How to Compare Blade Speeds of Riding Lawn Mowers


The blade speed of a riding lawnmower is the speed at which the blades on the unit spin in a 360 degree motion. Blade speed has a direct effect on how well a particular riding lawnmower can cut your grass. If you're in the market for a new rider, there are a few things that are important to consider about blade speed in particular to help you purchase the correct unit.

  • Consider what type of terrain a riding lawn mower is designed for. Just because a particular riding lawn mower has a slower blade speed than others you've looked at doesn't mean it's a bad unit. A riding lawn mower designed for suburban use will likely have a slower blade speed than a unit designed for rougher terrain.

  • Find the rpm number in the technical specifications listing for any riding lawn mower you're looking at. This is the unit of measurement used to classify the blade speed of the mower. The revolutions per minute indicate exactly how many times the blades on a mower are able to rotate in 60 seconds.

  • Look lawn mowers with adjustable blade speeds. Oftentimes riding lawn mowers designed for more than one type of grass will have a setting allowing you to manually adjust the rotation speed of the blades. In this situation, you have to keep all of the available blade speeds in mind when comparing a unit to one that doesn't have adjustable blade speeds.

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