Ten top machines for cutting wet autumn grass

Soaking dew and even a few early morning frosts have left lawns sodden in the morning but still growing  and needing regular trimming.

And that’s a problem for many less powerful mowers which tend to leave congealed lumps on the lawn rather than collect the clippings.

The power is needed not just to cut the grass but to produce a strong air current under the cutting deck.

This forces the cut grass into the collection box so it does not have a chance to ‘ball up’ and fall back to the ground.

Try to leave lawn cutting to the period after the grass dries out a bit but before the dew re-forms, that way you’ll achieve the best results.

And just cut half the width of the mower if the growth is particularly thick, that way you’ll achieve a better result and won’t have to go over the lawn a second time.

Toro Lawnmower
USA power: Toro 20943 Recycler Lawnmower

So here are ten mowers with the power to tackle autumn lawns. And if you buy a mower now you’ll be ready for the vigorous growth next Spring.

Our first is a really powerful machine from the USA.

The Toro 20943 Petrol Recycler Lawnmower has a 140cc Briggs & Stratton engine with the latest lubrication system to give smooth running a long life.

This engine drives large rear wheels with enough power to tackle slopes and areas of rough grass.

The mower lets you collect and discharge cut grass to the back as well as recycle and it has a cutting width of 46cm so an area of around 1000m2 is no problem.

There are seven cutting heights from 25mm to 70mm and a grass box which holds 55 litres.

And there is a wash port so cleaned down after mowing is easy – just attach a garden hose.

The mower has a two-year warranty and is delivered free of charge the next working day and costs £299, £70 off the recommended price. You get FREE oil too. 

This next one is from leading manufacturer Lawnflite, a company which produces top value machines and it’s exclusive to MowDirect.

Lawnmower 19SPW Lawnmower
Versatile mower: Lawnflite 19SPW Lawnmower

The Lawnflite 19SPW 4-in-1 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower lets you collect the cut grass as well as discharge it to the back and side or mulch when conditions allow.

The company’s own 135cc engine provides the power and it has a throttle to let you adjust the revs according to the conditions.

There are eight cutting heights from 25mm to 57mm and a 60-litre grass box with an indicator to show when it is full.

Large drive wheels give plenty of grip when the grass is thick or wet.

The price is £299, £100 off the recommended  price and we deliver it free the next working day with a two-year warranty and some FREE oil. 

From Italy comes the Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower, a machine with a 196cc engine giving loads of power.

That combined with the versatility it offers makes it a very popular mower with a string of favourable reviews.

With this one you can discharge the clippings to the back and side as well as mulch, when conditions allow, and there is a giant 70-litre grass box.

Oleo-Mac G53-TK All Road Plus 4 lawnmower
Professional power: Oleo-Mac G53-TK All Road Plus 4 Lawnmower

Cutting heights are 28mm to 75mm on this very solid, well-engineered mower and 280mm drive wheels make it easy to tackle damp, thicker grass.

It costs £319, £180 off the recommended price and it has a five year warranty and FREE next working day delivery with a bottle of FREE oil thrown in.

One recent customer summed it up like this: “The machine works much better than the Honda and my old Qualcast, and is much better at coping with quite long, damp grass without the constant clogging of the previous machines.”

And that’s what you want at this time of the year.

It costs £319.95, £180 less than the recommended price and has a five-year warranty with FREE oil and FREE delivery the next working day.

This next model is from a German manufacturer and has a 190cc Briggs & Stratton.

The Al-Ko 470BR Premium 4-in-1 Petrol Rotary Lawn Mower has a 46cm cutting width making it suitable for lawns up to around 1500m2.

You can discharge to the side and rear as well as mulch and collect the cut grass and has a single piece cutting deck designed to increase the all-important airflow.

Al-Ko 2011 470BR lawn mower
German engineering: Al-Ko 470BR-A lawn mower

Cutting heights are from 30mm to 80mm with seven settings and it has large rear drive wheels with a grass box which holds 70 litres.

Delivered FREE the next working day it has a two-year warranty and costs £369, £90 less than the recommended price. Oh, and you get FREE oil into the bargain.

Now, a five-star machine from one of the country’s favourite brands.

The Mountfield HW531-PD 4-in-1 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower has been designed to cope with all types of grass and weather with a 160cc Mountfield engine powerful enough to take on thicker, rougher areas and garden slopes.

The cutting width is 53cm making it the one for lawns around 1200m2 and it has six cutting heights from 26mm to 87mm.

It is also fitted with a front plate so it will not scalp uneven lawns.

Great Lawnmower Good Value” said a recent customer. Other reviews are here.

Mountfield HGW531 Lawnmower
Top brand: Mountfield HW531 Lawnmower

It costs £379, £80 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty with free next working day delivery. There’s even a free bottle of engine oil.

Now back to Germany for a really strong mower.

The Al-Ko 5250HWS Easy Mow ‘Vari-Speed’ High Wheeler Petrol Power Driven Lawn Mower (Honda Engine) is both powerful and versatile with a 160cc Honda engine.

The cutting deck is reinforced with aluminium and it has 51cm cutting width making it suitable for lawns around 2000m2.

Equally at home on rougher areas as well as smooth lawns the Ultramow cutting deck gives increased airflow to make it a great collector of wet grass at this time of the year.

There are seven cutting heights from 30mm to 80mm and a grass box which holds 70 litres.

Al-Ko 520HWS Lawnmower
German power: Al-Ko 520hws Easy Mow Petrol Lawnmower

The handlebar not only folds down so it is easy to transport and store but is adjustable in height. And there is a handgrip to make it easy to pick up.

It costs £499, £200 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty with FREE next working day delivery. FREE oil is also included. 

And this final mower is a beast with a wide cutting width and very robust.

The Weibang Virtue 53 SV Variable-Speed Petrol Lawnmower has a 161cc Briggs & Stratton engine which is very easy to fire up.

With the mower you can collect the cut grass, discharge to the side and mulch and it has a 70-litre grass box with a 53cm cutting width. And the cutting deck has a powder coated finish to resist corrosion.

Another great advantage is the variable speed so you can mow at the speed which suits you and the conditions.

Large drive wheels give great grip in the wet. It costs £699 and has a five-year warranty. Delivery is free within two to three working days.

Now three machines for those of you with larger lawns which need lawn tractors.

The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor is a long-time favourite with an 84cm cutting width and twin cutting blades.

These not only give a more even finish but make collecting wet grass easier as they create a more powerful air current under the cuttings deck.

Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor
Twin blades: Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor

It has seven cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and when the grass box is full – it holds  240 litres – it will beep at you to say it wants emptying. The box can be emptied from the driver’s seat.

The engine is Mountfield’s own 452cc model with six gears – five forward and one reverse. And it has an extra-large fuel tank.

It is very comfortable to drive with a high-backed seat which is adjustable.

Suitable for lawns up to 5000m2 it is fitted with headlights, which are very useful at this time of year.

You can but a deflector kit for use when cutting long grass and a mulch plug as optional extras.

It costs £1749, £200 less than the recommended price and has a five year warranty.

And here is a SPECIAL DEAL. Next working day delivery is Delivery is FREE, even on a Saturday if ordering by 3pm the previous day.

If you have areas of grass up to 8000m2 this tractor will keep things in order.

Mountfield 1543H-SD Lawn Tractor
Top worker: Mountfield 1543H-SD Lawn Tractor

The Mountfield 1543H-SD Lawn Tractor will discharge the cut grass to the side but will also mulch clippings on formal lawns.

With cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and a cutting width of 108cm it can tackle large areas like paddocks and meadows, say up to around 8000m2.

The 452cc engine is started with a key and a six-litre fuel tank means you can keep mowing for longer with filling up.

It has hydrostatic transmission making it easy to drive and giving precise speed control and it has a tight turning circle. Anti-scalp wheels on the cutting deck protect uneven lawns.

There is a heavy steel bumper just in case and even a cup holder so you can keep refreshed while you worm.

It comes with a tow bar as a machine lie this has its uses throughout the year.

The price is £1849, a useful reduction on the recommended price if £2099 and it has a five-year warranty.

And as an added bonus, Next working day delivery is FREE if ordered by 3pm, even on Saturday.

And finally, this lawn tractor from Al-Ko, the T16-102HD Edition Lawn Tractor.

Suitable for areas around 8000m2 it is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 656cc twin cylinder engine and has a 102cm cutting width so you can deal with really large areas.

Great performer: Al-Ko T16-102HD Edition

It has six cutting heights from 30mm to 90mm and a grass box which holds 300 litres easily emptied from the driver’s seat.

With this tractor you receive a steel tipping worth £199 trailer absolutely free and a tow hitch.

Delivered FREE, it costs £2499, £500 off the recommended price and it has a five-year warranty.

These are just some of the machines from our site which will help you deal with cutting wet grass in the autumn. You can see our full range of mowers on these pages and ride-ons and lawn and garden tractors here.

And we are only a phone call away if you want to talk to use about anything before ordering or if you are not sure which is the right machine for you garden.

Just rig us on 03454 588905 during office hours and we’ll be delighted to give our advice.

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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.