Hints & Tips
At last, a tiny bit of warmth and signs that Spring is on the horizon if not actually in the air.
With the drenching that most gardens have recently endured, there are small signs that lawns are starting to grow and the first cut is only weeks away.
Remember that you should only take the whiskers off at this time, don’t crank the cutting height down, after all, you’re only giving the lightest trim to encourage further growth.
There is a host of jobs you can do in the garden when the weather warms up a bit and we’ve put together ten top machines at the keenest prices which you may well need in the coming weeks.
And the first of these is a best seller, a solid versatile mower for larger lawns.
The Oleo-Mac G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower is exclusive to MowDirect and has a massive 196cc engine and with its 51cm cutting width can tackle areas up to 2000m2.
The versatility comes from the four ways it has of dealing with the cut grass. The clippings are either discharged to the back or side, useful for when cutting small paddocks or areas of rougher ground, collected in the grass box or they can be mulched when conditions allow.
This is a very well built lawn mower with the power to tackle sloping lawns and thicker grass and it has large rear drive wheels to make it easier to steer and drive over rougher areas.
It costs £349.95, a full £200 off the recommended price and it is delivered FREE the next working day with a five-year warranty and FREE oil.
Here’s one customer’s view. ‘The machine works well and is good value for money. It gives a nice wide cut and I particularly like the side discharge. I have a 3-acre field with rough grass that I cut but just leave the grass in the field to mulch. Good service provided by MowDirect.’
Here’s another exclusive mower from one of the country’s most popular brands.
The Mountfield HP180 Petrol Rotary Hand-Propelled Lawnmower is another top-selling machine and is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 125cc engine.
Designed with lawns around 800m2 in mind, it is very easy to manoeuvre with a 45cm cutting width, and it weighs only 25kg.
This has a specially-shaped cutting deck to increase to currents of air and force the cut grass into the grass box, particularly useful in British conditions when you are often cutting wet grass.
It has cutting heights from 20mm to 70mm with five settings, but don’t be tempted to use the lower settings until summer when the grass is dry.
It costs £199, £100 off the recommended price and has a two-year warranty and we deliver it FREE the next working day with FREE oil.
Now another exclusive machine which is hand-propelled making it easier to work around flower beds and shrubs and garden seats.
The Oleo-Mac G48-TK Comfort-Plus Petrol Self-Propelled Lawn Mower is from a leading European manufacturer based in Italy.
It has an Emak 160cc engine to drive the cutting blade and has a 46cm cutting width with cutting heights from 28mm to 75mm making it suitable for areas up to around 800m2.
The grass box holds 60 litres.
This has proved to be another very popular little mower and costs £269.95, £130 off the list price with a five-year maker’s warranty.
Delivery is FREE the next working day, with a bottle of FREE oil included, and if you prefer to mulch the cut grass you can buy the necessary attachment for an additional £20.
‘Good Value Mower With Excellent Features’ is one customer’s views. Others can be seen here.
Now here’s a British mower which is a little cracker, the Hayter Spirit 41 Petrol Autodrive Rear-Roller Lawnmower (Code: 619J).
This one will leave a striped finish and has a 41cm cutting width so it is suitable for lawns around 500m2.
Made for a long life it has an aluminium cutting deck to resist corrosion and this deck is lined with plastic as another anti-corrosion measure.
It will cut right down to 13mm with the ribbed rear roller not only giving excellent grip but, leaving smart stripes. And the cutting deck has fins at the front to smooth the grass before it is cut, another feature which gives a smoother cut.
The engine is from Briggs & Stratton, 125cc, reliable and easy starting and it has a 55-litre grass box.
The engine has a friction disc which will prevent major damage to the crank if you hit something really solid – trees these days are not to be trusted.
This mower costs £389, £30 off the recommended price and we deliver it for FREE the next working day and a bottle of engine oil to get you started. It has a three-year warranty.
Now four pieces of garden machinery which are currently much in demand.
This is an ideal time of the year to scarify your lawn, using a machine to tease out dead grass and other rubbish which will have accumulated over the winter and which stops moisture and nutrients penetrating to the roots.
If you’ve ever been jealous of your neighbour’s lawn, this little machine could well make him or her jealous of yours this summer.
The Al-Ko Comfort 38E Combi-Care Electric Aerator / Scarifier is actually two machines in one and is from a leading German garden machinery company.
It has two easily-changed cassettes. The first has 14 steel blades to cut small slits into the turf.
The second has 24 sprung hooks which pull out moss and flat-growing weeds which stop the grass from breathing.
The machine is driven by a 1300W motor and it has 12 metres of cable.
There are five working depths adjusted by a dial and it has a 55-litre catcher for the debris but this is best left off the first time you use the scarifying cassette.
It has a smooth underside making it easier to clean.
The price is £169m £20 off the recommended price and we deliver it FREE the next working day with a two-year warranty.
If you have a larger lawn, say around 1000m2, this next one offers unrivalled value for money in its field.
The Einhell GC-SC 2240P Petrol Lawn Scarifier is one of our highly rated superstars. It has 18 steel blades to pull out the moss and dead weeds which inhibit growth and is powered by a 118cc engine
There is a 45-litre debris catcher but again, you are best to leave this off the first time you use the machine as you will be surprised at the amount of detritus which it pulls out.
It has six working heights and a 40cm working width and the large wheels make it easy to manoeuvre.
The handles fold down which make it easy to transport in the boot of a car – you’ll be surprised how many people will want to borrow it once they have seen the results.
Don’t be worried if the lawn looks a bit like a ploughed field after you’re used it, grass is very resilient and will soon grow back looking much more healthy.
‘Hugely impressed by this machine. And it’s a bargain!‘ was one customer’s view, ‘fantastic‘ and ‘brilliant‘ from two others. See all our GC-SC Scarifier reviews here
Delivered FREE OF CHARGE the next working day it costs £299.95, £200 off the recommended price with a two-year warranty.
Talking of garden equipment often borrowed, now’s the time to get to work on the allotment or vegetable patch and a garden tiller saves hours of toil with a fork.
The Oleo-Mac MH175RK Front-Tine Tiller with Reverse Drive is an especially versatile machine as it has two working widths, one for tilling large areas and the other for working between the rows of crops.
A 183cc Emak engine gives bags of power while keeping vibration levels down and drives nine revolving tines.
Belt transmission will safeguard the engine if the tines hit a solid object and a reverse gear lets you reverse at the end of the row or when the machine gets dug in.
The main tilling width is 80cm with the smaller one for use between the rows is 60cm. And the handlebars are adjustable to the height of the user.
It costs £399, £200 off the recommended price and is delivered FREE within five working days with a five-year warranty.
Most gardens have those hidden corners where thick banks of weeds and brambles take over and now is a good time to cut them down and burn them.
And here’s a great machine to do the job, especially good value as it comes with a free safety kit.
The Einhell GH-BC Petrol Brushcutter + Free Kit is powered by a 25cc engine, a very easy starter.
A 23cm metal cutting blade with three teeth can easily cut through the thick stuff while a 42cm nylon strimming head will deal with lawn edges.
A shoulder harness makes it more comfortable to use and it has an excellent vibration damping system.
In the package, there is a safety helmet with face guard and ear protectors, working gloves and a free fuel mixing bottle.
The whole lot costs £129.95, £70 off the recommended price and it is delivered FREE the next working day with a two-year warranty.
Now, a couple of lawn tractors for those of you with bigger gardens. We are the country’s leading retailer of these machines and these are two of our best sellers.
The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor has a cutting width of 48cm with twin blades and cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and is a great collector of wet grass thanks to the two blades and the design of the cutting deck.
And the grass box which holds 240 litres beeps when it needs emptying.
The engine is Mountfield’s own 452cc model with a proper oil pump instead of relying on splash lubrication.
There are five forward and one reverse gears and a six-litre fuel tank.
And it is comfortable to drive with a high-backed and sprung seat and a device so you don’t have to dismount when emptying the grass box.
Chunky wheels and a pair of headlights complete this great lawn tractor which has a host of year-round uses with the addition of an optional tow bar – think how handy a lawn sweeper will be in the autumn.
It has a five-year warranty and we deliver it free within two to three working days. And it costs £1749, saving a huge £200 on the recommended price.
And this lawn tractor from German manufacturer Al-Ko is another top seller.
The Al-Ko T16-92HD Twin-Cylinder Lawn Tractor can tackle areas around 6000m2 and is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 656cc twin-cylinder engine. Transmission is hydrostatic so speed is controlled with the throttle pedal just like an automatic car.
A specially designed Hi-Lift blade gives excellent collection of wet grass to the 220litre grass box which can be emptied from the driver’s seat.
The cutting deck has two small wheels at the front which enable it to follow the contours of the lawn with scalping it.
With this tractor, you receive a FREE steel tipping trailer worth £199 and a FREE tow hitch worth £49.
It costs £2,299.00, a massive saving of £400 and we deliver it FREE within 2-3 working days. However, for an additional charge, if you order it by 3 pm weekdays you can have it delivered the next working day – even on a Saturday.
Click here and you can see what previous customers thought of the tractor.
Remember you can talk to us about any of these machines during normal office hours on 03454 588905. Our team of product experts are always happy to help.
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