The classic luxury grade lawns are on the whole cut with cylinder mowers as they can potentially give an excellent even cut. Cylinder Mowers have a cylinder that has many blades that spiral around it. As the cylinder rotates, the grass blades are forced between the spinning cylinder blades and fixed straight cutting blade. This gives a scissor-like cutting action and provided that your mower blades are in good condition and aligned correctly the cut will be of excellent quality.
Standard cylinder mowers are fitted with either a 5 or 6 blade unit, and these are suited to the busier homeowner that can only cut their grass every week to 10 days. The 5-6 bladed group is also instrumental when the grass gets a bit long, ie when back from holiday etc. Cylinder mowers with around 10-12 blades are paramount if you wish to turn your garden into more of an ornamental luxury lawn. The 10-12 bladed cylinder mowers are the only option if you require the best possible finish. The number of blades that spiral around the cylinder determines the quality of the mowing finish. The more blades, the better the cut.
The width of the cylinder can vary, a wider cylinder will mean fewer trips back and forth when mowing but this must be balanced against how easy the lawnmower is to manoeuvre. A wider cylinder will make the machine bulkier and heavier, and so turning corners will be more difficult.
Self-propelled cylinder mowers use a power source to propel themselves forward as well as to turn the blades. This can save the operator a lot of energy as little effort is required to manoeuvre the mower around the lawn. Therefore self-propelled mowers are definitely worth considering for medium to large lawns.
All cylinder mowers have a rear roller to give the best striped effect. Cylinder mowers come with a grass box that attaches to the machine and collects the grass clippings as you mow which can save the job of raking up the clippings.
You can buy both petrol and electric cylinder mowers. Electric cylinder mowers are ideal for the smaller garden where the length of lead is not a factor. However, for the larger formal garden, a petrol cylinder mower will be required.