Hints & Tips
Typical British weather. Just as we start to anticipate the start of warmer weather, vicious night frosts and snow showers arrive.
But to celebrate the imminent arrival of better weather we have put together ten great deals on garden machinery.
Some you probably need now some you’ll need in a few weeks’ time, but it will pay to take advantage of these great prices while they are on offer.
The first is a machine which we think is probably the most borrowed piece of garden equipment and now with these prices you can own your own.
The Einhell GC-SC 2240P Petrol Lawn Scarifier is the best value machine on the market and will tease out all the winter debris from the lawn in time for new Spring growth to flourish.
Designed in Germany, it has 18 steel blades which removed moss, dead grass and surface weeds to allow moisture and nutrients to penetrate to the roots.
Made for lawns up to 1000m2 in area it has a 118cc engine driving the tines and also has a 45-litre debris box, though this is best left off the first time you use it on a lawn which has not been treated for some time.
There are six working heights and a 40cm working width to make this one of the best domestic scarifiers on the market and certainly the best value machine.
It costs £299.95, £200 off the recommended price and is delivered to your door FREE the next working day with a two-year warranty.
‘Prompt delivery. Excellent product at a good price. Easy to assemble and use’, says a recent review, ‘…one of the best scarifiers I have ever used,’ says another, You can see others here.
If you have an allotment of vegetable garden now’s the time to turn over the soil to prepare for Spring sowing and this is an excellent machine from Italy which will do the job.
The Oleo-Mac MH175RK Front-Tine Tiller with Reverse Drive has nine steel tines which are driven by a 183cc Emak engine with low emissions and vibration levels.
The reverse gear is a definite bonus as anyone who has even used a tiller will testify as you can back out of problems – tillers can get ‘dug in’ and be difficult to shift without one.
It is belt driven to safeguard the engine in case you hit something solid and it is fitted with a front transport wheel to make it easy to move around.
It has two working widths – 80cm when doing the main tilling and 60cm for working between the rows of growing crops.
‘Easily assembled and operated, started with 2nd pull on the allotment and produced a fine tilth. Mulit position handles makes it easy for any operator’ says one recent customer. Other reviews are here.
The machine has a five-year warranty and costs £399, £200 off the recommended price.
With the colder weather the log pile has probably been diminished lately and this popular splitter can help rectify that.
The MD Racing 5-Ton Electric Log-Splitter will save damage to your back when you swing a hefty axe.
It is simple and safe to use and with its five tons of splitting pressure can deal with most woods, even close-grained hard woods like oak. And it can take logs up to 25cm in diameter and 52cm long.
Both hands are needed to operate the splitter, so keeping them away from the mechanism. The hydraulic power is generated by a 1500W electric motor.
It is delivered FREE within seven working days with a two-year warranty and costs £169.96, £130 off the recommended price. Reviews can be seen here.
The amount of mud on cars and paths seems to be at an all-timed record and this piece of kit will be very handy, not just now but all year round given British summers.
The Briggs & Stratton Sprint 2300EPF Electric Pressure-Washer is from a leading US company and has a 2500W electric motor to provide 160bar of pressure and will pump 900 litres of water an hour.
It has a seven-in-one nozzle so you don’t have to stop to keep changing them. And it has a 1.5 litre detergent tank so you can add soap when wanted.
It comes with 10 litres of power cable and an eight metre hose and is mounted on transport wheels to make it easier to move around.
It is priced at £239, £40 less than the price recommended and is delivered FREE the next working day with a two-year warranty.
The one piece of kit you really need at the moment is a chainsaw to clear away all the fallen trees and branches and perhaps fell a few trees left dangerous after the recent gales.
This one from a leading Italian company is great deal as it includes some useful safety equipment.
The Oleo-Mac GS-370 Pro Petrol Chainsaw with Free Starter-Pack is exclusive to MowDirect and features an efficient engine with Burn Right technology which saves 40 per cent on fuel.
Ideal for sawing wood for the fire and small-scale felling it has rubber stops and damper springs to keep vibrations down.
The 35.2cc engine produces 2.1bhp and is easy to start and has a 35cm chain bar.
It has been designed with an inertia chain brake with the brake handle also making a front hand guard.
It weighs 4.3kg and comes with safety gloves, a visor with ear muffs and a visor, two-stroke oil, chain oil and a two-stroke mixing bottle – all you need to get started straight away.
‘Great chainsaw‘ says Paul on our review pages, ‘Highly recommended‘ says John.
The complete package costs £219.95, £100 off the recommended price and is delivered FREE the next working day with a five-year warranty.
Here’s a great machine which combines several tools on one neat package.
The Mitox 26MT-SP Petrol Multi-Tool has easy-to-fix attachments including a brushcutter, for the rougher scrub areas which most gardens have hidden away, a grass trimmer for lawn edges, a pole pruner to tidy up overhanging branches and an articulating hedgetrimmer.
The grass trimmer has a nylon strimming head and the brushcutter has a metal blade with three teeth which can cut through brambles and thick banks of weeds.
The pole pruner has an overall reach of over 200cm and the long-reach hedgetrimmer has a reach of nearly 230cm.
This great package costs only £199, £100 off the recommended price and is delivered FREE the next working day with a one-year warranty.
With all the debris the recent gales brought down this piece of kit will be a boon to any gardener.
The DR PREMIER 9.5 Petrol Chipper-Shredder – Recoil Start (DRVT50) has a shredding system to convert this rubbish into a useful garden mulch with eight hammers to do the work.
It also has a chipping mechanism to deal with branches up to 7.5cm in diameter.
The mechanisms are powered by a 208cc Briggs & Stratton engine with a mechanical governor to call up extra power when needed.
It is mounted on wide tyres and a sturdy steel frame and has a 90-litre debris bag to collect the processed debris.
Delivered FREE within two to three working days it has a two-year warranty and costs £999, £200 less than the recommended price.
And finally a couple of lawnmowers and a lawn tractor.
New and exclusive to MowDirect for this year, the Racing 5073T 4-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Lawnmower is a really powerful and hi-spec machine.
It has a 173cc Racing engine with the power to tackle sloping lawns and as well as thicker areas of clumpy grass and has high wheels to give better grip and so it can drive comfortable over long grass with excellent traction.
The six cutting heights are from 20mm to 70mm and it has four ways of disposing of the cut grass. You can either discharge to the side or back, useful in parts of the garden where finish is not so important or you can collect in the 65-litre grass box or mulch when conditions allow.
It also has a throttle control so you can increase the revs when needs and it has a wash port where you attach a garden hose to clean down at the end of the day.
It costs £249, £150 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
And as of that wasn’t enough there is also a FREE spare blade and a FREE mower cover.
Next a mower from a long-established British company, a favourite with gardeners for years.
The Hayter Spirit 41 Petrol Autodrive Rear-Roller Lawnmower (Code: 619J) has a 41cm cutting width and a rear roller to leave the iconic striped finish.
The cutting deck is from aluminium to give it a long working life and the full width rear roller will not only leave stripes but let you mow close to lawn edges without fear it will topple into the flowers.
It can cut right down to 13mm for a really tight finish and has been designed with front fins to smooth the grass before it is cut leading to a better final appearance. This deck is also lined with plastic to further resist corrosion and keep noise down.
The engine is a 125cc Briggs & Stratton model with a friction disc to save the crank from damage should you hit something solid. The grass box holds 55 litres.
One customer commented ‘Delivery service excellent. Very pleased with the mower.’ and another said ‘Champion of lawnmowers‘ Other reviews can be seen here.
It costs £389, £110 off the recommended price and is delivered FREE the next working day with a three-year warranty and a bottle of engine oil to get you started.
And for those with a larger lawn, here’s a great deal, a German lawn tractor from a major manufacturer with a free steel tipping trailer.
The Al-Ko T16-92HD Twin-Cylinder Lawn Tractor is made for areas around 6000m2 in mind and is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 656cc engine with hydrostatic transmission so it drives much like an automatic car.
It is fitted with a Hi-Lift blade to give excellent collection of wet and damp grass – so ideal for this country.
The grass box holds 220 litres and can be emptied without leaving the driver’s seat.
It has a 92cm cutting width and six cutting heights from 30mm to 90mm and the cutting deck has two small wheels to allow the machine to follow the contours of the lawn without scalping it.
It costs £2299, £400 off the recommended price and that’s with the trailer worth £199. There is also a FREE tow hitch worth £49.
FREE delivery is within two to three working days but you can have it the following day if you order by 3pm and pay an additional sum – even on a Saturday.
It’s quite cold outside at the moment but work down now will pay dividends once Spring arrives. And who wants to watch the rugby anyway?
Our site with an unrivalled selection of garden machinery can be seen here.
And if you have any questions you’d like answered before ordering please give our team a ring on 03454 588905 during normal office hours (9am-5pm Mon-Fri & 10am-4pm Sat)
“excellent helpful service…extremely helpful and knowledgeable…no pressure to make a purchase, just good honest advice. I would definitely use them again…not pushy…advised me on the best mower appropriate for my circumstances and not the most expensive. I cannot fault them in any way.’ POSTED AT THE REVIEW CENTRE