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A Cordless Stihl Hedge Cutter For Under £100

Stihl HSA 56 Cordless Hedge Trimmer with Battery and Charger
Stihl HSA 56 Cordless Hedge Trimmer                with   Battery and Charger


Today we are looking at a few special offers, starting with A cordless Stihl hedge cutter for under £100. As I’m sure you’re aware Stihl make quality garden products, they have been specialists in chainsaws, forestry machines and garden equipment for many years. The new

I have personally used Stihl products for over 30 years and I am still using their products today and I will carry on doing so!

I must admit that I’m not a great fan of electric or battery-operated tools, I much prefer something with an internal combustion engine on. However, the other day I was working with a group of tree surgeons and I noticed that they were using several battery-operated tools. I kind of made a joke about them, however, they were saying how good the range of Stihl battery tools are.

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Although this team of tree surgeons, obviously still have their larger petrol chainsaws, they were using a battery-powered pole saw and hedge cutter. A battery-powered top handle saw that is generally used for climbing, this particular tree surgeon was really praising these new battery tools up.

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Search eBay For Stihl Battery Hedge                                        Cutter


I must admit when I saw these tools in action, I was pleasantly surprised, although, it is still not quite the same as having an engine on a machine. However, that’s just my personal take and I have heard very good things about these battery tools. They are especially useful if you are in a residential area and there are noise restrictions.

Lightweight Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
Lightweight Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge                                 Trimmer


So, Let’s Have A Look At The Cordless Stihl Hedge Cutter For Under £100

The Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer is lightweight and very well balanced. It has a double-sided cutting blade, this is something I would always recommend as for efficient cutting it’s good to be cutting on your up-and-down strokes. There are a few single-bladed hedge cutters around, however, to me these single-bladed hedge cutters are wasting energy and time. A double bladed hedge cutter makes use of every downward and upward movement.


The Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer it is powered by a 18 V lithium battery, which gives around 40 minutes cutting time. Please be aware that battery time can vary considerably depending on how hard the hedge cutter is working. The Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer comes complete with its own charging unit. It may be well worth considering looking at a second battery to backup your hedge cutter.

There is also a battery level indicator that warns you when the battery is becoming low. This could be a time when you recharge and start clearing up your hedge cuttings, while your hedge trimmer is recharging.


Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer Blade
Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer                                       Blade


Extremely Quiet

I must admit where I was working the other day, there were four tree surgeons working using a range of Stihl power tools. It did seem amazingly quiet as I’m used to hearing a two-stroke engine running, especially when there are several men working. The only noise I could hear in the distance was the diesel chipper running!

The Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer has a “quiet award” making it one of the quietest tools on the market. This is ideal for working in urban areas or areas where there is a noise restriction.

Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer With Cover
Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer                               With Cover



Traditionally hedge cutters can be quite heavy, I have been used two using a Stihl two-stroke petrol engine 30 inch hedge cutter. It’s a great tool, however, they can be quite heavy on the arms and shoulders, I never seem to quite get used to the weight of a petrol hedge cutter!

The Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer weighs just 2.3 kg, which is very light indeed. The vibration is also minimal that causes considerable less operator fatigue. For safety, there is a lock function that stops the hedge cutter accidentally starting. There is also a key to turn off the machine totally when not in use.


For those of us who have a range of garden tools, it’s always good to look after them and keep your garden storage tidy and organised. The Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer can be mounted to a wall when not in use, therefore taking up minimal space.


Stihl offers a two-year warranty on the Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer, which is great. I know that Stihl products are very good, and they obviously have great faith in their products to offer a two-year warranty.


  • Power: Lithium-ion Integrated Rechargeable Battery
  • Voltage: 18v
  • Blade Type: Single Sided, Dual Action
  • Blade Length: 50cm / 20″
  • Blade Stroke Rate: 2500/min
  • Tooth Gap: 24mm
  • Total Length: 92cm
  • Vibration Levels: 1.4 / 1.5m/s² (left / right)
  • Noise Levels: 77dB(A)
  • Weight 2.3kg
  • Warranty: 2 Years
Snapper NX-50 18 inch Push Petrol Lawn mower
Snapper NX-50 18 inch Push Petrol                                   Lawnmower

Lawnmower Special Offers

Most of us are probably not thinking about purchasing a new lawnmower this time of year. However, sometimes as the grass cutting season draws to an end, it’s a good time to purchase a new lawnmower. Incidentally, there are many times that I’m cutting grass right up till Christmas Eve, so the grass cutting season may not be over yet!

We have a range of different lawnmowers ranging from ride-on lawnmowers, zero turn lawnmowers, roller rotary mowers, electric lawnmowers and more. Why not browse our website and search for a bargain.

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Toro Pro Force Series Debris Blower

Pro Force Series Debris Blower
Pro Force Series Debris Blower


Today we are looking at something slightly different, the Toro pro force series debris blower. I appreciate that this debris blower may not be the right machine for most gardeners, however, it is always good to see machinery in action, that makes life easier!

I am someone who likes to make gardening and landscaping easier, so I’m always looking at various types of machine. If there is a machine that can make life easier, I am all for it!



Toro Wireless Remote Control
   Toro Wireless Remote                           Control

Toro Pro Force Series Debris Blower

The Toro pro force series debris blower as one of the most powerful machines on the market. It is powered by a 24.6 hp Kohler Command engine, with an electronic governor. The electronic governor sounds like a great idea as I have found on the Kohler engines the traditional governor can be a bit slow to react. The electronic governor should solve this issue. Having used Kohler engines for many years, I’ve noticed was the manual governor that sometimes they can be a bit slow to react you need more power. The range of Kohler EFI engines are now becoming more popular which gives increased efficiency and better governor control.


24.6 hp Kohler Engine
     24.6 hp Kohler Engine


I think one of the main features of this blower is the fact that it has a “boys toy feature” the fact that it is radio remote. When I say radio remote, this is a towable machine, so the machine isn’t fully radio remote. However, the wireless radio remote allows you to stop and start the engine from the operator’s vehicle. You can adjust the throttle remotely up and down, from low to high revs and vice versa. It also allows you to adjust the blower nozzle 360° from the operator’s seat!


Electronic Governor
          Electronic Governor


So, in other words, no jumping on and off the operator’s seat to make adjustments, which to me is a very practical feature indeed. I can never understand why manufacturers of ride-on lawnmowers want to have a series of bags to unload. When in theory you should just be able to stay in the operator seat and control everything from the operator’s seat. However, without going too much off track, I appreciate in some circumstances people may need to load the grass clippings into compost bins or something similar.


Heavy-Duty Trailer & Tow Hitch
  Heavy-Duty Trailer & Tow                          Hitch


Who Needs The Toro Pro Force Series Debris Blower?

Obviously, the Toro pro force series debris blower is more for large estates, golf courses, parks, etc rather than the average garden. However, if you have a garden with a few acres this could be very useful tool for blowing leaves, clearing pathways and driveways. The Toro blower could also be used after scarifying your lawn to blow the moss and thatch into large rows for collection.

What Do You Pull Your Toro Blower With?

The Toro pro force series debris blower is a towable machine which can be towed by the Toro WorkMan or something similar like a John Deere Gator. Compact tractors, quad bikes, ride on mowers can also be used. At 475 lbs in weight, most of the above machines would cope with this sort of weight. The low ground pressure grade tyres help to keep turf damage and ease of pulling to a minimum.

To Conclude

Toro offers two years warranty or 1500 hours, whichever comes first. So they obviously have confidence in their product. As I mentioned this machine isn’t for the average garden but certainly extremely useful for the golf course, large estate or garden and park areas and commercial landscapers.

You can find more garden type leaf blowers here, we have a massive selection from small handheld electric models to larger wheeled blowers.



  • Air Flow
    In independent 3rd party testing, the Pro Force™ demonstrated greater CFM, or air volume flow, than any single nozzle turbine-type debris blower currently available.
  • Engine
    24.6 hp (18.3 kW) twin-cylinder air-cooled Kohler® Command Pro® with electronic governor
  • Fan
    Axial flow
  • Height
    33 inches (83.8 cm)
  • Length
    79 – 115 inches (200.7 – 292.1 cm) from adjustable tow hitch to nozzle outlet
  • Nozzle Type
    Impact-resistant plastic with 13″ (33 cm) outlet diameter
  • Tires
    20 x 10-8, 4 ply turf tire
  • Warranty
    2-year or 1,500 hour manufacturer’s limited warranty
  • Weight
    475 lbs. (215.5 kg)
  • Width
    48 inches (121.9 cm)
  • Wireless RF Controller
    Engine start, Engine stop, Engine speed, Nozzle directional control

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Billy Goat KV601SP Self-Propelled Garden Vacuum

Billy Goat KV601SP Self-Propelled Garden Vacuum
        Billy Goat KV601SP Self-Propelled                                Garden Vacuum


Today we are looking at the Billy Goat KV601SP self-propelled garden vacuum, this is a 6 hp machine. Yesterday we were looking at the smaller Billy Goat LB352 wheeled push vacuum with a 3.5 hp engine. This particular model costs £1299.99, or there is the Billy Goat KV601 push wheeled vacuum available at £999.98

The Billy Goat KV601SP self-propelled garden vacuum offers more power than the previous model and most importantly this model is self-propelled. So it takes any effort of pushing a machine away.


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     Search eBay For Billy Goat Vacuums


The Billy Goat KV601SP Self-Propelled Garden Vacuum

The Billy Goat KV601SP self-propelled garden vacuum is a 27-inch model that offers powerful garden vacuuming. The Billy goat is powered by a powerful 6 hp Briggs & Stratton professional series engine.

I have owned many machines over the years and my guess is that 75% of these machines have been powered by Briggs and Stratton engines. When I look back, I can honestly say that I have almost had zero problems with the Briggs & Stratton engine’s that I have owned.

More Info On The Billy Goat KV601SP Self-Propelled Garden Vacuum

With the leaves falling right now the Billy Goat KV601SP self-propelled garden vacuum offers the perfect way to keep your garden tidy. You can either drive the machine up and down and clear leaves from your lawn and driveway. Or you can use the optional hose attachment which becomes like a giant vacuum cleaner for vacuuming leaves and flower borders and those awkward places that you cannot reach.

The Billy Goat KV601SP self-propelled garden vacuum it is ideal for clearing leaves from driveways, paths, lawns, tennis courts and all those awkward to get to places. Especially with the optional hose attachment that goes in places where blowers and rakes can’t go!


Robust Transmission
                     Robust Transmission



The Billy Goat is a self-propelled garden vacuum which takes the hard work out of pushing the machine. It has one forward speed and is highly manoeuvrable.

Adjustable Height

The Billy Goat has an adjustable height for maximum performance. For example, if you are clearing leaves on your lawn, you need to raise the machine slightly, so that you are not pushing through the grass. Whereas on a hard surface like a driveway, you can set the machine lower for maximum suction.


5-Blade Serrated Impeller
                5-Blade Serrated Impeller



Optional extras are available for the Billy Goat KV601SP self-propelled garden vacuum, including, a hose kit, a caster wheel kit which increases manoeuvrability. Billy Goat also offers a nozzle wear kit which helps to protect the nozzle on your hose.

If you’re looking to reduce the amount of waste going into the collection bag there is a shredder screen kit that can reduce leaf waste up to 12 times. This obviously means fewer journeys to the compost heap!


Hose Kit
                            Hose Kit


There is also a liner sleeve, this helps to protect the machine when it is used in sandy conditions. Sand can be particularly abrasive so I would definitely recommend this optional extra. It is probably not a bad idea to add it to protect your machine against general wear and tear.

Finally, there is a cover to keep your Billy Goat vacuum dry and clean when not in use. I would definitely recommend an outbuilding to house your machine, although if space is limited the cover could be an option.


Caster Wheel Kit
                         Caster Wheel Kit


Look After Your Billy Goat Vacuum

As with all machinery it pays to look after your investment to keep it running properly. Make sure you clean your machine down after use, I often use a leaf blower to blow machinery down after use.

It also important to look after the Briggs & Stratton professional engine. I would recommend an oil change after the initial 10 hours of first use and then refer to the engine manual for future recommended oil changes. I always say that it’s cheaper to keep the oil clean rather than wear expensive engine parts.

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As with all engines and this is something that is often neglected. Make sure and keep your engine air filter clean, it’s amazing how much dust and dirt can build up in an air filter, especially if you are collecting dry leaves.

Most air filters only take a few minutes to clean and are very easy to access. Simply remove the air filter and remove any dirt, ideally with an airline. Most air filters are dry paper filters which are very easy to clean and to replace. It is of utmost importance that no dirt or debris enters the engine as this will cause unnecessary wear and tear and shorten the life of the engine.

How Did The Billy Goat Perform?

The Billy goat has a good capacity for leaf collection, however, it is much easier to collect your leaves regularly rather than trying to collect wet sticky leaves all at once. As with rotary lawnmowers and leaf vacuums they have a tendency to block when you are trying to put too many wet leaves through.

The Briggs & Stratton 6 hp engine is very easy to start, spare parts are readily available at sensible prices.

The Billy Goat KV601 self-propelled garden vacuum is one of those machines that not that many people own, however, to me it’s a great machine to make life in the garden easier.

If you look after your Billy goat vacuum properly it will give you many years of trouble-free service.


Engine Make
Briggs & Stratton
Performance kW*
Displacement (cc)
Productivity (m3/h)
Drive Type
Self Propelled
Wheels (inch)
Impeller Type
Bag Capacity (l)
Length (cm)
Height (cm)
Engine Model
Professional Series™
Performance HP*
Recoil Start
Working Width (cm/in)
69 / 27
Housing Material
Impeller Blades
Bag System
Foldable Bag
Weight (kg)
Width (cm)


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Billy Goat LB352 Wheeled Push Vacuum


Billy Goat LB352 Wheeled Push Vacuum
Billy Goat LB352 Wheeled Push Vacuum


Today we are going to be talking about the Billy Goat LB352 wheeled push vacuum, which is Billy Goats entry-level vacuum that sells for just £649.99.

We are now well into October and the leaves are coming down. However, in East Anglia, the trees are still quite green for the time of year, but that will quickly change with the autumn rains and frosts!

Over the past few weeks, we have been talking about various types of leaf blowers, ranging from handheld leaf blowers, knapsack blowers and wheeled blowers. So I thought today would be a good time to introduce the Billy Goat LB 352 wheeled push vacuum. This is Billy Goats entry-level model, however, it still has good features that the larger more powerful models also have.


Briggs & Stratton 500E Engine
                Briggs & Stratton 500E Engine



Billy Goat LB352 Wheeled Push Vacuum


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The Billy Goat LB 352 wheeled push vacuum is powered by Briggs & Stratton 500 series engine, which develops 3.5 hp. This model is a push model, however, at 26 kg, it pushes easily, especially on hard surfaces, like patios and pathways etc.

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This vacuum is ideal for people with limited access, it is approximately 21 inches wide and has a working capacity of 20 inches. This is the type of machine that will fit into most smaller gardens and get around those narrow winding paths.

The Billy Goat LB 352 wheeled push vacuum is suitable for areas up to half an acre. If you are looking for a larger garden vacuum you can see more of our Billy Goat garden vacuums here. We will be featuring a few more models over the coming few days.

Compact And Easy To Manoeuvre
         Compact And Easy To Manoeuvre


Is This Billy Goat Model Suitable For You?

The Billy Goat LB 352 wheeled push vacuum is perfect for clearing leaves on lawns, patios, driveways and even tennis courts. The easy empty bag system allows you to collect leaves with literally no spillage. The large chute at the rear of the machine minimises blockages and keeps the debris flowing into the bag.

The ingenious design actually allows you to pick up leaves from gravel drives without picking up stones.

To make your Billy Goat garden vacuum even more versatile, there is an optional 7-foot hose kit that allows you to vacuum between plants and shrubs. This is a very useful feature as with traditional blowers the leaves tend to get held up on shrubs and plants. Whereas with the Billy Goat wonder hose the leaves can simply be vacuumed up, it is almost like vacuuming your lounge!

Wide Nozzle Billy Goat LB352 Wheeled Push Vacuum
    Wide Nozzle Billy Goat LB352 Wheeled                                  Push Vacuum


Height Adjustment

The front wheels of the Billy Goat vacuum are adjustable independently. It’s important to adjust the wheels to the right cutting height for optimum performance. On lawns you will need the machine to be slightly further off the ground otherwise will be difficult to push through the grass. Whereas on smooth surfaces, like driveways and tennis courts the height adjustment can be set much lower.


The Billy Goat LB 352 wheeled push vacuum has a one-year domestic warranty and six-month commercial warranty.

Would I Buy A Billy Goat?

I am someone who likes to make gardening easy and as a contractor, over the years I have seen people make unbelievably hard work of gardening. With the right equipment and machines your garden work can become pleasurable rather than a drag or drain on your body. I recommend the Billy goat range of vacuums, they have model to suit every need. You can see more Billy Goat vacuums here.


Engine Make
Briggs & Stratton
Performance kW*
Displacement (cc)
Productivity (m3/h)
Drive Type
Wheels (inch)
Impeller Type
Non Serrated
Bag Capacity (l)
Length (cm)
Height (cm)
Engine Model
500 Series™
Performance HP*
Recoil Start
Working Width (cm/in)
51 / 20
Housing Material
Impeller Blades
Bag System
Zipper Bag
Weight (kg)
Width (cm)


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Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower

Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower
   Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower


Today we are going to talk about the Stihl BR800 backpack blower. This Stihl BR800 backpack blower has only been available in the UK for a few months, I believe the BR 800 backpack blower was available earlier in the US.

Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower

I’ve always liked Stihl products and I’ve used them commercially for over 30 years and I am still using Stihl products today.

About three years ago I was starting up a new business. I needed a powerful blower to assist me in the cleaning up process after I had completed a job. The original leaf blower that I owned was a Stihl BG86CE which is a 27 mL handheld blower. It’s a great blower and it’s a machine that I still use today, however, I needed something larger so that I could really move debris quickly.

I decided to purchase Stihl’s largest backpack blower at the time which was the BR600. However, literally a few days after purchasing this blower, the BG 700 came out! If I had of known I would have purchased the BG700 as the BR600 and 700 are identical in physical size, but obviously the BR 700 has more blowing power.

I have to say that I am more than happy with my Stihl BG 600 blower. However, when you know there’s something a bit more powerful on the market there is a feeling that it may be time to go for the more powerful machine.

Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower
       Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower


Let’s Compare The Differences In Specification

The BR 600 has a 64.8 cc engine, the BR 800 has a 79.9cc engine, so that is almost 25% larger.

The BR 800 has a 4.4 hp engine against the BR 600 which has a 3.8 hp engine.

To See The Full Specifications, Have A Look At The Chart Below.

Technical data BR 600 BR 800 C-E
Capacity ­cm3 64.8 79.9
Performance ­kW 2.8 3.2
Performance ­hp 3.8 4.4
Weight ­kg 10.2 1) 11.7 1)
Sound pressure level ­dB(A) 100 2) 104 2)
Sound power level ­dB(A) 108 2) 112 2)
Vibration level left/right ­m/s² 2.1/2.5 3) 2.9/2.3 3)
Blowing force ­N 32 4) 41 4)
Air speed ­mph 199 181
Max. air speed with round nozzle ­mph 237 216
Tank volume ­l 1.40 2.00
Running time per full tank ­min 69 79
CO2 ­g/kWh 775 858
Displacement ­cm³ 64.8
Sound power level with metal tool ­dB(A) 108 2)

You Can See My Review On My Own BR 600 Backpack Blower Here.

Weight Difference

There is very little weight difference between the BR 600 and BR 800. The weight difference is approximately three pounds or 1.5 kg. I have to say that I have never found the BR 600 to be heavy on my back. I believe this is because it is very well balanced, and it has an excellent shoulder and waist strap that can be adjusted to suit every size of body.

If I’m clearing leaves with my backpack blower, I will normally run the machine until it runs out of fuel. This normally takes around the one-hour mark. I’ve never thought to myself that I need to get this blower off my back due to the weight or the discomfort of carrying it. The weight really is distributed very well indeed, it’s certainly much easier than using a handheld blower and much more powerful!

Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower
          Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower


Start The Engine On Your Back

One of the best features that I like about the BR 800 is the option to be able to start the blower without removing it from your back. This may not sound like the most exciting feature but to me, it is extremely useful.

For example, if your phone rings or a customer comes out to see you, there is no need to remove the blower from your back! With the recoil at the side, you can just simply pull the starter cord without removing from your back, this really is a great feature!

Just remember that when you are carrying out cold start, make sure you don’t touch the throttle lever otherwise this will release the choke and make for difficult starting. It’s a very natural thing to do when you are putting the backpack blower on your back, for some reason we want to touch the throttle trigger!

How Much Better Is The BR 800 Backpack Blower?

I find my BR 600 blower a really great tool for blowing leaves and clearing up in the garden. So I don’t want to run this machine down as its a machine that I really recommend. However, when you know there’s something more powerful on the market for a similar cost and similar type of machine, it seemed a good idea to upgrade. I will definitely be going for the larger BR 800 machine, even though I haven’t personally tried it as yet.

I have seen reviews and videos for the BR800 and they are all praising up this backpack blower. I have used the BR 700 model and although it’s the same engine size as the BR 600, even this offers more blowing power.

Why Choose Stihl?

I know that there are many manufacturers who make good leaf blowers at all different prices. However, I have used and I still use Stihl products today as I like to purchase a quality product that will last and be reliable. Another good plus point is if you have a need to sell a Stihl product, providing the machine is in good order and condition it will hold its value.

Even if you’re not a professional but you want to purchase a product that will last you for many years, I would recommend Stihl products.

As I always mention in many of my posts, by the best product that you can afford, it’s far cheaper in the long run. It’s also nice to use a product that feels well-engineered and works efficiently.

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Mantis Classic 4-Stroke Tiller

Mantis Classic 4-Stroke Tiller
Mantis Classic 4-Stroke Tiller


Today we are looking at the Mantis Classic 4-Stroke Tiller, this is a small but very well built tiller with multiple uses for the garden.

Mantis obviously trust their product as they give a five-year consumer use warranty on this particular tiller. They also offer a lifetime guarantee on their tines, however, tines do wear when they are digging soil, so the warranty is more for damage to the tines.

With over 2 million Mantis tillers sold you can buy this machine with confidence, this Mantis Classic Tiller also has excellent reviews which average 4.65 out of 5.

Mantis Classic 4-Stroke Tiller Reviews

Mantis Classic 4-Stroke Tiller

The Mantis classic 4-stroke tiller is the perfect machine to make light work out of heavy garden tasks. It can be used to cultivate your vegetable patch, hoe between vegetables and to weed shrub and flower borders.

The tiller is lightweight and yet heavy enough to dig compacted ground. Now obviously this isn’t a contractors tool for tearing up compacted ground, but it can, however, make light work of tough jobs in the garden. Jobs that you would have had to call a professional in for can be carried out with the Mantis classic 4-stroke tiller. If you require a larger machine you can find more tillers here

Mantis Classic 4-Stroke Tiller
   Mantis Classic 4-              Stroke Tiller


The Mantis classic 4-stroke tiller ways just 24 lbs (11 kg) and with its fold-down handles, it easily fits into most cars and can be taken to the allotment or carried to the garden shed very easily.


Mantis Classic 4-Stroke Tiller Engine

The tiller is powered by a Honda 25cc four-stroke engine, so in other words, there is no petrol to mix like traditional two-stroke engines on small machines. However, there is an oil sump on this machine that needs to be checked and changed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I always like to change the oil regularly on machines as it is far cheaper to replace engine oil than worn engine parts.

Over the years, I have had a lot of experience with Honda engines and I can say that they are probably the best starting engines on the market. I have often left machines for a few months over the winter and came to stop them in the spring and they start on the first pull! I do like to normally run engines a couple of times in the winter just to keep things moving.

Mantis Classic 4-Stroke Tiller
    Mantis Classic 4-            Stroke Tiller


The Mantis Tiller Makes Gardening Easy

The Mantis tiller definitely helps to make gardening much easier, once you own a Mantis, you will wonder how you manage without one! I was reading a review from a 65 year old lady who uses her machine on a regular basis and has no problem handling and manoeuvring the machine.

The Mantis Tiller is just 9 inches wide (23 cm) which is perfect for getting into the small places, hoeing around plants and shrubs and in the vegetable garden.

Designed To Last

The Mantis tiller is designed to last, with a one-unit gearbox and still mudguard in Serpentine tines which come with a lifetime guarantee against breakage. So you can use your Mantis tiller with great confidence.

A Versatile Machine

The Mantis tiller is more than just a tiller. It has some great optional attachments available to help you in your garden. These attachments include a dethatcher, lawn aerator, a furrow for bulking up potatoes or overwintering. And the ability to weed between plants and shrubs in borders.

90 Day Money Back Guarantee

Mantis trust this tiller so much that they offer a 90 day money-back guarantee trial period if your tiller does not meet your needs.

95% of customers were very happy with their Mantis classic 4-stroke tiller, you can see reviews here.

Here Are Some Of The Main Features Of The Mantis Tiller

  • Light and easy to handle.
  • Powerful.
  • Efficient and adaptable.
  • Easy-to-use.
  • Easy to carry.
  • Designed to last.
  • Versatile.
  • Free kickstand.
  • 90-day moneyback guarantee.
  • Honda four-stroke engine


  • Tilling width9″ / 23 cm
  • Weight24 lbs / 11 kg
  • Engine25cc, 4-Stroke Honda® engine
    No mixing of petrol/oil required
  • Starting/operating Recoil
    Variable speed throttle
    Tines spin at up to 200 rpm
  • Free Kickstand
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Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 Zero Turn Stand On Blower

Hurricane Z3000 Zero Turn Stand-On Blower
Hurricane Z3000 Zero Turn Stand-On                               Blower


Today we are talking about the Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 zero turn stand on blower, this is the largest zero turn stand on blower available. Billy Goat makes a slightly smaller stand on blower which is 23 hp, however, today we will be talking about the largest model which is 35 hp.

The Largest Range Of Wheeled Blowers 

Billy Goat has the largest range of wheeled blowers in the world, the smallest wheeled blower being just 5 hp and then their largest walk-behind model going right up to 18 hp. Briggs & Stratton brought out the Hurricane models, they also make the identical Ferris model which is painted in the Ferris red paint colour. Ferris has been making great zero turn mowers for years, so having owned several Ferris zero-turn mowers I know that these machines are very well constructed and reliable.

Ferris makes the FB 2000 and FB 3000 Hurricane stand on blower, they are, 23 hp and 35 hp respectively.

The Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 zero turn stand on blower comes complete with headlights, so as the daylight disappears in the autumn you can complete your leaf clearance jobs.

With a 35 hp engine, this blower is the equivalent to about 10 to 12 traditional backpack blowers, which is actually quite amazing, that’s a lot of blowing power. This blower has about 8500 CFM.


Billy Goat Wheeled Blower Adjustable                                          Chute

Vent Control

You can blow out the right side, this is a fixed vent which is open or closed, this fan is controlled by the throttle speed. The vent at the front is also the same, it is controlled by the throttle speed.

The left-hand vent is different, all the vents will work providing that the key is turned on. The vents are controlled by a joystick, if you move the joystick to open, they will open. You don’t have to close the vents all the time, you can just move across to the open position and the other vent will close. There’s also a place on the joystick to close all the vents, a very straightforward control feature.

When you want to open the left-hand vent, you basically have a depth gauge which you can see from the operator’s position. This depth gauge will tell you how far the vent is open.

As you can see in the photograph the left-hand vent has complete control, the vent is in two pieces, so as soon as the air blows through both vents will rise up together. Being able to adjust these vents is an extremely useful feature, you can direct the air to exactly where you want it depending on the type of material being blown. If you don’t want all that blowing power blowing out just simply adjust the vent to the required position. All these features are carried out from the joystick control.


Briggs And Stratton 35 hp Vanguard                                           Engine

More Features

The 35 hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine has an easy access oil filter, which is always good to know when it comes to draining the oil out of the sump. The oil needs changing after the first 10 hours of use and then I would change every 100 hours of use. It’s always a good idea to keep the oil clean as it is much cheaper to change the oil regularly rather than wear expensive metal parts.

The batteries are housed underneath the engine. The air filter sits on top of the engine and is very easily accessible. Once again, keep your air filter clean as it is so important that your engine does not take any debris in that cause unnecessary wear to the engine.

The Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 zero turn stand on blower has an hour meter, this is always a good idea as it tells you exactly when you need to carry out an oil change etc. When the machine is running the hour meter will actually tell you the rpm of the engine, you can push a button to switch from rpm to hours.

There is an oil alert light, which is always good to know in case your engine runs short of oil in case it has not been checked recently. I generally like to check the oil every time before I use a machine, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


 10 Gallon Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank

The machine has a large 10-gallon fuel tank, which should keep going for several hours work. Unfortunately, and I see this on many machines, it does not have a fuel gauge. Some machines have a simple gauge on the fuel which works on a float system. I am guessing that providing you can find the right size fuel cap, you may be able to purchase an optional float fuel gauge from somewhere.

Although there is no fuel gauge on this tank, due to the large-cap, it is easy to look into the fuel tank. There is no filter to block your vision. Ideally, if you are filling from cans I would use a fuel funnel with a fuel filter on, it’s always good to keep your fuel tank clean and to help stop any fuel problems or blockages.

There are two small oil tanks that need to be checked regularly, make sure you use the correct hydraulic oil and keep the area around the caps clean. These oil tanks normally have around half an inch of oil in the bottom as the rest of the tank allows for expansion as the oil heats up. In normal terms, you shouldn’t need to add any oil as the individual hydraulic motors should all be sealed and should not leak.

Tyres And Speed

The stand on blower has large pneumatic rear tyres and foam-filled puncture-free caster wheels at the front. I always fill my tyres on horticulture machinery with a puncture repair fluid, this has literally saved me hours of downtime.

The puncture repellent normally comes in 1 L bottles, simply remove the valve from the tyre, the tar needs to be at the 10 to 2 position. Then place the spout on the valve and squirt in the required amount of fluid. The manufacturers will tell you how much you need to add. I cannot tell you how much downtime this process and save me. A puncture in a tyre can be so time-consuming and costly.

The speed of the machine is variable, it is powered by two individual hydraulic motors on each rear wheel. The speed is controlled by two levers that give you instant forward and reverse control, zero-turn machines are the most manoeuvrable machines on the market.

This is a commercial machine

This Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 zero turn stand on blower certainly isn’t for the average homeowner, it is more for the contractor who is doing regular leaf clearing and parking areas.

It certainly is a very efficient machine and with the zero-turn capabilities it makes it exceptionally manoeuvrable, it can literally turn around on itself. Although the traditional walk-behind blowers are great, the 18 hp Billy Goat machine only has one forward speed and no reverse, which is fine, but also this particular machine is far superior and efficient.

With the walk-behind machines you have to pull the machine backwards, however, with this zero turn machine, you have instant reverse on two levers. Although, due to the three air vents, you will probably never need to blow in reverse.

To Conclude

Although this is a new machine the Hurricane design has been around for several years, so it should be bullet-proof. The 35 hp Briggs & Stratton engine is a well-proven engine which is also used on Billy Goats largest vacuum machine.

The fact that this machine is the same as the Ferris gives me a great deal of confidence. I have used and owned several Ferris zero-turn mowers which have been excellent machines. They are built to a very high standard and over the years that I owned these machines I had minimal problems. I was also using my Ferris machines commercially, so they carried out a lot of work.


Part #
Engine Power Rating*
Drive Train Type
Dual Hydrostatic
Number of Speeds
Infinitely Variable
Front Tire Size
Air Flow (Cubic ft/min)
Overall Length (in)
Overall Height (in)
Charging System (amps)
Solenoid Shift
Solenoid Shift
Warranty (Balance of Machine) †
Standard: 2 Years | Rental: 90 Days
Engine Fuel Type
Regular, unleaded gasoline
Engine Brand
Vanguard® V-Twin
Displacement (cc)
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)
Hydro-Gear® ZT-3100®
Max. Travel Speed
Rear Tire Size
Air Speed (mph)
Overall Width (in)
Dry Weight (lbs)
Flywheel Magneto
Fuse (amp blade)
Warranty (Engine) †
2-Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty
Operator’s Manuals

Operators Manual

Parts List

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The Billy Goat F1802SPV Self Propelled Force Blower

Billy Goat F1802SPV Self Propelled Force Blower
Billy Goat F1802SPV Self     Propelled Force Blower


The Billy Goat Billy F1802SPV self-propelled force blower, I believe, is the most powerful wheeled blower on the market today. It is certainly Billy Goats most powerful walk behind blower. Billy Goat makes several models of wheeled leaf blowers, starting from the smallest model which is 5 hp and the largest model being 18 hp.

It is powered by a Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 18 hp petrol engine which can actually be the equivalent power of seven backpack blowers!

The model in the video has an engine hour meter fitted, which was actually fitted by the owner. I don’t know why more manufacturers do not fit hour meters to the machine, to me it’s very important to know how many hours work a machine has worked as to regard oil changes and servicing et cetera.

The machine in the video has around 150 hours on the clock, it is approximately four years old and it looks like it’s been looked after and kept undercover. To me, it’s always a good practice to keep your machinery clean, serviced and undercover.

What Can Your Billy Goat Wheeled Blower Be Used For?

The Billy Goat wheeled blower is ideal for clearing parking areas, as you can see in the video it quickly moves debris out the way. It’s also good for blowing leaves on lawns and in fields and driveways.


Patented Aim N Shoot
            Patented Aim N Shoot


Using The Billy Goat Wheeled Blower

The Billy Goat wheeled blower is self-propelled, however, it does not have a reverse gear, so there may be times when you have to pull the machine backwards, depending what work is being carried out. Fortunately, the blower is quite light and pushes very easily backwards and forwards.

You Can Find More Billy Goat Wheeled Blowers Here

When using the blower on hard areas, for example, driveways and car parks is often easier just to push the blower as the forward speed is quite slow. It is very easy to push on hard surfaces, the forward speed can be used on hills or grassed areas where there is slightly more resistance when pushing.

The Aim N Chute technology enables you to move the chute from the handlebars of the wheeled blower. This is a great feature as it enables you to adjust the chute very simply depending on conditions or the material being blown.


On this particular Billy Goat wheeled blower, the only issue the owner has had in four years is a new recoil start cord. Which to me is nothing, however, I would expect to recoil cord to last a bit longer than 150 hours. It’s a very straightforward job to replace the recoil cord, a local dealer can carry out this job in a matter of minutes.

The machine normally starts on the first or second pull which is great. I have actually owned machines with this particular Briggs & Stratton engine, it’s a good engine and easy to start. I believe on the particular engine that I owned had a recoil start and electric start. It’s always good to have the optional recoil start in case the electric start fails! I don’t think electric start is an option on this particular wheeled blower, to me this isn’t a problem as it starts pretty easily and keeps the cost of the machine down.

The front wheel on this particular machine has also been replaced as it is used on hard surfaces and takes quite a bit of the weight. The tyres are foam filled so there is no downtime through punctures, which is a great idea. I’ve spent far too long over the years getting punctures repaired!


The Billy Goat wheeled blower has the air filter mounted on top of the engine, so this is very accessible. Always make sure and keep your air filter clean and take care when removing the air cleaner from the engine. You do not want any dust or debris entering the engine as this can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the engine parts. A few minutes of regular cleaning can save you huge amounts of money in the long run.

The fuel tank is constructed in plastic material, its large fuel tank (approximately 2 gallons) that can give you plenty of work time between refills.


Final Thoughts

The Billy Goat wheeled blower has been a reliable machine and is a great way to move leaves. However, if you are using this machine all day can become slightly tiring.

The good news is that there is a Billy Goat stander blower coming out soon, in fact, I think it’s probably out now in the US. I will try and find out more about this machine in the next few weeks.


  • Engine: Vanguard
  • Performance: 18hp / 13.4kW
  • Displacement: 570cc
  • Drive Type: Self Propelled
  • Output Diameter: 15.2cm
  • Productivity: 3.8x air volume of backpacks
  • Air Velocity: 320km/h
  • Impeller Blades: 16
  • Fan Size: 17″ / 43.2cm
  • Front Tyres: 10″ / 25.4cm x 3″ / 7.6cm
  • Front Tyre Type: Pneumatic
  • Rear Tyres: 13″ / 33cm x 5″ / 12.7cm
  • Rear Tyre Type: Pneumatic
  • Weight: 86kg
  • Length: 143cm
  • Width: 74cm
  • Height: 114cm

Billy Goat Wheeled Blower Manual

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Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol £99 Leaf Blower

Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol Leaf Blower
    Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol Leaf Blower


Today we are going to talk about the special offer on the Mitox 26B-SP select petrol £99 leaf blower and the features that it offers.


Autumn Is Almost Here

Autumn is almost upon us, the official day of autumn is Michaelmas which is the 29th September. Already the leaves are falling and have been for several weeks, although I think some of this has been due to the dry weather, especially here in East Anglia.

I have several tools that I really value in the garden, which I will be talking about over the coming months. I think probably that one of the tools that I use most in the garden all year round is a leaf blower.

More Information On The Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol Leaf Blower



Mitox Leaf Blower
                      Mitox Leaf Blower


Although garden blowers are often referred to as leaf blowers they are a tool that I use all year round. The primary purpose of a garden blower is to blow leaves, however, they are great for tidying up in the garden. For example, if I have been weeding a border, I normally just blow the lawn area around the border. I know that traditionally this can be carried out with a rake, but I am someone who likes to take full advantage of mechanical power!

Another great purpose that a leaf lower house is blowing down machinery after use, it’s a great way to keep your machines clean and free from dust and grass etc.

A Budget Petrol Leaf Blower For £99

The Mitox 26B-SP select petrol leaf blower is a budget petrol leaf blower which sells for just £99. I appreciate that there are cheaper electric models available, however, I would much prefer to spend a few more pounds and something that offers the freedom of a petrol leaf blower. For me, there is nothing worse than having an electric cable trailing behind you and getting the lead caught up in various objects in the garden!

If you want to go slightly upmarket, Mitox offers large models with more power and the ability to collect. You can see more of the Mitox leaf blowers here.

Mitox Perfectly Balanced Leaf Blower
      Mitox Perfectly Balanced Leaf Blower


Value for money

The Mitox 26B-SP select petrol leaf blower really does offer value for money. It is powered by a 25.4cc 2 stroke petrol engine which generates a lot of blowing power reaching blowing speeds of 155 mph.

The throttle lever offers variable speed operation which is very important when you are blowing in corners or you just want a gentle blow. It also has a lock on feature for blowing larger areas of leaves. It’s important to remember that not all electric leaf blowers have a variable speed feature which can make blowing difficult when you are in tight spaces.


Something that I like about these compact handheld blowers is that they are very easy to pick up and use. I personally use a backpack blower which is great as it has more power as I do quite a bit of commercial work. Although sometimes it would be useful just to have a handheld blower which is compact and literally you pull the starter cord and you are blowing straight away. A backpack blower is a little bit more cumbersome, although they definitely have their uses.

The Mitox leaf blower is a nicely balanced machine that is easy and comfortable to hold. This machine has a very good performance at an incredibly low price of £99 for a petrol blower.


The leaf blower comes with a long tube which is flat at one end to increase blowing power.

This leaf blower is suitable for blowing leaves, dry grass and moss, sawdust and light hedge clippings.


Flat End Blowing Tube
                      Flat End Blowing Tube


Mitox offers a one-year domestic warranty and three months commercial warranty on this leaf blower.

View operators manual for the Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol Leaf Blower



Range      SP-SELECT

Engine        Mitox®

Displacement (cc)        25.4cc

Engine RPM        7,900

Power (kW)         0.70kW

Spark Plug Mitox

Auto Choke Return      –

Fuel Tank Capacity      0.65L

Fuel / Oil Ratio   40:1

Recoil assist        –

Toolless Filter Cover    Yes

Max air speed     69.3 m/s (155mph)

Airflow aspirating        –

Airflow blowing  TBC

Reduction Ratio –

Collector capacity        –

Sound Level (dBA)       110 dB (A)

Vibration Level (m/s2)          10.0 m/s2

Warranty Domestic     1 Year

Warranty Commercial 90 Day

Weight (kg)         5.6kg

Article No. MIBV01

EAN  5060366211750

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Henchman 12 Foot Adjustable Ladder Review

Henchman 12 Foot Adjustable Ladder
      Henchman 12 Foot Adjustable Ladder


Today we are going to feature the Henchman 12 foot adjustable ladder review. I think those of us who have had the experience of cutting hedges know the issues that come with cutting hedges, especially tall hedges.

Henchman makes products for the gardener and professional landscaper that help to make hedge cutting, pruning and those jobs that need extra cutting height easier. I have never actually owned a Henchman product, however, I have had experience of using their products. I would rate their products excellent, due to the fact that they are far safer than your average ladder or platform, due to be adjustable legs and more.

Let’s Take A Look At Jason’s Review

Jason is going to review the Henchman ladder and carry out a comparison on the other tripod -type ladders that he uses. It will be a totally honest review. He also mentions that Henchman has kindly donated this ladder for him to review and keep for future use, very useful indeed!

Jason’s three ladders are very similar apart from the other two makes of ladders are eight-foot and ten-foot respectively. The biggest difference is the large platform area at the top of the ladder.

Plus Points

Very stable.
• Lightweight.
• Much more comfortable to use than a conventional ladder.
• Easily adjustable feet.
• Despite its size, it’s ideal for tight spaces.
• Very useful top platform.
• Well-engineered.


                          Adjustable Legs


The ladder has three adjustable legs, this is obviously extremely useful for keeping the ladder upright on uneven ground. It seems to me that traditionally when you use a conventional ladder it’s exceptionally difficult to keep it level in the average garden.

The two front legs are adjustable via a spring pin on the side of the leg. The legs simply drop down and can be adjusted to the required height to keep the ladder stable.

The rear leg is adjustable by totally removing the pin, ideally, a spring pin would be better as it can be slightly fiddly to put the pin back.


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Search eBay For Henchman Tripod                                            Ladder


Jason has been using the Henchman 12 foot ladder for several weeks now and the is really finding the top step extremely useful. This ladder is far easier to use than a conventional ladder as you more or less stand upright.

I think we all know the problem of using a ladder when we are cutting a hedge and keeping it stable, the ground never seems to be level. With the Henchman, the legs can simply be adjusted to keep the ladder perfectly stable, such a useful feature. It definitely brings much more confidence when cutting tall hedges.

Lightweight Henchman


   Lightweight Henchman Tripod Ladder


The henchman ladder is exceptionally lightweight and easy to move around. The henchman ladder can literally be picked up in one hand.

Tripod ladder

One of the biggest advantages of the tripod ladder is that you are not resting the ladder against the hedge like conventional ladders. This eliminates the risk of the ladder pushing into the hedge or the bottom of the ladder kicking out. It also stops the hedge potentially becoming out of shape due to the ladder resting against the hedge.

Another advantage of the tripod ladder is that you can use it sideways onto the hedge, which is exceptionally useful when you’re cutting high hedges.

As the video shows the tripod ladder can get in fairly tight spaces between trees and shrubs, which to me is a really great advantage.

A very stable ladder

This Henchman tripod ladder is totally different from the traditional ladder, I think we have all experienced being upper latter and feeling that unpleasant wobble! The Henchman eradicates these unpleasant wobbles, due to the tripod design and the adjustable feet.



Henchman 12 Foot Ladder
                Henchman 12 Foot Ladder

Is A Henchman Tripod Ladder For You?

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I have used Henchman products and although they are not cheap they are worth every penny, especially where safety is concerned.

The biggest advantage of this Henchman ladder over conventional ladders is the platform at the top. This platform proves to be a very useful feature that conventional tripod ladders do not have.

I would recommend the Henchman ladder for large gardens with tall hedges, gardeners, landscape contractors and tree surgeons.

More features!

Three adjustable legs allow for level and stable steps on very uneven or sloping terrain.

• Uniquely, all Henchman Tripods include the 7″ deep “Platform” rung for safety and comfort

• Tuck your legs in, gain added support against your thighs, without hitting shins on rung above

• Top rail for one-handed support whilst working; or for leaning against whilst using both hands

• Wide, clawed feet are designed to “grab” soft ground and so prevent slipping or sudden sinking

• The 3-leg ‘milking stool’ principle makes it impossible to wobble and extremely difficult to topple

• Narrow top and third leg for access to tight awkward spaces.

• Incredibly light for ease of carriage and storage

• Rubber’shoes’ for added grip and no scratching inside or on hard slippery surfaces

• Uniquely broad range of height options. Available in 6′ to 16′ sizes

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