In England, there is a saying that the ideal lawn becomes only after 200 years of constant mowing. It is unlikely that our owners will wait so much time, because with proper care, the lawn will certainly thank you with a thick and juicy covering already in the next season. Grass is like hair: the more you cut it, the thicker it becomes. All that remains is to choose the right scissors. It is not even worth mentioning the old grandfather's spit, because you cannot achieve a smooth lawn with it. And with the abundance of today's technology, few people dare to get up at dawn to wave a scythe until the dew subsides. There is only one way left - to buy special equipment. In the store, all hairdressing tools are conditionally divided into 2 groups: gasoline and electric models. Let's figure out how to choose a lawn mower, taking into account the design features, the type of your site and the amount of work to be done.
What types of lawn mowers are there?
According to the concept of a lawn mower, all equipment is suitable that helps to deal with lush vegetation. In fact, there are three options for such a tool: a trimmer, a brushcutter and a lawn mower itself. Each of them is designed for specific tasks.
The trimmer and brushcutter are very similar in shape, so many sellers believe that these are synonymous words. Both tools have a bar, a motor and a cutting head. They work with both, putting on special straps on the shoulder and holding the technique in their hands.
Now for the differences. Trimmers are less powerful and cut the grass with line (line). They are suitable for mowing grass and weeds under trees, for lawns with uneven terrain, etc.
Trimmers are lightweight and feature a line-style cutting tool
Motocars are more powerful and can cope with shrub growth, thick weeds, such as burdock or nettle, etc. Their cutting part is equipped with knives, although the line can also be used. During operation, the brushcutter hums more and the load on the hands is more significant. But trimmers use less gasoline.
Brush cutters are more powerful than trimmers, and the cutting tools in them are knives
The most voluminous type of tool is a lawn mower. It is a cart with a motor (or without it in mechanical models), which moves on wheels and cuts the grass with knives. The person controls the tool with a handle. This option cannot be called the best lawn mower for a summer residence, because it is designed only for flat, well-groomed areas where there are no trees or shrubs. This volumetric unit will not be able to mow the grass close to them. Another disadvantage is that he does not like rocky areas.
The lawnmower is designed for mowing grass on a level surface without stones
Therefore, it is not bad if the farm has both types of scythe: a trimmer (or brushcutter) for hard-to-reach and hilly places and a lawn mower for flat areas. We have already considered trimmers in more detail. Now let's try to figure out which lawn mower is better.
Comparing gasoline and electric units
Criterion # 1 - power and noise level
In terms of power, gasoline-powered lawn mowers are much stronger than electric ones. The latter are powered from the network, which means that manufacturers cannot install too powerful electric motors, otherwise the 220 W network will not withstand voltage. True, some models are additionally equipped with a battery, but it is designed for a runtime of up to 2 hours.
But the weaker the motor, the quieter it works. By mowing the area with a gasoline unit, you will feel what the roar of the engine is. No wonder the accessories for the most powerful lawn mowers include headphones.
When working with a petrol mower, be sure to wear headphones to protect your hearing from strong noise.
By the way, the maximum power in gasoline models can cause a car breakdown. Imagine that you are mowing an area with a medium-strength scythe, and a pebble or bone brought by a dog accidentally falls under the knife. How does the engine react? Deaf! The stone is taken out and calmly mowed on. If the same object manages to get under a powerful gasoline lawn mower, then the horse power will be enough to turn the jammed knives further. As a result, the cutting mechanism finally bends, causes deformation of the shaft and breaks the bushings. It smacks of a major overhaul!
For summer cottage needs, gasoline engines with 6-7 horses are quite enough, therefore, before choosing a gasoline lawn mower of a higher power, think about whether you have pitfalls in your area that will provoke such breakdowns.
When choosing a lawn mower, you should not chase high-power motors, because they take a lot of gasoline and are difficult to drive.
Criterion # 2 - performance
Performance is, of course, tied to power. Large and medium-sized areas are easier to mow with gasoline models, because they can work for a long time without stopping. The electric motor will not stand this pace. They work for about 15 minutes, and then they are allowed to rest in order to avoid overheating of the mechanism. Those. this power is enough for a lawn in front of the house, but hardly for mowing 10 acres. Also, consider the distance from the power source before choosing an electric lawn mower. The standard size of the unit cord is no more than 20 meters. And if you need to mow 50 meters from the outlet, then you will have to buy more than 30 meters of extension cord. A good cable + automation + the cost of the mower itself = the price of a medium-power gasoline model. So is it worth it to be tied to a wired unit, if for this cost you can buy a free, not tied horse.
The electric mower is tied to the mains, therefore it requires an additional cable in large areas
Criterion # 3 - service
But in terms of maintenance, electric models are much simpler. They do not require constant monitoring of the oil and gasoline level, therefore, for people who are poorly versed in the intricacies of pouring liquids into motors, it is better to buy an electric option.
Criterion # 4 - security level
If you analyze which lawn mower should be chosen according to the level of safety, then both options have their drawbacks. So, gasoline models are not encouraging with the amount of exhaust gases that the mower will have to inhale one way or another, especially when processing small areas. Electric units have no harmful emissions, but they cannot be used in wet weather. In addition, with careless handling, there are cases when the cutting part runs over the cable and cut it, which can be dangerous. And yet, if, according to the instructions, you mow only in rubber boots, then it is more comfortable to work with an electric mower.
Criterion # 5 - unit weight
When choosing a gasoline lawn mower, consider who will have to work with it. Due to the powerful motor, this unit has a significant weight, and it is harder to control it than the electric version. The load on the hands is great, which means that it will be difficult for women, adolescents and old people to work with such equipment. Electric models are more maneuverable, easier to drive and run smoother. The mower can only direct the trolley in the right direction.
What to look for when buying a specific model?
If you have already decided which lawn mower to give preference to - gasoline or electric, pay attention to certain nuances when buying, which relate to both types of units.
Availability and quality of the collection box
Many models are equipped with a grass catcher, where vegetation cut by knives falls. The advantage of such a device is that after mowing, you do not need to additionally rake the grass, but you will periodically have to stop work to empty the full bag.
In soft collectors, it is easier to control the grass fill level
The grass collectors are available in two versions: soft (mesh) and rigid (plastic). In soft ones, it is easier to control the filling level: as soon as the bag stops swelling when air is supplied, it means that it is already full. Do not check a plastic container like this. But when mowing wet grass, the second option is definitely more convenient, because wet blades of grass stick to the walls of the mesh and clog it so much that you will have to wash the bag after work, or even vacuum it.
Some lawn mowers have a device that finely crushes everything that gets inside and throws it out as mulch to feed the lawn. Seems to be a useful addition, but! A good mulch is obtained only when mowing completely dry soft grass. If you mow a wet lawn, then the mulching material gets knocked into lumps. Lumps scattered over the lawn clog the roots of the grass and prevent it from growing normally. As a result, bald spots can form on your lawn. In addition, excess mulch leads to the accumulation of so-called felt, which gradually rises higher and interferes with the normal growth of the grass. You will have to scoop up the entire lawn to remove the excess.
The mulching function is useful only for those owners who do not care about the quality of the lawn. This relieves them of the need to take out the mown vegetation somewhere.
Side discharge of grass
This is a useful feature for places where you need to cut grass on the side of the road.
Front wheel drive or rear wheel drive models (for gasoline lawn mowers)
There are two types of drive in gasoline units. The front is easier to control. With this technique, you can turn around right on the spot, without turning off the motor. But when the catcher is full, or the grass is heavy (wet, tall), you will have to constantly push the mower to keep it moving. Rear-wheel drive models practically do not slip, but in order to deploy them, the wheel drive lever must be turned off.
Front wheel drive lawn mowers are more maneuverable, but may slip when the bag is full
Grass cutting height adjuster
If you have to deal with different areas, then this function is convenient, especially since the adjustment takes no more than 3 minutes. In the event that the equipment will constantly mow the same area, the same height is usually set, which means there is no point in overpaying for the regulator.
There is no consensus on what the best lawn mowers look like. Any model can become an excellent assistant in the household if it was selected taking into account the above tips, and not only by the manufacturer's brand and price.
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How to choose a lawn mower and which is better: electric versus gasoline
You cannot create an English lawn in front of the house with a grandfather's scythe. A special tool is needed here, and a modern one is better - a trimmer or a lawn mower. Both can be electric or gas-powered, and the advantages and disadvantages of both types are obvious.
Electrical devices are environmentally friendly, lighter and quieter, but you won't go further than the length of the cord. A gasoline lawn mower means complete freedom of action, great power, and at the same time noise, exhaust fumes and the need to fiddle with fuel. There is also a class of lawn mowers that combines the environmental safety of electric devices and the mobility of gasoline-powered ones - rechargeable. Typically, a single battery can cover a relatively small area, but there is no need to monitor the power cord or breathe in exhaust fumes. Trimmers usually do auxiliary work, treating small areas, heavily overgrown areas or nooks that more bulky equipment cannot crawl through. The main concern for creating a lawn falls on four-wheel lawn mowers - only with good support, on all four wheels, you can accurately adjust the cutting height and achieve ideal quality.
Fans of electric technology will surely love electric lawn mowers, which are usually recommended for picking up under a small lawn close to a house or other source of electricity.
They differ in working width and engine power. Among these cars there are simple non-self-propelled models and those that drive themselves.
More expensive models are equipped with central adjustment. Their cost will be about 8-9 thousand rubles, lever ones - from 2.5 and higher.
These lawn mowers are much lighter than gasoline mowers, so they are often chosen by people who have a small reserve of physical strength, including retirees.
The disadvantages of such a technique are the constant binding of the mower operator to the network, a short operating time, and dependence on electricity voltage drops.
Electric or gasoline
If we compare which lawn mower, gasoline or any other, is preferable, then the main criterion is often the area of the site. Obviously, electric or manual will not cope even with 1 / 10th of a hectare. But do not chase excessive performance, there may be the maximum that is needed for your "6 acres" - an electric trimmer or even a brushcutter.
Gasoline technology has the following undeniable advantages:
- high power and performance
- full autonomy
- not afraid of wet weather.
But you have to pay for them, here are its main disadvantages:
- high noise level
- relatively difficult management
- fuel is required for operation, 2-stroke engines need a mixture of gasoline and oil
- expensive repairs, complex settings and adjustments.
Gas mowers use 2-stroke, less often 4-stroke engines with a resource of 500-700 or 1500-2000 hours, respectively, after which it will need major repairs, and therefore spare parts.
Electric models the resource is about the same, but the repair is much easier. Usually you just need to change the carbon brushes, which will take no more than 5 minutes, sometimes the bearings fail. This is somewhat more difficult, but it is also done on your own, very quickly and inexpensively.
Analyzing which technique is best suited for a small area, you should pay attention to electric mowers - their advantages are obvious:
- noiseless operation, which means "peace, friendship" with neighbors
- environmental friendliness, which is important for giving
- no fuel needed
- Ease of Management.
But we must not forget about the disadvantages:
- when powered from a household network, their processing radius is limited by the length of the wire to the generator or outlet
- on cordless lawn mowers, the battery capacity is too low for a long mow, and it takes much longer to charge than it works
- a cordless lawnmower, either mains powered or hybrid, have a common disadvantage - using or leaving them in the rain is unacceptable
- rechargeable batteries are more than twice as expensive as network electric ones.