A Comprehensive Guide to Lawn Mowers

by Christian Rogers | Updated 02/01/21
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A Brief History of the Lawn Mower

The modern lawn mower is a power-driven, human-powered equipment used to cut grass. A wide range of push reel, rotary blade and gasoline machines exist in different sizes and designs for home and professional use. Smaller mowers are made for yards and smaller areas, while larger machines tend to be more powerful, with wider cutting decks. Because lawn mowing is a necessary maintenance activity of a residential or commercial property, some mowers are built with grass collection capabilities to make it easy to collect grass clippings.

World's First Motorised Lawnmower

The first lawn mower was invented in 1830 by Edwin Budding and used a roller and reel system. It cut an area of 40 acres per hour and was able to be pulled by one horse. It was called the “Rotary Mower” and could handle long grasses such as wheat and rye. Budding’s invention was a success and was mass-produced for many years. In 1830, another lawn mower was invented that used a scissors design. It was similar to the Rotary Mower, but instead of having only one roller it had two, placed close together. This allowed the machine to get closer to objects on both sides of it. Later, in 1880 George B Seldon made an improvement to this design by increasing the area that the blades could cut in one pass from 12 inch (30 cm) to 18 inch (46 cm).

Budding also invented the first lawn mower with a safety device to stop the blades from spinning if something became lodged in them. Budding’s safety device used a system of levers made out of wood and turned by wheels. The mower was powered by a belt or pulley that also carried the cutting blades. This design would remain unchanged until 1885 when Edwin J Hill invented the safety brake for his Lawn Mower. The Hill Mower was powered by a belt and used two wheels to rotate the arm that fed material into the mower. The machine, however, had trouble cutting grass on irregular surfaces and required regular maintenance. This would soon lead to the development of two new designs in 1889 that allowed for greater production speed as well as reliability.

William Briggs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania invented and sold the first successful gasoline powered lawn mower in 1889. His machine was not very sophisticated but it worked and became a commercial success. It is believed that this design remained unchanged for the next 20 years; however, Briggs’ machine was refined by various companies to make the engine more powerful and produce a higher rate of cut. In 1899, F T Denero set up the Denero Mowing Company, which produced a sturdy lawn mower that could handle rough terrain and offered an adjustable cutting height. This model was soon mass-produced by Charles H Murray with the Murray Mower Co.. Murray’s machine was also the first to feature a separate “card” that fed the grass into the mower, which was soon improved upon by other manufacturers to save time.

By 1900, “France” had become synonymous with lawn mowers – it was the first word in newspaper ads for most models and most of the advertising copy. The number of “French” lawn mowers sold had increased six-fold from 1896 to 1899 and accelerated through 1904. In 1909, John Deere introduced their first push-type rectangular mower, which would rapidly become a staple of American residential gardens. The company’s mowers were branded with the slogan “Nothing Runs Like a Deere”, which eventually became an American idiom, used to promote other products. Also in 1909, International Harvester introduced the F-M Lawn Mower. In 1917 a self-propelled model was introduced and within two years became IHC’s top selling product. The design would remain unchanged for half a century and become one of the most recognizable products in American history and one of IHC’s best selling products.

The first modern riding lawn mower was invented by Edwin Budding in 1827. Riding lawn mowers are self-propelled, gasoline-powered machines that have a seat and handle bars for the operator. They may be either push mowers or self-propelled. The most commonly used lawn mower in the United States is a power rotary push reel or riding mower with a cutting width of about . For home use, the walking or “push” reel mowers are more popular because they are lighter, easier to use and easier to store as compared to a power rotary push reel mower.

The self-propelled models have a drive that powers the mower’s rear wheels, giving them the ability to move on their own. These self-powered lawnmowers powered by a gasoline engine are also called push reel lawn tractors. For an example of a push reel lawn tractor, see Example of a Lawn Tractor. This machine needs to be filled with fuel (gasoline) and then refueled regularly as it uses gasoline as the chemical energy source for its engine. The cutting height adjustment on a lawn mower is needed for the mower to cut evenly and to maintain a specific height. Most modern (and even classic) push reel lawn tractors are designed so that the operator can adjust or regulate the cutting height easily with one hand. A free floating handle bar with an adjustable wheel drive mechanism is supported by its mounting on notches on the side of the machine frame, providing steering control and making it easier to adjust the height of cutting as needed.

What are the different types of lawn mowers available today?

There are several different types of lawn mowers available today. The first factor that a person should consider is the size of the lawn. The following table lists the different types of lawn mowers and their use.
A person can also choose the type of lawn mower that would suit their specific needs.

Reel Mowers:

push reel mower

Reel mowers are very effective on small places. They require no fuel and little maintenance. The cuttings are blown back to the lawn by a rotating reel, giving them their name. They are also called push reel mowers. These are inexpensive and easy to manage. They come with 3 blade rotary models or those with 4 blades so that the grass leaves will not fall back into the lawn but will rather be blown away by the wind. This is also better to prevent bald patches in your lawn.

Self-propelled or push reel mowers:

gas powered cylinder mower

These are also known as push reel lawn tractors, Push reel mowers are much more powerful that Reel mower. They are really best for larger lawns and require more care in maintaining them. The grass is cut close to the ground and the clippings blow away with the wind.

Rotary Mowers:

Gas Lawn Mower

Rotary mowers are used when you have a large lawn and would be better off with a rotary cutter than a reel cutter. This kind of mower cuts at an angle, which makes it easier on your back at times. This machine has blades on both sides. There are also some models that have a design with three blades.

Cordless or battery powered mowers:

Greenworks PRO 21-Inch 80V Cordless battery Lawn Mower,

These are also known as battery mowers since they do not need gasoline to run them. They come in different types and use a battery to run the machine. Cordless mowers are more effective and less expensive than their predecessors. They are easier to maintain and easy to store. They cut faster than other options, so that it would be a better option if you have a big lawn,

Hybrid lawn mower:

Sun Joe iON 40V Hybrid Cordless Battery or Electric Corded 16

This is a mixture of electric motors and gas motors in one machine; it cuts with more strength than normal ones. It is designed for a large lawn and gives it the best cuts.

Riding Mower:

riding mower

Riding mowers are generally used on large grass areas. They offer added convenience since they are entirely powered by the operator. Riding mowers may also be used on small residential gardens and yards.  There are numerous types of riding mowers that vary in features, size and price, but are generally much more expensive than residential push mowers due to their size and technical capabilities.

Lawn tractors and lawn sweepers:

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These are used for large lawns. They can be used to trim, edge, cut, cultivate and mulch. But they do not offer the same convenience that a reel mower does. A lawn tractor is usually more powerful than a reel mower, so it is cost-effective to own one if you have a large lawn. The biggest problem with lawn tractors though is that they require more maintenance than a reel mower because of their weight and height.

Lawn sweepers are small versions of lawn tractors and come with wheels in the rear so you will not need to use ropes or straps to pull the machine along while collecting grass clippings.

Lawn Mower Safety

Environmental Health and Safety Lawn Mowing Safety

A lawn mower can be a dangerous machine. This is mainly due to the cutting equipment such as blades, fast moving parts and gasoline. Since you will need to regularly use this machine, following some safety tips can ensure a safe time when working around or with it.

Keep the blade in good condition:

The mower should be kept in good condition and repairs are made before being used by someone else. The blade should be sharp and properly maintained after use. Regular inspections of the cutting deck should be made so that any cracks or loose bolts are discovered right away. If there is any damage, repairs should be made immediately so that your next cut is as safe as possible.

Wear protective gear:

It is not just the machine that can be dangerous with a lawn mower; the environment around it can also be potentially harmful. For example, wearing safety glasses and earmuffs can help protect your eyes and ears from flying debris and lawn mower noise.

Use a shed or garage:

To prevent injuries and accidents, use a shed or garage to keep your mower in. This will keep you safe from curious children, animals and any other hazards that might come up. It will also help prevent loss of the machine due to theft if it is kept in an area where it may not be visible to passersby.

Never leave the mower unattended:

A lawn mower should not be left unattended while running. This can lead to serious injuries if you are hit by the machine or if it is stolen by someone else. If it does need to be set down while you are working, turn it off and take the key out so that no one can inadvertently start it up.

Secure the area:

Use heavy objects such as bricks or stakes in order to prevent anyone from running into the mower while using it. You may also want to place a fence around your yard and make sure that all gates are closed so that children or pets can’t get near the machine and possibly become injured by it.

Ride at an appropriate speed:

Lawn mowers usually operate at a faster rate than you would need in order to do your job. You can become injured if you try to mow the lawn before the proper speed is reached. Instead, start off slowly and work your way up in speed as necessary.

Mow only grass, not weeds:

It is important that you do not mow your yard with a lawn mower if it contains any weeds. If you do, you may end up shredding the weeds along with the grass. This can lead to an injury or damage to the mower.

Take care of your lawn mower:

When not in use, clean and store your mower properly. Even the best machines need upkeep and maintenance in order to keep working properly.

Environmental Impact from Using Lawn Mowers

Using lawn mowers can be harmful to the environment and to other species living in the area. Mowing lawns can remove grasses, which act as food for many species of insects, birds and mammals. This includes bees and butterflies, which are necessary for pollination and growth. Mowers can also lead to erosion, where grasslands are destroyed by wind or water. This is particularly harmful on coral reefs, such as those in Indonesia or Australia, because it leads to destruction of reef-building organisms that have developed over thousands of years There are also indirect effects from mowing, such as noise pollution that disturbs wildlife.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a standard for environmentally acceptable noise levels for home lawn mowers, according to the The Wall Street Journal. There are different standards for residential lawn mowers in California and in Oregon, however no state has yet set limits on household lawnmower noise.

The EPA is also concerned about greenhouse gas emissions from lawn mowers because they represent a significant source of air pollution and contribute to climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Emissions from using a typical residential lawn mower per year contribute about 3 percent to total electricity usage in the United States, and increased use of such machines may lead to higher electricity bills for homeowners due to rising electric rates.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy and groups such as the Gasoline Engine Manufacturers Association are working on different ways to improve lawn mower technology in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise levels while still providing a satisfying experience for users.

One way that the EPA has been trying to decrease greenhouse gas emissions is by working with the Gasoline Engine Manufacturers Association to improve engines over time. This includes developing smaller engines that are more sensitive to changes in fuel quality so that they can burn cleaner fuels, such as natural gas or alcohol made from corn or wood ethanol, rather than gasoline.

The EPA is also working with the Gasoline Engine Manufacturers Association on a lawn mower pollution control program that includes air pollution standards for models that are manufactured after 1997. This will allow manufacturers to continue producing and selling older models, while meeting new emissions standards in coming years.

The EPA is also working with the industry to provide owner’s manuals with information about how to maintain a clean fuel system, which is essential for proper lawn mower performance. The EPA may also work on setting new standards for ethanol-blended fuels, which could require an additive that helps prevent gasoline from evaporating when it is stored in tanks, according to the The Wall Street Journal.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Consumer Reports have not evaluated a lawn mower for crashworthiness. Still, Consumer Reports ranked 10 popular models on their quality and features using criteria that included cutting ability, ease of use, maneuverability and noise level.

What are the top lawn mower brands?

Toro lawn mower brand is one of the world’s largest and most respected manufacturer of Smart, Effective, and Easy-to-Use products that enhance how people experience their outdoor spaces. Ranked #1 in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power for 3 years in a row (2014-2016).

Toro 22 in. Self Propelled Lawn Mowe

Honda lawn mowers are among the industry leaders when it comes to fuel efficient lawn mowers that are both easy to use and hard working. Honda self propelled models use Honda’s exclusive “Smart Drive” Self Propelled system which uses a single lever control to adjust how much power you need each time you mow the lawn.

Snapper lawn mowers are the leading brand in the Professional turf and landscape industry, which is why you will find this brand in ninety percent of service shops around the country. The Snapper line of products is sold and serviced through a network of over five hundred Snapper Dealers across North America.

MTD products are manufactured by MTD Products, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kohler Co. Since 1968, MTD Products has offered a broad line of outdoor power equipment to consumers looking to improve their quality of life through outdoor living and home maintenance.

Ryobi makes a line of rechargeable batteries, power tools, string trimmers and lawn mowers. In 2011, Ryobi opened a new manufacturing facility in Springfield, MO. The facility is the headquarters for the North American operations of Japanese manufacturer Hitachi Power Tools.

Husqvarna is a leading producer of outdoor power products. With unique technology and innovative solutions, Husqvarna creates high-quality products for consumers and professionals around the world who expect the highest standard in quality, functionality, safety and design.

ECHO is a worldwide leader dedicated to developing outdoor power equipment that gives people better ways to do more work – faster, easier and more safely. ECHO’s products are sold in more than 40 countries and through a network of Authorized Dealers.

How to start a lawn mower?

The first thing that you have to consider before starting up your machine is the safety measures to be taken, for your own sake and the environment.

Maintaining a safe distance:

Stand some distance away from the mower while you are in the process of starting it up or shutting it down, because it may still be in gear even when it is off .

You should not be standing directly behind the mower, but rather to the front or side of the machine while shutting it down as well. A tip to remember is that if you cannot see your feet, you are probably too close to the machine.

Starting up your lawn mower:

Make sure that your hands are always on outside handles when starting up a mower. When you have made sure that your hands are on outside handles and you have adjusted them for the right height, then all that is left is to start up your mower.

Some mowers have an electric start, while others require that you pull a rope or push a button. Follow the instructions given to you in your manual on how to start up your mower.

When in doubt, ask the manufacturer. They will tell you how to start up your machine properly. Do not be tempted to run the engine for too long when starting it up for the first time if you have used it during that day.

Shutting down your lawn mower:

The same thing goes for shutting down a lawn mower as is done for starting it up, except that you need to be much more careful while doing so.

How to remove a lawn mower blade ?

how to remove a lawn mower blade

To remove the blade from your lawn mower, follow these steps:

1. Make sure that the blade is completely off the mower before you do anything else.

2. Turn your lawn mower upside down and pull up on it with one hand while pushing down on the grass catcher with your other hand until it is clear of the mower deck.

3. Pull off or pry up on the blade to lift it out of its slot in the deck and put a safety pin in its place to keep it from slipping back into place accidentally when not in use.

4. Remove the lawn mower casing from the blade and place it in a safe place.

5. Remove the rubber boot from the blade with a screwdriver or other pointed tool and put it in a safe place to keep it from becoming lost while not in use.

6. If you have an additional blade for your mower, pull that one off of its bracket on your mower and fold down its mounting arm so you can put the extra blade back into its storage slot ready for next time.

7. Put your blade in a safe place until you are ready to use it again.

8. Put the lawn mower casing back on your lawn mower and put it in a safe place where you will not forget where you put it. Make sure the blade is off before removing or replacing the casing because it may still be spinning if the engine is still running.

How to sharpen a lawn mower blade ?

How to sharpen a lawn mower blade safely

Before you begin to sharpen your blade, you should make sure that you have everything that you need readily available. You will need to use a file, spray lubricant for the blade, a cloth with which to clean it and a sharpening tool. Make sure you are in a clean and well-lit area before beginning this project so that you can see what is in front of you, for your own safety.

First, remove the blade from the lawn mower and lay it on something flat so that the bottom of the blade is more visible for sharpening. Next spray the lubricant onto either side of the blade and spread it around gently with your fingers until it coats every part of both sides evenly.

Use the file to sharpen the blade by first rolling it back and forth across one side of the blade with all the pressure you can muster. Continue until you have gone over every part of the blade to ensure that it is completely smooth and sharp.

Use the spray lubricant on your blade to make sure that it is clean for use before placing it back into your mower casing. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that after each use, you thoroughly clean your lawn mower blade before putting it away for later use. If you don’t do this, small grains of metal may remain on its surface which could cause corrosion or clogging over time.

Once the blade is sharp, you can put it away in its storage slot.

How to clean a lawn mower deck?

How to Clean the Underside Deck of Your Lawn Mower

You should always keep your grass catcher on your yard mower deck clean and free of debris so that it does not become clogged and hinder the performance of your lawn mower.

Your grass catcher serves two purposes in this regard: First, it is a great place to store any debris that may fall into your blade while cutting, which will eventually find its way into the grass itself and cause damage.

Second, your grass catcher serves as a way to keep clipping or grass trimmings from being thrown into the air and possibly damaging the blades of other machines that operate on the same grounds.

Grass catcher removal:

When removing your grass with the help of this storage device, follow these steps:

1. Locate the lawn mower deck in question. Next locate any cables connected to it as well as any screws that may be holding it together.

2. Once you have located all of these items and are sure that they are all secured, remove them from their places and place them aside for safe keeping for later use.

3. Each of your mower deck’s sides should have a lever that can be pulled up and out by hand. Pull the lever up to remove the side of the deck from its place, then pull it out and put it aside for later use.

4. When you are through removing items from your lawn mower’s casing, you can replace them back into the casing, making sure to replace all of the items included with your mower when putting together or replacing it for next time.

5. Once everything is properly maneuvered back into place, close up the casing as tightly as you can without damaging the components inside so they are properly secured for use in future operations.

How to change the oil in my lawn mower?

how to change lawn mower oil

To perform this task, you will need the following items:

1. A new oil filter.

2. A 4-6 quart oil can or sturdy container.

3. A funnel to help you pour the oil in and return it back into the can of container that you choose to use.

4. At least two old rags for cleaning up oil spills on your deck or floor at home, depending on how much spillage there will be while working on your lawn mower.

5. A 10-inch or longer wooden or plastic stick for digging into the grass to retrieve pieces you may have missed when using the old rags.

6. A pair of scissors to cut out any ragged parts of your grass clippings that will be left behind at the end of your project.

7. A large kitchen bowl from which to pour the oil into your oil can (or container) and a clean rag for cleaning it afterward before storing it away in a safe place for later use.

8. A clean stick (such as the ones discussed in item #6) for clearing the bottom of your heavy mower deck.

9. A lawn mower that has been off for at least 30 minutes when you begin this cleaning project so that the oil can drain from the engine before you begin to work on it.

With these items ready, follow these steps:

1. Put your oil into your kitchen bowl and add quite a bit more to it than what you need for just one use of your new mower (about 2 quarts or more).

2. If your oil doesn’t come out of containers easily, add some dishwashing liquid to it as well for easier pouring. If you don’t have either of these items at home, add a little petroleum jelly to it for easier pouring.

3. Pour the oil into your lawn mower’s engine and overflow the oil container with the one that it has been sitting in all day next door to the engine on your lawn mower.

4. Clean up any excess oil on your deck with your old rags (if you used them) before putting them away in a safe place for later use.

5. Gently but firmly work the crud and grass stuck to your deck or floor around with a clean stick so that it can easily be cleaned up afterwards without much effort from you later on in this project.

6. Throw away your old oil filter when you have finished changing the oil in your lawn mower.

7. Make sure that everything is working properly in your newly-re-oiled engine before wrapping up this project for the day. It may take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour for the new oil to settle into place inside of your engine, so make sure that it has been run on high enough speed for a few minutes before shutting it off and putting you mower away so that you can begin the final cleaning process while it is still flowing through its system.
8. Use your rags to clean up any excess oil in your mower engine, then place it where you will remember it.

9. Use your old rags to wipe off the extra oil from your mower deck and any other parts of it with which you have come into contact while working on this project.

10. If you have any grass left over from the clipping that has been cut by your blade, dig a hole with the stick to put it in once you have finished cleaning up all of the excess oil around the deck of your lawn mower.

11. When you are done cleaning up all of the mess made by this project, make sure that everything is put away where you will remember it so that you do not accidentally throw away your oil filter with something else when it is time to clean up after yourself at the end of the day.

12. When putting your lawn mower away for next time, be certain that all of its parts are properly stored in a safe place where they will be readily available when you need them again.

Lawn Mower Buying Tips

how to purchase a new lawn mower

When you begin looking for a new lawnmower there are many things that you need to take into account before choosing a model.

If you are a novice mower, there are many things that you may not have considered so far, especially if the last time you had one was as a child and you just pushed it around with no care in the world for its upkeep. Now that you are older and more experienced with lawn work, there are several things to consider when getting a new mower.

One of the best places to start your search is to go straight to the professionals and ask for advice from someone who works at a lawnmower rental shop. They will be more than happy to help you by giving you advice, as well as helpful information regarding the various types of products that are available in your local area.

The most important thing is to make sure that you know what type of mower you need. Are you looking for a mower to use on a small property or one for a large property? Are you looking for a self-propelled model or simply a push mower? There are many different types of mowers out there to choose from but some may meet your needs better than others. You will want to consider how much space the machine will take up in storage when not in use, how much maintenance it requires, how much it costs and if it is worth the price before buying one.

If you have a large yard with hills and other difficult spots, then it would be wise to invest in a lawnmower that has larger wheels and handles the terrain with ease. On the other hand, if your yard is on flat ground, then it would be okay to buy a lawnmower with smaller wheels.

Electric vs. Pull Start

The next thing you should probably consider is whether or not you will need an electric start on your new mower. If you are very old or are unable to physically turn over your mower engine, then this feature will come in handy for sure.u can do to make your buying experience a good one. There are some basic things you should think about before you buy, but you should keep in mind that it is always better to buy from someone reputable than to buy from someone with low ratings. Here are some things to consider:

Does the lawn mower have enough horsepower to handle the lawn?

Many people make the mistake of buying a lawn mower with less horsepower than what their lawn requires. The next thing you should consider is how much power your lawn mower will give you. This is important because it will allow you to cut the grass quickly which saves both time and effort. You should also look at the space that the mower takes up in storage, the amount of power that it gives and its reliability before buying one.

To determine how much power your mower should give you, test out how powerful it is in the area that it will be used on your property before buying one. This way you can make an informed decision about whether or not you need to buy a more powerful model and what size property you should get the bigger one for.

To test out the power of a mower on your property or to determine if you are getting what you pay for then fill your gas tank up with fuel and hold it over an area of grass that needs cutting. If the lawnmower appears to be struggling to cut through the grass then you will likely need to purchase a mower that has more power. On the other hand, if it cuts through the grass quickly and easily you likely do not need a powerful mower in order for it to operate with ease.

Lawn Mower Features

You will also want to consider what features are most important for your lawn mower and how much power and features each machine has to offer. You will also want to know if it is easy enough to use and how much maintenance your new machine will require after each time you use it.

If you are looking for a mower that will mow large areas then it is best to purchase a self-propelled lawn mower. This type of mower is typically very expensive and will not have the same power level as one that does not have this feature.

These things include reliability, value, cost of maintenance, noise level, ease of use and style of mower’s handle/controls. There are many other things that should be taken into consideration as well when selecting a lawnmower.

How much do I want to spend?

The most important factor in choosing a lawnmower is determining your budget before beginning this process because it is impossible to choose one without knowing how much it is going to cost you before hand. you need to consider before you make a final purchase.

Also consider how well your mower has been tested before buying one. It should be put through several tests that are required by law in order for you or an authorized repair person to perform repairs on your machine. If you are not sure where these tests are performed or if they have even been done then you should make sure that your mower is serviced annually before letting it sit outside for months at a time.

When choosing a lawn mower that you will be using for an extended period of time it is important to check out the reviews. Reviews can be found online on websites such as amazon or on the manufacturer’s website. It is important to read as many reviews as possible so that you understand how big the lawn mower is before purchasing one.

If you are looking for information on how to care for and maintain your lawn mower then read the manual thoroughly before doing anything else. This will give you all of the information that you need and allow you to take proper care of your machine.

When purchasing a lawn mower make sure it is something that meets your needs but also fits into your budget.

Christian Rogers