The Ultimate Reel Mower Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Before the invention of motor-driven lawn mowers, cutting the grass involved pushing a reel mower back and forth across the lawn. Take this quiz to see whether you understand how a reel mower works.

Before motorized lawn-mowers, what reasonable option was available to a homeowner?

Reel mowers were, and still are, used.

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How does a cylinder mower work?

The wheels of the mower spin a cylinder of sharp blades that cut the grass.

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Was the 20th century invention of motorized mowers a total success?

Even today, many continue to prefer manual mowers.

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In terms of dealing with the grass, what is the main difference between motor-driven and manual lawn mowers?

Manual mowers cut the grass blades, whereas motorized mowers tear them.

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Under optimal circumstances, which type of mower is inherently less noisy?

The motor makes more noise than a revolving blades.

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Which is easier to transport and store?

Their smaller size and lighter weight make the manual mowers easier to transport and store.

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If you want a model requiring the least maintenance, what would you choose?

The manual mower requires little maintenance.

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What is an advantage of a motor-driven mower?

Less physical effort is required to mow the lawn.

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Which mower is safer to use?

The manual mower is regarded as being safer.

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Before the early 1800s, what manual means were used to maintain home lawns?

Garden shears and scythes were usually used.

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Who invented the first lawn mower?

British engineers Edwin Budding and John Ferrabee invented the first lawn mower in 1830.

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What triggered the inspiration behind the invention?

A British engineer observed, at a textile mill, a machine that trimmed cloth with bladed reel.

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Considering when it was invented, what was the major drawback of the first lawn-mowing machines?

These early mowers were heavy, cumbersome cast-iron machines.

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Recognizing the need for portable power, what was the main obstacle at the end of the 19th century?

Small-engine technology was not yet advanced enough to be used.

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How does a rotary mower actually cut the grass?

A rotary mower employs a horizontal, fan-shaped blade to cut the grass..

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Would a tractor-powered reel mower be practical for an average home lawn?

Not at all. These vehicles are intended for the upkeep of sports fields and farms.

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What powers a manual reel mower?

Physical force moves the mower initiating the cutting process.

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Does the spinning reel actually cut the grass?

The stationary cutter bar cuts the grass gathered by the spinning reel.

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Can a rotary mower harm the lawn?

A rotary mower actually tears the grass, which can expose it to disease.

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Can you sharpen reel mower blades yourself?

Sharpening kits are readily available and the process is as simple as sharpening a knife blade.

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