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Mowers vs. Rotary Mowers
Reel mowers have curved blades that produce a cutting action
alongside a stationary steel plate. The
blades form a spiral around the reel axis, and as they spin, the spiral of
blades forces grass past the stationary plate.
Reel mowers leave behind clean-cut grass, as if the grass had been cut
with sharp scissors. Unlike the cutting
action of scissors, however, it is not necessary for the blades of the spinning
reel to contact the stationary plate. A
clean cut is still possible if the gap between the blades and the plate of the
rotary mower is less than the thickness of the grass.
Rotary mowers, typically powered by gas or electric engines,
cut with a single horizontal blade revolving at high speed. As it travels under a rotary blade, grass is
torn and its edges are frayed.
Consequently, grass blades are often left jagged as a result of rotary
mowing. Grass with jagged edges will
have a more difficult time healing from mowing and is more susceptible to
disease and moisture loss.
Reel mowers are widely recognized as the best choice for a
healthy, clean-cut lawn.