Ten top machines to tackle the rougher areas of the lawns and garden

Any large garden will have the odd corners which are best left unseen, from those  no bigger than an overgrown cabbage patch to a semi-wilderness field which just needs cutting down once or twice a year.

Most conventional mowers struggle with longer, thicker grass and give up the ghost when face with banks of scrub.

So here are ten difference machines to tackle the unkempt areas from a conventional mower to the heaviest of lawn tractors and taking in a hover mower and wheeled brush cutters.

Oleo-Mac G53-TK comfort plus lawnmower
Easy mowing: Oleo-Mac G53-TK lawnmower

This is a mower which can cope happily with longer rough areas of grass as it has plenty of power.

The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower has a 196cc Emak engine.

And as well as being an excellent mower for conventional lawns it can deal with thicker, less well-kept areas as well.

These longer areas can be discharged to the rear and side of the machine and when cutting normal lawns the clippings can either be collected in the massive 70-litre grass box or mulched when conditions allow.

Cutting heights are from 28mm to 75m and the cutting width is 53cm so you can cut large areas with one pass.

The back, drive wheels are 280mm making it easier to drive in tough areas and to turn at the end of the row.

Exclusive to MowDirect this mower costs £319.95, £180 off the maker’s recommended price and it has a five year warranty. We deliver it free the next working day. Here is what our customers think. “it’s 5 out of 5 from me”, “Excellent lawnmower…started first pull. Great quality and features. Cut was perfect.”. 

Einhell GC-PM 56 SHW 5 in 1 lawnmower
Wide cut: Einhell 56 GC-PM 5 in 1 lawnmower

This next one from a leading German engineering company has five ways of dealing with the clippings and is a really sturdy machine.  The Einhell GC-PM 56 SHW 5-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is available on a special limited offer and can collect, mulch, discharge to the rear or side or simply cut the grass and drop it.

It has an 80-litre grass box for collecting and has specially shaped blades to increase the airflow under the cutting deck; this means it is an excellent collector of grass when it’s wet.

There are six cutting heights and the grass box has an indictor to show when it needs emptying.

Power comes from a 173cc engine and it has a one litre fuel tank to keep you mowing longer.

Handlebars and cutting heights are adjustable and the cutting width is a massive 56cm.

The recommended price is £549.95 but we are selling it for £329.95. Our customers said… “good value”, “Excellent Build Quality” and “Starts efficiently and cuts like velvet. You could pay three times the price and still be happy” It has a two-year warranty and we deliver it free the next working day.

Mountfield are one of Britain’s favourite brands and this one has all you need for dealing with longer grass.

Mountfield SP 485HW lawnmower
Honda engine: Mountfield, SP485HW lawnmower

The Mountfield SP485HW-V Hi-Wheel Variable-Speed Petrol Lawnmower is powered by a Honda 160cc engine which starts easily, is quieter and uses less fuel.

It has also been designed for a long working life.

The high wheels mean it can handle longer grass and rougher areas with ease and it has a 70-litre grass box for use when tackling smooth lawns which has an indicator to show when it is full.

With this one you can also adjust the speed at which you mow to suit the area.

There are six cutting heights and the working width is 48cm and you can discharge to the back and mulch the clippings as well.

It costs £399 compared with the recommended price of £459 and is delivered free the next working day after an inspection. There is also a free bottle of engine oil. Customers had this to say “…build quality is brilliant and the Honda Engine really is smooth and easy to start”, and “Super mower”. Mountfield provide a five-year warranty. 

From the same stable comes the Mountfield HW531-PD 4-in-1 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower, designed to cope with a range of conditions.

With this one you can collect clippings as well as discharge them to the side and mulch and it has high wheels to cope with uneven terrain – large rear drive wheels helps the mower cope with this.

Mountfield HW531 lawnmower
Versatile and strong: Mountfield HW531 lawnmower

The cutting width is 53cm and there are six cutting heights. And it also has an anti-scalp plate to save damaging the lawn.

It is priced at £339, £80 off the recommended price and has a five year warranty.

We deliver it free the next working day with a bottle of engine oil and after we have inspected it. Customers like this machine…”Great mower“, “Sublime. Lawn mowing is enjoyable once again” and “Excellent mower, highly reccomended” 

Now a top machine for dealing with verges and banks where a conventional grass cutter would struggle.


The Toro HoverPro 450 Petrol Hover Lawn Mower (02602) works on a cushion of air and cuts the grass with a thick nylon cord so that if you come across hidden brick metal it will not cause undue damage.

Air cushioned cutting with flare: Toro Hover pro
Air cushioned cutting: Toro Hover Pro

It has a cutting width of 46cm and is very easy to handle and to use for long periods as it has an extensive anti-vibration system. Cutting heights are from 18mm to 30mm and it weighs 17.6kg.

For those especially difficult areas you can buy a set of extension handlebars.

For very long grass you can also buy a Hi-Rise kit and transport wheel are also available to make it easier to move around.

It costs £499, £30 less than the recommended price and is delivered free within two to three working days complete with a bottle of engine oil. A happy  customer recently commented…“This mower is a breeze; easy to start and easy to use.” There is a two-year warranty on this machine.

Now a simple little machine which has been a best seller for several years now as it is an excellent solution to keeping banks of thick weeds and nettles in check.

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

The MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer Mower has a160cc engine to power the front strimming line which is strong enough to cut through the thickest of weeds.

It is a very easy little machine to use as it is simply pushed through the undergrowth and can deal with roadside verges and get under overhanging branches and close to walls and fences without causing any damage.

Fourteen inch wheels have thick rubber tyres making it easy to navigate in difficult areas.

Its working width is 56cm and it has working heights from 35mm to70mm.

It is great value at £279, £120 off the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty and free delivery the next working day. Customers love this machine…”effective performance; excellent price; extremely good value for money”,  “Brilliant. Very impressed with this excellent machine“, `’Fantastic” and “So good I bought another” This next one is a similar machine in many ways but capable of dealing with much tougher scrub.

The Efco DR51-S6 Wheeled Brushcutter has a 189cc Subaru engine and is a must safer solution than an old-fashioned scythe bar mower.

Efco DR51 field mower
Neat worker: Efco DR51 S6 field mower

It has a single speed drive and with its front dolly wheel can be easily navigated. And the large rear wheels make it easy to turn in long, wet grass.

It has an adjustable cutting height and a 51cm working width and is recommended for dealing with areas around 1000m2.

It costs £739, £180 off the recommended price and has a three-year warranty,

Delivery is free within two to three working days.

We are the country’s leading supplier of lawn and garden tractors and ride-ons and often these machines are ideal for looking after larger areas of overgrown grass and scrub.

First is the little Lawnflite Mini Rider 60RDHE Ride-On Mower. “Great mower with a good tight turning circle” as one of our customers has written.

Power is from a 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine and it is fitted with a special silencer to keep the noise down and started with a key.

There are five cutting heights from 38mm to 95mm and it can mulch the clippings or discharge them.

The machine has been designed to tackle the rougher areas as well as smooth lawns as you can buy a mulch kit and grass deflector as optional extras.

MTD Lawnflite MiniRider
Easy to drive: Lawnflite MiniRider

It costs £1399, £200 off the maker’s recommended price and is delivered free within two to three working days.

This machine is new for this year and has a two-year warranty.

Another one new for 2016 is the Simplicity Regent XL/SLT200 Garden Tractor (with Striping Roller) as one customer put it… “Pretty Tough Cookie. Good for the Job”. This one has a 117cm cutting width and will leave large lawns looking picture perfect as the tractor has a special roller to leave a striped finish, something most garden tractors can’t achieve.

A powerful 724cc Briggs & Stratton engine produces 22hp and the engine will give long and reliable service while keeping running costs down.

Clippings can be discharged to the side on the less formal areas and the cutting deck is free floating so it will not scalp uneven areas.

Also the cutting deck can be very easily removed when the tractor is used for towing other attachments like trailers and leaf sweepers.

A padded seat and cruise control make this a comfortable machine to use for longer periods – there is even a cup holder.

It costs £2799 and considerable reduction on the recommended price of £3149 and it is delivered free within four to six working days with a free mulch plug.

And finally a powerful machine for larger areas which has to be one of the best buys of the year.

Built for use on local authority parks and large private estates, the Simplicity Contender SZT550 Commercial Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower is currently on special offer and has a 724 Briggs & Stratton V-twin engine to deliver bags of power.

Great bargain: Simplicity Contgender
Great bargain: Simplicity Contender

This machine can turn on the spot thanks to the two steering levers so you can scoot round trees and other obstacles very easily and quickly.

The cutting width is 132cm and the cutting deck has anti-scalp wheels to follow the contours of the grass without scalping it.

Clippings are discharged to the side but for more formal areas you can buy a mulch plug.

It has a high-back seat and cruise control and there are 12 cutting heights and a heavy duty bumper will minimise damage should you hit something solid.

It costs £4999 compared with the recommended price of £6999 and is delivered free within four to six working days.

There is a two-year maker’s warranty. As one of our happy customers wrote… “...great machine, rock solid. Currently about half the price of similar alternatives. Very pleased.”

The lawns are not growing as fast as they were but somehow the rougher areas still seem as vigorous as ever as they don’t seem to be as thirsty.

So now’s a good time to tackle them. And if you can’t see what you are looking for here then please give us a ring on 08454 588905, we’re here to help.


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