Hints & Tips
Early Spring storms seem to be becoming the norm. Just as soon as you resolve to cut the grass gales of wind and lashing rain sends us back inside to the comfort of a warm fire.
But lawns now need a trim, a very light one, and the gales will at least dry out lawns quickly.
So here are ten top mowers, with one for every type of garden. And remember, even the smallest gardens are shown off to better advantage with a neat lawn of trimmed grass.
The grass will grow much more healthily if it is regularly trimmed, so don’t be tempted to leave it for a few weeks to get straggly and unloved.
If you have a small lawn, this is one you should consider, Mountfield Princess 38 Electric 4-Wheel Roller Lawnmower.
This is a very popular mower from an even more popular manufacturer with a 1600W electric motor and 15 metres of cable.
Much quieter than a petrol machine and with few emissions it is both light and comfortable to use with none of the vibrations associated with petrol engines.
It will cut from 25mm up to 75mm with six settings and it also has a mulch plug, but wait until the grass is dry before using this. You can also discharge cut grass to the rear where appearance is not so important.
The plastic deck is sturdy and resists corrosion and its rear roller will leave a pleasing striped finish which many other mowers can’t achieve. And it means you can cut close to lawn edges without it falling into the flowers.
It costs £139, £30 off the recommended price, is delivered FREE OF CHARGE the next working day and has a two-year warranty.
Now one new and exclusive to us at MowDirect – in fact we helped develop it.
The Redback E137CQ-2Ah Cordless Lawnmower uses the latest advanced battery technology to deliver power equivalent to petrol engines, using a 40V battery which will re-charge to capacity in just 70 minutes.
A hand-propelled machine, it is another ideal for smaller lawns and is very easy to navigate around bushes and path edges.
There are five cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm and a 40 litre box for the clippings.
It comes with battery and charger and the battery also fits other machinery in the range so you only need to buy the device rather than the complete package if anything else takes you fancy.
The recommended price is £347 but we have it for sale for £249, a saving of £67, and it comes complete with a three-year warranty. Delivery the next working day is free.
This next mower is a great value-for-money sturdy machine designed and built for British lawns.
New and exclusive for this year, the MowMaster 43PD 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower has a 43cm cutting width and is suitable for lawns up to around 600m2.
You can collect, mulch or discharge the clippings so it is suitable for all types of grass and has five cutting heights adjusted by a single lever.
It has a steel cutting deck to give it great rigidity and slightly larger rear wheels which make it easier to steer. The power is from a 123ccm engine.
And when you’ve finished mowing, just attach a garden hose to the deck to clean it.
This mower costs £199, £50 off the recommended price and we deliver it FREE the next working day with a two-year warranty and FREE oil.
This one is from a leading European manufacturer of garden machinery and is a tried and trusted machine.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower, currently on special offer, will tackle really large lawns – say up 2000m2 and has a 51cm cutting width.
You can cut and collect the cut grass as well as mulch it and can also discharge clippings to the back and side, useful for small orchards and paddocks. The grass box holds a massive 70 litres.
It is very popular with customers, who have given it a five star rating and such comments as…
– “Will Not Find Better for the Price… as a professional gardener I can honestly say Ive never had such a good mower for the cost, starts first pull, mulches very well, collects very well, the bag is really easy to empty…Cuts well through long grass without struggling and does a very neat and tidy cut on the lowest setting for the customers that like their grass like a bowling green!!!
It is powered by a 196cc Emak engine and has six cutting heights from 28mm to 75mm and has the power to tackle thicker grass as well as neat lawns and slopes.
This is another mower which has proved very popular with our customers over the years and costs £329.95, £170 off the recommended price. And it has a super-long five year warranty.
Delivery is the next working day and TOTALLY FREE with a FREE bottle of oil throw in.
This next one is from a German manufacturing and engineering company and offers five ways of dealing with the cut grass.
The Einhell GC-PM 56 SHW 5-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower lets you collect, mulch, cut the grass and drop it back down to the lawn under the machine, or discharge to the rear or side.
It employs a special blade to give very strong air currents under the cutting deck and produce a neat finish.
The grass box holds a massive 80 litres and has an indicator to show when it needs emptying. And it has six cutting heights.
Einhell’s own 173cc engine provides the power and is designed to start very easily with little effort.
A large drive wheel means it can tackle undulations very easily and it has a carrying handle to make it easy to life into the boot when someone wants to borrow it.
This mower costs £399.95, a generous £150 saving on the recommended price and we deliver it the next working day for NO CHARGE with a two-year warranty and FREE OIL
This next one is another new and exclusive to us and is from an American company.
The Lawnflite 18SPR Self-Propelled Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower has a split rear roller to make it easier to navigate and will leave the lawn with a neat, striped finish.
You can also mow right up to the edges and it has a throttle control so you can give it a few more revs when conditions demand, like slopes or damp grass.
With this one you can cut right down to 17mm for a bowling green type appearance and it has seven height options. A 135cc Lawnflite engine provides the power.
It comes with a 60-litre grass box with a device to show when it needs emptying.
This mower costs £299, saving you £100 on the recommended price which is very attractive for a rear roller machine.
Delivery the next working day is free and there is a two-year warranty.
Now another exclusive rear-roller mower built to the highest standards around an aluminium cutting deck which has a 15-year warranty.
The Morrison Oxford 54RS Self-Propelled Petrol Roller Lawnmower is on special offer, and has a 54cm cutting width making it suitable for larger lawns – say up to 1500m2.
There are six cutting heights right down to 10mm and up to 70mm making it a very versatile machine.
A Briggs & Stratton 163cc engine powers it along and starts very easily without the need for priming.
It costs £799, a massive £200 saving on the recommended price and has a five-year warranty with FREE next working day delivery.
And you receive completely FREE OIL and a FREE ten-litre jerry can worth £24.95.
If you have a lawn with rougher areas and awkward areas which would defeat a ride-on or lawn tractor here’s a machine which could well do the job.
Made for really large areas and with a cutting width of 76cm, the Toro 20975 TimeMaster Twin Cut Lawnmower relies on twin cutting blades to mulch the cut grass and force the clippings into the turf where the rot away.
It also has an 88-litre grass box and can be used as a side-discharge mower where conditions dictate.
It is fitted with a Briggs & Stratton Ready Start engine which the makers say will start with two pulls or less on the starter cord.
It has been designed to follow the pace of the person using so you can set the pace and in really stiff conditions you can engage Traction Assist to give extra grip.
For such a large mower it is very easy to manoeuvre and with its aluminium chassis and steel cutting deck has been designed for the toughest of challenges.
It also has a blade brake clutch so the blades can be disengaged when crossing paths.
This really versatile machine costs £949 compared with the recommended price of £1099 and is delivered FREE within two to three working days with a three year warranty and, again, a FREE bottle of engine oil.
Now for those of you with a really large lawn, here are a couple of lawn tractors.
The first has been a best seller for some time, the Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor.
This has an 84cm cutting width and has twin cutting blades which give strong air currents under the cutting deck and provides excellent collection of wet grass.
The grass box bleeps at you when it needs emptying, e very handy feature.
The power comes from a 452cc Mountfield engine and it has a six-speed manual gear box – five forward and one reverse. The fuel tank holds six litres.
Cutting heights are from 25mm to 80mm and the cutting deck is engaged electronically.
This is a very comfortable tractor to drive with an adjustable and padded driving seat mounted on springs and a steering grip with a moulded finish. And the grass box which holds 240 litres can be emptied without leaving the driver’s seat.
This is a tractor designed for lawns around 5000m2. And if you need a deflector plate for use when cutting longer grass or a mulch plug, you can buy those as optional extras.
It is priced at £1699, a big saving to you of £200 off the recommended price and we deliver it FREE within two to three working days with a five-year warranty and FREE oil. All our ride-on mowers come assembled, tested, tuned, cleaned and ready to go as part of our FREE Premium Delivery Service.
However for a small extra sum you can order this tractor by 3pm Friday afternoon for delivery on Saturday.
The Simplicity Contender SZT550 Commercial Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower is from a leading US manufacturer and has a 724cc Briggs & Stratton V-twin engine.
This one is steered by levers which give very precise manoeuvrability and lets you nip round trees and other obstructions very easily.
The cutting deck is 132cm wide meaning you can use it for massive areas around 30,000m2 and the cutting deck is fitted with smalls wheels so it follows closely the contours of the ground without scalping it.
For more formal areas the clippings can be mulched using the mulch plug supplied – it has12 cutting heights.
This is very comfortable to drive with a high-back seat and cruise control.
This machine costs £4999, an amazing saving of £3000 off the maker’s recommended price. We deliver it free within three to five working days with FREE oil and it has a two-year warranty. This ride-on, like all of our ride-on mowers and tractors, comes with our FREE Premium Delivery Service, arriving at your property assembled, tested, tuned, cleaned and ready to use.
We are the country’s leading retailer of ride-ons and garden tractors and you can see a full selection on these pages.
You can find all our mowers here and remember you can give us a ring on 03454 588905 if you would like our advice on which machine is best for your needs.