Push Vs Self-Propelled Mowers

Hand push


          Today as environmental pollution becomes even more serious, land becomes less available and more expensive, nature becomes far and far away from human being, a smaller green lawn to a smaller home becomes more rare. In this situation these mowers are ideal for small lawn, easy to maintain, very basic, simple and the smallest in the mowers family. They use the scissors principle, their clean quiet precise cut, trim close to objects (like trees) makes for a healthier and more attractive lawn. No fuel means no pollutant, no noise pollution as compare to other mowers.Many homeowners are drawn to the bucolic charm of this mower, as it is the standard among households since the second half of the previous century in Pk.

But still cutting grass with a manual mower is hard work as it needs the force of human, especially if the grass needs more than a 1″ haircut. Push mowers are usually not as good for mowing grass on steep inclines and declines.


The one most people commonly know is a push mower, which requires the user to push a motorized blade cutter with wheels across the lawn. The reel (cylinder) lawn mower has vertical wheels along, the ‘wheels drive gears’ which rapidly spin the reel and cuts the grass. The cutting mechanism can be non-contact or contact, depending on the model. The reel mower comes in many variants and can be manual, or motorized (electric, petrol). The reel mower typically gives a very neat and even cut, but they sometimes have difficulties cutting long straws or weed. They are normally quiet, relatively cheap and easy to maintain. They are lighter, weighing 12 to 20 kg and are now available in several cutting widths 12 to 16 inches with five or six blades and 8 to 10 inch wheels. Note: According to the requirement some heavy weight roller machines can push with the help of 5 people or an animal. Cast iron gear wheels transmitted power from the rear roller to the cutting cylinder.

Self propelled

For more than 150 years, human and animal-powered machines have given way to compact equipment powered by internal combustion engines of all sizes and configurations.  Even as caring for yards and gardens become more mechanized, peoples still have a basic choice: power and speed—or muscle and patience—many options in between.  A homeowner necessity of lawn mowers today change from manual reel push mowers to technologically sophisticated mowers but Power and speed come at a price.

Over 2000 square ft lawns usually require self-propelled lawn mowers. Self-propelled lawn mowers tend to go faster and have more features than push mowers i.e. stronger power source which allow the blades on the mower to spin more quickly, cutting the grass more effectively. While use of a self propelled lawn mower will not cut the lawn on its own, it makes the process easier as the user simply has to guide the device over the lawn.  This feature is especially useful when there are steep slopes as well as when grass is tall and thick.

A hand push mower requires the energy of the operator in order for the mower to move from one place to another. A self-propelled mower features an engine or motor that drives the rear rollers, thus the operator only needs to steer and guide the mower, it does not require the operator’s force to move throughout the yard. While both forms of mowers produce relatively similar results, if the yard features hills or is quite large, a self propelled mower may be ideal; however, if a yard is smaller and flat, then a push mower may be sufficient.

Self propelled mowers are controlled through a clutch lever system. The operator typically pulls the lever to speed up the mower and releases to slow or stop the mower. The actual speed of a self propelled mower depends on the size of the engine. On the other side a push lawn mower only goes as fast as the operator, thus the time it takes to mow the grass is solely dependent on how swift the operator can push the mower. Self propelled mowers are typically more expensive due to the extra mechanics placed inside of it.

However, these self-propelled lawn mowers are more likely to accidentally run over flower beds and can also crash into trees if you’re not handy with their controls. Due to their heavier weight they can be harder to man oeuvre around corners and require more strength to push around the whole lawn area. Still, self-propelled mowers are usually preferable unless a lawn is very small.


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