Hints & Tips
With recent heavy rain the grass is still growing really quickly and the wet lawns are ‘finding out’ a few old faithful lawn mowers which are giving up the ghost at the end of summer.
But don’t despair as we have ten top mowers which are not only excellent at trimming wet grass but also offer excellent value for money.
The first is out own MD 51SP 3-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower, on sale and offering great value for money.
This has three cutting options, either discharging cuttings at the back or collecting them in the grass box of mulching them and returning them to the lawn.
But make sure you chose a dry day if you want to use the mulch plug.
This has a wide 51 cm cutting width and is useful for dealing with larger lawns. And with cutting heights from 25 up to 90 mm you can deal with the longer grass around the edges as well.
The 163 cc engine is easy to start and runs smoothly and with its 65 litre grass box there will be fewer trips to the compost heap to empty it.
The high wheel design means it will handle rougher ground more easily – and these wheels have are mounted on proper ball bearings.
The manufacturer’s recommended retail price was £399.95 but are selling for only £239.95.
It has free next day delivery and a two year maker’s guarantee.
Second on our list is the Greenworks G-MAX 45Li-40V Lithium-Ion 4-in-1 Cordless Lawnmower (25357), a machine using the latest battery technology.
Modern batteries can give great power and are far lighter than conventional machines and this one can also discharge to the side as well as mulching, collecting and discharging at the back.
This facility is really useful when cutting longer lawn edges and the untidier bits and there is enough power to tackle a lawn the size of two tennis courts in one charge.
Cutting heights go down to a very low 20 mm and up to 70 mm and there is a striping device which leaves the traditional finish.
This one costs £279 compared with the maker’s recommended retail price of £499. Plus there is a four year warranty and free next working day delivery.
Additionally you can buy other Greenworks garden equipment which use the same battery and charger and therefore are much less expensive.
For instance a leaf blower costs only £39!
Now here’s a machine which is designed for the rougher areas and can work just as well in the wet as the dry.
The MD 22P Wheeled Trimmer Mower is a neat little two mower at a bargain price designed to cut down overgrown areas of nettles and dock and other wild weeds.
As it is pushed along a thick heavy line at the front slices through the vegetation that other machines simply can’t tackle.
It has a 4-stroke 160 cc petrol engine and with its snub nose is designed to be pushed under garden benches, large bushes, anywhere conventional mowers can’t get.
Being light and easy to use it can also tackle banks and ditch edges and will not be damaged if you come across a can or large stone due to the flexible strimming cord.
Even though it is a little and easy to use machine be in no doubt that it is extremely effective when it comes to dealing with overgrown vegetation.
The cutting heights are from 35 to 70 mm and needles to say it is just at home in the wet as in the dry.
It costs £299 and you can buy 12 sets of spare strimming line for £12.95. There is a two year warranty and free next working day delivery.
Now one from a German engineering company which can tackle wetter grass collection.
The Einhell BG-PM 51SHW 4-in-1 Hi-wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower has proved very popular and with £160 off is an excellent buy.
With its 51 cm cutting width and 166 cc engine this sturdy machine can tackle all sorts of grass cutting challenges as it has the four way of disposing of cuttings – to the side or rear or mulched or collected.
The hard top on the grass box is vented to increase air flow and enhance grass collection when it’s damp. There is also a front lawn comb to smooth the grass before it is cut to give a smoother finish.
And the high-wheel design means it can handle rougher areas and longer grass more easily.
The recoil starter can be used without bending down, a useful feature for those with a tender back.
It costs £319.95, has a two year manufacturer’s warranty and is delivered free the next working day.
Now one aimed at gardeners looking for professional features and the professional alike.
The Oleo-Mac Max 53TK Professional Self-Propelled Lawn Mower with Aluminium Deck is from a top Italian manufacturing company and has an extra powerful 196 cc Emak K800 engine sipping fuel and with lower vibration levels.
The 51 cm cut and extra large 75 litre grass box will enable large areas to be cut quickly and with little hassle.
The aluminium chassis gives and long life and light weight and there is a mulch plug should conditions allow its use. Cytting heights are from 25 to 65 mm selected with a single lever.
It costs £349 compared with Oleo-Mac’s recommended retail price of £699. There is a three year warranty and free next working day delivery.
Here’s a mower manufactured in the USA offering great performance nad great value for money.
The McCulloch M53-160DW High-Wheel 4-in-1 Self-propelled Lawn Mower (Honda Engine) is exclusive to Mowdirect. It is a great buy as at its heat is as Honda’s GCV160 engine very easy to start and very reliable.
It can handle longer grass with its side and rear discharge, useful for when the grass is wet.
With its really wide 53 cm cutting width it can handle larger lawns and as the power drive is to the front wheels it is easier to handle on the turns.
Cutting heights are from 25 to 82 mm and the deisgn means it can handle rougher ground with ease.
It costs £349, has a one year manufacturer’s warranty and free next working day delivery.
Now back to Oleo-Mac for their G53-THX AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower, machine which can handle all manner of mowing challenges and is a best buywith four ways of dealing with the clippings.
A Honda GCV160 160 cc engine beats at its heart giving loads of power which is important when dealing with damper conditions.
This engine has automatic decompression making it easier to start and a special lubrication system to give it a longer life.
The extra-large grass box can hold 70 litres and the cutting width is 51 cm and combined with high wheels make it a mower equipped to tackle all manner of tasks.
A handy feature is the front bumper, just in case a tree or garden bench leaps into you path.
It costs £359 compared with the maker’s recommended retail price of £599 and has a three year maker’s warranty. Delivery is free the next working day.
Now here’s one to tackle the difficult to reach banks and ditches.
and can keep them in order in even the wettest conditions.
The Toro HoverPro 450 Petrol Hover Lawn Mower has a 4.5 Honda GCV135 engines and cuts across a 46 cm width with a strong nylon cord.
The mower hovers above the ground making it very easy to use and mulches the grass very effectively.
It weighs just 17.6kg and a set of handlebar extension makes it even more effective at dealing with sloping lawn sand banks.
It has three cutting heights between 18 mm and 30 mm and a high-rise kit makes it even better a tackling extra long grass. And a transport wheel kit can be obtained to make it easier to move around. Both these cost £79.
The mower costs £445 and has free next working day delivery and a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Now a top British-made lawnmower, a favourite for many years.
The Hayter Harrier 48 Pro Autodrive Rear-Roller Lawn Mower (Code: 496) is a favourite not only with home owners wanting a perfect finish to their lawns but with professional gardeners as well.
But now and there is a free 10-litre jerry can.
A Briggs & Stratton 190 cc engine provides the power to drive the large-diameter ribbed rear roller to give an excellent finish. It is also fitted with a friction disc to stop the crankshaft bending.
Cutting heights are from a very low 13 mm up to 60 mm and there is an ample 70 litre grass box.
It costs £788 and has a one year guarantee from Hayter.
The Lawnflite 603 RT Lawn Tractor has a single blade system to give an excellent cut even when the lawn’s wet.
This blade is deigned to physically throw and blow the grass into the grass box and eliminate blockages.
The 76 cm cutting width make it suitable for lawns up to 4000 sq metres and with its easy steering it will easily scoot round flowers beds and bushes.
The cutting deck is also off-set so it can mow right up to the lawn edges.
And it drives much like an automatic car with no gears to change.
It costs £1499 compared with the maker’s recommended retail price of £1749 and has a two year warranty.
It is delivered free within two to three working days.
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