When you are choosing to buy a new mower for your sports-field or prestige large lawns Allett recommends that you consider the following points to be sure that you select the right mower
for the results that you want to achieve with the time that you have available. Your choice of mower type will be mainly drive by the quality of the finish you desire balanced with your budget, grass type and how regularly you are prepared to mow.
In general, cylinder mowers
are used where a lower height of cut is desired which gives the surface a more fine and ornamental appearance. For sports surfaces, a lower height of cut will give a truer and faster run-of the ball, especially in small-ball sports.
perform well where the height of cut is higher and cutting frequency is less. They handle long grass well, leave a better finish when the finished height of cut is over 2”, are much more tolerant of debris like stones and sticks and cope with mowing uneven surfaces.
ADVANTAGES OF CYLINDER MOWERS
Quality of cut
A cylinder mower
relies on a series of sharp, spiral blades on the reel rotating on a horizontal axis. The rotating reel, operating at a fixed height above the soil, feeds the blades of grass between the spinning blades and a stationary bed-knife producing a scissor-like cutting action. This scissor action gives the sharpest cut to the blade of grass. This means the plant is less traumatised, giving less bleeding, quicker recovery, less brown tips at the injury, less water loss and therefore the grass plant is less susceptible to disease.
Height of Cut
A cylinder mower
is better at mowing at low heights of cut. Specialised greens mowers
mow as low as 1/16” without scalping. The height of the grass is the same across the whole. Lower mowing encourages tillering creating a dense lawn with a more manicured appearance.
The best cylinder mowers
have full-width front and rear rollers which level the surface and create stripes for a pristine presentation.
No Wheel marks
By using two full-width rollers and no wheels or tyres the stripe is perfectly consistent across its width. The same ground pressure of a roller means level surfaces are maintained unlike the point-loads of the tyres.
A cylinder mower’s
grassbox is located at the front of the mower so that the clippings collected are always visible so you know how much grass is being cut, how well the mower is cutting and whether you have the capacity to make another run.
Some cylinder mowers
have the feature of being able to remove the cutting cartridge and replace with a series of interchangeable cartridges for a wide range of essential turf maintenance tasks to further create a healthier more wear resistant surface.
ADVANTAGES OR ROTARY MOWERS
Generally, rotary mowers
are simpler in construction and cost less to manufacture and this is reflected in the cost price.
Long Grass performance
cope well with cutting larger volumes of grass when the requirement is to cut less frequently. Because rotary blades create an uplift draft, when higher finished grass height is required, the rotary leaves a better finish.
Simple to Use
A rotary mower
has less adjustments and is easier use, with less maintenance required.
A rotary mower
is very useful for clearing the grass of leaves, or for collecting broken grass leaves and divots after a game to prevent disease.
Most rotary mowers
rely on wheels for height of cut control. These wheels make the mower
easy to transport, although make mowing over the edge of a cutaway flowerbed difficult.
A rear mounted grass collector makes mowing into corners easier.
A rotary mower relies on a high-speed rotating blade with sharpened edges which impacts on the grass blade at high speed in the same way that a machete cuts grass. The machete action of a rotary blade is very tolerant of un-seen debris on the lawn like stones and sticks which might otherwise damage a cylinder mower.
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