With the approach of heat, the choice of equipment for lawn mowing becomes more and more relevant. What do the manufacturers offer us and what criteria to rely on when choosing?
Budget dictates choice
The price of the premium segment units is not small, but its solid weight is quite justified. First of all, the independence of models and an expanded set of their abilities, including a solid working width. It is this quality that allows you to save time and effort when cutting the green lawn.
The most expensive devices — mowers with shearing knives, self-propelled machines with a variety of functions and a large width of capture, as well as lawn mowers-robots and riders, which can also drive around the suburban neighborhood.
The Viking Mr 4082 lawn rider is the optimal solution for large areas. Innovative switching forward and reverse, multi-function steel mowing mechanism with parts of the grass that make the workflow easy and convenient.
Another useful option is a wide range of grass height adjustment. It opens up space for experiments and allows you to empirically determine what kind of haircut to face your site. The three-in-one system offers several ways to recycle grass. You can “order”:
- mulching (the cut grass is crushed and returned to the lawn as fertilizer);
- release (grass without crushing brushed aside);
- accumulation (collection of mown in the grass collector).
A mandatory element of expensive lawnmowers – steel cutting deck, galvanized and therefore resistant to wear. Powder coating protects it from corrosion and increases its service life.
WOLF-Garten electric mowers are the right choice for those who appreciate silence, ease of use and environmental friendliness.
Petrol lawn mower Cub Cadet 46SPO-V has a revolutionary system MYSPEED that allows the operator to easily set the speed of the mower is the same as his own. Mowing width 46 cm. Function “three in one”, drive to the rear wheels.
Lawn mowers on an air cushion, without touching the ground, glide over the surface of the grass cover and perfectly cope with cutting grass around reservoirs and on steep slopes. Representatives of this newfangled family are in many ways similar to speed boats on an air cushion, which, as you know, not only walk on the water surface, but also “jump” to the beach. A powerful stream of air, directed downwards, lifts the mower above the ground. Though low, measured by centimeters, but still it is a flight.
The lawnmower from Husqvarna is designed on an air cushion and is equipped with a petrol engine, which allows the unit to work on slopes up to 45°.
Piloting the “flying” unit does not require much physical effort: move it from place to place as easily as move the brush of the vacuum cleaner. It is much more difficult to make a flying mower move along a given trajectory. Yes, and the quality of haircuts in fancy new items much worse than the wheel “sisters”.
Important: the height of the cut of the grass in the flying mower is adjustable in a narrow range (from 10 to 30 mm), while in conventional wheel mowers it can reach 90 mm.
The STIHL petrol trimmer has a multi-functional double handle, and the standard package includes a two-bladed knife, a saw head and a double shoulder strap.
Electric trimmer MTD EB1000B has a powerful motor (1000 W) and a split shaft, which allows the use of additional nozzles trimer Plus system. The trimmer can mow both a scaffold (width of a mowing of 38 cm), and a knife (23 cm).
An electric trimmer or a petrol pump?
The answer to this question depends largely on the area of the site, which needs a haircut. If the lawn takes no more than two acres, with the “Barber’s procedure” will cope great electric trimmer.
Important: low-power electric trimmer is only suitable for mowing low young grass, and the simplest models will not be able to work for a long time without frequent interruptions, otherwise you risk burning the engine.
Tip: to get a haircut turned into a torment, and you could bring order to even the most distant corners of the site, before the start of work buy a cable length from 15 to 30 m. This useful accessory, pay attention to appearance: the cable on the coil is much more expensive than the conventional “coil”, but for reasons of safety during operation, it will have to unwind the whole thing. So think about whether to pay more just for the convenience of storage?
The fuel pump is more free and safe to operate, because it does not have a tail in the form of a wire. But the main advantage of this technique – in its power: gasoline tool is so strong that even cope with a young Bush, and endless “smoke breaks” he does not need. However, giving preference to such equipment, it is necessary to put up not only with annoying noise and harmful exhausts, but also with constant preparation of fuel.
It is curious that the trimmer was invented by man, far from technology and horticulture, is a kind of American professional dancer. Watching the rotation of the brushes at the car wash, he came up with the principle of mowing the line, patented it and opened his own production, which in the seventies brought him fantastic profits.
The MTD 1043 petrol pump is designed for serious work. A powerful engine with a displacement of 43 cm3 and steel shaft, mounted on 6 ball bearings, easy to deal with grass and weeds and young trees. The braid has a system of easy start AST and can mow both a fishing line (mowing width 42 cm) and a knife (25.5 cm).
Lightweight trimmer GARDENA SmallCut Plus 350/23 simple in operation and convenient in the processing of the long edges of the lawn and mowing grass in tight spaces. The 10 cm long trimmer rod and the ergonomic shape of the handle guarantee a comfortable working position. A powerful engine with a displacement of 43 cm3 and steel shaft, mounted on 6 ball bearings, easy to deal with grass and weeds and young trees. The braid has a system of easy start AST and can mow both a fishing line (mowing width 42 cm) and a knife (25.5 cm).
Below or above?
It is on this principle it is very convenient to classify electric trimmers into two groups — with the upper and lower engine location. The device of the first type is similar to a rocker arm: the engine and the cutting head, being at different ends of the rod, balance each other, and the point of fastening of the belt is located so that the entire load falls not on the hands, but on the shoulder. The trimmer with the lower arrangement of the engine resembles a Golf club. It is held in the hands, so it seems heavier, although the shoulder strap and in this case helps the mower. Increasing the power of such a stick is a big problem. The stronger the motor, the greater its weight, which means less comfort when working. Another “inconvenient” nuance is that the lower location of the motor puts under the ban the work in wet weather or after rain, and the top — no. It would seem nothing: you just have to wait until the morning dew evaporates or the grass dries after precipitation, but according to the law of meanness, the wet weather can coincide with the weekend, and then the mowing will have to be postponed indefinitely.
Tip: a light trimmer with a lower engine arrangement is better to use as an auxiliary tool to the lawn mower. If it is not yet in your household, it is better to buy a trimmer with a top location. It is more productive and convenient, it can be used as the main and the only tool for working on small lawns.
The lawn mower HRG416 (Honda) is equipped with an automatic air flap, which ensures a quick and easy start.