Cylinder lawn mowers are often called Reel Lawnmowers, named after the multi blade cutting reel, or Roller Lawnmowers, named after the rollers at the front and rear of the machine.
The cylinder lawnmower operates with a spinning reel of six to twelve blades which are welded into a single reel configuration, the spinning reel spins across the top of the grass trapping the leaves between it and the stationary bottom blade.
The effect is exactly like that of a pair of scissors whose blades swish past each other to perform the clean cutting action, like that seen on a bowling green. Both reel blades and bottom blades need to be kept sharp to ensure the maximum quality of cut.
The flat, wide roller on the back of the mower, combine with the heavy weight of the machine to slowly flatten the soil underneath lawns, when further combined with the flat, wide bottom blade, the machine works to produce and maintain a flat finish to lawns that are cut using a cylinder mower. This is often called the bowling green effect. It can take time for a quality effect to occur, especially for new lawns.
But these are just a few exceptions for poorer quality lawns, and any lawn which is kept in good condition will benefit enormously and easily achieve that highly desirable flat finish from the use of a Cylinder Mower.
All warm season lawn types can be mowed with a cylinder mower and provide a wonderful flat finish to the lawn.
Zoysia, Couch, Queensland Blue, Buffalo, and even Kikuyu mow beautifully with these machines.
The only consideration which needs to be given is to adjust the height depending on the grass type, and to ensure the lawn is in generally good condition, and almost every home lawn which is cared for by its owners will perfectly suit being mowed with a Cylinder Mower.
Typically, cylinder lawn mowers are used at very low heights on Warm Season C4 grasses, to achieve these safe low cutting heights, it is very important to mow the lawn at the correct frequency so the lawn can train its crowns and runners to live at this lower height.
All modern Cylinder Mowers will also now have height adjusters fitted at manufacture which allows the height to be raised for grasses which typically don't like being cut low. Most notable in this family are the Buffalo grasses which will look beautiful when cut with a Cylinder mower, but need their mowing height raised to around 30 - 40 mm to look their best and remain in the best health possible.
Adjusting heights on modern Cylinder Mowers is a simple process of turning a height adjusting knob located at the front of the machine. Heights can be adjusted up and down in less than 2 seconds!
There is no doubt that no lawn ever looks so good than when it is cut with a Cylinder Mower. There is simply no other lawn mowing method which can produce a finish of the extraordinarily high standards of these unique machines.
So if a cylinder mower can be considered and purchased, it will provide many years of satisfaction and pride in the home lawn, of which there is no comparison.