Hints & Tips
Here’s the great conundrum faced by many gardeners with large lawns.
Do I go for a conventional lawnmower with a wider cut or shall I invest in a ride-on. Or do I need a lawn tractor?
There are loads of considerations if you have a lawn like this. How wide a cut should I need, what sort of grass is there to cut, is it straggly and a bit rough or is it a smooth lawn. Or both.
Are there patios and paths to get round or garden seats and sculptures and bird baths?
To give you an idea of what is available, here are tem top machines from conventional mowers to ride-ons and lawn tractors which can tackle the tightest of turns and rough areas.
The first is the Einhell GC-PM 56SHW Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower, a conventional mower with a 56 cm cutting width and also high wheels so it can tackle a variety of tasks including orchards and paddocks.
You can discharge the clippings to the rear and side as well as mulch them and collect in a massive 75 litres grass box
With a 3.6 hp engine which is an easy starter there is plenty of power and it is easy to use with a handlebar which is adjustable.
It costs £339.95, over £200 off the maker’s recommended price and has a two year warranty. And we deliver it free the next working day.
Now the next is one which will tackle large areas of rough grass with ease.
The Toro 20975 TimeMaster Twin Cut Lawnmower has an extra-large 76 ccm cutting width and uses twin blades to create a powerful airflow in the cutting deck.
This means you can collect even wet grass, a useful attribute in British conditions.
This blades will also chop the clippings very finely so you can mulch them if you prefer. It will also eject the cut grass to the side if you are cutting longer areas.
The engine is from Briggs & Stratton with the claim that it will start in two pulls or less.
Another advantage of this machine is that it will match your walking pace. And it difficult conditions you can engage Traction Assist.
Designed to be easy to manoeuvre around trees and the like it also has a blade-brake clutch so you can disengage the blades when crossing paths or drives.
It costs £849, £150 less than the recommended price and is delivered with a bottle of engine oil within two to three days of ordering. There is a three year warranty on this one.
For a lawn just too big for a conventional lawnmower this could be what you need, the Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Rider.
With a 66cm cutting width and a key-start 196 cc engine this little machine is small enough to get through the majority or garden gates and has a four forward and one reverse gears.
The collector holds 150 litres and can be emptied from the driver’s seat. Cutting heights are from 25 mm to 80 mm. And you can also buy a trailer hitch and mulch kit as extras.
It costs £1199, £100 less than the maker’s recommended price and has a two-year warranty. We deliver it free within two to three working days fully assembled and ready to start mowing.
This next one from the USA is a real sporty little ride-on.
The Cub Cadet CC114TA Ride-On Mower has a 76 cm cutting width but only a 46 cm turning circle.
And the speed is controlled via Transmatic drive and you can either collect the clippings, discharge them to the rear or mulch them. There are five cutting heights.
It costs £1499, is delivered free within five to seven working days and has a two year warranty.
Another from the States is the Lawnflite 76E Mini Rider, a neat handy little ride-on with six change-on-the move gears, a 76 cm cutting width and a mower which can either mulch or discharge to the side.
You can purchase a grass box as an additional extra.
On this one, the cutting deck is designed to mow right up to the edge and has been designed to follow the contours of the ground and not scalp it.
It also has wide wheels which are less likely to damage the surface of the lawn.
It costs £1199, £80 less than the recommended retail price and has a two year warranty. We deliver it free within five to seven working days.
The Snapper E2813523BVE Ride-On Mower, currently on special offer, can discharge clippings to the side, collect them or mulch.
It has a powerful Briggs & Stratton engine with five forward and one reverse gears and a split differential so that the lawn won’t be damaged when making tight turns.
An with this one you can just stand it on end of storage is limited. And that also makes cleaning the cutting deck much easier.
It costs £2099 and comes with a free mulching kit.
We deliver it for free within five to seven working days of receiving your order. And there is a two year warranty.
This great little ride-on from Mountfield is a powerful little package.
Their 1328H Ride-On Lawnmower has a 414 cc engine which is comparatively quiet when running and has a large fuel tank.
There are seven cutting heights and a 170 litre grass box which buzzes at you when it’s full.
The cutting width is 72 cm and a hydrostatic drive makes it easy to navigate along narrow paths and around garden furniture.
And it has a headlight so you can keep mowing when it gets dusky.
The costs is £1599, £200 off the maker’s recommended price and we deliver it free within three to five days of receiving your order. It has a two year warranty.
This good-looking machine, the Murray Mid-Engine Ride-On Mower with Collector (309007X51) has a 76 cm cutting width and a tight turning circle and is easy and fun to drive.
It’s also powerful with a 10.5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and you can collect the clippings, mulch them or discharge to the side if cutting longer grass. Switching between the three takes just seconds.
Cutting heights are from 50 mm to 115 mm, so this could be the one to choose if you are cutting mostly longer grass like paddocks or orchards.
We deliver it free within five to seven working days and it has a two year warranty and costs £1699.
This next one is a more serious mower for larger areas but will turn on a sixpence and is the design often used by local authorities and others for cutting parkland and larger areas.
You steer the Toro ZS3200S Timecutter Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower with levers. And there is plenty of power from Toro’s own 15 hp engine designed for a long and challenging life.
This has a 82 cm wide cutting recycling deck, but a grass box is available if you prefer to collect the cuttings.
This one has a comfortable high-back seat to make mowing for longer more comfortable. And a transparent fuel tank shows you how much petrol you’ve got left.
There is a wide range of extras you can buy including a sun shade and a floor mat.
It costs£2374, £225 off the recommended selling price and it has a three years warranty. Delivery is three to five working days.
And finally another mower with the cutting deck at the front, excellent for cutting around trees, garden ornaments and the like.
The Stiga Villa 320 HST Mulching Ride-On Lawnmower can get into the awkward corners which conventional machines can’t tackle.
With a cutter deck 78 cm wide you can either mulch the clippings or discharge them to the rear and the hydrostatic transmission you have very exact speed control. And with this one the steering is through the rear wheels.
Ten cutting heights from 25 mm up to 80 mm and a powerful engine make this an excellent mowing machine for the more complicated gardens.
The seat and steering wheels are adjustable for added comfortable and there is a ten year warranty from Stiga on the tough metal frame.
With this mower there is a personal hand-over and demonstration.
It costs £2129, has a three year warranty and is delivered within five to eight working days of us receiving the order.
These are just ten of the mowers which we think would suit you if you have one of those in-between lawns – too big for a conventional mower and yet too small for a wide cut lawn tractor made for palatial country acres.
With March providing sun and showers normally associated with April, now’s the time to get working on the lawn – just think how you’ll enjoy a summer barbecue on a perfect green carpet.
And remember you can always call us on 08454 588905 if you’d like our advice before ordering.