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Push lawn mowers are ideal for small and medium size lawns


Push lawn mowers are by far the most common method for cutting grass. There are two main types of push lawn mower. First is a rotary blade lawn mower which uses a gas engine or electric motor to power a spinning blade. The second style is the reel mower. This style has been around for over 50 years and uses a horizontal shaft with several cutting blades. Older reel mowers are driven by the wheels being turned. However new models are equipped with a rechargeable electric motor.

In my opinion a reel mower is the better model of push lawn mower. I believe it is better for the grass since it uses a shearing action to cut the grass rather then a chopping motion like a rotary blade mower does. A reel style mower is also better for the environment since it doesn't require any fuel to operate.

However, some lawns are either too large or "tough" for a reel mower to be effective. Then a rotary push mower is better suited for the job. Rotary lawn mowers come in both electric and gas models. Unfortunately they aren't able to operate simply by pushing them like a reel mower can.

Until this year I have always used a rotary blade mower for my lawn until this year I tried my neighbors reel mower. Now I am considering buying one. The reel mower is quieter and much more maneuverable, and since I have a small lawn it makes the job easier.

If you have a small lawn or simply want to have a quieter lawn mower that is better for the environment a reel mower may be the best option. However if you live in the country hand have country grass a gas or electric reel mower would probably be a better choice.

Whichever style of push lawn mower you choose both will accomplish what they are designed for. Based on the size and shape of your lawn and the quality of the grass, you can choose which push mower is best for you.

Push Lawn Mowers

Husqvarna Self Propelled Mower

This variable–speed rear wheel drive mower features a Briggs & Stratton Intek engine.

Husqvarna Self Propelled Walk Behind Lawn Mower 

"Husqvarna Self Propelled Walk Behind Lawn Mower — 42in. Cutting Width, 6.75 HP"  

Dynamark High Wheel Push Mower

5 HP Briggs & Stratton® Quantum engine14in. rear wheels, 8in. front wheels22in. cut

Dynamark High Wheel Push Mower

"Dynamark High Wheel Push Mower — 22in. Cutting Width, 5 HP"  

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