Also called Reel mowers. Aim is to cut grass cleanly and at a low height of cut.


The cutting blades mounted on a cylinder which moves in a vertical plane and cuts due to action of the cylinder blades against the bottom blade, like a pair of scissors.


To get a clean cut always mow in the dry, brushing the surface before mowing to lift the grass.

Effects of Incorrect Procedure:

Cylinder mower that is not set on cut correctly will tear the grass and leave white threads on the grass and allow diseases attacks.

Equipment Selection:

There are many manufactures of cylinder mowing. Look for the feature you need. To cut a pitch you need a high clip rate which means either a minimum of 9 blades on the cylinder or a high speed of cylinder rotation.

Practical Tips:

To improve your clip rate use a cylinder mower with a separate control for the blades and forward motion. Engage the blades but push the mower slowly to increase clip rate