Hints & Tips
The recent mild spell has given lawns a real boost and there is a fair bit of new growth – certainly more than last year at this time when gardens looked like a scene from the Arctic.
And though it’s unseasonal, you can give the lawn a light trim at the moment, keeping the cutting height well up to ‘just trim the whiskers’. This will lead to the lawn looking much better than your neighbours’ and promote better, even spring growth when the warmer weather truly arrives.
Lots of you put off buying a new mower last year when the heat wave arrived and lawns stopped growing.
But there will be many an old faithful friend in the shed which won’t cope with the wet, early growth this year, so here are ten top mowers which can tackle damper grass.
First is the Warrior 18SP Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower, a limited edition machine currently in our sale at a special price.
A Briggs & Stratton engine gives fast and easy starting and is made for along life and the mowers has four way of dealing with the clippings – either discharged to the rear or side, collected ,or mulched and returned to the lawn.
The side discharge is particularly useful when dealing with longer, overgrown areas like paddock edges and orchards. It has an 18 in cutting width to make grass cutting faster.
This mower is just £199.95 compared to the manufacturer’s price of £399.95. There is a two year warranty and free next working day delivery.
The next one is very light and simple to use and is made in the USA to rely on the latest battery technology.
The Greenworks G-MAX 45Li-40V Lithium-Ion 4-in-1 Cordless Lawnmower (25357) relies on lithium-ion battery power to 60 minutes continuous running time.
And the battery can be re-charged in just two hours.
This too has four way of dealing with the clippings – discharged to the back or side, or mulched and returned to the lawn or collected in the 50 litre grass box.
It is designed for lawns of around the size of two tennis courts, has cutting heights from 20 mm to 70 mm and a solid steel frame.
It costs £229, £270 less than the maker’s recommended retail price. It is supplied with both battery and charger.
It has a two year warranty from Greenworks and we deliver it free the next working day.
Now one of our own, the MD 51SP 3-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower.
This is a high-wheel mower making it capable of handling longer grass and lets you discharge the grass to the rear and it has a mulch plug as well. The grass box can hold 65 litres.
It has a cutting width of 51 cm – 21 in – and cutting heights from 25 mm to 90 mm and has a 163 cc engine with a large fuel tank.
Quick-release handles make it easy to lower the handlebars for easier storage and the wheels run on proper ball bearings so they won’t stiffen with age.
The manufacturer’s recommended retail price is £399.95 but we are selling it for £239.95. Delivery the next working day is free and there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Across to Italy for the next one which comes from one of Europe’s leading manufacturers.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower is a really top-spec machine with an Enak K800 engine, 196 cc, designed to be mean on fuel and emissions and to keep vibrations to a minimum.
This has four ways of dealing with the clippings, either by discharging to the side or rear, mulch or collecting in the 70 litre grass box.
It has extra-large wheels which make it easier to use in damp conditions and a 51 cm cutting width. Cutting heights are from 28 to 75 mm.
It costs £299, a substantial reduction on the recommended retail price of £449 and has a three year warranty from the makers. We deliver for free the next working day.
From Italy to the USA for the next one, the McCulloch M53-160DW High-Wheel 4-in-1 Self-propelled Lawn Mower with a Honda engine.
This mower, which is exclusive to Mowdirect and in our warehouse clearance sale has the four cutting options but the drive is to the front wheels.
This is a handy feature particularly when it’s a bit damp as it is easier to manoeuvre.
The Honda 160 cc engine is very easy to fire up and uses little fuel and the machine has a 53 cm cutting width and a 71 litre grass box. Cutting heights are from 25 to 82 mm.
It is in our sale for £299, £200 less than the maker’s recommended retail price and has a one year warranty.
Delivery is free the next working day.
The Einhell RG-PM 51S 4-in-1 Hi-wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower is another machine exclusive to Mowdirect and is currently in our sale and has a 51 cm cutting width making it ideal for larger gardens.
It has a 190 cc Briggs & Stratton engine and has four ways of dealing with the clippings – the side discharge and high wheels make it especially suitable for longer areas.
The 60 litre grass box has an indicator to show when it’s full and the handles are padded and adjustable to make it more comfortable to use over longer periods.
The whole robust machine gives great value for money especially at this price of £299.95 compared with Einhell’s recommended retail price of £579.95.
There is a two year warranty from the makers and we deliver it free the next working day.
Back to Italy and a machine designed for the toughest tasks and with the professional gardener in mind.
The Oleo-Mac Max 53TK Professional Self-Propelled Lawn Mower with Aluminium Deck has a 196 cc Emak engine giving bags of power while being mean on fuel.
And with its 51 cm cutting width it is made to cut larger lawns quickly.
This one has an aluminium chassis and has a mulching blade which cuts the clippings into tea leaf size pieces to pack them into the 75 litre grass box so that more time can be spent mowing.
The cutting height on this mower is adjusted very precisely by a knob which gives any finish required from 25 mm to 65 mm.
This mower is exclusive to Mowdirect and costs £349 a massive reduction on the maker’s recommended price of £699.
It has a three year domestic guarantee and free next working day delivery.
This next one comes from one of the largest garden machinery factories in Europe and is the Efco LR55-VBX 4-in-1 Hi-Wheel Petrol Lawn Mower with Variable Speed Drive, a machine on special offer as it represents very real value for money.
The great benefit of this mower is the fact that you can chose the speed at which you mow from one of four options making the task much easier.
You also have the four options of dealing with the clippings. A Briggs & Stratton 190 cc engine provides the power to give high torque at all engine speeds and is excellent for handling longer, damp grass.
Height adjustments are from 25 mm up to 82 mm through six positions and the grass box has an indicator to show when it’s full and holds 80 litres.
It costs £399 compared with Efco’s recommended retail price of £550 and has a three year warranty. Delivery is free the next working day.
Now a mower which carries a recommendation from Which?
The Al-Ko 520BR Premium 4-in-1 Petrol Power Driven Lawnmower with a Briggs & Stratton engine has the option of discharging cuttings to the rear or side, mulching them or collecting.
This mower will tackle thick damp grass because of the power of the 190 cc engine and has a 51 cm cutting width.
Cutting heights are from 30 mm up to 80 mm through seven stages and the cutting deck is powder-coated steel for a longer life.
It costs £489, is delivered free the next working day and has a two year warranty.
And having gone around the world we’re now back home with the British-made Hayter R53S Power-Driven Recycling Lawn Mower VS ES (Sens-A-Speed Transmission) (Code: 448).
This is a really great mower which can collect in the 55 litre grass box, mulch or discharge clippings to the side and has cutting heights from 25 mm to 114 mm.
The mower has been designed to mow at the exact speed at which you want to walk
and has a Briggs & Stratton 190 cc engine with electric, key start.
And if you buy at the moment there is a ten litre steel jerry can worth £24.95 absolutely free.
It costs £499, a great saving on the maker’s recommended price of £629 and has a three year manufacturer’s warranty. We deliver it free the next working day.
These are just ten top machines from our site suitable for dealing with the current spurt of growth.
If the weather does change to a cold snap in the next few days, keep off the lawn for the time being. And remember you can always give us a ring on 08454 588905 if you want further advice.
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