Hints & Tips
Much of the country is set for warmer weather and in to next week so now’s the time to spend a few hours grass cutting, leaf clearing and keeping hedges neat.
So here are ten top gardening bargains from top international manufacturers to make life easier.
And we hesitate to mention the C word but the festive period is not far away so why not start your shopping a little early and take advantage of great bargain prices to buy a welcome gift for the keen gardener.
But let’s start with equipment to make leaf clearing easier.
Light, easy to use and with enough power for small to medium-sized gardens, the Cobra BV65-24V Cordless Leaf-Blower comes with a 24V lithium-ion battery which holds its charge when not in use and which other machinery in the range.
It runs for 20 minutes on a full charge and re-charging takes only 20 minutes.
It has two blowing speeds. Use the Eco mode when clearing dry leaves on paths and the Turbo setting for clearing up thicker patches of wet leaves.
Swapping the two nozzles is simple and it weighs only 1.7kg for is dead easy to use for the not so nimble.
“This is a great little blower. I’m very happy indeed with it. It’s so light and easy to use. Charges up really fast.” That from a recent customer.
It costs just £64.99, £50 off the recommended price and has a two year warranty and we deliver it free the next working day following receipt of your order.
If you prefer a petrol-powered machine then this one, the Mitox 260BX Handheld Petrol Blower, is simple to use and powerful.
A 27.6cc engine gives a 259km an hour air blast enough to shift even the most stubborn trodden in wet leaves.
And it weighs only 4.7kg and is fitted with a cruise control so you can deal with large areas without becoming exhausted.
It has also been designed with very low vibration levels and has an offset blower tube to eliminate gyrational forces making so you don’t have to fight to keep it blowing in the direction you want.
“This is a great blower, light and very powerful. Delivery was next day, no problems. Customer service is excellent too,” says a customer.
What’s more it has a five year warranty and free next working day delivery.
It costs £179, a useful £20 off the recommended price.
And it you think you’ve got problems with a medium sized garden think about clearing leaves from an acre or more.
Thankfully this not such a challenge thanks to this neat device, the Lawnflite LS38 38” Tow-Behind Leaf Sweeper.
It works by hooking it on to a lawn tractor using the universal pin hitch and as you tow it along the motion of the wheels will drive a series of 245cm brushes to sweep the debris into a 340-litre collector.
And this is easily emptied with a lever which can be reached without leaving the seat of your tractor.
The sweeping width is 95.5cm so it can clear a large area very quickly and it has been designed so that you only need one pass – no returning to cover bits the machine has missed.
It also has an adjustable working height which can be altered according to the debris and the surface you are clearing.
At this time of year hedges often need a prune, especially the tops, and this machine will save teetering on top of a ladder.
The Mitox 26LH-SP SELECT Long-Reach Hedgetrimmer is a long time best seller from a company which produces excellent garden machinery.
With a 24.5cc engine producing 1hp it is a machine built to deliver demanding service and easy starting.
The cutting head turns through 150 degrees so you can trim sides and odd shapes without too many contortions and you can also reach those often missed bits of growth at ground level
The blades are 40cm long and the overall reach is 226cm and the blades have a wide tooth spacing for trimming thicker stems.
Is is described by a recent purchaser as “A good quality product that I have no hesitation in endorsing“, costs £159, so £60 off the recommended price, and is delivered free the next working day with a one-year warranty.
And if you have a long run of hedging and need a substantial and powerful cutter, this could be the one for you.
Often chosen by professional gardeners, the Tanaka TCH22E-BP2 (62) Petrol Hedgetrimmer develops real cutting power from a 21.1cc PureFire engine which keeps emissions and fuel use to a minimum.
It also has a front-facing exhaust to make it more comfortable and is also quieter than many similar models.
This one has 62cm double-sided dual reciprocating blades with 35mm tooth gap and has arear handle which twists through 180 degrees making it easier to cut hedge sides and for left-handers to use.
It has a five-year warranty and is delivered FREE the next working day, with FREE oil, at a price of £249, and that’s £100 off the recommended price.
“I bought this machine because I have a long pole model of the same name, which has always proved reliable over the years. This model is no exception and starts easily.” So says a recent purchaser.
As well as keeping your lawn healthy be clearing away the leaves it is important to let it breath and this machine, the Einhell GC-SC 2240P Petrol Lawn Scarifier is brilliant for this.
Designed and engineered in Germany by a leading garden machinery company it has proved very popular for several years now.
Suitable for lawns up to 1000m2, it has 18 steel blades which revolve to remove moss, dead grass and flat-growing weeds. And once this rubbish is removed water and nutrients can more easily get through to the roots.
It has a 118cc engine and six working heights and a working width of 40cm. Large wheels make it easy to manoeuvre and protect the lawn.
If you’ve not scarified the lawn for a while, don’t be worried about the amount of debris it pulls out – that’s exactly what you want and it will quickly grow again to cover any bar patches.
The handles fold down so that it can fit in a car boot – we reckon this is one of the most borrowed pieces of garden machinery. Rental price: two pints in the pub on return!
One of our Superstars with nearly a hundred 4/5 star reviews, reviews, customers love this little beauty, saying such things as “Brilliant Scarifier“, “..Excellent performance…” and “It really is good. Powerful and so adjustable…”
It costs £279.95, a substantial reduction on the recommended price of £499.95 and delivery is the next day with a two-year warranty. MowMaster 43PD 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower.
Now back to the lawn which is growing very vigorously for the time of year – indeed the mower doesn’t not have much time off these days as the grass grows for longer and seems to start growing earlier.
This mower is great value, built for British lawns and now at a price of only £199.
The MowMaster 43PD 3-in-1 lawnmower is a versatile little machine with collection, mulching and rear discharge meaning it can tackle all sorts of grass from the rough to the smooth and it has five cutting heights.
Self propulsion means mowing does not have to be an arduous task even for slopes and it has larger rear wheels to help with this.
It has a 123cc engine and a grass box with an indicator to show when it needs emptying and when you are finished just attach a garden hose to the wash port on the steel cutter deck to clean down and give it a longer life.
It is delivered free of charge the next working day and has a two-year warranty.
“…well built high performance mower, that is easy to use…minimum assembly, mower started with the first pull of the cord, and the cut was effortless.” was a recent customer’s comment. Others can be seen here.
This mower from a leading European manufacturer is a sturdy little machine made for lawns around 800m2 – a medium to large-sized lawn.
The Oleo-Mac G48-TK Comfort-Plus Petrol Self-Propelled Lawn Mower is exclusive to MowDirect and has a 46cm cutting width and a 140cc Emak engine.
Cutting heights are from 28mm to 75mm and the grass box holds 60 litres.
It has a five-year warranty and free next working day delivery and costs £219.95, £130 off the recommended price. You can buy a mulch plug for another £20 but only use this when the lawn is dry.
Another superstar product with over 50 4/5 stars reviews, a recent customers said “Great Mower. Easy to use and started on the 2nd pull out of box. Long grass no problem.” Other comments can be seen here.
Now a couple of machines for those who have bigger lawns.
The Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Rider is a neat little machine which will fit through most garden gates yet has a cutting width of 66cm so it can handle areas around 2000m2.
It has Mountfield’s own 224cc engine and has four forward and one reverse gears.
The grass box holds 150 litres and can be emptied from the driver’s seat and cutting heights are from 30mm to 80mm with six settings.
You can buy a mulch kit for another £99 buy only use this when it is dry.
Delivery is free within two to three working days and next working day delivery in England and Wales can be arranged also for free if you order by 3pm – even on Saturdays.
This great little ride-on costs £1299, £100 off the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty.
“Excellent Midway Mower between Walk Behind and Tractor Mower,” said a recent customer. Other reviews are here.
And if you have a lawn up to 5000m2 this best seller could be the answer, the Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor.
This has a cutting width of 84cm and twin cutting blades to give a smooth cut and an strong air current under the cutting deck. This leads to excellent collection of grass even when it’s wet, important at this time of year
Cutting heights are from 25mm to 80mm and the grass box, which holds 240 litres beeps when it needs emptying which can be achieved from the driver’s seat.
Mountfield’s own 452 cc engine has been designed for a long life with an oil pump and it has five forward and one reverse gears and a six-litre fuel tank.
What’s more it has a sprung-mounted and padded seat to make it comfortable to use and headlights so you can see where you are going when it gets murky.
You can also buy a tow hitch to extend the use of this tractor throughout the year.
It costs £1749, £200 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. Customers’ reviews can be seen here.
Order by 3pm and we will deliver it free the next working day in England and Wales and within two to three days in Scotland.
See these pages for some great bargain garden machinery this autumn and remember, our site has the largest selection of garden machinery available.
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