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Predator Stump Grinder £100 Or £30 Of Fuel Per Day?

Predator 38 Radio Remote Stump Grinder
Predator 38 Radio Remote Stump Grinder

I’ve been using a Predator P28 diesel radio remote tracked stump grinder for the past 30 months, my previous stump grinders were a Carlton 4012 radio remote and a Carlton SP2000 pedestrian stump grinder. The P28 stump grinder comes with a Lombardini 28 hp two-cylinder diesel engine, I have had this particular engine on a few machines that I have owned. It’s quite a basic engine and a fairly old design I believe, however, it does seem to be reasonably economical.

 

Predator also produces a petrol version of this machine with a 38 hp engine. I’m not particularly keen on having large petrol engines on machines like stump grinders as the engines tend to work reasonably hard and I know from owning a Carlton 27 hp petrol stump grinder how much fuel they can potentially use.

I recently had the opportunity to try a Predator 38 hp petrol stump grinder, I have often tried to find out how much fuel the Predator petrol stump grinder would use a day, but I have to say I never really received a clear answer, which suggests to me that they would consume a lot of fuel and with an engine of this size I wasn’t expecting very good fuel efficiency! The answer normally came out that the petrol version uses more fuel but the work rate is much greater than the diesel version.

Predator 38 Petrol Stump Grinder
Predator 38 Petrol Stump Grinder

I Tried The Predator 38

 

I have to say I was looking forward to trying out the predator 38 stump grinder, with approximately 25% more horsepower I was expecting a very good work rate. I think probably one of the greatest features of the petrol version is the quietness of the engine. The version that I tried had the older Kohler engine which you have to choke almost every time to start the engine, even if the engine is warm, this was exactly the same with my Carlton Kohler petrol stump grinder, I’m not quite sure why they require so much choke all the time? Apparently, the latest petrol Predator stump grinders have the 38 hp EFI engine which has no choke which I am sure is much better for starting.

One of things that I always try to take care with, is to engage the cutter wheel on tick over, the diesel engine is able to do this with no problem, however, the petrol engine requires quite a few revs, otherwise, it just seems to stall the engine. I’m not particularly keen on revving an engine up and then letting the clutch snatch in, I believe it could add to problems later on in the machines life.

Performance And Fuel Efficiency

I didn’t notice any difference in power with the petrol stump grinder if I had not known the petrol engine was 38 hp against 28 hp I would have guessed the engines were similar sizes. It would have been interesting seeing the two machines working side-by-side, however, this is just my personal experience. You see a video of my diesel stump grinder working here.

I tried the petrol predator stump grinder on some Poplar tree stumps, these are not the easiest tree stumps to grind. I was quite surprised when the machine stopped after only one hour and twenty minutes, a tankful of diesel normally lasts me three hours continuous grinding before I need to refuel! I actually only used the Predator 38 for one day as I felt it was much cheaper to use my diesel machine.

I estimate to use around 5 L of diesel per hour which works out to around £30 for a day’s work (approximately eight hours continuous use) using red diesel at 75p per litre. If I was using the Predator 38 all day my estimation would be 100 L of diesel which would cost around £100, in other words, four jerry cans per day!

All The Machines Seem To Be Petrol

It appears that most of the smaller stump grinders and chippers are being powered by petrol engines, due to the emission laws. Personally, I think the emission laws are way over the top and although I agree it’s great to have clean engines, we also have to be practical.

With people moving over to petrol vehicles and machines, it does make me wonder if this is a government incentive to collect more tax. There is a huge difference between £30 and £100 worth of fuel per day!

What are your thoughts on the economics of petrol engines?

Do you think the government is just trying to collect more tax from us by burning more petrol?

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The Camon C8 Rotavator

CAMON C8 Rotavator
CAMON C8 Rotavator

The Camon C8 Rotavator has an excellent build reputation and is a very durable machine. The Camon C8 Rotavator is a favourite for hire companies as they know the durability of a machine and the excellent performance. The Rotavator comes with a two-year commercial warranty and a three-year warranty if you are a private user. The manufacturer has great confidence in the products, hence the generous warranty!

The Rotavator is ideal for the private individual, as well as for commercial use, such as the hire industry and professional landscapers.

The Camon C8 Rotavator is very easy to use, it comes with very straightforward controls, it is powered by a Honda engine, (Honda engines are renowned for their reliability). With the combined gear drive this makes the Camon C8 Rotavator a very versatile tool that will tackle most jobs.

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The Camon C8 Rotavator is a two wheeled Rotavator, the wheels are driven, which helps to make the Rotavator very easy to use. There is an optional quick coupling if you need to remove the Rotavator and add other various attachments which are available as an optional extra.

Specification

CAMON C8 Rotavator | Specification
Engine Honda GX270 petrol
Net Power Output (3600 rpm) 6.3kW / 8.4hp
Fuel Tank Capacity 5.3L
Fuel Consumption (3600 rpm) 2.4L per hour
Starter Recoil
Working Width 52cm (20″)
Digging Depth 23cm (9″)
Gears 1 forward 1 reverse
Speeds (kph) I: 1.05 I: 2.68
Wheels 4.00 x 8 agricultural wheels
No of Tines 16
Weight 111kg
Warranty Domestic use – 3 years
Commercial use – 2 years
Dimensions (L x W x H) 170 x 64 x 120cm
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This Week Special Offer Is The Greenworks Steel Deck 40v Cordless Lawnmower

Greenworks Steel Deck 40v 45cm Cordless Lawnmower with x2 2.5ah Batteries and Charger
Greenworks Steel Deck 40v 45cm Cordless Lawnmower with x2 2.5ah Batteries and Charger

 

This week special offer is the Greenworks Steel Deck 40v 45cm Cordless Lawnmower with x2 2.5ah Batteries and Charger this machine has 38% discount off the original price, down to £279.99 from £449.99.

Greenworks Steel Deck 40v 45cm Cordless Lawnmower with x2 2.5ah Batteries and Charger
Greenworks Steel Deck 40v 45cm Cordless Lawnmower with x2 2.5ah Batteries and Charger

 

To find out more about this special offer on the Greenworks Steel Deck 40v 45cm Cordless Lawnmower with x2 2.5ah Batteries and Charger, please click on the link.

The Greenworks Steel Deck 40v Cordless Lawnmower has a 45cm cutting width, alongside an impressive 50 litre grass collection box and with 7 different cutting heights, this mower is perfect for almost any lawn.

Greenworks Charger
Greenworks Charger
GreenWorks Battery
GreenWorks Battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specification

45cm(19″) Cutting Width

3 in 1 – Collect, mulch, or side discharge.

Mulch plug included

50 litre grass collection box

7 cutting heights (19mm to 76mm)

Single level height adjust

Quick release folding handles

x2 2.5ah 40v batteries and Charger included

Cuts up to 750m2 on a single full charge with both batteries

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Hayter Heritage M10/30 Ride-On Lawn Mower

Hayter Heritage
Hayter Heritage

This compact and highly-manoeuvrable entry-level ride-on from esteemed British manufacturers Hayter Heritage M10/30 Ride-On Lawn Mower is the perfect choice for those with larger lawns who are looking to step-up from their old walk-behind mower.

At the heart of the machine is a very high-performance commercial-grade Briggs & Stratton engine with an impressive power-output of 10.5hp. The engine drives a hand-controlled infinitely-variable hydrostatic transmission for smooth, intuitive speed control; flexibility-of-use; and effortless manoeuvrability. Also, there is no need to stop to change gear with a hydro drive, so you’ll be able to get the job done far more quickly than you would with a manual ride-on.

You can see more of our ride on mower range here

The cutter-deck on the Hayter Heritage M10/30 Ride-On Lawn Mower is fully floating for a consistent cut on undulating ground and has been offset so you can cut right up to lawn edges and therefore consign your strimmer to the shed. The deck can be raised and lowered through six-stages (38 – 101mm) to suit the grass-type and the nature of the terrain you are working on.

The Hayter Heritage M10/30 has three cutting-modes (collect; mulch; rear-discharge), so you can choose the one that will be most effective for any given grass conditions, for example, mulching comes into its own on short, dry grass; while direct discharge is ideal if you’ve let the grass get a bit too long for bagging. Thanks to its super-tight turning-circle of just 60cm and reverse-gear, the Heritage M10/30 will cope easily with tight-spots and awkward corners. The hugely capacious grass-collector can be emptied from the driver’s seat; and the engine is fully enclosed for greatly reduced noise.

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Search eBay For Hayter Heritage

 

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DR Wheeled Strimmer Models – A Trimmer For Every Job

DR TR4 PRO - XL 8.75 PD ES Wheeled Trimmer/Mower
DR TR4 PRO – XL 8.75 PD ES Wheeled Trimmer/Mower

All DR wheeled strimmer models are designed to take the hard work out of strimming, in other words, a trimmer for every job! As the video shows below you can see how you can quickly trim around edges and overgrown areas. They make precise trimming in rough areas and around the garden edges in a one and all-powerful machine.

There are push models available and powered models, if you have a larger area of grass to cut, I would definitely go fo a wheel driven machine, it makes life much easier!

The DR wheeled trimmers are typically overpowered for the average edging job, however, you will appreciate the extra power when it comes to cutting longer and thicker grass. You can actually cut waist high field grass without any clogging or loss of power, the DR wheeled trimmer just keeps going!

The metal frames of the DR wheeled strimmer are made from 14 gauge steel. The large wheels are designed for years of hard work and to cope with challenging terrain.

Cutting Heights

All models carry the unique DR instant cutting height adjuster which enables you to quickly change the height of cut. The cutting adjustment feature enables you to change the cutting height instantly from 1.5 inches to 5.5 inches. No tools are required to adjust the height, just simply feed the nylon cord through the cutting head to the required cutting height on the cutting head.

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Search eBay For Wheeled Strimmers

Adjustable Offset Cutting Head

One of the great features of the DR wheeled strimmer is the fact that the cutting head can be offset at an angle to make it very simple to cut around buildings and fences et cetera and yet carry on in a normal forward walking direction. An excellent feature which makes trimming your edges so much easier and quicker. This feature is also very useful for cutting around borders before you mow, simply offset the cutting head and walk around your borders with the DR wheeled strimmer.

Cutting Cord

All DR wheeled strimmers are supplied with two types of quality nylon cutting cord, this is a much heavier cutting cord than the traditional handheld strimmer cutting cord. It’s also a quality grade of cutting cord. The cutting cord can be extended to cut a 20 inch cutting width which allows you to cover the ground very quickly.

Safety Clutch

Every DR wheeled strimmer is fitted with a safety blade clutch, so as soon as you release the handlebar clutch the cutter head will immediately stop spinning, making it very safe to use.

Now You’re Ready To Go!

Every DR wheeled strimmer comes ready to go, simply slide on the wheels and add oil and petrol and you’re ready to go. Happy trimming!

You Can See Our Of DR Wheeled Strimmer’s Below.

The DR 675 Premier wheeled trimmer is DR’s smallest wheeled strimmer, for more information click on the link or the photograph.

DR 675 Premier Wheeled Trimmer
DR 675 Premier Wheeled Trimmer

 

The next model up is the DR TR4 Premier ES wheeled trimmer which sells for £649 and comes with electric start. For more details click on the link or the photograph below.

DR TR4 Premier ES Wheeled Trimmer
DR TR4 Premier ES Wheeled Trimmer

 

The mid-range DR TR4 pro 7.25 recoil start wheeled trimmer is priced at £749 and is powered by 7.25 hp engine. For for details click on the link or the photograph below.

DR TR4 PRO 7.25 Recoil Wheeled Trimmer
DR TR4 PRO 7.25 Recoil Wheeled Trimmer

 

Here is the DR TR 4 pro recoil wheeled trimmer which sells for £799 and is powered by an 8.75 hp engine. See more details on this trimmer by clicking on the photograph below.

DR TR4 PRO 7.25 Recoil Wheeled Trimmer
DR TR4 PRO 7.25 Recoil Wheeled Trimmer

 

Finally, we have the largest model which is the DR TR 4 pro XL 8.75 PDES wheeled trimmer mower. This machine sells at £1099, for more details click on the link or the photograph below.

DR TR4 PRO - XL 8.75 PD ES Wheeled Trimmer/Mower
DR TR4 PRO – XL 8.75 PD ES Wheeled Trimmer/Mower

 

You can see other makes of wheeled trimmer here.

It’s also worth checking out eBay for other various models available.

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Review Of Robomow Robotic Lawnmowers

Robomow RS635 Pro SX Robotic Mower
Robomow RS635 Pro SX Robotic Mower

In this review, we are going to review the Robomow range of robotic lawnmowers and find out if they really do work, in fact, I know they do work as I have used them and installed Robomow for various customers.

 

 

 

 

 

You can take a look at my video review below if you prefer or both!

What Is A Robomow Robotic Lawnmower?

To put it briefly, a Robomow robotic lawnmower is a lawnmower that will cut your grass automatically, once Robomow is fully set up, it will literally mow your grass with no input from yourself, it can be a huge time-saving machine.

The Robomow range of robotic lawnmowers can actually cut your lawn whenever you want it to, you can even cut the grass in the middle of the night! It also has a rain sensor which will send it back to its home, in other words, it’s base station which acts as a charging port.

There are various Robomow models starting from £499 and going up to £2799, however, please don’t be put off by the price as these mowers can save you huge amounts of time. The smallest model cuts up to 150 m² and the largest model can cut lawns up to an acre and 1/4 which is really quite incredible, all done robotically!

What Are The Pros And The Cons?

The Pros

Three-year warranty

Fantastic lawn finish

Your lawn always has that freshly cut finish

Exceptionally low maintenance

Almost silent operation

No more walking or sitting on a lawnmower

Very low running costs

It’s a mulching mower, so no need to collect grass

Your grass stays greener for longer due to mulching

It’s a boy’s toy

Two decades in the robotic mowing business

Cons

Robomow can’t mow banks over 36%

Not suitable for every garden if you have lots of paths and obstacles

It takes time to set up, probably worth paying for a professional one-off set up

Don’t Be Put Off By The Cost

Don’t be put off by the cost of purchasing a Robomow robotic lawnmower and yes, I agree that the top of the range Robomow isn’t cheap, but it’s also good to remember there are many benefits.

With Robomow you will never need to spend time cutting your lawn, Robomow does this for you.

Once you have installed Robomow the running costs are exceptionally low, there is no petrol or diesel to buy and no real annual costs. A ride on lawnmower can quite easily cost around £400 a year to run and service.

 

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Find Robomow On EBay

Robomow Features

As I mentioned in a previous paragraph Robomow’s are not cheap, especially if you’re buying the top of the range model however ride on lawnmowers and quality walk behind mowers are not cheap either. One of the best things with a robotic lawnmower is that you have not spent half the weekend cutting the grass, Robomow mows for you.

Obviously, the larger machine that you purchase the quicker it will cut your lawn, however, the fact that you are not doing it yourself means that you buy the right machine that fits your size of lawn. The smallest machine will cut up to approximately 150 m² and the largest machine up to around 5000 m² which is absolutely amazing!

Apparently, Robomow likes one day off a week, which is a bit like me or preferably two days off a week! There is actually a genuine reason for this and apparently, by resting the batteries for one day a week it helps to give the batteries a much longer life.

The great thing is with Robomow is that Robomow can come out and cut the lawn whenever you program it to, so potentially it can cut the lawn every day, although realistically I would set it for 2 to 3 times per week depending on the growing season. It also gives you that continuous fresh manicured look.

Robomow is also covered by a three-year manufacturer’s warranty, which obviously means that the manufacturers have confidence in their products.

One thing that I would definitely do on an annual basis is to replace the blades as sharp blades make for a better-manicured lawn and they also cut more efficiently, putting less strain on the machine and taking less battery power.

Your Robomow will never run out of power, if it’s getting low on power, it will return to the base station, recharge and then once fully charged continue the cutting process.

Cutting Pattern

The first time that I used Robomow I was very surprised by the cutting pattern, I imagine it a go around the perimeter of the garden, which it does and then to go up and down. However, once it is gone around the perimeter of the garden it cuts randomly, but at the end of its cycle, all the lawn is perfectly cut.

Perimeter Wire And Installation

Although the technology on robotic lawnmowers is increasing all the time Robomow it still needs a perimeter wire all around your garden, it is important to take time carrying out the installation process. It may be worth employing a professional to set up your Robomow apparently there is such a service available, it depends how keen and patient you are to confidently set up Robomow.

The perimeter wire can be used to mark off flower borders and trees and any other obstacles etc.

It’s important to place the perimeter wire in the right place, Robomow comes complete with everything you need to set up, including pegs and the perimeter wire, extra cable and pegs are available if needed.

The perimeter wire is actually pegged down on top of the lawn, within a few weeks the grass will have totally grown over this cable and it will not be visible, Robomow will be the only person who can see it! The Robomow is cleverly designed so that it runs over this cable which enables it to get close to lawn edges and flower borders. Once again, it’s very important to spend time setting the perimeter wire up correctly as long term this can save you lots of time.

So How Does Robomow Perform?

I have actually seen lawns transformed by Robomow due to the fact of regular mowing and mulching that acts like a lawn feed which will also help keep your lawn much greener especially in dry periods.

One thing you need to be careful of is leaving obstacles on the lawn, I have seen customers with dogs will call me to say that there Robomow has stopped working only to discover that there is a dogs bone wedged underneath Robomow, it sounds silly, but it’s happened several times too. It is of utmost importance to keep your lawn clear of any obstacles.

If Robomow does hit something, it has the technology to back off and go in another direction, if it is something like a dog’s toy or bone it can get caught up in the machine which is not advisable.

If you like lawn stripes, I am afraid that this is something that Robomow cannot do, however, it can make your lawn look beautifully manicured. I have actually run a roller lawnmower over a lawn a few times a year which actually will stripe your lawn and leave the stripes in for a few weeks. It’s not a perfect solution but it does work if you really want stripes and I know it’s not quite the goal to use two lawnmowers!

Is A Robomow For You?

Providing your lawn is not full of obstacles then a Robomow can be a huge benefit to you. Not only in how your lawn looks but also in the amount of time it can save you at the weekend. It’s also quite a talking point when friends and family visit when they see your Robomow cutting the lawn by itself, it’s definitely a head turner.

Let’s Take A Look At The Robomow Models

You can see our various Robomow models here and below, you can also find Robomow on ebay here.

The Robomow RX12u Robotic Mower is the smallest and cheapest Robomow, priced at £499 this mower is suitable for lawns up 150 m².

Robomow RX12u Robotic Mower
Robomow RX12u Robotic Mower

 

Here is the slightly larger Robomow RX20u Robotic Mower that covers a lawn area up to 200 m², this Robomow is priced at £599.

Robomow RX20u Robotic Mower
Robomow RX20u Robotic Mower

 

The Robomow RC304u Robotic Mower is designed for lawns up to 500 m² and is priced at £999.

Robomow RC304u Robotic Mower
Robomow RC304u Robotic Mower

 

Here is the Robomow RC308 Pro X Robotic mower, this Robomow is designed to cut up to 800 m² of lawn and is priced at £1199.

 

 

Robomow RC308 Pro X Robotic mower
Robomow RC308 Pro X Robotic mower

 

Here is the Robomow RC312 Pro SX Robotic Mower which is designed to cut up to 1200 m² and is priced at £1699.

Robomow RC312 Pro SX Robotic Mower
Robomow RC312 Pro SX Robotic Mower

 

Here we have the Robomow RS625 Pro X Robotic Mower which is designed to cut up to 2600 m² and is priced at £2299.

Robomow RS625 Pro X Robotic Mower
Robomow RS625 Pro X Robotic Mower

 

Finally, we have our largest model which is the Robomow RS635 Pro SX Robotic Mower, this Robomow is designed to cut areas of approximately 5000 m² or 1.25 acres, it is priced at £2799.

Robomow RS635 Pro SX Robotic Mower
Robomow RS635 Pro SX Robotic Mower

 

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Mulching Lawn Mowers Are They Worth Buying?

Stiga Multiclip 47 Blue Push Mulching Lawn mower
Stiga Multiclip 47 Blue Push Mulching Lawn mower

In this blog post, I’m going to be writing about mulching lawn mowers and are they worth buying? With so many lawnmowers on the market sometimes it is difficult to know what to choose, I hope that this article will help to answer some of your questions.

You can see a short video that I have created on mulching lawnmowers below. Please feel free to comment on this video and to subscribe to our channel.

 

 

 

 

Why Have a Mulching Lawnmower?

I think there are many of us who really enjoy cutting the lawn, however, many of us don’t enjoy having to continually empty the grass box. We all know what it’s like when the weather is unsettled and we have been away for a couple of weeks and the grass has become very long, we seem to have never-ending boxes of grass to empty, especially if it is the peak growing season.

The great thing with a mulching mower is that there are no grass clippings to collect, they are just mulched and allegedly disappear, which in principle is a great idea. Just remember that for a mulching mower to work really effectively grass really needs to be cut at least once a week.

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Find Mulching Mowers On EBay

How Does A Mulching Lawnmower Work?

With most lawnmowers the grass clippings are given an exit point where they can leave the mower quickly and efficiently if clippings can’t escape from the cutting deck, the engine will quickly lose power.

However, with a mulching mower, the idea is to keep the grass within the cutting deck for the longest period possible, in this way the clippings should be broken down into mulch. Something to remember with a mulching mower is that they do take considerably more power than a traditional mower with a collection system due to the fact that they are keeping the clippings within the mower deck. It is also of great importance to try and cut your lawn on a regular basis for maximum efficiency. You can still use a mulching mower on slightly longer grass, for example, if you have been away for a couple of weeks. But just remember the finish won’t be so good and to mulch grass efficiently it needs to be carried out on a regular basis.

What Type Of Mulching Mower Do I Purchase?

There are many different types of mulching lawnmower, from push models to powered models and to ride on machines. I particularly like the articulated ride on mulching mowers as they are exceptionally manoeuvrable and very efficient at mulching your grass clippings.

There are also machines that are actually designed for mulching and there are other manufacturers that have converted their machines to mulch. In general and in my experience I have found that the best mulching mowers are the ones that are actually designed to mulch rather than an afterthought.

Here Are A Few Examples of Mulching Mowers

Our very cheapest mulching mower starts at £189 and is an electric mower that includes a mulch plug. I have to say that I don’t know if a mower like this really has enough power to mulch efficiently, I would personally go for a petrol machine as I’m fully aware that mulching does take power.

If you would like more details on the AL-KO 40E Comfort Electric Lawn mower (incl. mulch plug) please go here for more information.

AL-KO 40E Comfort Electric Lawn mower (incl. mulch plug)
AL-KO 40E Comfort Electric Lawn mower (incl. mulch plug)

 

Our cheapest petrol mulching lawnmower is a Stiga 18 inch (45 cm) machine which comes with a five year manufacturer’s warranty and sells for just £249. Just remember that you need to have this machine serviced annually for warranty purposes. Having a five year warranty gives me great confidence in this mulching lawnmower.

Stiga Multiclip 47 Blue Push Mulching Lawn mower
Stiga Multiclip 47 Blue Push Mulching Lawn mower

 

On the other end of the scale, we have our most expensive walk behind mulching mower which sells for £899. You can see the Weibang Virtue 53 SMP Self-Propelled Mulching Mower here.

This is a machine that I have had experience with and a machine that I strongly recommend, it comes with a three year commercial warranty and five year domestic warranty which to me brings great peace of mind.

Weibang Virtue 53 SMP Self-Propelled Mulching Mower
Weibang Virtue 53 SMP Self-Propelled Mulching Mower

 

You can see the rest of our pedestrian mulching mowers here.

Now we come onto our out front ride on mulching lawn mowers, these machines are obviously in a different league, but the articulated steering system makes some of the most manoeuvrable ride on mowers on the market and no grass to collect either.

Here we have the AL-KO Solo FC 13-90.5 HD 2WD Front Deck Ride on Lawnmower selling at £3999 this machine comes with a five year domestic warranty which once again gives peace of mind to the owner.

AL-KO Solo FC 13-90.5 HD 2WD Front Deck Ride on Lawnmower
AL-KO Solo FC 13-90.5 HD 2WD Front Deck Ride on Lawnmower

 

Our top of the range out front four-wheel-drive ride on mulching mower is the Stiga Park Pro 740 IOX 4WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawn mower, this is a great machine if you want something that’s going to last. It comes with a 10 year warranty which means the manufacturers have a huge confidence in their product.

Stiga Park Pro 740 IOX 4WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawn mower
Stiga Park Pro 740 IOX 4WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawn mower

 

You can see more similar ride on mulching lawn mowers here.

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Is It Worth Buying A Strimmer Or Brush Cutter?

Cobra BC270K 27cc Kawasaki Eng Bike Handle Brush cutter
Cobra BC270K 27cc Kawasaki Eng Bike Handle Brush cutter

Today my blog post is entitled is it worth buying a strimmer or brush cutter? As you probably know I’m someone who likes to make life as easy as possible and having the right piece of equipment can make so much difference in the garden. I’ve seen far too many people making their life exceptionally hard due to using poor equipment and not having the right type of equipment. So I hope that this article will help you choose the right strimmer or brush cutter and give you a greater understanding of the products available.

What Is A Strimmer Or Brush Cutter?

A strimmer or brush cutter is a machine that for general use has a nylon cord that rotates on a strimmer head. The size of the nylon cord can vary greatly depending on the machine that you’re using and the type of job that you’re doing. For general purpose strimming jobs I find that a 2.4 mm nylon cord works well, it’s heavy enough not to break too easily and strong enough to strim down nettles and tougher grass.

Brush cutters are really heavy duty strimmers that have the option to have a blade attachment, these blades come in all shapes and sizes, from circular saw type blades to hexagonal blades, you can see the various types of brush cutter blade here.

Traditional trimmers and brush cutters have an engine at the top of the machine, this can be a two-stroke petrol engine, electric or cordless type of machine. The engine is attached to a long shaft which then goes down to strimmer head. Most strimmers have straight shafts, but there are a few that have curved shafts. I would go for a strimmer with a straight shaft as the curved shaft models can have a greater tendency to break, I guess being bent over there is a greater strain on the shaft.

There are two types of strimmer and brush cutter handles, some have loop handles and some have the cow horn type handles, these are normally fitted on the heavier strimmer’s or brush cutters and also come with a shoulder strap. Personally, although I have a reasonably high-powered strimmer, I prefer the loop handle for ease of transport and for ease of use. The cow horn handles can become an obstacle depending on what you’re doing, I also prefer not to use a strap to support the strimmer as I feel it gives more freedom in use. However, a lot of the petrol strimmer’s come with a strap if you have loop handle strimmer, it’s optional if you want to use it.

Is A Strimmer Or Brush Cutter For You?

If you have a lawn or even any grassed areas with trees, borders, paths etc, I would say that a strimmer or brush cutter is definitely for you. They really can save hours of time, it doesn’t actually seem that long ago when people were going around the edge of the lawn on their hands and knees with garden shears! I know that there are long handled shears available which make life slightly easier, however, a strimmer or brush cutter can do so much more than a pair of garden shears!

So if you have a lawn and you have areas and edges that you can’t get to a strimmer or brush cutter could make your life much easier!

Which Strimmer Or Brush Cutter Do I Buy?

Strimmer’s and brush cutters are available in all different sizes, from small electric strimmer’s, rechargeable battery strimmer’s and two-stroke petrol strimmers, I believe the Honda also make a four-stroke strimmer.

Our cheapest electric strimmer starts at £26.31, you can see the Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer here.

Bosch ART 23SL Electric Grass Trimmer
Bosch ART 23SL Electric Grass Trimmer

 

Our cheapest rechargeable strimmer comes in at £65.99 find out more about the Cobra GT3240VZ Cordless Line Trimmer (no battery/charger) here. 

Cobra GT3240VZ Cordless Line Trimmer (no battery / charger)
Cobra GT3240VZ Cordless Line Trimmer (no battery / charger)

 

Now we come onto my preferred type of strimmer which is powered by a two-stroke petrol engine, no cord or batteries to charge, in general, the petrol models have more power. Our cheapest petrol strimmer starts at £124.99 you can find out more about the Cobra BC260C Loop Handle Petrol Brushcutter here.

Cobra BC260C Loop Handle Petrol Brush cutter
Cobra BC260C Loop Handle Petrol Brush cutter

 

The other type of strimmer or brush cutter which is available are the heavy duty wheeled type strimmer’s, these are great for rough areas or overgrown areas as there is no blade to break or damage, just a replaceable nylon cord, very simple. These wheeled trimmers are available in push models and powered models.

Our cheapest wheeled trimmer starts at £295 you can see more information about the Tondu HWTL Petrol Wheeled Trimmer here. 

Tondu HWTL Petrol Wheeled Trimmer
Tondu HWTL Petrol Wheeled Trimmer

Buy The Best That You Can Afford

I have given you the cheapest options above for strimmer’s and brush cutters, but once again I would say try and buy the best you can afford.

I have used strimmer is commercially which have literally had hours and hours of use, some of these have lasted up to around seven years. If you purchase a decent strimmer or brush cutter you could have many many years of trouble-free service.

If you are looking for second hand is always worth taking a look at eBay.

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