Ten top cylinder mowers to give the British lawn that great striped finish

Now the grass is growing and has had its first cut, the time has come to make sure that you have the perfect finish for your lawn.
Everyone thinks of the finely cut country house lawn with the alternating light and dark stripes and to achieve this you need a cylinder lawnmower with a rear roller.
These remain a popular each year so here we list our ten top cylinder mowers from across the whole range we carry.
But if you want further advice don’t forget you can speak to our team on 08454 588905.

Webb lawnmower
Webb lawnmower

The simplest and most basic little mower is the Webb H12R Hand-Propelled Cylinder Lawn Mower.
This neat little mower is the type many of you will remember from years ago where revolving blades trap grass to be trimmed against a cutting bar.
It is perfect for the smaller and lawn and as there is no motor, equally perfect for the city gardens.
It has a heavy chain drive for a longer life and has a wide rear roller which gives the all important striped finish and makes it easier to mow close to the edges. A good sized grass 18 litre box means fewer stops for emptying.
Cutting height is adjustable from 13 to 25 cm and the cutting width is 33 cm.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two year manufacturer’s guarantee. Cost: £79.95.

Brill Razorcut lawnmower
Brill Razorcut lawnmower

A similar hand-propelled machine is the Brill Razorcut Premium 38 Hand Cylinder Lawnmower.
This works in a similar fashion and has a 38 cm cut while large wheels make it easy to use and a rear deflector keeps the clippings falling down and on your shoes.
The cutting height can be adjusted from 14 mm to 45 mm and the cylinder cassette is ball bearing mounted.
As an optional extra you can buy a grass collection basket made of a woven nylon fabric on a steel frame which simply slots on behind the mower.
There is free next working day delivery and a one year manufacturer’s guarantee on this machine which costs £109, as compared with the manufacturer’s recommended price of £130.
The option grass catcher costs £25.95.

Bosch electric mower
Bosch electric mower

The first electrically-powered machine in this section comes from Bosch and is the Bosch ASM32 Electric Cylinder Lawn Mower.
This machine which benefits from German engineering has the company’s Quattro-Cut technology to give a very precise cut. The cutting height goes down to a very low 12 mm and up to 32 mm and is controlled by a central lever.
The power comes from a 260 watt motor engineered for a long life and the rear roller not only gives you much wanted striped finish but helps stability when mowing close to the lawn edges.
The grass box takes 31 litres and handlebars have been ergonomically designed for ease of use.
There is free delivery on this model which costs £114.95.

Handy three in one machine
Handy three in one machine

This next machine is an ingenious three in one mower/scarifier/lawn rake.
The Handy THCNR Cut ‘N’ Rake 3-in-1 Electric Cylinder Mower / Scarifier / Lawn-Rake is powered by a 1000 watt electric motor and when used as a lawnmower will give that striped finish across its 34 cm width.
When used as a lawn rake it has sprung tines to ease out dead grasses and moss.
And with the scarifying cartridge installed knives on the cylinder leave the lawn better able to breathe and absorb moisture and nutrients.
Each of the three cartridges is very easily installed to make this a really versatile machine.
Each cartridge has five operating heights and there is a 12 metre cable attached.
Also there is a 26 litre collection basket for the dead grass and moss or the grass cuttings.
This machine costs £139.95, is delivered free the next working day and has a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.

Allett cylinder mower
Allett cylinder mower

The next machine is British made and recalls the days of chattering mowers across cricket pitches.
The Allett Classic 12E Electric Cylinder Lawn Mower is from a company tracing its history back nearly 50 years.
Cylinder mowers by their very design, give a much closer trim to the lawn and this model can cut down to 6 mm and up to 32 mm. and two rollers, a steel one to the rear and polythene one to the front give a perfect finish.
As an added advantage the cutting cylinder can be easily replaced by a scarifying cylinder to keep the lawn in top condition.
For added comfort the front handlebars have two positions and the controls are on the handlebars.
There is a 22.5 metre cable with this machine which costs £312 and it also comes with free next working day delivery and a one year manufacturer’s warranty.

Allett classic petrol lawnmower
Allett classic petrol lawnmower

Another machine from the same British suppler is the Allett Classic 14L Petrol Cylinder Lawn Mower, with an 87 cc four stroke engine which is easy to start.
The steel rear roller gives the all-important finish and with a cutting width of 35 cm it is the ideal traditional mower for the medium sized lawn.
Cutting heights vary from 6 mm up to 32 mm and there is a scarifying cassette which can easily be fitted to replace the cutter.
There is a 32 litre grass box.
This British machine costs £539, has a one year manufacturer’s guarantee and is delivered free the next working day.

Qualcast Suffolk Punch
Qualcast Suffolk Punch

Another classically-styled mower is the Qualcast Suffolk Punch 17SK Petrol Cylinder Lawn Mower.
You can set this mower as low as 10 mm for a perfectly smooth lawn. Powered by a Kawasaki 98 cc engine it has a three alternative transmissions, roller and blade , roller only or blade only which is very handy when crossing a hard path or gravel. You can also be very precise when moving around tight places.
The width of cut is 43 cm and there is a 32 litre grass box making this suitable for medium to larger sized lawns.
There is also a useful scarifying cassette which can be easily fitted should you want to rid the lawn of annoying moss or dead grass.
And the best news on this machine at the moment is that the scarifier comes completely free.
The mower costs £579, a saving of £210 on the recommended price of £579, it has free next working day delivery and a two year manufacturer’s warranty.

Mountfield Emperor lawnmower
Mountfield Emperor lawnmower

Another modern mower with the classic cylinder design is the Mountfield Emperor 50 Self-Propelled Cylinder Lawn Mower.
With its six bladed steel cylinder it is designed for precision cutting right down to a depth of 7 mm and up to 30 mm.
The engine is a 127 cc Briggs & Stratton, smooth running and easy to start, and the cutting width is 50 cm. The grass box is a very large 62 litres.
There are heavy front and rear steel rollers to give the striped finish.
This machine comes with free next working day delivery and a two year manufacturer’s guarantee and costs £899, £100 off the manufacturer’s recommended price.

Lawnflite cylinder mower
Lawnflite cylinder mower

Another machine with a similar design is the Lawnflite-Pro TD500GH Petrol Cylinder Lawn Mower which is on special offer at £1399, an amazing £300 less than the manufacturer’s recommended price.
This is a machine made to tackle larger areas and leave them with a perfect finish.
It has a 50 cm cut and will cut down to 7 mm. It has a front lawn rake for an even better cut and is used on golf greens, cricket pitches and bowling greens.
The engine is an ultra reliable Honda 5 hp and it has a chain drive for operating the rear roller and cylinder blade independently.
It is made for a longer life with solid steel chassis and a powder coated finish and the rear roller is split for better manoeuvrability .
Delivery is free within two to three working days and there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
And the final one on our list is the all-time classic used on cricket pitches, tennis courts and the country’s best lawns for years.

Allett Buckingham mower
Allett Buckingham mower

The Allett Buckingham 24H Petrol Cylinder Lawn Mower has a front roller, followed by a grass comb and the lawn is then cut by a six bladed cylinder followed by a heavy rear roller.
The Allett has a 196 hp Honda engine and controls are on the handlebars for ease of operation.
The cutting height goes right down to 5 mm, important when cutting cricket pitches and bowling greens and goes up to 35 mm so there is bound to be the right height for any formal lawn.
Cutting width is 61 cm and there is an optional trailing seat for larger lawns making mowing with this machine in its traditional green and gold an absolute pleasure.
The mower costs £2725, comes with free next working day delivery and a one year manufacturer’s warranty.

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Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.