versions. The hover mower is very common domestically and are similar to rotary mowers but without wheels. Some people still use hand mowers which are similar to cylinder mowers with you as the power source.
Quality of Grass Cutting
The quality of cut due to the slicing ‘scissor’ type action of the cylinder lawn mower, if maintained correctly, is superior to that of the ‘chopping’ or ‘smashing’ action of a rotary mower.
However, a rotary mower with sharp blades and sufficient power produces a sufficiently good cut that most people would not know the difference; particularly when you take into account all the other imperfections that exist in a lawn.
The best way to explain the ‘quality of cut thing’ is to think about a bottle of wine. A very good wine might cost £20 to £30 a bottle. An extra-ordinary wine might cost £200 a bottle. How many of us could tell the difference? It’s no different with a good quality rotary versus a good cylinder mower.
In addition, the blades of a cylinder mower need periodic and precise adjustment to maintain the quality of cut. If this is not done properly it will cause the mower to ‘chew’ the grass producing an exceptionally poor cut – far worse than a blunt rotary mower! If you don’t want to fiddle or are not mechanically minded this is as good a reason as any to stay away from cylinder mowers.
Mower Height Adjustment
Perhaps a more important difference between rotary mowers and cylinder mowers is the range and type of height adjustment. A quality cylinder lawnmower can ‘shave’ as close as 3/16” and can be raised up to about an inch without too much loss of mowing quality. A typical rotary lawnmower on the other hand won’t go much below 1/2” and can be raised up to perhaps 3” or even 4” without deterioration in cut.
The narrow range of height adjustment on a cylinder mower often means mowing at least twice a week in the growing season to keep within the ‘one third rule’. This also enables the mower to work properly and cut the grass cleanly. For your information, bowling and golf greens are usually cut every one to two days in the playing season!
The one third rule: never remove more than one third of the grass lead on any one cut
The type of height adjustment is either on a screw thread (offering infinite positions) or lever action with set positions. The number of settings is important because it determines the change in cutting height from one setting to the next.
The more settings generally means smaller changes in cutting height which may also improve the highest and lowest settings. A mower with five settings is good with seven settings being excellent. Ride ons can often have ten or more settings.
Now, the typical lawn with its surface imperfections, perhaps poor drainage, shade, trees and roots, kids and dogs, even if of superb quality, with lots of TLC will always be greener and healthier cut at or above 1”………..
This means using a rotary mower!
Once you start mowing below ¾” your lawn needs to be ultra level to prevent scalping and should be the very fine bristle like grasses. You also need to know what you are doing so, as far as Lawnsmith is concerned, cylinder mowers are for serious amateur gardeners and lawn enthusiasts; rotary mowers are for normal people!