Ten top machines to keep the garden shipshape after the storms

Autumn gales and storms have made their impact on the garden and there’s more to come according to the all-seeing weather men and women.

So here are ten top pieces of kit to keep your lawns and borders looking good.

We’ve selected leaf blowers, chainsaws, a scarifier and a lawn tractor which will earn their keep all year round but will be especially valuable at the moment.

Dead leaves prevent light and moisture from reach the roots of plants and can damage your lawn. And fallen branches need to be cut up and stored as soon as possible to dry out and season for the fire.

Tanaka leaf blower
Japanese power: Tanaka TRB 24EAP leaf blower

Quiz time: The only wood which burns well without seasoning? Ash. And it makes excellent kindling as well as it is easy to split.

So let’s start with leaf blowers and the first, the Tanaka TRB-24EAP Hand-Held Petrol Leaf-Blower, is a Japanese-designed machine delivering a 76 metres a second blast of air.

This is enough to shift even trodden down, matted wet leaves which and has the power which even commercial gardeners demand.

The force is generated by Tanaka’s PureFire 24cc engine which keeps fuel use and emissions right down.

Key to its superb performance is its 24cc air-cooled two-stroke engine which features Tanaka’s PureFire technology, whereby fuel-consumption and emissions are minimised while power-output is maximised.

It weighs only 3.9kg and is very easy to use for long periods while doing the job quickly.

Delivered free to your door the  next day it has a five-year warranty and costs £189, £60 off the recommended price.

Mitox is a company which manufactures excellent garden machinery and this leaf blower is high-spec and great value.

Mitox leaf blower
Japanese power: Mirox BV280bvx leaf blower

Their 280BVX PREMIUM Petrol Blower-Vac has a 26.7cc engine producing 1.1hp while being comparatively quiet and producing low vibrations.

It has a shoulder strap, cruise control and gives a 161mph air blast.

Change nozzles and you have a machine which will vac up the debris and shred it to one twelfth its volume.

It has a two-year warranty, free next working day delivery and costs £199, £40 off the recommended price.

Another great Mitox product, very easy and reliable starting, exceptional build quality and a powerful unit”, says a recent customer.

For larger areas, this machine from the USA will do the trick with little effort.

The Billy Goat KV600 Estate Series Lawn Vacuum comes from a company which makes a huge range of domestic and industrial cleaning vacs and will deal with all manner of debris including paper, cans and even bottles.

This makes it an ideal machine to clear up all year round especially after parties.

Tough worker: Billy Goat KV600.

A powerful Briggs & Stratton engine is at its heart, producing 6hp and it has a wide suction width and a 151 litre collection bag.

The machine has large wheels making it easy to push along. And you can also adjust the working height according to the surface.

For an extra £209 you can buy a hose kit to clean behind sheds and close to fences and borders. This has a 10cm opening.

It costs £929, £70 off the recommended price and has a one year warranty with FREE delivery the next working day and FREE oil.

Reviews can be seen here. “Extra Heavy Duty Product”, commented one customer.

Now a couple of chainsaws and the first has some free safety kit with it.

The  Oleo-Mac GS-350 Pro Petrol Chainsaw with Free Starter-Pack is exclusive to MowDirect and is ideal for cutting fallen branches and heavy-duty pruning.

Oleo Mac HS-350 chain saw
Free starter kit: Oleo-Mac GS-350 chainsaw

A 38.9cc engine powers a top quality chain along a 35cm guide bar, so you can also use it for felling smaller trees.

And for those of you not used to chain directions are printed on the side of the machine.

It starts very easily and has transparent fuel and chain oil tanks – essential chain oiling is automatic. And it has an effective system to limit vibrations.

The machine weighs 4.4kg and is very well balanced with an inertia-operated chain brake.

The free kit consists of chainsaw gloves, a safety helmet with ear defenders and a visor, plus a free fuel mixing bottle, two stroke and chain oil, worth in total £70.

It costs £195, £80 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. Delivery the next working day is FREE.

The next one, the Tanaka ECV4501,is very popular with professionals and has an easy-starting 43cc engine and a 45cm guide bar with low fuel consumption figures.

It is designed for felling larger trees and dealing with hefty branches and yet weighs only 4kg while four anti-vibration cushions make it comfortable to use for long periods.

tanaka ECV-4501 chainsaw
Tougest tasks:Tanaka ECV-4501 chainsaw

It is designed with automatic chain oiling and a fast-acting chain brake and can cope with denser wood like thorn and fruit.

It has a three-year domestic warranty, two year for professional use and costs £369, £40 off the recommended price with FREE next working day delivery. FREE oil is also included. 

You also receive a FREE safety helmet with visor and ear muffs worth £24.95.

If there’s one job which is really worth doing now, it’s scarifying, teasing out dead grass and weeds and moss which inhibit the lawn from growing.

And this machine, the Einhell GC-SC 2240P Petrol Lawn Scarifier offers excellent value. It is one of our multi 4.5 star rated Superstars and has been a best seller for a number of years.

From a leading German engineering company it has a 118cc engine to drive 18 blades.

Don’t set the machine to work too deep to start with and don’t be too alarmed if the result looks a bid like a ploughed field as new grass will quickly grow up to replace the dead stems teased out.

Top seller: Einhell GC-SC 2240P scarifier

It has a working width of 40cm and is recommended for an area around 1000m2 – the size of two tennis courts.

It is supplied with a catcher but if you’ve not scarified for some it’s best to leave this off and rake up the rubbish.

It costs £279.95, £220 off the recommended price and has a two year warranty with FREE next working day delivery and FREE oil.

Brilliant Scarifier. My partner describes this scarifier as the best he has ever owned,” says a recent review.

You need to keep the lawn trimmed even though it is October – in fact many people now cut their grass all year round, and here are three top mowers offering great value for money.

First one from a favourite company making great garden machinery.

The Mountfield SP180 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is exclusive to us and has a Briggs & Stratton 15ccc engine.

Great Value: Mountfield SP180

It has the power to tackle both the rougher less well kept areas and smooth lawns with five cutting heights from 20mm to 70mm – don’t cut the lawn too short during the colder months.

With a cutting width of 45cm it is suitable for lawns up to 800m2 and it has a grass box which holds 55 litres.

This is a very solid mower and great value at £249, £100 off the recommended price. There is a two-year warranty and FREE delivery the next working day.

Here’s another best seller, a really versatile year-round workhorse.

The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower lets you collect the clippings in the 70-litre box, mulch them or discharge to the back or the side.

So it is equally at home on small paddocks and orchards and paths as it is on smooth lawns.

An Emak 196cc engine gives plenty of power, is easy to start an d has low vibration levels and it has cutting heights from 28mm to 75mm with six settings.

Large wheels make it easy to steer and handle rougher ground.

With a five-year warranty and FREE delivery the next working day, it costs £319, a huge reduction on the recommended price of £130.

If you want a lawn with a striped finish, and increasing number of gardeners do, this mower could be the one you want.

Smart stripes: Morrison Oxford 48r

A really well built and solid machine, the Morrison Oxford 48RS Self-Propelled Petrol Roller Lawnmower has an aluminium cutting deck and a 163cc Briggs & Stratton engine, am easy starter and with a special silencer.

A steel roller leaves the iconic striped finish and it can be used to cut right up to lawn edges without fear it will fall into the borders.

It will cut right down to 10mm, but don’t be too tempted to use this setting until the summer months, lawns need a good covering of grass to see them through the winter. “Solid engineering …very impressed” is one of the positive commetns we have received. .

It costs £499, £300 off the recommended price and has a five year warranty and FREE delivery the next working day, plus FREE oil.

And you also receive a FREE 10-litre Jerry can worth £24.95.

And finally a terrific value lawn tractor from Germany.

Designed for areas around 6000m2, the Al-Ko T16-92HD Special Edition Lawn Tractor has a twin-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine and a special Hi-Lift blade to give strong air flow under the cutting deck and assist the collection of wet grass.

Al-Ko T16-92HDH lawn tractor
Twin cylinder engine: Al-Ko T16-92HD lawn tractor

The grass box holds 220 litres and can be emptied from the driver’s seat and with hydrostatic transmission it drives much like an automatic car.

There are six cutting heights and anti-scalp wheels on the front of the cutting deck, which is 92cm wide, follow the contours of the lawn so you don’t scalp it.

If you order this tractor by 3pm we will deliver it free the next working day to England and Wales – Scotland takes a few days longer.

All deliveries are via our FREE Premium Delivery Service, so your tractor is delivered assembled, tested, tuned , cleaned and ready to go.

It costs £2299, £400 off the price recommended and that’s with the free trailer, brush cutter and tow hitch worth well over £250.

Plus there is a five-year warranty.

If you have any questions you want to ask about any of these products or anything else you see on our site, then please ring us on 03454 588905. We’re here during normal office hours, plus 10am – 4pm on Saturdays.

There’s loads of work still to be done in the garden and it will pay to keep lawns trimmed and leaf free.

Soon the pruning and digging will have to start in preparation for next year. The gardener’s work is never done!!

 

 

 

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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.