Hints & Tips
We have been warning for some time that leaves need to be cleared, and often, both to allow lawns and flower beds to stay healthy and to keep the garden looking neat and tidy.
After all you don’t want the leaf police on your case.
Larger areas need more substantial pieces of equipment to keep them tidy, so here are ten top machines to keep larger areas leaf and debris free, plus a handy lawn tractor to make autumnal gardening easier and a log splitter to turn fallen branches into logs.
First three leaf blowers and this one, the Einhell BG-PB33 Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower is a must for any short list.
It is great value for money but still packs a windy punch – a 250km/h blast of air.
With controls grouped on a joystick it can handle difficult areas like the backs of sheds and under hedges and fences.
The 33cc engine is durable and has very good emission figures.
Best of all, it is one sale for £159, a great saving and a very keen price for a backpack machine, and it’s from a German manufacturer with a reputation for building gear equipment for the garden.
We deliver it FREE the next working day following receipt of your order and it has a two-year warranty.
This one from Japanese manufacturer Tanaka produces a 322km/h air speed, enough to deal with trodden down, matted leaves.
The Tanaka TBL-4600 Backpack Leaf-Blower is currently on special offer, has a 44cc engine and is designed to be very easy to start.
It has a large fuel tank to suit commercial gardeners and weighs 9kg.
It is mounted on a padded frame and with its padded straps has been designed to be used comfortably for long periods.
It costs £399, £150 off the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty. We deliver it FREE between three and five working days of receipt of your order.
And this next one is from Italy and exclusive to MowDirect.
The Oleo-Mac BV162 Backpack Leaf-Blower is another ideal for larger areas with a 201mph air current produced by a 61.2cc Emak engine.
This engine is comparatively quiet and has a 2.3 litre fuel tank to keep you working for longer.
It is mounted on a lightweight polypropylene back pack frame and weighs 9.4kg.
The price is £499, £100 below the recommended price and it has a five-year warranty. Next working day delivery is FREE
Now on to lawn vacs, an increasingly popular way to clear the debris from large areas.
First the Al-Ko SOLO 750B Lawn Vacuum / Leaf Sweeper (Briggs Engine), fitted with a 158cc engine, light and very simple to use, much like a home vacuum cleaner.
With the Briggs &Stratton 158cc engine there is plenty of power and starting is very easy.
It is made from powder-coated steel to resist corrosion and it has four working heights.
Those difficult areas like steps and narrow paths are simply cleared using a hose kit which can be bought as an optional extra. This costs £139.
The machine costs £599, a saving of £60 on the recommended price. Delivery the next working day is free and there is a two-year warranty.
Now, machines from American manufacturer Billy Goat. These are really powerful professional machines which will deal with all manner of surfaces and debris.
This one, the Billy Goat KV600 Estate Series Lawn Vacuum, is currently on special offer and ideal for areas up to around an acre.
This professional machine is lightweight and very simple to use and is one of the company’s best sellers.
This is a really greedy little goat and while it is at home with leaves and twigs and can also gobble up drinks cans and glass bottles.
It has a 6hp Briggs & Stratton engine and the working width is over 68cm. The collection bag holds 151 litres and is very easily emptied with nautical fasteners.
It weighs 51kg with a five-bladed steel impeller giving it the ability to deal with the heavier rubbish.
The height can be adjusted depending on the surface it is clearing. And an optional hose kit lets you clean behind the awkward nooks and crannies – this costs an extra £199.
The recommended price is £899.99 but we have it for sale for £819.
Next working day delivery is FREE and there is a one-year warranty.
This one from the same manufacturer is among the quietest in its class and ideal for residential areas.
The Billy Goat QV550 QuietVac Outdoor Vacuum (Push) will clear leaves and litter very quickly over a large area whether grass or hard surface and has a powerful impeller to pick up and shred debris at a rate of 12 to 1 to pack it into the collection bag.
It has castor wheels at the front to make it simple to navigate and has a special filter system to keep the dust down. You can also buy a three-metre hose kit for those difficult bits.
A reliable 205cc Briggs & Stratton engine starts easily and the working height is adjustable.
It costs £1669, £130 less than the recommended price, is delivered FREE the next working day and has a one-year warranty.
And this machine is for the largest areas of parkland or commercial areas.
And this machine is for the largest parkland or commercial areas. The Billy Goat F920S Wheeled Blower has a 43cm impellor with 16 blades to give a really powerful air blast so it can move really heavy items of debris.
It has been designed so the operator can direct the air current exactly where it is needed – and the nozzle can be fixed into position on the machine.
By using the extension nozzle you can clear right up to fences and walls and it has pneumatic rear tyres to make it easy to move around on uneven and wet surfaces.
A 265cc Subaru engine provides the power and is notably quiet when running.
A massive saving, it is over £600 below the maker’s recommended price at £1089 and is delivered FREE the next working day with a one-year warranty.
The Billy Goat DL130HEU Leaf and Debris Loader can suck up huge amounts of any type of debris including cans and bottles, paper and leaves, and shred it before blowing it on to a lorry or piling it up.
Perfect for big clear-ups after weddings, fetes and festivals, it has a 13hp Honda engine making it capable of shifting huge amounts of rubbish very quickly.
The intake hose has a 20cm diameter and is transparent so you can check for blockages as you work and the discharge chute revolves through 360 degrees, and the machine has a kit to allow it to hang at the back of a truck.
It costs £2329 compared with the recommended price of £2509.99 and is delivered FREE within two to three working days with a one-year warranty.
The SCH TS98 Heavy-Duty Leaf Sweeper has been designed so that both wheels drive the sweeping brushes meaning the wheels won’t scuff the surface.
The sweeping height can be adjusted and it has a 250-litre collector, ideal for large areas.
It has a large collection sheet and costs £949, a whopping below £85 the recommended price. Delivery is FREE and takes two to three working days.
We often say that a good lawn tractor is not just for cutting grass through the summer but is a year-round workhorse and this one really fits the bill.
The Oleo-Mac OM95-16KH Garden Tractor is an Italian-designed and made machine popular through all Europe and very simple and comfortable to drive.
The cutting deck is 95cm wide and works and works well on uneven ground thanks to small wheels.
Cutting heights are from 30mm to 90mm and there are twin cutting blades to give powerful air flows so that it is an efficient collector of grass when it’s wet.
The grass box holds 310 litres and there is a full dashboard display and even a front bumper.
A 452cc Emak engine provides the power and it drives just like an automatic car.
Through the winter you may want to attach a lawn sweeper or trailer, so a two hitch is fitted as standard.
The machine costs £2499, £500 off the recommended price and it has a five year warranty.
Delivery is normally within three to five working days but for an extra £50 you can order as late as 3pm Friday for delivery Saturday.
And don’t forget, with every ride-on or tractor we sell, you get our Premium Delivery Service – so your tractor is delivered assembled, tested, tuned, polished and ready to go all for FREE!
And finally a machine to save you from getting a dodgy back through swinging a heavy axe.
The MD 4-Ton Electric Horizontal Log Splitter, still on special offer, has proved a best seller for years. Look at some of the comments that help give it it’s 5 star rating:
“This tool is truly awesome and has earned its five stars with ease”, “Excellent Bit of Kit at a Great Price”, “I wish I had brought one years ago what more can I say !!! Thank you MowDirect” and “It worked straight out of the box, performs flawlessly and is an absolute bargain.”
It is strong enough to deal with most woods with its four tons of splitting pressure produced by a 1500W electric motor. Both hands are needed to operate the splitting action so your hands won’t be anywhere near the splitting wedge, a useful safety attribute.
Transport wheels make it easy to move around. If you want the wood split into smaller pieces you can buy a four way splitting wedge for an extra £20.
It has a two-year warranty and is delivered free the next working day and costs only £179.95 compared with the recommended price of £249.95, a massive saving of £70.
Give us a ring on 08454 588905 if you would like further advice.