Hints & Tips
Unless you’ve already trimmed the lawn you may feel you need a flock of sheep more than a lawnmower.
The grass has really spurted away and with warmer weather forecast (at last) lawns which have been fairly dormant all winter will really put on a spurt.
The sooner you can give it a light trim the better and if you need a new mower here are ten top petrol-powered machines for a small to large lawn.
At the bottom of our spec page on each mower, you will find an indication of the area ideal for each, and that’s a good starting point to help you decide the right one for your lawn.
Obviously, if you have a large lawn and a mower with a narrow cutting width it can still do the job, but will just take a bit longer.
So the first on our list is the popular Mountfield HP180 Petrol Rotary Hand-Propelled Lawnmower.
Suitable for small to medium sized lawns it has a cutting width of 45 cm and a Briggs & Stratton 125cc engine, easily started and cheap to run.
Although a mower which you push along it is easy to manoeuvre and weighs only 25kg and it has larger rear wheels so it can handle rougher areas.
There is a 55-litre grass box and it has cutting heights from 20mm to 70mm. For the first cut, chose a longer cutting height.
It costs £199, £100 off the recommended price and has a two-year warranty and delivery is free the next working day.
One customer commented ‘Great Lawnmower. This is an excellent lawnmower for the price. Only need to assemble the handlebars and the grass collection container. Recommend, adding ‘MowDirect are a great company to purchase from.’
The MowMaster 43PD 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower is suitable for lawns around 600m2 and gives you the choice of collecting the cut grass, mulching it or discharging to the back.
Mulching is where the grass is held for longer in the cutting deck before dropping in tiny clippings back to the lawn where it rots away, but don’t use this function until the lawns are dry.
It has a 43cm cutting width and cutting heights from 25mm to 70mm with five options.
The grass box holds 40 litres and the 123cc engine has the power to tackle sloping lawns and rougher areas.
It costs 3219, is delivered free the next working day and has a two-year warranty.
‘In use, the design seemed to be robust, with a good handle height. Easy to operate. The grass cutting was impressively efficient. I have had three previous mowers and this one, on its lowest setting, cut the grass shorter than any I have previously used.’ So commented one customer, other reviews are here.
This one is a long-time favourite from a favourite British brand.
Another exclusive to MowDirect, the Mountfield SP180 Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower has a Briggs & Stratton 125cc engine and a 45cm cutting width making it suitable for lawns around 800m2.
There are five cutting heights from 20mm to 70mm and a grass box which holds 55 litres.
This is a very solid mower, reliable and robust, and costs £249, £100 off the recommended price.
We deliver it free the next working day with a two-year warranty.
To give an idea of the power of this machine have a look at this review from last year.
‘Certainly powerful enough for duty, I used it on way overgrown (10 inch) grass (wet also – ughh!) and it gradually chowed through it, lots of grass container changes required though. Once grass cut to normal length the mower worked fine. I have two garden lawns, quite large – very suitable for this duty. I would recommend this product.’
This next one is from an Italian company, one of the leading manufacturers of garden machinery in Europe.
The Oleo-Mac G48-TK Comfort-Plus Petrol Self-Propelled Lawn Mower has an EMAK 140cc engine and with its 46cm cutting width can handle lawns around 800m2.
The engine is very fuel efficient and the mower trundles along at a comfortable 3.6 kph.
This is another robust mower and has cutting heights from 28mm to 75mm.
This one has a five-year warranty from the manufacturer and costs £269.95, £130 off the recommended price with free next working day delivery. You can also buy a mulch plug for another £20.
‘Good Value Mower with Excellent Features’ commented one recent customer.
Here’s one new for this year, another exclusive, with a 50cm cutting width and made with lawns around 1500m2 in mind.
The Racing 5073T 4-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Lawnmower has a 173cc engine with a large fuel tank, a really big mower at a very keen price.
The large engine has the power to tackle sloping lawns and thicker areas of grass and has cutting heights from 20mm to 70mm.
And it gives four ways of dealing with the cut grass. You can discharge it to the side or back, mulch it or collect in the 65-litre grass box. This has an indicator to show when it is full.
It also has a throttle control so you can increase the revs when you come to the more challenging areas or slopes and there is a wash port under the cutting deck to make it easier to clean after use.
Just attach a garden hose and run the engine for a while to clean it and minimise corrosion.
You also receive free a cover for the mower and a spare bade together worth £50.
It costs £379, has a two-year warranty with free delivery the next working day.
You might not have seen a mower like this before but if you have a lawn with lots of ornaments and trees this will help you get around more quickly.
The Einhell LE-PM 51S HWT Comfort-Turn Lawnmower has a castor wheel at the front and very large back wheels so that it can turn virtually in its own length.
And it a wizard for working round curving flower beds and along drive edges, and makes turning at the end of the row much easier.
It has Einhell’s own 196cc engine and lets you discharge to the back and side, mulch the cut grass and collect it – there is a giant 70-litre grass box.
With a 51cm cutting width it can take on lawns around 1400m2 and is a very solid well-engineered machine.
It is £200 below the recommended price at £299 and has a two-year warranty and free next working day delivery.
One customer commented ‘Excellent. Had this a few weeks now and love the ease of use. The 3 wheels make all the difference moving around obstacles.’
This is another mower from leading manufacturers Mountfield which has drawn many positive reviews.
The Mountfield SP533 Self-Propelled 3-in-1 Petrol Lawn Mower has a 51cm cutting width making it suitable for lawns around 1200m2.
Powered by the company’s own 160cc engine it has bags of power and is an easy starter and can tackle all manner of grass from smooth lawns to rougher areas.
There is a 60-litre grass box and cutting heights from 25mm to 90mm with five settings. There is also a mulch plug if you prefer to deal with the cut grass this way.
The steel cutting deck is powder coated to resist corrosion and give it a longer working life.
It is priced at £329, £130 less than the recommended price with free delivery the next working day and a three-year warranty.
‘Good Performance. Unbeatable price. Easy to assemble and in use. So far used 3 times on very large lawn. No problems.’ That is the view of a recent customer.
Now back to the German manufacturer Einhell for a really versatile lawnmower.
The Einhell GC-PM 52 SHW 5-in-1 Hi-Wheel Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower lets you discharge the clippings to the back and side, drop them immediately under the mower, mulch them or collect – there is a massive 80-litre grass box.
It also has the company’s own Vortex technology which comprises a cutting deck made from a single piece of steel and a specially-shaped blade to increase the airflow in the cutting deck which forces each blade of grass upright before it is trimmed, leading to a better appearance and finish.
Einhell’s own 173cc engine provides the power and it has a Quick Start system to fire it up rapidly with the minimum effort.
Made for gardens with large less formal areas as well as flat lawns it has a carrying handle at the front.
Delivered free the next working day it costs £329.95, £170 off the recommended price and has a two-year warranty.
One customer commented:’High-Quality Mower. Easy to assemble. Filled up with oil and fuel and it started first pull, as it does every time I use it. A really quality machine easy to use and adjust cutting height. Really pleased with my purchase and would recommend this mower to anyone.’
The Hayter Spirit 41 Petrol Push Rear-Roller Lawnmower (Code: 617J) has a 41cm cutting width and is made with lawns around 400m2 in mind.
The rear roller leaves a beautiful striped finish and means that you can mow close to the edges of flower beds without the threat of it toppling in and ruining the summer blooms.
And being a mower you push along it easy to manoeuvre around trees and garden seats.
The blades are driven by a 125cc Briggs 7 Stratton engine, a very easy starter and it has a 55-litre grass box.
Fins at the front improve the finish by smoothing the grass before it is cut and it has seven cutting heights from a very low 13mm to 65mm.
Another feature is the cutter bar friction disc which protects the crank from serious damage should you hit something really solid – trees these days, honestly!
The chassis is made from aluminium so it won’t rust and the cutting deck it lined with ABS plastic, another feature to resists corrosion while damping noise at the same time.
It costs £338, £60 off the recommended price and has a three-year warranty and is delivered free the next working day with a bottle of engine oil to get you started straight away.
‘Lovely bit of kit, well made with an excellent finish, very high quality and very easy to assemble. There were clear instructions as to adding oil and petrol start up etc.’ That from a customer last year.
And finally, another mower from Oleo-Mac which has proved very popular for cutting larger areas of all types of grass.
Their G53-TK AllRoad Plus-4 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower has a 51cm wide cutting deck and is suitable for areas up to 2000m2.
You can discharge cut grass to the side and back, mulch it and collect in the giant 70-litre grass box.
And it is a very powerful mower with a 196cc Emak engine and six cutting heights from 28mm to 75mm.
Large rear wheels mean it can handle rougher areas like orchards and small paddocks with ease.
It costs £349, £200 off the recommended price and we deliver it free the next working day with a five-year warranty.
This mower has attracted a string of positive reviews.
‘Good Value Product. 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.’
These are just ten mowers from our extensive selection which you can see here.
There will be a mower to suit every lawn from little land propelled ones to large lawn tractors, and you can see these here (we are the country’s leading retailer of these machines).
But if you would like our advice on which one best suits your purposes, please give us a ring on 03454 588905 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri & 10am-4pm Sat)
We have years of experience in garden machinery and are here to help you make the right choice.
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