The machine that no cricket club, bowls association or grass tennis court can do without, the cylinder lawnmower is synonymous with an exceptionally fine turf cut and a well defined stripe.
The scissor-style cutting action of the cylinder-shaped blade system accurately cuts every blade of grass in its path to within millimetres, while the comparatively large roller at the rear of the machine works to further enhance the striping effect. Due to the precise way in which cylinder mowers operate your grass surface will need to be even and in good condition if you want to get the most from them.
The first example of a cylinder mower dates all the way back to the first half of the nineteenth century and Edwin Budding’s contraption which he designed in an attempt to reduce the labour of grass cutting. The Budding Patent was the very first mechanised lawnmower to have received a design patent – up until that point lawns weren’t for the everyman and grass maintenance had to be carried out by scythe or by grazing animals.
Modern cylinder mowers are surprisingly similar to their 1830 counterpart. In fact, J R and A Ransomes, one of the first companies to produce these machines commercially, are still making lawnmowers today from their base in Ipswich under their new brand name - Ransomes Jacobson.
For those with ornamental lawns, or anyone striving to create the perfect surface for lawn based sports, a cylinder mower is an absolute must. The fruits of your labour will be evident in the superior appearance of your gardens and that unmistakeable stripe. Choose from heavier duty petrol or electric cylinder mowers, or, for the smaller garden, consider a hand-propelled option and stay true to the history of lawn mowing.