Hints & Tips
Wet and damp grass can often be a problem for lawnmowers, but we have chosen ten that are all good collectors of clippings in a typical British summer.
Modern mowers are better than the older models as they are designed to create powerful air currents in the cutting deck, which help blast the clippings into the grass box – there’s nothing so annoying as clumps of cut grass littering a newly-mown lawn.
So here are ten modern mowers all good at collecting clippings or dealing with them in other ways when the grass is damp.
But remember, you’ll always get a better finish to the lawn if you cut it when it’s dry – or at least not sopping wet immediately after a shower.
The Morrison Surecut 3-in-1 Petrol Push Lawnmower is a very solidly built machine powered by a Briggs & Stratton 125cc engine.
It is both an easy-starter and economic to run with excellent fuel consumption levels and reduced emissions.
With this mower you can collect the clippings, mulch them or discharge to the back, but please don’t mulch when the grass is wet or you’ll be left with the dreaded clumps to clear up.
The grass box holds 42 litres and cutting heights are from a very low 15mm to 60mm.
This is a very neat little mower ideal for the smaller garden where a neat tidy finish is wanted.
And with this mower you receive a free ten-litre jerry can worth £24.95.
It costs £199 compared with the recommended price of £249, is delivered free the next working day and has a five year warranty.
And here’s another machine new and exclusive for 2016.
The MTX Neptune 48S Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower, currently on special offer, has a 139cc MTX engine developed after a two-year testing period, which is again very mean on fuel.
It has a 48cm cutting width and a 65 litre grass box and has cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm.
The handelbars are adjustable to suit the height of the person mowing.
With its 65-litre grass box it is suitable for small to medium-sized lawns.
The recommended price is £299 but we are selling it for £229, a saving of £70.
Delivery the next working day is free and there is a two-year warranty.
The Einhell GC-PM 47 SHW 5-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower has a 47cm cutting width and has five ways of dealng with the cut grass.
It can either collect or mulch them clippings or can discharge to the side or back or drop them back to the grass under the cutting deck.
And it also has a new Vortex blade designed to produce a strong air blast which also lifts each blade of grass upright so it can be trimmed more neatly – and this leads to a very smooth finish.
It has the maker’s own 139cc engine and six cutting heights from 25mm to 70mm. Large wheels make it easy to manoeuvre especially where the grass is a bit longer and a perfect finish is not an essential.
The grass box holds 75 litres and there is an indicator to show when it’s full.
This is another new and exclusive mower and costs £269.95, £130 off the recommended price.
There is a two year warranty and it is delivered free the next working day.
Now one which has been a best-seller for several years and comes from a leading European manufacturer.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower has a massive 196cc Emak engine and can discharge the longer grass to the side and back or can mulch (only when it’s dry, please) or can collect.
The cutting width is 51cm making it suitable for larger lawns and cutting heights are from 28cm to 75cm.
With its larger engine and larger rear wheels this mower will cope with a wide variety of cutting challenges.
It costs £319.95, a massive £180 off the maker’s recommended price, has a five year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.
To see what our other customers thought of the machine see their reviews.
Now one from Britain’s favourite brand.
The Mountfield SP535-HW Power Driven Petrol Lawnmower has a Honda engine, 160cc, reliable and very powerful while being quiet when running.
It has a 53cm cutting width so you can tackle larger areas with ease.
There are six cutting heights from 26m to 87mm and a large 70-litre grass box.
This is a very solid mower with a steel cutting deck that has been powder coated to resist corrosion and give it a long life.
We deliver it the next working day complete with a bottle of engine oil so you can get mowing straight away.
It costs £399, £80 less than the recommended price and has a five year warranty.
The Hayter R53S Power-Driven Recycling Lawn Mower VS ES (Sens-A-Speed Transmission) (Code: 448) is instantly recognisable with its distinctive livery.
It can collect, mulch and discharge clippings to the side and has cutting heights from 28mm to 114mm.
But this one will also work at the speed which you set with its Sens-A-Speed transmission so it will match your walking speed.
The power is from a 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine started with a key – so no tugging on a starting cord.
It has a steel cutting deck and adjustable handlebars and a grass box which holds over 54 litres.
With this one you receive a free 10-litre jerry can.
It costs £569, £90 less than the recommended price and it has a three-year warranty.
You also get a bottle of engine oil and free next working day delivery.
If you’ve got a large area of rough ground which needs cutting back a powerful brushcutter is the tool for the job and these next will have all the power needed to work when it’s wet.
The Oleo-Mac BC270T Heavy-Duty Petrol Brushcutter is a powerful machine with a 27cc Emak engine and can handle long periods of intensive and demanding work.
The engine has a Walbro coil to make starting easy and an alumium cover and clutch housing for a longer life and lighter weight.
It has a 25.5cm three-tooth cutting blade and a line trimmer to make it a really versatile brushcutter and cow horn handlebars make it less tiring to use for long periods.
It also has a padded shoulder harness to make it more comfortable to use and as a free gift there is a face shield and free spare trimming line worth together £15.
It costs £319.95, £120 off the recommended price, has a three-year warranty and is delivered free the next working day. There are also special prices on a number of extras like a litre of 2-stroke oil for £4.95.
If you’re a professional gardener or estate worker who needs a powerful and reliable machine for long hours of challenging work then have a look at this one.
The Tanaka TBC-4200DX Petrol Brushcutter is a Japanese machine with an extensive vibration damping system and has a 40cc engine designed for a long and challenging life.
It is fitted with a large diameter solid steel shaft to deliver the power to the cutting head and has a centrifugal clutch.
It also has a line trimming head for lighter work.
This machine is new for this year and it delivered with a free shoulder harness. It is priced at £419, £160 off the recommended price, is delivered free the next working day and has a five year warranty.
Finally a couple of lawn tractors.
The Mountfield 1530H Lawn Tractor has an 84cm cutting width and is fitted with twin cutting blades.
It has a 452cxc Mountfield engine and is fitted with hydrostatic drive so it is easy control, much like an automatic car. The fuel tank holds six litres.
This lets you work close to path edges and navigate areas where there is little room as it also has a tight turning circle.
The twin blades cut to the whole width of the machine and the airflow created by these blades are the secret to it being a great collector – the grass box holds 240 litres.
There are seven cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and the whole design of the tractor makes it one of the most comfortable to drive – and it has a specially-shaped and sprung seat.
Twin headlights and a wash port on the cutting deck – just attach a garden hose to clean it – make this a great garden tractor.
It costs £1799, £200 off the recommended price and has a five year warranty.
Delivery is free normally within two to three working days but for an extra sum you can roder it by 3pm Friday and have it delivered Saturday.
The AL-KO T16-102HD Edition Lawn Tractor has a 656cc Briggs & Stratton engine and hydrostatic transmission and is suitable for areas around 8000m2.
The cutting width is 102cm and cutting heights are from 30mm to 90mm.
Wide tyres to give good grip when it’s wet and a comfortable seat are also fitted as well assisted grass box emptying – it holds 300 litres.
With this tractor you receive a free garden trailer which normally costs £199. You’ll be surprised how much a simple trailer like this can extend the use of a garden tractor on bigger areas.
You also get a free tow hitch worth £39.
It is priced at £2299, £600 off the recommended price and has a five year warranty.
It is normally delivered free with two to three working days but for an extra sum you can order it by 3pm Friday and be mowing on Saturday.
With summer 2016 yet to kick off, these machines will ensure you can keep working no matter what the weather.
We are the country’s largest retailer of lawn and garden tractors and ride-ons – see these pages for a full list and give us a ring on 08454 588905 if you would like our advice before buying.