It is usually a hard decision to make whether to go for a walk-behind or a ride-on mower.
You have also heard that before choosing any lawnmower, you need to consider the following things:
· Choose the right sized machine
· Get the best price
· Find which models are reliable
· Get the lawn finish you require
· Spare parts availability
· What size engine is needed
· Match machine to the size of lawn
· Access the latest deals
If you have a small or a large lawn, then the decision is obvious and straightforward. The difficulty comes when you have a medium-sized yard. Do you want to walk all that distance behind a mower, or can you justify a ride-on?
But first consider when a lawn is considered as small, medium and large. A large lawn is 2.5 acres or more, medium lawn is 1-2.5 acres and small lawn is up to 1 acre.
It is unquestionably true that some people have ride-on mowers when it simply isn’t necessary, which is just a waste of money. These are expensive machines, with only a few models below the $1,500 price tag. You should have to manage your budget.
If you decide to buy a ride-on, consider the lawn’s shape, as it is much easier if the edges are either straight or only gently curved and if there are no awkward corners. Some people even go around the edges first with a walk-behind.
There are different sizes of ride-on mowers available, and some are very maneuverable, even in tight corners. Also, the grass collecting method of the machine has a bearing on its maneuverability and suitability.
The least obtrusive system to maneuverability is the mulching deck, as there is no grass collector needed, and hence the mower is probably shorter and more compact.
“Mulching deck mowers are very easy to negotiate around a medium-sized lawn, as there is no grass collection box.”
At the opposite end of the scale are tow-behind collectors (albeit these are not very common) and the brush collectors.
The brush collectors hang on the back of the mower and increase its length, but also because there is brush causing friction and acting as a third contra-rotating wheel at the rear of the machine, it can affect the machine’s ability to turn sharply.
The other type of collector is the chute method, where the grass is ‘blown’ by the cutting blade up a chute and into the grass collection box. There is no brush contacting with the turf, and so the turning radius is not adversely affected. However, these collectors do have more of a tendency to block under damp conditions in comparison to the brush collectors. The short chute versions that usually route the grass a short distance through the machine’s center (under the driver’s seat) are generally better at coping with damp grass than the side chute models. The side chutes are long and more prone to blockage.
It certainly is possible to use a ride-on mower in a medium-sized garden if you choose a suitably sized machine and the shape of your lawn is appropriate.
One type of mower which is very maneuverable is the articulated (bend in the middle) steering machines. In fact, these often have front-mounted cutting decks, and so it is easy to get right into the corners and negotiate curves without cutting corners with the rear wheels as the rear wheels chase the path of the front ones.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.
Solar Energy Innovation: Unleashing The Potential Beyond Power Generation
Solar energy has long been recognized as a clean and renewable source of power generation. However, its potential extends far beyond electricity production. Through innovative applications, solar panels are driving breakthroughs in various sectors, revolutionizing transportation, water desalination, and even powering everyday gadgets. This article explores the diverse and exciting realm of solar energy innovation, highlighting its transformative impact on our lives and the environment.
1. Solar-Powered Transportation:
Solar panels are propelling the transportation sector into a greener future. Solar-powered electric vehicles (EVs) are emerging as a promising solution to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Solar cells integrated into the roofs and bodies of EVs harness sunlight, supplementing the vehicle’s battery charging process. This technology extends the vehicle’s range, reduces charging requirements, and ultimately decreases carbon emissions. Solar-powered charging stations are also being deployed to provide clean energy for electric cars, making long-distance travel more sustainable and accessible.
2. Solar Desalination:
Water scarcity is a pressing global issue, particularly in arid regions. Solar desalination harnesses the power of the sun to convert seawater or brackish water into fresh water. Solar stills, using solar panels, employ evaporation and condensation processes to separate water from impurities, producing clean drinking water. This innovation offers a sustainable solution to water scarcity, reducing reliance on energy-intensive desalination methods and decreasing the strain on freshwater sources.
3. Solar-Powered Gadgets:
Solar panels are powering an array of gadgets, enabling us to harness solar energy in our daily lives. Solar-powered chargers for mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, provide a convenient and environmentally friendly charging option on the go. Solar-powered outdoor lights illuminate pathways and gardens without the need for wiring or electricity. Additionally, solar-powered backpacks equipped with solar panels can charge devices while hiking or traveling, enhancing convenience and reducing reliance on traditional charging methods.
4. Solar-Powered Agriculture:
Solar energy is transforming the agricultural sector, offering sustainable solutions to power farming operations. Solar-powered irrigation systems utilize solar panels to generate electricity for pumps, reducing reliance on fossil fuel-powered alternatives. These systems are cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and enable farmers to irrigate their fields even in remote locations. Solar-powered greenhouse operations are also gaining popularity, providing optimal conditions for crop growth while minimizing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
5. Solar-Powered Air Conditioning:
Traditional air conditioning systems are energy-intensive and contribute to carbon emissions. However, solar-powered air conditioning presents an innovative solution. Photovoltaic thermal hybrid collectors utilize solar panels to generate both electricity and heat, which can then be used for cooling purposes. These systems reduce electricity consumption, lower operating costs, and offer a sustainable alternative for temperature control in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
6. Solar-Powered Disaster Relief:
Solar energy plays a crucial role in disaster relief efforts, providing power in areas where the electrical grid is damaged or nonexistent. Portable solar panels and solar-powered generators offer immediate access to electricity for emergency communication, medical equipment, and lighting. These innovative solutions enhance the effectiveness of relief operations, ensuring critical services are available during challenging times.
7. Solar-Powered Water Heating:
Solar thermal technology utilizes solar panels to heat water for domestic and industrial use. Solar water heaters are becoming increasingly popular, offering an energy-efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional water heating systems. These systems reduce reliance on fossil fuels, lower energy bills, and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar energy innovation is expanding the horizons of what is possible with solar panels beyond electricity generation. From powering transportation to desalinating water, and from charging gadgets to revolutionizing agriculture, solar panels are revolutionizing multiple sectors and driving sustainable solutions. As technological advancements continue, solar energy will become increasingly accessible, efficient, and integrated into our daily lives. By embracing solar energy innovation, we can create a more sustainable and resilient future, benefiting both our planet and future generations.
Kenneth is a proud native of sydney, born and raised there. However, he pursued his education abroad and studied in Australia. Kenneth has worked as a journalist for almost a decade, making valuable contributions to prominent publications such as Yahoo News and The Verge. Currently, he serves as a journalist for The Hear Up, where he focuses on covering climate and science news. You can reach Kenneth at [email protected].