Ten top lawnmowers to consider for 2012

Buying a new lawnmower is a pretty daunting task these days as there is such a wide variety to choose from.
So we have looked across the whole range of mowers we sell – there are well over 300 of them – and come up with our list of ten top mowers from the most basic push model to a self-propelled rear roller powered model and a traditional British design.
Through the year we shall be compiling our lists of ten mowers to consider in each sector from hand propelled to petrol, electrically powered to automatic robot mowers.

Alko hand push lawnmower
Alko hand push lawnmower
Our ten top mowers starts with the Alko 2.8HM Soft Touch hand propelled lawn mower with grass collector, perfect for smaller lawns and only £69.95.
These are the ultimate environmentally friendly mowers and this neat little machine has a 28 cm cutting width, five steel blades and four cutting heights.
Lightweight and the simplest of machines to use this mower will leave the grass cleanly and evenly cut with the traditional striped appearance.
The machine is supplied with a 26 litre grass collection box. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a 24 month warranty.
Hayter Envoy rear roller mower
Hayter Envoy rear roller mower
Second on our list is the Hayter Envoy electric rear roller mower currently on special offer at £149.95.
This mower is beautifully designed and comes from a top brand. It has a strong but lightweight plastic deck and has a 14 in cut and a 1400 watt electric motor.
There are seven height settings and as the mower has a rear roller it will give you that perfect striped finish.
There are 17m of cable supplied and the machine will give that perfect finish to the smaller lawn – say about half the size of a tennis court.
The handles fold down for easy storage and the mower comes with a grass collection bag.
Oleo-Mac self propelled electric mower
Oleo-Mac self propelled electric mower
We have an exclusive agreement with leading Italian manufacturer Oleo-MAC to sell their products in this country and for design, top engineering and good looks their products are hard to beat.
The Oleo-Mac G48-TE Self-Propelled Electric Lawn Mower is a great machine which, at £259, we think you will find hard to beat on quality and value.
This mower has many features not normally found on electric mowers.
It is unusual to find a self-propelled electric mower but this one has a powerful 1800W engine giving as much power as many petrol powered ones.
It has a steel deck and environmentally takes a lot of beating with no emissions, very low noise levels and minimum maintenance.
It has a cutting width of 46 cm, a large 60 litre collection box and cutting heights are controlled centrally and are from 28 to 75 mm. It also has a mulching plug.
The Oleo-MAC has a three year manufacturer’s warranty and free next working day delivery.
Masport petrol push lawnmower
Masport petrol push lawnmower
If you are looking for a petrol powered push lawnmower, then one you should consider is the Masport 200 ST Push Lawn mower, probably the best quality mower in its field solidly built to last.
And at £199 it is also an excellent buy as it is £50 off the manufacturer’s price.
Push mowers need to be easy to manoeuvre and this mower has both large front and rear wheels which run on double ball bearings which reduce the amount of effort needed.
The height adjustor is simple and fast to use and the machine can be easily started without crouching down.
Power comes from a Briggs & Stratton 3.75 hp engine and there is a 46 cm cutting width.
Handles fold down for ease of storage and a safety device stops the engine and blades the moment you let go of the mower.
There is a three year manufacturer’s guarantee and free next working day delivery.
Tuffcut self propelled lawnmower
Tuffcut self propelled lawnmower
For a self-propelled mower the Tuffcut T4204S Self-Propelled 4-Wheeled Petrol Rotary Lawn Mower is definitely one for the short list as it represents excellent value at £229, a full £100 off the manufacturer’s price. Plus there is a free five litre steel jerry can included.
The Tuffcut mower is a sturdy machine which is self-propelled taking the effort out of pushing the machine.
Powered by a 148 cc Briggs & Stratton engine this machine is ideal for the smaller lawn with its 41 cm cutting width and five stage cutting height adjustment from 25 to 75 cm so you can tackle the rougher areas around the edges of the lawn and cut around trees and shrubs.
The grass collector takes a generous 60 litres and the deck is pressed steel which is offset so you can cut up the edges of the lawn.
This machine has a three year manufacturer’s guarantee and free next working day delivery.
Einhell Royal lawnmower
Einhell Royal lawnmower
Another self-propelled mower for the shortlist and another which is great value for money is the Einhell BG-PM 46 S Self-Propelled 4-Wheeled Petrol Lawnmower which at £219.95 is a full £100 off the manufacturer’s recommended price.
Einhell is a German company which makes well-engineered machines and this one has a reliable 3.75 HP engine which is very easy to start and has a steel deck.
The petrol tank will take 1.3 litres of fuel enabling you to keep going longer without filling up.
The cutting height can be controlled with a single lever and the machine has a 46 cm cutting width making it suitable for medium sized to large lawns.
The controls are light and easy to use and the grass box has a capacity of 60 litres.
Two year manufacturer’s warranty and free next working day delivery with this machine.
Mountfield self-propelled lawnmower
Mountfield self-propelled lawnmower
If you are looking for a top spec machine and a real bargain look no further than the Mountfield SP536 Self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower an exclusive special offer to Mowdirect.
The machine normally sells for £449 but it is on sale for just £299, £150 off the normal price.
If you have a medium to large sized lawn this is a machine which merits serious consideration with its 51 cm cutting width and a 160 cc engine which is easy to start, uses little fuel and is quiet running.
Capable of tackling a variety of tasks from rough grass edges to smooth lawns it is easy to use with large ball bearing wheels and has a large 60 litre fabric collection bag.
Again, the machine comes with a two year manufacturer’s warranty and free next working day delivery.
Einhell petrol lawnmower
Einhell petrol lawnmower
Another mower exclusive to us is the Einhell BG-PM 51SHW 4-in-1 Hi-wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower which at £319.95 is £160 off the manufacturer’s recommended price.
One of the best buys this season this mower has a powerful 166 cc engine and an extra wide 51 cm cutting width.
This mower has four options for getting rid of the clippings – either directly out of the back of the mower or discharged to the side, or mulched and recycled and put back on to the lawn as a valuable mulch; or they can be collected in the conventional manner via a large fabric grass box.
Additionally this machine has a grass comb at the front to enable a more even cut and produce a better finish.
A single lever adjustment gives six different cutting heights and delivery is free the next working day with a two year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Sanli rear roller mower
Sanli rear roller mower
A real top of the range self propelled mower, the Sanli LSPR48 has a rear roller to give a traditional striped finish.
At £429 the mower is £100 off the recommended price and is one of very few purpose built rear roller mowers.
Very well built and designed, this self-propelled mower can cope with difficult conditions and has a 163 cc four stroke engine.
There are seven cutting heights between 65 mm and a very short 12 mm and the width of cut is a handy 48 cm.
The 70 litre grass box is an extra large size but is easily folded for storage.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Suffolk Punch cylinder mower
Suffolk Punch cylinder mower
But if you want a proper traditional lawn mower have a look at the Qualcast Suffolk Punch 17SK Petrol Cylinder Lawn Mower.
This machine can cut right down to a height of 10 mm and with its heavy rear roller it is second to none for leaving the traditional striped lawn finish beloved of country house owners.
A Kawasaki 98 cc engine provides the power and there is a three way transmission – drive roller with blades engaged, roller only or blade only engaged.
This means you can safely cross drives and paths without damaging the blade.
As a special offer, this machine has a free lawn scarifier cassette, a very useful addition to this traditional mower to keep the lawn healthy.
The mower plus the scarifier cassette costs £539, £250 off the recommended retail price, plus there is free next working day delivery and a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
These are just ten of our best mowers but if you need any advice please call our team on 08454 588905.
And keep an eye on our site for further mower reviews throughout the spring to help you chose the best one for your purposes.

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