Ten top machines to get your garden ready for a summer party

It’s party time. High summer and gallons of rain and crashing thunder, but we British know that now is the time to bring out the garden furniture and prepare for the great summer party.

Champagne and canapes or beer and barbecues, everyone loves a outdoor party and even the smallest garden can host an evening get-together.

And who cares if there’s a spot of rain, we can battle though that, we’re British.

Obviously if you’re having a party outside, the lawn and hedges need to look their best, so here are ten top buys to make sure your garden is summer party ready.

Oleo-Mac Sparta 250TR grass trimmer
Amazing value: Oleo-Mac Sparta 250 TR Grass Trimmer

Lawn edges show off a garden better than anything and this great little machine will ensure they are short and neat.

The Oleo-Mac Sparta 250 TR Low Emission Curved Shaft Petrol Grass Trimmer, on special offer, is both easy to use thanks to its design,  and easy to start.

The engine is very mean on fuel, showing savings of up to 40 per cent compared with similar models and reducing emissions by up to 75 per cent.

The strimming line is fed up by tapping the head on the ground and it has been designed to keep vibrations very low from its 25.4cc engine.

It weighs just 4.5kg making it one of the lightest machines in its class on the market.

It costs £99.95, £80 less than the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a face shield and free spare strimming line together worth £15.

There is a two-year warranty.

For lawn and edges and longer areas of scrub the Einhell GH-BC Petrol Brushcutter with a free safety kit could be the answer.

Einhell GH-BC brushcutter
Top value: Einhell GH-BC petrol brushcutter

This has a 25cc engine designed to start easily and has both a 42cm nylon strimming head and a 23cm three-toothed metal blade for tougher work.

It is delivered with a shoulder harness which makes it very easy to use in a sweeping motion so you can cover large areas quickly.

To feed out more line, just bump the head on the ground.

Free with this machine is a helmet, face guard and ear defenders worth £25, working gloves worth £10 and a fuel mixing bottle worth £5.95. You can also buy spare like at a discounted price if ordering at the same time.

The cost is £129.95, a saving of £70 on the maker’s price. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two year warranty.

When we say garden, we mean the whole garden, even the semi-derelict fields of scrub  and bramble, so here a great little popular machine to cut down the rough stuff.

MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer
Thicker stuff: MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer Mower

The MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer Mower is a top selling wheeled strimmer with tough nylon cord powered by a 160cc engine.

The strimming head projects from the front so you can cut under branches and garden furniture and up close to walls and fences.

The nylon line is tough enough to deal with all sorts of garden horrors like beds of thick weeds and nettles and the machine is mounted on 14-in wheels and is easy to push along.

It is especially useful when tackling roadside verges and banks and small plantations where weeds have run amok.

The cutting width is 56cm and the working height is adjustable.

It has proved a very popular machine with many favourable reviews and costs £299, £30 less than the recommended price. Delivery the next working day is free and there is a two-year warranty.

Hedges are growing quickly and with the birds having finished with their nest, now is a good time to cut them back.

And the Tanaka TCH22E-AP2 (50) Petrol Hedgetrimmer, on special offer, is ideal for most tasks.

Tanaka TCE hedge trimmer
Japanese reliability: Tanaka TCH22E hedge trimmer

Light and with a powerful and efficient 21.1cc engine, it has 50cm double-sided reciprocating cutting blades with a 30cm tooth gap so you can deal with thicker growth as well as the softer green shoots.

It also has a 180 degree Quick-Twist rear handle which lets you tackle difficult shapes and hedge sides with little effort and also makes it suitable for left-handers.

The recommended price is £289 but we have it for sale for £219 with free next working day delivery and a five year warranty.

Next a versatile lawnmower from a German engineering company.

The Einhell GC-PM 47 SHW 5-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is new for this year and exclusive to MowDirect and has a 47cm cutting width so it is suitable for medium to large lawns.

GC-PM 47 SHW lawnmower
Really versatile: Einhell GC-PM 47 SHW lawnmower

This mower is designed so that you can either collect or mulch the clippings or discharge them to the back or side or just let them drop.

It can cope with cutting wet grass as well as dry and has a 139cc engine which fires up easily.

There are six cutting heights from 25mm to 70mm and it has a specially-designed cutting blade to produce a strong blast of air under the cutting deck – this is what makes it a great collector of wet grass – the grass box holds 75 litres.

It costs £269.95, £130 off the recommended price, is delivered free the next working day and has a two year warranty.

If you’re having a party in the garden nothing shows off the lawn like neat parallel stripes and this mower will deliver those in brilliant fashion.

Top engineering: Morrison Oxford 48rs lawnmower
Top engineering: Morrison Oxford 48rs lawnmower

The Morrison Oxford 54RS Self-Propelled Petrol Roller Lawnmower is a really well built and designed machine with a Briggs & Stratton engine which starts really easily.

Being a rear roller machine it can cut right up to the edges of lawn while maintaining stability – no risk of it toppling into the flower beds.

It is also fitted with the maker’s Quick-Cut blade which reduces mowing time by 15 per cent.

And it has an alumimuim cutting deck which has a 15 year warranty.

The cutting width id 54cm making it suitable for lawns around 1500m2 and it has a 70 litre grass box,

The recommended price is £999 but we have it for sale £200 less than that at £799 and what’s more it is delivered free the next working day with a ten-litre jerry can worth £24.95. There is a five year warranty.

Now a mower which purrs history and sophistication with its green and gold livery.

Allett Kensington mower
Terrific finish: Allett Kensington mower

The Allett Kensington 17K Petrol Cylinder Lawn Mower cuts the grass by trapping it between blades and fixed one at the base of the machine and works much like a pair of scissors.

It has twin rollers and a lawn rake at the front top clear debris and the result is a perfect, striped finish. And with a cutting height from 6mm to 32mm the lawn will look perfect for your evening party.

The cutting width is 43cm – 17in – so it is best on a smaller to medium-sized lawn.

With this mower you can buy a scarifying cartridge to keep the lawn free of moss and flat-growing weeds.

This mower costs £1065 compared with the maker’s recommended price of £1149. It has a two-year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.

Now a ride-on which is easy to drive especially around light areas and obstacles often found in larger gardens.

The Stiga Park 120 Ride-On Lawnmower, as you can see, has a cutter deck out front, 85cm wide, which makes it exceptionally manoeuvrable.

And with this type of design an excellent finish is possible as the grass is not flattened before it is cut.

Stiga Park ride-on
Out front: Stiga Park 120 front cut ride-on

Clippings are either mulched or discharged at the back and the cutting deck can be simply turned up without the need for tools so it is very easy to clean.

There are ten cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and it is propelled by a 414cc engine. Speed control is very precise with the foot pedal, much like an automatic car.

It England and Wales to mower is delivered and demonstrated on hand-over.

It costs £2295, a substantial reduction on the recommended price of £2545 and is delivered free within five to eight days of ordering. There is a three year warranty.

You can also buy a number of attachments with this machine which make it a year-round workhorse.

Now a lawn tractor new for this year and one which leaves a striped finish to your lawn.

The Simplicity Regent XL/SLT200 Garden Tractor, with Striping Roller, has a 117cm cutting deck making it suitable for really large lawns.

A big machine like this needs a powerful engine and it has a 724cc Briggs & Stratton twin cylinder one with an advanced air filter and debris management system to give it a longer working life.

Simplicity Regent lawn tractor
Striped finish Simplicity Regent XL/SLT2 Lawn Tractor

This one mulches the clippings and leaves a striped finish thanks to the striping roller, very unusual in a lawn tractor.

The cutting deck follows the contours of the lawn to avoid scalping. Attachments like garden trailers and rakes and rollers can be fitted very easily without tools.

This one costs £2799 and is delivered free within four to six working days with a free mulch kit.

There is a two-year maker’s warranty.

And finally one for estates and large gardens, another giving great manoeuvrability.

The Toro ZS4200T Timecutter Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower is very easy and precise to drive and is navigated by levers with dampers to give exact speed control.

This one is powered by a 708cc Toro V-Twin engine which gives terrific power while keeping vibration s to a minimum.

It has a 107cm wide  mower deck specially shaped so that it can cope with all types of conditions and has a side-discharge chute where the cuttings are mulched.

Toro zs4200 zero turn ride-on mower
Real power: Toto zs4200 zero turn ride-on mower

You can also buy device for collecting the clippings as an optional extra.

Cutting heights are from 38mm to 114mm and the cutting deck has anti-scalp wheels to follow the contours of undulating ground without scalping it.

The deck is cleaned just by attaching a garden hose.

It is priced at £3199, £100 off the recommended price and is delivered free within three to five working days and handed over and demonstrated (England and Wales only). There is a three-year warranty.

A range of extra attachments is available – you can even  buy a sunshade and floor mat.

Have a look at our site for a huge range of garden machinery.

And give us a ring on 08454 588905 if we can help, we’re here during normal office hours.



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