Mowing a lawn with a cylinder mower

Choose the right mower – cutting types

Learn about the different cutting types of lawn mower available, in our guide.

With so many mowers to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the right model. The first factor to consider is the power source – do you want a corded electric or petrol model, a battery type or a push mower? Once you’ve decided on that, you can then decide on the mower cutting type – rotary, cylinder or hover.

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Read on to find out about the different mower cutting types.

Rotary mower

Rotary mowers have a high-speed, spinning blade. They’re the best choice for rougher grass or uneven surfaces. Rotary blades don’t leave a refined finish – for a finer cut, choose a cylinder mower.

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The underside of a rotary mower, showing the blade in its housing

Hover mower

A hover mower has a rotary cutting action, but lifts off the ground when it’s in action, similar to a hovercraft – hence the name. They’re great value for money and perfect if you’ve got a smaller lawn that’s quite flat.

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The underside of a hover mower, showing the centrally-fixed blade
The underside of a hover mower, showing the centrally-fixed blade

Cylinder mower

Cylinder mowers cut the grass with a scissor-action and create a very fine, striped finish. They’re slightly more expensive, but an ideal choice if you like your grass smart and short.

A front view of a cylinder mower, with the spindle of curved red blades clearly visible
A front view of a cylinder mower, with the spindle of curved red blades clearly visible