Hints & Tips
Well here we are nearly at the end of January and none of the really heavy snow predicted, so far.
And touch wood the rest of the month and into February looks to be reasonable – well it is winter.
So here are ten top machines you will find really useful as we look towards the Spring gardening blitz, when it all be all hands to the pump, or at least lawn mower, as the Spring growth gets going in earnest.
It appears to us that the grass hasn’t stopped growing at all (and the weeds in the flower beds) and some adventurous people have already given the lawn a very light trim on dry days
So the first in our list is the is the MD Sweep 26 Lawn & Leaf Sweeper currently on special offer
The garden after winter can look pretty scruffy with a few late leaves from the trees and twigs and other rubbish.
This is a great little machine with rotating brushes to sweep all the rubbish into a catcher at the back.
It is also very handy for clearing paths, tennis courts, patios and drives as the height at which it sweeps is adjustable.
With a sweeping width of 66 cm it can quickly clear large areas.And when the catcher at the back is full it is simply detached, passed through the handles and you can take it to the compost heap to empty.
Currently it costs just £79.95, a full £100 off the maker’s recommended retail price who provide a two year warranty.
Delivery is free the next working day.
Lawn edges are probably looking a bit rough and will soon need a trim and the Einhell BG-PT 2538 Petrol Grass Trimmer is a great low costs machine to deal with paths and rougher areas as well as lawn edges.
It has a 25 cc engine which has a full crank which gives it a longer life and the strimming head has a dual line which is fed out automatically.
The shaft splits in two which is handy for transporting it in the car when a relation decides to borrow it.
It comes with a free helmet with visor and ear defenders, a free fuel mixing bottle, spare strimming line and special offers on spare line.
Delivered free the next working day it has a two year warranty from Einhell and costs £69.95, £80 off the manufacturer’s recommended retail price.
If the old mower has given up the ghost and you have a smaller lawn to keep neat then the MD 40P Petrol Push Lawn Mower could well be what you want.
This mower is light and easily pushed along and has a 150 cc engine manufactured in Italy which has been designed to start easily.
There are four cutting g heights from 25 mm up to 75 mm and a 40 litre grass box.
The cutting width is 39 cm and the handlebars fold down to take less room in the shed.
It costs just £99.95 a substantial reduction on the recommended price of £179.95. There is a two year warranty from the makers and free next working day delivery.
Now’s the time to turn over the vegetable plot or allotment and here’s a handy little machine to save hours of work with a garden fork.
The Mountfield Manor 35 Cultivator has a 148 cc Briggs & Stratton engine which powers four ‘Slasher’ tines to cut through deep seated roots.
The working width is 54 cm and the tines can be raised for light surface work and it has crop protection disc which are handy for when you are tilling between the rows of vegetables.
The handlebars can be adjusted to suit the height of the operator and there is a transport wheel to make it easy to move around.
It costs £499 – the RRP is £569 – and there is a one year warranty from Mountfield. We deliver it for free within two to three working days.
Have a look at the hedges and you’ll find there are a few straggly looking twigs which would be better trimmed off before the growth starts and the birds start nesting.
The Tanaka THT-2000 Hedgecutter with Twist Grip Handle is currently on special offer and is a really powerful and efficient machine.
Very easily started, it has a 22 cc engine and is really well engineered for a long life.
It is very light in weight for a such a powerful machine with rear handles which rotate 180 degrees – really handy if you want to trim the sides and corners and leave them neat.
The cutting length is 55 cm and the blades are double sided and give a clean cut.
It costs £219, £70 less than Tanaka’s recommended retail price. We deliver it free the next working day and there is an extra long five year warranty.
The lawns will soon need scarifying to remove winter’s dead grass and moss and this machine is one of the most popular.
The Einhell BG-SC 2240P Petrol Lawn Scarifier on special offer is a realty top class machine and has 36 steel blades to remove all the rubbish and allow water and nutrients to penetrate through to the roots.
It has a 40 cm working width and a 118 cc engine and there are six working heights.
The catcher holds 45 litres and the machine is suitable for lawns up to 1000 sq metres.
New supplies are arriving in March but as these as proving very popular pre-ordering is advised.
It costs £289.95 a saving of £220 on the maker’s recommended retail price. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two year warranty.
Now a lawn mower light and easy to use with the power of petrol yet relying up the latest battery technology.
The Greenworks G-MAX 50Li-40V Lithium-Ion 3-in-1 Twin-Force Cordless Lawnmower (25367) has twin batteries which run for over 90 minutes and can cope with medium to large lawns.
These batteries regulat the power out output depending on the grass being cut, putting out more power for longer wet grass and less power for smooth lawns.
The cutting width is 20 in – 49 cm and cutting heights are from 30mm to 90 mm.
A mulch plug is supplied if you prefer to deal with the clippings this way and it has a striping mat to leave that traditional finish.
It comes complete with two batteries and a charger and has a two year warranty.
We deliver it free the next working day and it costs £269.
Now a mower from one of the country’s leading brands and a firm favourite.
The Mountfield SP533 Self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower on special offer, is terrific value for money with an extra wide 51 cm cutting width making it suitable for larger lawns say up to 2500 sq metres.
It has a 160 cc engine giving bags of power and cutting heights are from 25mm up to 90 mm and there is a 60 litre grass box.
It costs £319, £130 less than the maker’s recommended retail price. We deliver it free the next working day. There is a two year warranty from Mountfield.
And lastly a couple of lawn tractors – remember these are not just for mowing larger lawns but are useful all year round especially if used with a garden trailer.
The Mountfield 1538M SD Side-Discharge Lawn & Garden Tractor Mower on special offer, will discharge the grass to the side, useful for when cutting longer stuff, but also has a mulch plug so you can use it on the main lawn as well.
It comes fitted with a tow bar to give it greater use around the garden and has Mountfield’s own 14.5 hp engine especially designed for garden tractors and five speed manual transmission plus a reverse gear.
Cutting heights are from 25 mm up to 80 mm.
It costs £1499, a saving of £200 on Mountfield’s recommended retail price and has a two year warranty. We deliver it free within three to five working days.
The mulch plug and tow bar are free and you can by other attachements at special prices when you order.
And finally the Al-Ko T16-92HDH Special Edition Lawn Tractor, a machine from a leading German engineering company fitted with a Honda engine.
It is fitted with a Hi-Lift blade which increases the airflow under the cutting deck to help grass collection when the clippings are wet.
It has a 220 litre grass collector, the cutting width is 92 cm and cutting heights are from 30 mm up to 90 mm.
The deck has anti-scalp wheels and a wash port in to which you can plug a garden hose for easier cleaning after use.
And as an added bonus it comes with a free MD steel garden trailer worth £179.
It has a five year warranty and we deliver it free within two to three working days. It costs £2099, a saving of £500 on the maker’s recommended price.
For a fuller range of lawn tractors see these pages and remember you can always call us on 08454 588905 if you need more information or advice.
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