Hints & Tips
OK. So apart from the rugby World Cup Final, which involves sitting, drinking and watching the telly, what’s to do this weekend?
Well there are loads of jobs in the garden for starters. The lawn needs a light trim; you can start to prune back perennial shrubs; and don’t the leaves look nice in the late autumnal sunshine fluttering down on the paths and drives and getting more matted and slippery by the day.
So here to make life easier are ten top deals for November which you will find makes gardening easier over the next couple of months and longer.
First, the leaves. The Agri-Fab 26″ Push Lawn & Leaf Sweeper (45-0218) (Special Offer) makes clearing them up fast and easy.
Push this great American-made machine along and the wheels are connected to brushes which sweep the leaves and other debris into the collector at the back.
It’s as simple as that.
When it’s full – and it holds 200 litres – just disconnect and tip on to the compost heap.
The machine weighs just 13.5kg and has a working width of 66cm and has semi-pneumatic tyres to make it easy to push on the lawn when it’s wet.
Here are a few comments about this leaf-sweeper from some of our happy customers … “I purchased one for myself and was so impressed I donated one to the hospice, where I am a volunteer gardener.” “….well made and certainly does the job”. “All in all a godsend for the autumn clean up”. and “I’d highly recommend it to anyone. “
It costs £139, £40 off the recommended price, is delivered free the next working day and has a five year warranty.
Most of us have seen the first frosts and wood fires have been coming into their own again.
Here’s a great little machine for splitting logs and saving you from swinging a hefty axe.
The MD 4-Ton Electric Horizontal Log-Splitter, on special offer, can split wood up to 25cm in diameter and 37cm long with the splitting power generated by a 1500W electric motor.
It is safe to use as both hands are needed to operate it and you will find the four tons of splitting force perfect for most woods.
The logs are forced against a triangular wedge but you can buy a four way splitting wedge for an extra £20 if you want your firewood a little smaller.
Wheels on the base make it easy to move around.
This machine is gathering fans at a rapid rate, here’s what some of them had to say… “ good value for money” “.… The best £150 I have ever spent!!” (sic) “Excellent product” and “I am very, very happy indeed with this item.”
Free next working day delivery, a two-year warranty and a price of only £159.95 combine to make this the best value log-splitter on the market.
Ah yes, leaves. Don’t they look pretty as they flutter past the window. Only thing is you’ve got to clear them up.
Well the Tanaka TRB-24EAP Hand-Held Petrol Leaf-Blower is one answer.
Japanese manufactured and producing a 76 metres a second blast of air this is a great lightweight blower with a 24cc engine and a large fuel tank to keep you working.
It weighs just 3.9kg and is well balanced making it easy to use.
The costs is £189, £60 less than the recommended price and it has a five year warranty and free next working day delivery.
As we said earlier, there are a host of jobs in the garden at the moment and this great machine combines several tools in one.
The Mitox 171MT Petrol Multi-Tool has along-reach hedge trimmer (have you seen the way the brambles always grow through the hedges at an alarming rate in late autumn?), a brush cutter for tidying up the rougher edges and a grass trimmer.
At the heart beats a 25.4 cc engine and all the tools are very easily fitted.
A 77.5cm long extension shaft is sold separately.
A machine which will also appeal to the professional gardener it costs £199, £50 less than the recommended price and has a three year maker’s warranty and free next working day delivery.
Anyone with a large garden really needs chainsaw and here’s one both powerful and light and includes free safety kit.
The Oleo-Mac GS-370 Pro Petrol Chainsaw, an exclusive special offer, has a 35.2cc engine with very lower emissions and high fuel consumption and is ideal for cutting logs and small scale tree felling.
It has also been designed so that vibration levels are minimised. It is also lightweight, enabling longer use. As one satisfied “…customer said… “very good and it isn’t too heavy so I can get a good lot done before needing a rest”
An inertia-operated chain brake stops chain almost instantly and it has been designed so the chain brake handle doubles as a hand guard.
You receive a free helmet with visor and ear muffs worth £29.95 and chainsaw gloves worth £24.95.
There are other products available at special prices if ordered with this chainsaw, like a basic saw horse for £19.95.
It costs £219.95, that’s £100 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a three year warranty.
Next comes a lawnmower. Yes, the lawns still need trimming, not too short though, as they are still growing. Some years they grow, albeit slowly, right through the winter.
The MTD 53BS Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower, exclusive to us and on special offer has a fuel-efficient 150ss Briggs & Stratton engine and six cutting heights from 20mm to 90mm.
It is mounted on a steel chassis and with its 53cm cutting width and 80 litre grass box is designed for people with a lawn around 1500m2.
Delivered free the next working day and with a two year warranty it costs £249, £120 off the recommended price.
Now another chain saw, and this one from a Japanese company , increasingly the choice of the professional gardener.
The Tanaka ECS 3351 Petrol Chainsaw with a 35cm guide bar is both light and powerful with a 33cc engine and tipping the scales at just 3.5kg.
It is a well-balanced machine making it easy to use and with an automatic chain oiling mechanism which is adjustable. You can then adjust the amount of lubricating oil according to the toughness of the wood.
For domestic use this machine has a five-year warranty.
It costs £269, £80 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day.
You can’t put off the fact that winter is on its way and it pays to be prepared.
So here’s a great machine which will make it more bearable, the Oleo-Mac Artik 52 Single-Stage Petrol Snow Blower, a simple little device to make it easier to keep paths and drives passable should we get a packet.
The machine has a 163cc engine which breaks down the snow and ice and throws it up to eight metres clear through an adjustable chute.
You have to push it along, but that makes it simple to manoeuvre along paths and drive edges.
It costs £279, £120 less than the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a three year warranty. If we do catch a packet, this will prove to be money very well spent.
Back to the leaves and this one is the answer for a larger area.
The Al-Ko Hurricane 750B Lawn Vacuum / Leaf Sweeper (Briggs Engine) will clear lawns, drives, the lot, not only of leaves but other debris as well.
The Briggs & Stratton 158cc engine works to create terrific suction so that all manner of debris is sucked into the 200-litre collector.
The working w2idth is 75cm and it has four working heights which can be set according to the surface and thickness of the leaves.
You can also but a hose kit for an extra £139 which lets you clean awkward nooks and crannies around garden ornaments and behind sheds.
It costs £485, has a two year warranty ad free next working day delivery.
And finally a lawn tractor which is excellent at cutting wet grass.
The Lawnflite 703 RT Lawn Tractor has a 92cm working width and is made with lawns around 6000m2 in mind.
A Direct Collect cutting system sees the grass box fitted very closely to the back of the tractor and, combined with special two special blades, means the wet grass is blasted into the box.
A Briggs & Stratton 344cc engine and 7-speed Transmatic Drive makes it very easy to drive, especially as it has a tight turning circle.
When you buy this tractor you also receive a free lawn tractor worth £219 and with winter tasks like carting wood and garden debris this will prove a godsend in the coming months.
Other accessories, like a tractor cover for £59, can be bought for special prices when placing your order.
It costs £1699, £200 off the recommended price and is delivered free within two to three working days. And looking ahead wouldn’t this make a great Christmas gift if you’re feeling generous.
Remember: cut the lawn, clear the leaves, prune the shrubs; and after you’ve done your chores, the rest of the time’s your own!
Chores, what chores? Thanks, make mine a pint!