If you’re considering a new mower, you might be wondering what type is best for you and your garden.
One of the most common questions people ask me is…
Should I buy a Hover Mower or a Wheeled Rotary Mower?
So here it is – the final showdown – hover mower vs rotary mower. Read on to understand the differences between these two types of mower, so you can make an informed decision.
The difference between a hover mower and a rotary mower is simple. A good hover mower, like the Hover Vac 280, cuts the grass from above using a rotating cutting disc, and in doing so also creates a cushion of air between the lawnmower and the grass, meaning it can be swung around in any direction. This makes good hover mowers much more manoeuvrable than most rotary mowers.
A rotary mower also uses a rotating blade, but has wheels, making them limited to travelling in straight lines. These are usually available as petrol or electric mowers.
Do you want Stripes on your lawn?
If you want stripes, then you cant have a hover mower.
For a touch of class, you’re gonna need a rotary mower with a rear roller, something like the Flymo Visimo. The weighted rear roller will add stripes to the lawn by flattening the grass as you cut,
This is impossible to achieve with a hover mower, as the weight of the mower would prevent any hovering from occurring!
What Shape is Your Lawn?
If your lawn is a little irregular, full of nooks and crannies, then you might find that a hover mower is more suited to your situation. As hover mowers float on a cushion of air, they can easily be moved from side to side, pulled backwards, or swung around in any direction you choose.
This can make it easier to mow hard-to-reach areas under trees or in pokey corners.
How Strong are you?
Although hover mowers are generally more manoeuvrable, some people can find a wheeled mower easier to move around. Although this might limit the user to cutting the grass in a backwards and forwards direction, it might be quicker and easier for some – depending on your preference.
Does your Lawn have Slopes?
Another key consideration is whether or not your lawn is sloping. Slopes are much easier to tackle with a hover mower, as the cushion of air that they rest on makes movement easier
How Good at Construction are you?
Hover mowers are the simplest of mowers. They are very easy to use, and very easy to assemble. Typically, a hover mower will be pretty much read to use out of the box, especially the latest Flymo offerings.
The ideal mower depends on you and your garden – there is no clear winner. It is down entirely to personal preference, and the nature of your garden.
Consider the size and shape of your garden, your own physical ability, and what is important to you in a mower.