Hints & Tips
As autumn draws in there is loads of muscle sapping work in the garden so here is a small selection our equipment to make the jobs easier.
It seems that today there is a different tool for everything but this great little device can save both time and money.
The MD 4-in-1 Multi Tool is a brilliant little all-round time-saver, combing a hedge cutter, strimmer, brush cutter and long range prunrer all running off a straight shaft with a 25.4 cc engine.
The engine starts easily with a full or half choke and has a clutch giving very light control.
The shaft has a d-shaped handle and a shoulder harness gives great support for long use.
And the different tools very simply and quickly click into place.
With this multi tool you can cut rougher areas of grass or undergrowth with the metal cutting blade or strim edges with a strimming head which automatically feeds out more line when it is needed.
The hedgetrimmer has a length of 27 cm and has a double reciprocating blades. The head can be rotated through 180 degrees to curt the more difficult bits.
Attach the pruner and you can trim back higher branches as it has a 25 cm guide bar with automatic lubrication.
It costs £149.95 compared with the manufacturer’s recommended retail price of £299.95. There is a two year warranty from the makers and free next working day delivery.
Plus there are special offers on spare strimming line, safety helmet with ear muffs and visor, work gloves and engine and chain oil.
Every gardener knows the value of a good wheel barrow or garden cart and our own little machien is ideal for carting all manner of bits and pieces around the garden.
The MD 272PT Tow/Push Dump Cart, currently on special offer, can be pushed and pulled around the garden and can also be hitched to a ride on mower with a hitch pin attachment.
Logs, manure, tools and rocks can all be transported in this cart which has large pneumatic tyres and a sturdy axle to give excellent stability.
It has a 272 kg (500 lb) capacity and yet weighs just 30 kg or 60 lb.
It is delivered free the next working day and has a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
And it is on special offer at the moment, the maker’s recommended retail price is £199 but we have it for sale for just £139.
Hedges can become very untidy at this time of year especially if you have brambles growing through them and they need a tidy up for the winter.
This trimmer, the Tanaka THT-210S Hedge Cutter currently on special offer is a really strong machine with a 22 cc engine built to last and designed to start quickly. It also takes up to half the effort to start.
It has a Quick-Twist rear handle to make it easier to reach the difficult bits.
And the light weight makes it easier to use for longer periods and with 65 cm double sided blades longer and thicker hedges can be trimmed more quickly.
This one has a five year warranty from Tanaka and we have it at the special price of £249 – the maker’s recommended price is £409. Delivery is free the next working day.
At this time of the year everyone needs a good chainsaw for lopping branches or cutting firewood and this one represents top value from a leading German engineering company.
The Einhell BG-PC 1235 Petrol Chain Saw with Free Starter Kit, currently on exclusive special offer has a 37.2 cc engine with a full crank for easier starting and smoother running.
The saw cuts at 19 metres per second and the guide bar and chain are from industry leader Oregon and it can cope easily with logs and branches up to 25 cm in diameter. A claw grip helps hold the logs as you cut.
When you buy this saw you have a free safety kit of helmet with visor and ear protectors, work gloves and a free fuel mixing bottle completely free. Plus there is a carrying bag with shoulder strap.
This is currently on special offer as it costs just £139.95, a full £100 less than Einhell’s recommended retail price.
There is a two year guarantee from the makers and free next working day delivery.
If you have a pile of old logs now is the time to get them ready for the fire.
To ease the strain on the back when swinging an axe the Mitox LS55 Electric Log-Splitter is a terrific little machine with a special mechanism where the distance the push-block travels is matched to the length of the long being split.
It has a splitting force of 5.5 tons enough to deal with denser wood with a twisted grain.
It can take logs up to 52 cm long and when you want to move from place to place there are transport wheels and a handle – there is a five metre length of cable supplied.
This splitter costs £239 and has a two year maker’s warranty.
Delivery is free the next working day.
For a slightly sturdier upright machine our own MD 5.5 ton Electric Vertical Log Splitter is just the job.
Powered by a 2800 watt electric motor it powers a hydraulic ram against a splitting wedge to give enough force to split even twisted, knotted logs.
The base plate has three positions enabling it handle wood up to 105 cm long. The maximum diameter is 32 cm and clamps hold the log in place during splitting.
Both hands are needed to operate this machine, a useful safety feature and there are also shields to protect the hands should splinters fly.
This machine costs £389.95 compared with the maker’s recommended retail price of £599.95 and has a one year guarantee.
Delivery is free the next working day.
Even though we are getting into autumn the lawns are still growing and need clipping and often at this time of year the ole faithful machine gives up the ghost.
So if you are looking after a value for money machine for the smaller lawn this one should do the trick.
The MD 46SP lawn mower is a self-propelled machine with a 118 cc engine and with cutting heights from 27 to 72 mm controlled by a single lever.
The grass box holds 40 litres and large sized wheels make it easy to use over rougher ground.
These wheels are mounted on full ball bearing wheels and won’t stiffen with age.
The handles fold down to take less room in the garage and there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
It costs £159.95, a full £100 less than the maker’s recommended price. Delivery is free the next working day.
And now another mower which we think is one of the bargains of the summer.
The Warrior 18SP Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower has limited availability but offers amazing value for money with four ways of dealing with the clippings – mulching, discharging to the side or back or being collected in the grass box.
It has a Briggs & Stratton 500 Series engine which is easy to start and is mean on fuel and a steel cutter deck powder coated to prolong its life.
This is a limited edition mower and stocks are strictly limited.
It costs just £209, the maker’s recommended retail price is £399.95. It has a two year manufacturer’s warranty and free next working day delivery.
Now for something a little different, a mower with the power of petrol but lighter and totally clean.
The Greenworks G-MAX 45Li-40V Lithium-Ion 4-in-1 Cordless Lawnmower (25357) is powered by the latest generation of lithium-ion batteries.
It has four ways of dealing with the clippings similarly to other mowers but is a much lighter machine and much easier to handle.
The batteries will run the mower continuously for 60 minutes and the battery can be fully re-charged in just two hours.
Cutting heights are from 20 to 70 mm easily adjusted by a single lever and a striping mat at the rear will leave the neat stripes many people want.
It is solidly built but lighter and easier to use than petrol machines.
Other garden equipment can be bought at very reasonable prices as there is no need to buy an extra battery and charger. For instance, a leaf blower costs just £39.
The mower costs just £279 and has a four year warranty, Delivery is free the next working day.
And finally a smashing little lawn tractor from a leading Italian manufacturer.
The Oleo-Mac OM91-PLUS/14.5 KM Lawn & Garden Tractor is currently on special offer at just £1499. The maker’s recommended retail price is £2229.41.
It has a cutting width of 91 cm – 36 in – and has a 432 reliable engine giving plenty of power and easy key starting.
The cutter deck has been shaped so that with its twin blades it can collect grass very efficiently and not leave annoying clumps.
The 210 grass box has an audible beep when it is full and cutting heights are 30 mm up to 90 mm for the rougher areas.
A neat little device enables you to wash the cutter deck by attaching a garden hose and an adjustable driver’s seat adds to the overall comfort of this lawn tractor.
When you buy this machine you have the option of purchasing other equipment for a reduced price, for instance a steel tipping trailer is just £99.
There is a three year warranty and free delivery within three to five working days.
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