Hints & Tips
After the recent hot spell the rains have driven the grass into overdrive so that lawns are lush and verdant, orchards deep in lush vegetation and the wilder areas rampant.
A quick glance at roadside verges will show just how vigorous the growth has been over the last few days. And with all the rain it had been difficult to keep on top of it.
So here are ten top machines for tackling long damp grass from lawns to verges and paddocks and orchards.
This first machine was a sell-out when we first had it in stock but now it’s available again.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower, on special offer, is ideal for this time of year as you can discharge to the back and the sides when cutting longer grass and collect or mulch.
There is loads of power with this machine as it has a 196 cc engine and yet is quiet when running.
It has six cutting heights from 28 mm to 775 mm and has large 28 cm drive wheels to handle longer rougher areas.
And it has massive 70 litre grass box and a cutting width of 51 cm – 20 in.
It costs just £349.95, £200 less than the maker’s recommended price and has a three year warranty. We deliver it free the next working day.
This next one is Mountfield SP555V Variable-Speed Combi Lawn Mower (Honda Engine)
This mower is designed for prolonged use with a deck which will not corrode as it is made from die-cast 4mm aluminium to make it resistant to corrosion and impacts and yet is light and easy to use over longer periods.
It has a strong B&S OHV engine and three ways of dealing with the clippings so it can easily handle longer rougher areas of the garden. And wheels which can give plenty of grip when it’s wet.
The grass box holds 70 litres and has an indicator to show when it’s full. It has seven cutting heights and the handlebars adjust to make it more comfortable to use. It also has variable speed, so you can mow as fast, or as slow, as you want.
It costs £599.95, £50 off the maker’s RRP and you can buy a mulch plug as an extra for £30.
Delivery is free the next working day and it has a three-year warranty.
The Toro 20976 TimeMaster Twin Cut Lawnmower is a great machine for rougher larger areas where manoeuvrability is essential.
It has a massive 76 cm cutting width and twin blades so that the clippings can be mulched really finely when conditions allow.
You can also discharge clippings to the side when cutting longer grass. And it has a Briggs & Stratton engine which the maker’s say starts in two pulls or less.
The mower’s speed is adjusted to the user’s pace and it has a useful traction-assist device if the going gets rough or slipper.
Cutting heights are from 32 mm to 108 mm and a blade brake clutch disengages to cutting blades when crossing paths or emptying the grass box.
It costs £899 compared with the maker’s recommended price of £999 and is delivered free with two to three working days. And it has a three-year warranty.
When the grass you want to cut is simply too long for a mower then a brush cutter could well be the answer.
The Einhell GH-BC Petrol Brushcutter + Free Kit, now on special limited offer, has a 25 cc engine designed to start easily and can be used either with a strimming head or with a metal blade with three teeth, a mean piece of kit for cutting down brambles and infestations of heavier weeks like nettles and dock.
When working with the strimming head it can trim unsightly lawn edges and cut close to walls and fences with the line automatically fed out.
It costs £129.95, £70 off the maker’s recommended price and has a free head guard with visor and ear muffs, work gloves, fuel mixing bottle and a special offer on replacement line.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two-year maker’s warranty.
Another powerful little brushcutter is the Oleo-Mac Sparta 250 S Low Emission Straight Shaft Petrol Brushcutter
This machine with its optional metal cutting blade is excellent for trimming rougher brambles and thick weeds and comes with a strimming head.
And with its 25.4 cc engine, it has bags of power to cope with this challenge and yet light enough to let you work for longer periods – it comes with a shoulder harness.
There is also a hedge trimmer attachment which can be bought to extend the use if this machine
It costs £199.95 £50 less than the maker’s recommended price. Other special offers are available when buying this brushcutter on engine oil, fuel mixing bottle, gloves and extra strimming line. A Free faceshield and spare line are included!
There is a two-year warranty from Mountfield and free next working day delivery.
Now one made to cut through really heavy undergrowth.
The Oleo-Mac Sparta 380 T Heavy Duty Low Emission Brushcutter is often the choice of professional gardeners and is made in Italy.
This is a perfect machine for trimming the scrub away in overgrown fields, paddocks and orchards.
It is fitted with a 35.8ccengine which gives great torque at low revs and has a robust drive shaft.
The loop handlebars and harness make it possible to use over longer periods.
It costs just £369.95, a very compelling price for such a top spec machine and £100 off the maker’s recommended retail price. There are also special prices on spare line and a face shield.
It has a very reassuring five-year maker’s warranty and is delivered free the next working day.
These next ones are aimed at people who have larger areas of rougher grounds to keep in order.
The DR TR4 Premier Wheeled Trimmer-Mower – Recoil Start will cut through heavy tall vegetation which might be too much for a brushcutter.
It has a 163cc Briggs & Stratton engine and has a patented cutting head designed so that longer weeds will not wrap around it.
It is mounted on a very heavy steel frame and has large wheels to make it easier to push across rough terrain.
A cutter-head clutch is fitted and the handlebars are adjustable to suit the user.
It costs £549.00, is delivered free the next working day and has a two-year warranty.
The Al-Ko BM 870-III Scythe-Bar Mower is a self-propelled machine from a German manufacturer but using a 148 cc Briggs & Stratton engine to give plenty of power and yet keep vibrations to a minimum.
The cutting width is 34 inches enabling you to cut back large overgrown areas in quick time and yet be able to tackle rougher areas underfoot.
This is a versatile little machine as you can buy a snow plough and snow chains for when the we4ather turns rough in the winter.
It costs £879, £40 below the RRP, is delivered free within two to three working days and has a two-year warranty.
Now a really serious piece of kit suitable for larger gardens and estates which have large areas of scrub which need to be trimmed back.
The DR Premier Field & Brush Mower is strong enough to cut through brambles and gorse and even tree saplings up to two in thick.
It has a really powerful Briggs & Stratton engine and has three forward and one reverse gear. It has a blade clutch to make it easier to move around
The wheels have really thick treads and a cutting width of 26 in.
It costs £2399.00, saving £200 on the RRP, and has a two-year warranty. Delivery is five working days.
And finally a great little lawn tractor with side discharge for bringing larger paddocks and overgrown lawns back in order.
The Lawnflite 380 XT-S Lawn Tractor comes with an optional mulch plug so you can also cut smoother shorter lawns and has a tow bar fitted so you can use it with all manner of other attachments like leaf sweepers or a garden roller.
A 420 cc engine provides the power and the Transmatic Shift-on-the-Go drive makes it very manoeuvrable.
With a tight turning circle and 96cm cutting width, it is ideal for larger areas – say up to 8000 sq metres.
We are selling it for only £1499, a saving to you of £400 on the maker’s RRP.
Delivery is free within two to three working days and it has a two-year maker’s warranty.
Longer grass can be a real chore for gardeners as much grass cutting equipment struggles to cope but one of these ten machines could well be the answer.
Remember to give us a ring if you want any advice. We’re on 08454 588905.
And a quick tip. When you cut extra long grass with the mower only use half the full cutting width.
That way you’ll prevent blockages and improve grass collection.
Updated – May 2018.
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