The Ultimate Reel Mower 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?
- Send the kids out with scissors.
- Bring in a few goats to eat the grass.
- They probably used a mechanical reel mower.
How does a cylinder mower work?
- Spring loaded traps tear the grass at a predetermined height.
- The wheels turn a cylinder of sharp grass-cutting blades.
- A hammer action breaks the grass stems and wind from the cylinder blows the broken parts away.
Was the 20th century invention of motorized mowers a total success?
- They were a 19th century invention.
- A success, but not a total success.
- The only success was with professional gardeners.
In terms of dealing with the grass, what is the main difference between motor-driven and manual lawn mowers?
- Motorized mowers tear, manual ones cut.
- Manual mowers distribute cut grass more evenly.
- Both work in the same way.
Under optimal circumstances, which type of mower is inherently less noisy?
- A well-tuned motor is quieter than clunky metal blades.
- They are equally noisy.
- Revolving blades are quieter.
Which is easier to transport and store?
- manual mower
- small motorized
- large motorized mowers that can be driven to the garage
If you want a model requiring the least maintenance, what would you choose?
- manual mowers
What is an advantage of a motor-driven mower?
- more environmentally friendly
- wider distribution of debris
- less effort required
Which mower is safer to use?
- manual reel mower
- motorized rotary mower
- gas-powered mower with advanced brake-system
Before the early 1800s, what manual means were used to maintain home lawns?
- primitive reel mowers
- garden shears
- heavy barrels
Who invented the first lawn mower?
- British engineers
- American gardeners
- Southern cotton pickers
What triggered the inspiration behind the invention?
- batter mixers at a bakery
- commercial sheep shears
- a machine that trimmed cloth
Considering when it was invented, what was the major drawback of the first lawn-mowing machines?
- Their appearance was not elegant enough.
- They were heavy, because they were made of cast iron.
- They were not environmentally friendly.
Recognizing the need for portable power, what was the main obstacle at the end of the 19th century?
- objections of environmental protectionists
- horse farm lobbyists
- lack of small-engine technology
How does a rotary mower actually cut the grass?
- using a series of vertical cutting blades
- with a cylinder shaped like a cheese grater
- with a horizontal, fan-shaped blade
Would a tractor-powered reel mower be practical for an average home lawn?
- only if you enjoy riding around on your lawn
- not at all
- if you want to protest environmental legislation
What powers a manual reel mower?
- physical force
- centrifugal force
Does the spinning reel actually cut the grass?
- Of course -- this is a reel mower.
- There is a stationary blade that cuts the grass.
- The spinning reel in fact tears the grass.
Can a rotary mower harm the lawn?
- It can expose the lawn to disease.
- It's a clean cut.
- Only if you are mowing a drain field.
Can you sharpen reel mower blades yourself?
- Manufacturers forbid home sharpening.
- There are special tools for curved blades.
- It's as easy as sharpening a knife blade.