Hints & Tips
So the kids are back at school, you’re back to the daily grind and the garden needs some attention after the ravages of summer parties and rampant weeds.
So here are ten top must-have machines for the autumn garden all. This is one of the busiest times in the gardening year as the lawns are still growing, the first leaves are fluttering down from the trees and the hedges need a trim and the twigs and leaves need shredding ready for the compost heap.
Remember that garden rubbish will rot down to make perfect compost for flower and vegetable beds.
So on to the first, the Agri-Fab 26″ Push Lawn & Leaf Sweeper (45-0218), a great little simple-to-use machine to save an aching back bent over a tined rake.
As you push it along the wheels turn 66cm-wide brushes four and a half times for each revolution to clear leaves twigs and other garden debris.
The height is adjustable so that you can sweep paths and patios as well as the lawn and the rubbish goes into a 200-litre collector.
The wheels have pneumatic tyres with a thick tread to give good traction.
This leaf sweeper costs £139, £40 les than the maker’s recommended price and we deliver it free the next working day. It has a five year maker’s warranty.
The Einhell BG-PL 26/1 Petrol Garden Vacuum / Leaf Blower, currently on spercial offer, lets you change from blowing the leaves into a pile to vacuuming them up and then shredding them into a 55 litre bag under the machine.
And all at the flick of a lever, a feature usually only found on much more expensive machines.
The fan will pack them down to a tenth their original volume, a great time-saving feature.
The 25.4 cc engine is easy to start and there is a free wheel kit so you can use it on hard surfaces.
It is currently available at the special price of £139.95 and has a two year warranty from Einhell. And we deliver it free the next working day.
You’ll probably find hedges which were neat and trim at the end of Spring now need another cut – especially so if you have an brambles poking though.
And the MTD HT55B Petrol Hedgetrimmer is a powerful little machine with 55 cm double-reciprocating blades with 26 mm tooth spacing to take on thicker stems.
It has a blade-brake system to stop the blades quickly, a useful safety device.
The machine weighs 5.3 kg and it has a rotating rear handle to make it easier to tackle the corners and sides.
It costs £149, £30 off the maker’s recommended retail price and we deliver it free the next working
There is a two year warranty from MTD.
You can’t ignore the fact, winter’s on its way and a roaring wood fire is an inexpensive way to keep warm through the months of snow and gales.
The MD 4-Ton Electric Horizontal Log Splitter is a solid little machine and the four tons of pressure is enough to deal with most woods.
It works by driving a hydraulic ram against a triangular splitting wedge and can take logs up to 25 cm in diameter and 37 cm long.
To operate the machine you need to use both hands, a useful safety feature and it has transport wheels to make it simple to move around.
New stock arrives later this month and to be certain you will receive one you can pre-order now.
It costs £149.95, £100 off the maker’s recommended price. There is a one year warranty and free next working day delivery.
Now an exclusive machine to us, an ideal saw for cutting logs or felling smaller trees or taking off overhanging branches.
The Oleo-Mac GS-350 Pro Petrol Chainsaw with Free Starter Pack has a 38.9 cc engine with a 35 cm guide bar.
It is delivered free the next working day and as a great feature it has instructions printed on to the body of the machine.
When you buy this machine you receive free visor, ear muffs and safety helmet, 2-stroke oil for the engine, free mixing bottle and a litre of chain oil. There are also special prices on a log horse and spare chain.
It costs £179.95 compared with the recommended price of £289.95, has a three year warranty and we deliver it free the next working day.
This is the time of year to scarify the lawn and this machine is great value for money and one of our top sellers.
The Einhell BG-SC 2240P Petrol Lawn Scarifier, on special offer, is suitable for lawns around 1000 sq metres and has 18 double-sided steel blades which tease out dead grasses and moss to let the moisture and nutrients get through to the roots.
It has a 45 litre catcher but it it best to leave this off the first time you use it and rake up the debris.
The 119 cc petrol engine has plenty of power and it has six height settings. The working weight is 40 cm.
It costs £279.95, £220 off the recommended retail price, has a two year warranty from Einhell and we deliver it free the next working day.
Once the vegetables are out of the ground it is best to turn over the soil as soon as you can to let moisture in and do the initial preparation for next year’s crops.
The Einhell BG-MT 3360-LD Petrol Tiller / Cultivator is the lowest priced machine in its class with its six steel blade which are 26 cm in diameter and 60 cm across.
These blades have a free set of crop protection discs for use when tilling between the rows. The power is from a 163 cc engine and the front transport wheel can be tilted forward when the tiller is working.
Depth is controlled by a brake skid at the back of the cultivator, the handles are adjusted to suit the height of the user and there is a dead man’s handle as a safety device.
New stock is arriving this month but you can pre-order now – the price is £299.95, £200 off the maker’s recommended price.
It is delivered free the next working day and there is a two year warranty from the makers.
The Cub Cadet CSV-060 Wheeled Chipper-Vac has one blade to chip thicker woods like small branches and eight flail blades to deal with leaves and the like. Once dealt you will be left with a valuable mulch for either the compost heap or to go around the roots of plants.
It has a 159 cc engine, the working width is 61 cm and there ear five working heights from 16 mm to 104 mm. It can deal with branches up to 38 mm in diameter.
Additionally it has a two-meter hose to get into the nooks and crannies where leaves and debris tend to congregate.
It costs £599, £100 off the maker’s recommended price and comes with a free set of goggles
It is delivered free the next working day and has a three year maker’s warranty.
With all the piles of garden waste which accumulate through the autumn many people find a garden shredder is a very useful piece of kite and this one is one of the best.
The American-made Earthquake CS6V Petrol Chipper-Shredder is a heavy-duty machine made to deal with branches up to 50 mm in diameter.
It is designed for speedy working, dragging branches in through the machine.
The mechanism for dealing with softer waste has free swinging triangular hammers and there is a 70-litre collecting bag. You can also buy a vac kit to extend its use.
It costs £675, is delivered free within two to three working days and has a two year warranty.
And finally a great little lawn tractor at a very special price, the Lawnflite RF125 Lawn & Garden Tractor with a 96 cm cutting width and a very tight 46 cm turning radius.
A Briggs & Stratton 344 cc engine powers it along and it has Transmatic transmission which lets you shift gear on the move.
This is a side discharge tractor but you can buy a mulch kit and a grass box as an optional extra.
Cutting heights are from 30 mm up to 95mm and it has a pivoting front axle to let you cut undulating lawns.
It costs £1299 compared with the recommended retail price of £1747 and has a free dethatcher worth £89 and a tractor cover worth £59 included.
Delivery is free within two to three working days and it has a two year warranty from Lawnflite.
As autumn slowly rolls in with shorter days and misty mornings there is plenty of work for the gardener still.
And if you after a particular piece of gardening equipment please give us a ring on 08454 588905.
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