Hints & Tips
Fashions come and go in the garden just as much as haut couture with old-fashioned plants like hollyhocks and delphiniums one year and scabious and penstemon the next.
And so it is with lawns, and this year lawns will be wearing stripes.
There is no doubt that a perfectly-striped lawn is a real picture, typifying the traditional British garden and showing off flower beds awash with summer blooms to their best.
You can only achieve this look with a mower with a rear roller – a conventional rotary machine won’t leave stripes which will last longer than a day or so.
The other advantage of rear-roller mowers is that they can trim grass shorter than rotary machines – think bowling and putting greens.
We have a large choice of these mowers and here are ten of the best to consider across a wide price range.
Remember you can give us a ring on 03454 588905 if you want one but are not sure which is the correct machine for your garden. We know what we are talking about. Just ask our customers… “Excellent Product and Outstanding Service . The advice I received from MowDirect was spot on and this product was perfect…”
So, for lawns around 800m2 this new and exclusive machine is ideal.
Made in the USA by a major manufacturer of garden machinery exclusively for MowDirect, the Lawnflite 18SPR Self-Propelled Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower has a cutting width of 18in and a full width split rear roller.
This makes it easier to turn at the end of the row and like other similar machines lets you cut right up to the edge of beds and paths.
It has a throttle control so you can adjust the revs according to the conditions and has seven cutting heights down to 17mm.
It has a steel cutting deck to give it rigidity and a 135cc engine and a 60-litre grass box with an indicator to show when it is full.
It costs £299, £100 below the recommended price and has a two-year warranty. And we deliver it free the next working day following receipt of your order.
Another mower for a smaller lawn, around 400m2, is the Hayter Spirit 41 Petrol Push Rear-Roller Lawnmower (Code: 617).
Hayter is a British company popular with proud gardeners for many years and with a reputation for making solid, long-lasting mowers and this one has a 41cm cutting width and is powered by an ultra-reliable 125cc Briggs & Stratton engine.
This has a full width rear-roller, ribbed to give a good grip and a cutter bar friction disc to protect the engine should you hit a careless tree.
The cutting deck has find fitted to give a smoother cut and it has seven cutting heights right down to 13mm. And the deck is plastic lined to resist corrosion and prolong its life even more also has the effect of keeping the noise down.
The grass box holds 55 litres.
It costs £329, a £70 saving on the recommended price and has a three-year warranty. Delivery is free the next working day.
See here for the views of previous customers. One said “This mower was a replacement for the Hayter Harrier that we had for 22 years (without breakdown or new parts.) The Spirit works well and the quality is excellent.”
Here’s another from Lawnflite with many favourable reviews.
The LF43-SPBR Self-Propelled Rear-Roller Lawn Mower is for lawns around 500m2 and has a cutting width of 43cm.
This one has a cutting width of 43cm and has six cutting heights from 15mm to 65mm.
The engine is from Briggs & Stratton, 140cc and a very easy machine to start, usually first pull.
The grass box holds 55 litres and there is also a mulch plug to give you anotehr option with the clippings.
It has a corrosion resistant polymer cutting which also keep the weight down.
“This is the first petrol mower I’ve owned and I’m so pleased with my buy. Easy to use, compact and gives great stripes on the lawn,” says a recent purchaser.
It costs £349, £50 below the recommended price and we deliver it free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
The Mountfield SP180R Self-Propelled Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower has a 100cc engine and is fitted with a skid plate to protect the lawn from scalping as it is being cut.
It has a steel cutting deck and a 46cm cutting width and cutting heights from 20mm to 70mm.
Suitable for lawns around 800m2, it has a 550litre grass box and a facility which allows you to attach a garden hose to the cutting deck to clean it out once you’ve finished for the day.
This keeps it running efficiently and helps eliminate corrosion.
‘Absolutely delighted with the value for money of this machine,’ says one customer.
It is priced at £399, saving a full £100 on the recommended price and has a two-year warranty with free next working day delivery.
Here’s another exclusive mower, very well built and sturdy and with a five-year warranty. And with this one you receive a free 10-litre jerry can worth £24.95.
The Morrison Oxford 48RS Self-Propelled Petrol Roller Lawnmower has an aluminium cutting deck which has a 15-year warranty and is powered by a 163cc Briggs & Stratton engine which needs just the lightest pull to start it.
It has a specially-designed blade and with a cutting width of 46cm is made for lawns around 1000m2. Cutting heights are from 10mm to 70mm. It is priced at £599, £200 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty and free delivery the next working day. As one happy customer puts it “I am impressed with quality of the build and it looks like the machine will last for years.”
Now another mower new for 2017. One customer was very happy about the development of this mower. this “Just What I Had Been Looking for & Wanted for Years”
The Mountfield S46R-PD LI Cordless Power-Driven Rear-Roller Lawnmower relies on the latest battery technology for power and can tackle lawns around 1000m2.
It has a steel cutting deck and has the power to handle sloping lawns and areas of rough grass.
It has a grass comb at the front to give a smooth finish and a skid plate to prevent scalping the lawn and a 55-litre grass box with a indicator to show when it needs emptying.
The cutting width is 46cm and cutting heights are from 20mm to 70mm with five options.
It costs £649, £50 off the recommended price and has a two-year warranty with free delivery the next working day.
This one from Hayter is new for this year and is built using the latest aerospace technology.
The New Hayter Harrier 41 Autodrive Variable-Speed Rear-Roller Lawnmower (Code: 375A) has a 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine designed to run quietly with a special silencer.
It also lets you set the speed at which you want to work.
And it has a cast-aluminium cutting-deck to resist rusting – this deck has a lifetime warranty – and has a split polymer roller to avoid damaging the lawn when you turn.
Vari-pitch technology gives powerful airflow under the cutting deck to give excellent collection of the cut grass even when it’s wet.
The grass box holds 60 litres and it has cutting heights from 13mm to 60mm with seven positions. The cutting width is 41cm.
It costs £649 compared with the recommended price of £735 and has a five year warranty with free next working day delivery.
For those with a larger lawn – say around 1500m2 – but who still want a striped finish, this will fit the bill.
The Mountfield SP555RV Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower (with Variable Speed) is a really high-spec machine with a 190cc Honda engine to give a very long working life and start very easily.
It has a new hybrid cutting deck made from a blend of aluminium and steel and has a 53cm width of cut.
It will cut right down to 13mm and has a 75-litre grass box and the speed can be set according to the task in hand.
When you’re finished just attach a hosepipe to the cutting deck to clean it out.
It will handle sloping lawns with ease and has an anti-scalp plate to protect the turf.
The recommended price is £1099 but we have it for sale for £959 with a five year warranty and free delivery the next working day.
The Hayter Harrier 56 Autodrive E/S Variable-Speed Rear-Roller Lawnmower with InStart® Li-Ion Electric Start (Code: 561J) is started with a key and has an extra-wide 56cm cutting width.
It also has a variable speed drive so you can mow at the best speed for the conditions.
There are cutting heights from 13mm to 60mm and a split rear roller and it is based on a die cast aluminium chassis with a polymer cutting deck and aerodynamic fins to give a more even finish.
The power is from a Briggs & Stratton 190cc engine with very easy starting and low fuel costs.
The price is £1099, £200 off the recommended price and it has a five-year warranty.
Delivery is within two to three working days and there is a 10-litre jerry can worth £24.95 as a free gift.
‘Solid build. Worked straight out of box – which was nice. Has halved the time taken to mow the lawn – and it looks good too.’ is the comment of one customer.
And finally, a mower which will appeal to the keen amateur and professional gardener alike.
The Weibang Legacy 56 Pro Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower has an extra-wide 56cm cutting width so it can take on lawns around 2000m2.
It is fitted with a 179cc Kawasaki engine and a large fuel tank and has a huge 85-litre grass box. Cutting heights are from 13mm to 67mm.
It has three speeds and is built on an aluminium chassis and the rear roller will provide long stripes on even the largest lawns.
It costs £1249, £150 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. And we deliver it free the next working day.
Please see these pages for our full list of lawnmowers, both rear-roller models and rotary ones and hand-propelled mowers as well for the smallest lawns.
And ring us on 03454 588905 if you would like our advice before committing yourself. After all, a new lawnmower is a substantial purchase for most families. But you can trust us. As another customer recently said “…Service and advice were excellent, the team’s product knowledge is second to none.”