Types of Lawn Mower Blades
A common misconception with lawn mowers is that they are all the same, when in fact they are all different and the different parts that these mowers contain offer different options when it come to the quality and look of your lawn. The most important function of your lawn mower is to of course cut your grass. The biggest factor in getting the results you want is which type of lawn mower blade you choose to use. I will be covering the three main types of lawn mower blades and uses for each.
Standard Medium Lift Mower Blades, High Lift Lawn Mower Blades, Mulching Lawn Mower Blades - Types of Lawn Mower Blades
Most of today’s lawn mowers (unless specified) come equipped with standard medium lift lawn mower blades. What this means is that you have a slight upward angle on the back edges of the blade which creates an airflow pattern that is best used for a standard side discharge of the grass. These blades are for those of you who have a lot of grass to cut and don’t necessarily worry about a small clump of grass here and there. I have found that these blades are not the best option when it comes to bagging however. What I have noticed is that I get a lot of customers asking “why is the chute on my bagger system clogging all the time?” That is when I have to explain that the blades that come standard on their mower do not create enough lift to propel the grass debris through the chute and into the bag. This is where a high lift blade comes in handy.
High lift lawn mower blades create a completely different airflow pattern which assist in bagging the clippings more effectively. These blades can be identified by a larger more drastic upward angle on the back end of the blade. This again helps propelling the clippings through the chute to the back of the bag, reducing clogging and frustration. If bagging is not your preferred method of cutting there is one more option where the heavy bags and annoying clumps are no longer an issue.
Our third and final option in our mower blade segment is the mulching lawn mower blades. This blade can be identified by the elongated cutting edge which usually spans a good majority of the blade. Though there are many styles of mulching blades they all have the same function, chop the grass up into extremely small particles. This makes it so you don’t have to unload heavy bags or pickup clumps of discarded clippings. Also, believe it or not, this method of cutting has a positive effect on the health and appearance of your lawn. Mulching offers a fine layer of clippings to act as a natural fertilizer that replenishes the soil with nutrients that your grass has absorbed over the season. This lead to an overall better looking lawn.
Types of Lawn Mower Blades. So there you have it, there is a different lawn mower blade for different situations and each one serves a very specific purpose. If you just need tall grass to be shorter than the standard medium lift lawn mower blade is for you, bagging the high lift lawn mower blade, and then the mulching lawn mower blade. In the end there isn’t one lawn mower blade that can do it all as effectively as the lawn mower blade specifically designed for the method you wish to use.
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