Hints & Tips
Spring is definitely on the way.
Well OK, ignore the lashing rain and gales toppling trees and bringing down branches.
But evenings are brighter, daffodils are poking their heads above the ground and in some parts of the country are even in flower.
And the lawns have a slightly thicker appearance as early growth kicks in.
And though there is plenty of time yet for a few inches of snow, you can at least think about the first cut of the gardening year.
So now’s the time to have your old mower serviced and find out if old faithful has wheezed its last.In the meantime, have a look at these ten top machines from our unrivalled list of the best mowers from around the world.
Many are exclusive to MowDirect and all are priced very competitively and ready for delivery free of charge to the UK mainland.
First is a great value mower which is one of those exclusive ones, the MowMaster 43PD 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower.
We introduced this last year and it proved very popular with a host of favourable reviews.
Suitable for lawns around 600m2 it has a cutting width of 43cm and lets you either collect the clippings in a 40-litre grass box, mulch them or discharge them at the back.
Save the mulching function until later in the year when the grass is dry.
There are five cutting heights and for early in the year you should use the highest setting, just ‘knocking the whiskers off.’
The 123cc engine is powerful enough to handle sloping lawns and rougher areas and is mean on fuel and low on emissions.
The grass box has an indicator to show when it is full and there is a handy wash port on the cutting deck, so just attach a garden hose to clean it after use.
Here’s what one customer had to say: ‘The machine is excellent, easy to start, has dealt well with thick grass on our allotment, and the powered rear wheels make the uphill sections much easier. The cavernous grass collector is also much appreciated. Great price.’
This mower costs £199 and is delivered FREE within seven days with a two-year warranty.
This is one we helped to develop and uses lithium-ion battery technology to deliver power equivalent to a petrol engine.
The Redback E137CQ-2Ah Cordless Lawnmower has 40V batteries with longer run times and can be re-charged in 70 minutes.
The 37cm cutting width makes it suitable for lawns around 400m2 and it has a 40-litre grass box. There are five cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm.
A display on the handlebar indicates the charge level.
‘An Excellent Well-Engineered Machine. I certainly recommend this machine, and MowDirect, just look at the quality of their website’ said a recent customer.
It is priced at £299 compared with the recommended price of £397, and that includes battery and charger. There is a three-year warranty and FREE delivery within seven days.
And that makes other machinery in the range great value for money as you only need buy the tool, not the battery and charger.
Now one from one of Britain’s favourite companies when it comes to garden machinery.
The Mountfield SP180 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is exclusive to MowDirect and is suitable for medium-sized lawns, say around 800m2.
This one has a 125cc Briggs & Stratton engine which is reliable and easy to start and has the power to deal with thicker areas of grass as well as sloping lawns.
It has a cutting width of 45cm and five cutting heights from 20mm to 70mm and a grass box which holds 55 litres.
‘Very good product, good value and easy to assemble’ was a recent customer’s view of this machine.
It costs £249, £100 less than the recommended price and is delivered FREE of charge the next working day. There is a two-year warranty.
This next one is another exclusive to MowDirect.
The Lawnflite 19SPW 4-in-1 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower is a very versatile piece of kit which lets you discharge the cut grass to the side or back, mulch it when conditions allow or collect.
This makes it ideal for people who have areas of longer grass which needs the odd trim, grass paths and smooth lawns.
It has a 135cc engine and it is fitted with a throttle control so you can increase the revs when you come to thicker areas.
There are eight cutting heights on this one from 25mm to 65mm and it has a 60-litre grass box with an indicator to show when it is full.
Larger drive wheels mean it can handle longer grass easily and make it easy to turn and the handlebar can be adjusted to suit the height of the user.
‘The mower is well powered and nothing in my un-even and bumpy lawn troubled it. The mower is easy to manoeuvre and has handle height adjustment. I couldn’t ask for more.’ So said a satisfied customer.
It is delivered to your door FREE of charge within seven days and costs £299, £100 off the recommended price with a two-year warranty.
This one is from a leading German engineering and manufacturing company and us suitable for lawns around 1200m2 with a 46cm cutting width.
The Einhell GC-PM 46/2 SHW-E Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower had an electric key start so no tugging on a starter cord to get it going.
A 139cc Einhell engine powers it along – and charges the starter battery at the same time – and can be started by a cord mounted on the handlebar as a back-up.
The steel chassis is powder coated to resist corrosion and it has a grass comb at the front to smooth the grass before it is trimmed and give a better more even finish.
The cut grass can either be collected or discharged at the back – the grass box holds a massive 70 litres.
‘Excellent Buy. It is extremely easy to put together and there have been no problems starting the mower with the ignition switch. The cut is good and I am pleased with the performance,’ says a recent purchaser.
The price is £329.95, £170 off the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty.
It will be delivered FREE of charge in March as soon as fresh stock arrives.
This next one is from another top German engineering company and will appeal to anyone with an uneven lawn with lumps and bumps.
The Al-Ko 473SP Highline 4-in-1 Petrol Lawn Mower (Self-Propelled) has a 46cm cutting width and a 140cc Briggs & Stratton engine with high torque and low fuel consumption.
With this mower you can discharge to the back and side and mulch as well as collect the cut grass – it has a mammoth 70 litre grass box.
It is excellent when it comes to dealing with the cut grass, even when it’s wet, with its MaxAirflow technology combined with a very wide exit chute which is especially useful for cutting long grass.
It has cutting heights from 30mm to 80mm with seven settings.
Delivery is FREE the next working day with a two-year warranty and it costs £379, £100 off the recommended price.
Here’s another exclusive mower with over 100 reviews by past customers and a best-seller.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower is another versatile machine which lets you discharge to the side and back and mulch as well as collect the cut grass.
It has a massive 196cc Emak engine with low emissions and excellent fuel consumption figures and has cutting heights from 28mm to 75mm.
The large drive wheels mean it is easy to use on longer grass and uneven surfaces and easier to turn at the end of rows.
‘It cuts great, and the adjustable revs feature is a bonus. I have about a 1/3 of an acre to cut and this makes light work of it. At the end of summer (after the other mower died) I had lots of long grass so did 2 cuts with the new mower and was finished in the same time as one cut on the other mower. Well happy:-).’
That is among the reviews you can see here.
The recommended price is £549.95 but we have it for sale with £200 off that price at £349.95. Delivery is FREE the next working day with a five year warranty.
Hayter is a British company which has been making top quality, long-lasting mowers for years and here’s one of their favourite models.
The Hayter Spirit 41 Petrol Autodrive Rear-Roller Lawnmower (Code: 619J) is suitable for lawns around 500m2.
It has a 41cm cutting width and with its rear roller will leave a striped finish, which sets off a garden like nothing else.
It is built on an aluminium chassis to resist corrosion and has cutting heights right down to 13mm for a really tight finish. It is also built with front fins to smooth the grass before it is cut and give an even neater finish.
Driving it along is a 125cc Briggs & Stratton engine, reliable easy starting, and the cutting deck is lined with ABS plastic which resists corrosion and keeps the noise down.
It is fitted with a friction disc which stops damage to the crankshaft should you his something really solid.
The grass box holds 55 litres.
‘I am very pleased with this mower which was delivered next day as promised. The mower quality is very good and the materials used are high end as you would expect.’ That from a satisfied customer.
It costs £389 compared with the recommended price of £495 and is delivered FREE the next working day with a free bottle of oil to get you started straight away. There is a three-year warranty.
Now another mower which will leave iconic stripes, this one for a larger lawn.
The Lawnflite 20SPR-ES Self-Propelled Petrol Rear-Roller Lawnmower with Electric Start is an exclusive machine and has a 173cc engine which starts at the turn of a key.
It has the power to deal with rough lawns as well as the smooth and the 60-litre grass box has an indicator to show when it is full.
There are seven cutting heights from 17mm to 75mm and the steel cutting deck on this great British mower gives the machine great strength and durability.
And with its 50cm cutting width it can tackle larger lawns, say around 1200m2.
This mower is delivered FREE within seven days and costs £449, £250 less than the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty.
And finally, a mower from Hayter built with the professional in mind but which will certainly appeal to those of you with larger lawns who want a striped finish.
The Hayter Harrier 48 Pro Autodrive Rear-Roller Lawnmower (Code: 496) is an excellent buy with a 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine made for a challenging life and with a ribbed rear roller with self-aligning bearings.
This engine has a friction disc to eliminate damaging the crank if you hit a solid object.
The cutting deck is made from aluminium to resist corrosion and it has cutting heights from 13mm to 60mm with a 700-litre grass box.
And with its 48cm cutting width it can take on really large lawns, say around 1500m2.
The recommended price for this machine is £1059 but we have it for sale for £849 with FREE delivery in two to three working days, a free bottle of engine oil and a free steel jerry can worth £21.95.
It has a one-year commercial use warranty.
These are just ten of the machines from our site, you can see the full list here. Do remember we give you FREE OIL with every petrol machine.
And please ring us on 03454 588905 if you have any queries on any of these machines.
We are here to make sure you buy the right mower for your garden and also have an excellent selection of ride-ons and lawn tractors which you can see here.
‘MowDirect is a company that does exactly what it says and I will continue to use them and highly recommend them to anyone looking at purchasing garden equipment.’ P. McCLUSKEY