Written on 30/03/2020 by Erika C.
Lawnmower | trimmer | Mowers: definitive guide 2020
When you see a well-maintained garden or lawn, keep in mind that there are careful care and maintenance work behind it. However, with the right tools, you can achieve formidable results with minimal effort. Considering this, the lawnmower, mower or trimmer, is a tool designed for the care and maintenance of gardens and lawns. There are many types and models on the market, but there are also doubts concerning this too. Therefore, Lineonline has developed a complete guide that covers as many aspects as possible, so that you can have a broad and clear vision of this tool.
How to choose the lawnmower
With so many options, especially on the Internet, the decision to buy any product (which is one) can seem like an impossible task. To begin with, we tell you that the first thing to do is to base your choice on the surface area of your garden or the area you are interested in treating:
- For areas from 200 up to 500 square metres, a battery-powered lawnmower would be ideal because the space to treat is small and you probably won't need to recharge the battery several times, wasting time during use.
- For areas from 500 up to 1600 square metres, it would be more appropriate to choose an electric lawnmower with a wire long enough to move freely. If the surface is close to 1600 square metres, we recommend an internal combustion engine.
Electric wire lawnmower
The electric mower is equipped with a cable and must be connected to the power outlet; it is the optimal solution for those who are looking for a lightweight, handy and low-maintenance mower. The electric mower does not require any special cleaning and is very easy to use. One of the few things you will have to keep in mind is that you will have to stay close to an electrical outlet. But, this will be compensated by the fact that the electric mower is very quiet and does not emit any unpleasant odours so that you can use it quietly in community gardens or populated places.
The petrol mower is the best solution if you are looking for a powerful tool that gives you maximum freedom of movement at the same time. This type is also suitable for large areas because you won't need to recharge the battery or be restricted by the electrical outlet. The petrol mower is also ideal for more frequent and more "delicate" uses. For example, if you need to treat more difficult lawns, as in the case of lawns with rustic grass or tall, thick stems, the petrol engine is the top of the engines you can choose in terms of both power and performance. However, we must admit that such an engine requires more maintenance with periodic changes of spare parts ... But we assure you that the game is worth playing!
The battery-operated lawnmower, not being connected to any electrical cable, offers full freedom of movement. Its range of action is quite wide, and the batteries are rechargeable: you won't have to throw them away. And on our website, you will have the possibility to buy one battery that fits several gardening tools and power tools in general. You will find different types of batteries on the market, but generally, those that have a longer autonomy time are lithium batteries with about 500 recharge cycles!
The manual lawnmower is the first type to be launched on the market, and even today, it is one of the most accessible ones because it has a lower price than the more technical models. It continues to be sold because it is the best solution for those people who don't want to dedicate time to maintenance and changing accessories such as air filter or spark plugs...Since it has no engine, you need to sharpen the blades periodically and some models, even have the mulching cutting system. The manual lawnmower is suitable for treating small gardens or in general surfaces that do not exceed 100/150 square metres. Not having a tank or power cord, it is super light and easily transportable.
The push lawnmower is a type of lawnmower that requires a person to push it and direct it. The difference between this and manual lawnmowers is that the manual has no motor, while the push mower can also be equipped with an internal combustion engine. In short, it is the perfect mix for those who love the classic and the tradition but need at the same time super high performance, that only an internal combustion engine can guarantee.
Automatic or self-propelled trailed lawnmower
The automatic or self-propelled lawnmower is one of the most comfortable tools ever: there is no need for anyone to push it and for this reason, it is recommended in case of uneven surfaces or terrain with hollows and potholes. It allows a more comfortable and faster work: you won't risk to fall or hurt yourself. Still, you have to take into account that these models are more expensive, and if it has traction failures, it would be more appropriate to replace the automatic lawnmower directly. Luckily Lineonline will give you access only to high quality and long-lasting models in terms of maintenance and warranty.
The lawnmower with the mulching system has particular shape blades, and body conformation, so it is possible to crumble the grass into tiny fragments that are released on the ground so that they can perform the function of fertilizer. This system is ideal for those who need to mow the lawn once or twice a week (quite often) and are looking for natural fertilizer. If you opt for a lawnmower with this function, however, you should keep in mind that it would be advisable to air the soil at least once or twice a year, to prevent the formation of a covert that prevents water from being absorbed by the soil.
Lawnmower: Quick guide for smart shopping
Below are additional factors to take into account if you want to buy a lawnmower:
Power: Power is one of the first things to look at because it has to do with the performance of the lawnmower and therefore the ability to clear out thick, tough grass: the more powerful the machine is, the easier it will be to clean up your garden. The power is measured in Watts for electric machines (with wire) and horsepower for those equipped with a motor and generally ranges from 900 to 1200 W for smaller gardens (200 sqm), up to 1600 W for larger gardens (1000 sqm). For models equipped with an internal combustion engine, on the other hand, these values vary from 100 to 125 cc for yards of about 200-500 square metres up to over 150 cc for areas from 1000 to 1600 square metres.
Type of traction: traction can be either pushing, implying the presence of an operator who exerts a force on the machine, or self-propelled which is capable of advancing thanks to the traction of the motor.
Type of cut: there are three types
- helical blade that guarantees a uniform and precise cut and is in fact used to treat golf courses
- rotating blade which is the most widespread because it is resistant and easy to clean and sharpen: the cut will not be perfect, but it is the ideal solution when the ground to be treated is challenging and has stubbly weeds or stones
- finned blade that turns creating a flow of air and is the top for those who have to work on sloping terrain because despite the difficulty in treating them, still ensures an optimal result
The width and cutting height: as far as width is concerned, the wider the width, the more you will cut. While the cutting height can be adjusted using a lever on the frame and handlebar and is a somewhat subjective feature, depending on how you want to keep your lawn: in any case, it ranges from a minimum of 16 mm to a maximum of about 102 mm.
Type of harvesting: also this point branches off into three types
- Rear discharge: the discharge represented by a plastic container or canvas bag at the back of the machine, where the freshly mowed grass is automatically collected. The larger the container is, the more comfortable your work will be, since you won't have to take breaks to empty it.
- Side discharge: the side discharge is ideal for those who don't want to waste time emptying the collection basket and prefer to have the cut grass ejected laterally so that they can work quickly, and then only rake the remains later.
- Mulching cutting: this type of harvesting has already been mentioned above, but for a matter of order, we will bring it back again; it is a valid option for those who prefer to fertilize their lawn in a natural way and... Don't worry! There won't be any problems from the aesthetic point of view of the lawn, because the grass will be finely chopped and you won't even notice the remains of the mowing.
Lawnmower accessories: for proper maintenance
The lawnmower does not require complicated maintenance operations. Still, if you want the machine to work at full capacity, you should periodically check its components and clean or replace them when necessary. If you already check the oil level often and take care to replace the spark plugs, you're already halfway there... By browsing our online catalogue, you'll find all the accessories you need to bring your favourite lawnmower back to life!
Lawnmower prices vary depending on the technology it features: they range from 60 euros to over 600 euros for the most advanced models. Usually, the cheapest model is the manual one, while an internal combustion engine generally powers the one with a higher cost. This engine guarantees very high performance but at a price: the noise. The more powerful an engine is, the more it will tend to be noisy, but if you have essential needs, you will be able to overlook this detail, because the result will surprise you. If you need to treat large areas, we advise you to evaluate the price component. A high-performance mower will last much longer, and with a more substantial investment, you will certainly not regret it in the future: quality is priceless!