The lawnmower was invented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830, and it was a simple push lawnmower. A decade later, lawnmowers were pulled by horses. It took another 60 years to develop mechanized ones – driven by steam.
In the 1920s, commercial-grade lawnmowers were available. Today, lawnmowers are much more advanced and come in various types.
Classification of Lawn Mowers
On a broad level lawn mowers can be classified under the following. These classifications are not written in stone and vary –
Reel Lawn Mower – In these mowers, the blades move / spin vertically. They are great for mowing small areas and are economical.
Push Lawn Mowers – A push mower is a lawnmower where you have to push it to get the work done.
Self-propelled Lawn Mower – These lawn mowers need to be pushed, they move on their own, thus reducing the effort.
Electric Lawn Mower – These mowers are powered by either corded power or by batteries.
Robotic Lawn Mowers – These are the latest additions in types of lawn mowers. They mow the lawn without you doing anything.
Gas Lawn Mower – These are powered by gas, typically used for heavy work
Riding Lawn Mowers – Rather than pushing from back or walk – behind them, you ride on these, just like you do on a golf cart.
Zero Turn Lawn Mowers – They are riding lawn mowers but with a turning radius that is effectively zero. Thus, giving them great maneuverability.
Commercial Lawn Mowers – These lawn mowers are used for commercial work – like mowing large lawns, golf courses etc.
Lawn Mower Prices
Lawnmower prices vary a lot based on parameters such as – how much area they can cover, how are they powered, riding or push etc.
Of course, as you keep adding functionalities, the price increase. For example, robot lawn mowers come in the range of $1000 – $2000 range.
If you are looking for commercial riding lawn more models / zero turn lawn mowers, the prices are of course higher.
Of course, there are always value-for-money options even in riding lawnmowers.
The commercial zero-turn lawn mowers can be priced even higher, but they are required if you plan to work on large spaces or on hills/slopes.
How Area To Be Covered Determine Lawn Mower Buying Decision
One important criterion to buy a lawnmower is to first understand what area it is going to cover and how much time you plan to spend to cover it.
Some people also use zero-turn lawn mowers even for residential uses, which ensures faster cutting.
Most lawn mowers are made to take care of small yards, good enough for residential purposes.
Add on Features / Accessories / Repairs of Lawn Mowers
Some of the popular add ons / addition functionalities in lawnmowers includes –
- Mulching capability
- Electric Start (especially for residential lawnmowers)
- Bags to collect grass
- Lawn Mower and Snow Blower Combos
Repairing of lawn mowers depends upon its complexity – while a reel lawn mower is easy to fix, a robot lawn mower would for sure need professional help.