What Are the Different Types of Yard Machines?

Lawn mowers are commonly used yard machines.
A leaf blower helps clean leaves from a large outdoor area.
Tillers are used for soil cultivation.
Some lawn mowers have a bagging attachment to collect grass clippings.
Many homeowners use a snow blower to deal with deep snow.
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When it comes to working outside, there are yard machines for every season. For homeowners who enjoy being outdoors in the summertime, there are weed whackers, lawn mowers, and tree trimmers. To clean up during fall months, there are leaf blowers, outdoor vacuums, leaf mulch machines and wood chippers. When winter blows in, there are snow blowers and snow throwers to assist in snow removal for both driveways and sidewalks. During spring, when many turn to gardening, there are tillers to help prepare the soil for planting.

In the warm summer months, one of the more popular yard machines is the lawnmower. Some people enjoy driving a tractor-style mower, which comes in a variety of sizes, with attachments such as tillers, rolling carts and baggers for grass clippings. A homeowner also may prefer the exercise afforded by walking behind a more traditional-style push mower. This mower may run on gasoline or electricity; electric mowers typically are used for smaller lawn areas, because of the limitations of an electrical cord. There are many different types of gas-powered lawnmowers, some offering features such as side discharge, adjustable wheel heights, attachable bags for grass clippings and automatic start systems.


During the change of seasons when autumn leaves fall, there are yard machines to help with cleanup, such as leaf blowers and outdoor vacuum systems. Leaf blowers come in different sizes and weights, depending on how powerful they are. These blowers may be hand held or backpack style, which may be easier to maneuver. For those who want to mulch their leaves, there are electronic leaf mulch and wood chip machines designed to create mulch from lawn debris.

As winter rolls in, there are yard machines to assist with snow removal, such as snow blowers and snow throwers. Generally speaking, a snow blower has a dual-stage machine and a snow thrower has a single-stage machine. For heavy snowfalls, most homeowners turn to a snow blower, as it may have more capacity to deal with deeper snow. Either system, however, may take some of the hard work out of cleaning off driveways and sidewalks, making shoveling snow a thing of the past. Snow removal machines come in different sizes, with some units offering movable snow chutes, headlights, forward and reverse gears and single hand operation.

In spring when it is time to plan for a garden, there are automatic tillers to help prepare the soil for the growing season. There are different sizes and types designed to work with various sized gardens and soil types. There are tillers that are walk-behind types for smaller areas and those designed to be pulled by some sort of tractor for large-scale gardens.


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