Lawn Mowers

Keep your lawn crisp and in excellent condition with a lawn mower from Cromwell. We stock a comprehensive collection of lawn mowers from brand leaders, like Bosch®, Makita® and DeWalt® to bring you the best in garden power tools.

What are lawn mowers?

Lawn mowers are large gardening tools which utilise spinning or rotating blades or cord to cut and maintain the length of grass on a lawn. They require a single operator and can collect the grass clippings for composting purposes or distribute them back onto the lawn to feed it. They are available in both corded and non-corded variants, and in a range of power functions.

Why buy a lawn mower?

Before lawn mowers, farmers traditionally used a scythe to cut grass that hadn't already been trimmed by their animals. It was a labour-intensive and time-consuming job. While some farmers still prefer this method, domestic and professional gardeners alike prefer the quick-time, user-friendly option of a powered lawn mower.

Lawn mower types

There's a wide choice available for lawn mowers, with lots of different designs and safety solutions on the market...

Self-propelled mower   -   These mowers feature speed control, which once engaged will propel the mower forward allowing the operator to simply guide the direction of the mower.

Manually propelled mower   -   These mowers require manual effort to push and turn the mower.

Electric mower   -   Ideal for smaller gardens, an electric mower needs a power socket to work, but is limited by its power cord which needs to be kept away from the blades at all times.

Battery-powered mower   -   These long-lived mowers are powered using rechargeable li-ion batteries and are a quiet and user-friendly option.

Petrol mower   -   Powerful and useful on damp grass, petrol mowers perform well, but they're noisy and heavy as well as requiring regular servicing.

Robotic mower   -   These mowers cut the grass little and often, and are self-sufficient, parking themselves to recharge and following their programming.

Ride-on mower   -   Now we're getting into hardcore lawn territory. These ride-on mowers are popular in the US and are ideal for professional gardeners with sprawling lawns to maintain.

Considerations when choosing a lawn mower

Lawn area - those with a larger lawn will benefit from using a larger machine. Large lawn mowers have a wide cutting width and will inevitably complete a lawn faster than a smaller mower.

Terrain - if you have a large lawn with verges and dips, a self-propelled mower will make the job easier, taking much of the effort required to push the machine up and down verges.

Grass collector - choose a grass collector with a large capacity to prevent frequent stops to empty clippings.

Length lever - some older models require adjustments to the cutting length made at levers on each wheel, while modern mowers will typically have a single lever to adjust the cutting length in one simple action.

Power - the choice between electric, petrol and battery powered mowers has implications on the weight and maintenance requirements of a mower.

Safety - ensure your choice of mower has a safety feature to prevent accidental starting, especially if there are children around.

Eco-credentials - battery-powered and robotic mowers are the best choices for the most environmentally friendly lawn mower. When compared with electric or petrol mowers, they use the least energy and give off the least emissions. They're long-lasting and need little maintenance.

FAQs

Can a self-propelled mower be used as a push mower?

A self-propelled mower requires the drive lever to be engaged before it will start to move itself. Pushing a self-propelled mower without engaging the movement won't cause any damage to the mower, however, they are a good deal heavier than push mowers.

Which mower is best, petrol or electric?

Both types of mowers have their advantages and disadvantages, but which is best is up to the user. Electric mowers are more environmentally friendly than petrol ones and are quick and simple to operate. They emit lower noise levels and vibrations than a petrol mower, but they're limited by the power cable, which must be plugged into an extension lead on larger gardens.

Petrol mowers on the other hand aren't limited by a cable and are powerful enough to tackle most jobs. They are heavy though thanks to the petrol tank and engine and require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition.