If it ever came to a world competition for lawnmowers the Olympians from New Zealand would be right up there challenging for gold.
The country’s Masport Olympic models are among the finest produced by the country’s largest manufacturer of lawnmowers and are exported all over the world.
For instance, the Masport Olympic 500 Cylinder Mower
is one of the best in its field, solidly engineered with a steel chassis designed to give a perfect finish as it has a rear roller which will leave that traditional striped finish to any lawn.
It has a centrifugal clutch which lets you disengage the cutting cylinder so you can move across paths and without damaging the machine.
It also has a split differential rear roller which stops scalping uneven lawns and gives great manoeuvrability.
It has a Briggs & Stratton six hp engine and the cutting width is 66 cm making it suitable for medium to large sized lawns. The grass box can take 62 litres. This mower costs £979 compared with the manufacturer’s recommended price of £1049 and is delivered free within three to four working days. There is a one year maker’s warranty.
Other mowers in the series are the Masport Olympic 400 Cylinder Mower which sells for £779, the Masport Olympic 660 Cylinder Mower which costs £1079 and the Masport Olympic 500 Golf Cylinder Mower at £1179.
This one is as the name suggests designed for golf courses and has a low cutting blade and a turf rake and also incorporates a front steel roller.
The rear roller has a scraper as well.
It may be tempting to ignore the garden at the moment with many of you chained to the TV watching the Olympics.
But the lawn is still growing, as are the weeds and hedges so it will pay you to leave the comfortable armchair and get into the great outdoors.
You can always see a replay later, unfortunately the lawn won’t wait.