What type of mower should I recommend to my customers?

Aside from the obvious feature of cutting the grass to make the lawn tidy, mowing is great for getting the air circulating through the lawn and invigorating the grass. If you do not offer lawn mowing as a service to your customers then you will probably be giving your customers some mowing advice, after all, a good quality mower is the key to a perfect lawn!

If you’re not already familiar with the available types of mower then here’s a very quick guide.

Cylinder Mowers

Any serious lawn fan would want one of these for their lawn! They are generally quite an investment, but in terms of finish quality, they cannot be beaten. The use a spinning cylinder made up of many blades that cut the grass in a scissor-like action.

They suit large, flat lawns the best although there are some new battery-powered models available which are easier to move around and suitable for smaller lawns. Out of all the options they give the best striping as they usually have a roller on the back. The cut height can be carefully controlled and often the blades can be swapped out for scarification tines etc. The blades need sharpening by a professional at least once a year (the more the better) but will give the best cut and provide the best quality finish.

Rotary Mowers

Rotary mowers come in a wide range of prices to suit any budget. They usually have two blades that spin on a horizontal axis. The cut is not quite as clean as cylinder mowers but they tend to be easy to sharpen at home which means they can be kept sharp all year. The customer can spend as little or as much as they like on a rotary mower, it is a good idea to get in touch with a local dealer who can help them choose the right machine. Ideally, your customer will get a rotary mower with four wheels and the ability to adjust the cutting height. Hover mowers have become quite popular but they do not offer the best cut quality, especially if the blades are plastic!



Whichever mower your customers own, there are a few things that you should keep reminding them to do so they get the best out of their mowers and their lawns…

  • Clean the mower after every use to prevent the build-up of clippings
  • Sharpen the blades as needed to keep the cut quality at it’s best
  • Have it serviced once a year to keep it in good condition (especially if it was quite an investment in the firs place!)

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