There are often wild patches of long grass, scrub and bramble in the garden which mowers and brush cutters will struggle to deal with and only a scythe mower can tame.
These machines are a firm favourite on many a large garden where they have been used for years but the latest designs are more efficient and easier to use.
The ends of the blades are protected to stop them being damaged if you accidentally drive into walls or fences.
The hardened double blades have a hinged guide for a longer life and the height of cut is easily adjusted.
There is a free pre-delivery inspection on this machine – normally you pay an extra £90 for this.
The machine arrives fully assembled and ready to use and delivery is free within two to three working days.
It has a two year manufacturer’s warranty and costs £799.
A bigger but similar machine which can tackle tougher tasks is the Al-Ko BM5001R Scythe Mower which has a 91 cm cutting width and forward and reverse gears.
A 5 hp Tecna engine gives plenty of power so the machine can tackle difficult sloping ground. And the cutter bar, which can be continuously adjusted, has protection to prevent the end being damaged if you accidentally collide with walls or fences.
The scythe mower has a free delivery inspection and comes ready to use. There is a two year manufacturer’s warranty and free delivery within two to three working days.
This machine costs £1149, compared with the manufacturer’s recommended price of £1239.
Plus you can buy a longer 102 cm cutter bar for an extra £50.
And if you want a top of the range machine then the Bertolini 401 Scythe Mower with a 95 cm cutter bar could well fit the bill.
Designed to deal with thick brush and bramble it has a 4.8 hp Honda engine linked to high torque gearing which is sealed in an oil bath for a longer life.
The mower has a reverse gear for getting out of tight situations and has handlebars adjustable for both height and width for the most comfortable driving position.
There are many optional attachments available for this machine, which are simple and fast to fit.
The manufacturer’s recommended price for this machine is £1799 but we have it for £1399, a saving of £400, plus free delivery.