It occours to me that we would all like the finish of a cylinder mower
but most wont Pay the price tag. If cylinder mowers were the same price
as rotarys, would you buy one or is price the only issue??
Yes a reel mower is the same thing. Usually for the quality of cut and
finish they give. They are used mostly by private estates and sports
clubs to cut Fine turf or sports turf but they are used by gardeners who
want to produce a high quality lawn.
The cutting action is much cleaner than a rotary which tends to hack
grass off whereas the reel mower cuts more like scissors using two
cutting blades passing by each other. Obviously a rotary with a good
blade will give an 'acceptable' finish but for lower heights of cut and
that bowling green finish it has to be a reel mower.
The reel mower also sports a rear roller which leaves the lines but this
is achievable with a rotary as well but always looks better in short
mown grass, usually below 1 inch.
The main benefit is the health of the grass which recovers better from
cylinder cuts than rotary cuts and is less prone to disease infection
due to easier recovery from more surgical like cuts.
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