Today we are looking at the question, how much does a petrol rotary mower cost? This is a question that many people ask me. Obviously, lawnmowers come in all different shapes and sizes, ranging from basic home user machines to semiprofessional machines and then large professional machines.
You can see the video below for the various different types of petrol mowers available.
Four-Wheeled Rotary Mowers
Four-wheeled rotary mowers are the cheapest range or starter range of petrol lawnmowers. Our very cheapest petrol lawnmower is the Einhell GC-PM 46 Petrol Push Lawnmower which is currently selling for £154.95
At the other end of the scale, we have the Weibang Virtue 53 Pro BBC Self-Propelled 4 Wheel Lawn mower that is selling for £1199. This is a professional machine that comes with five years warranty for domestic use and three years warranty for commercial use.
Petrol Roller Rotary Mowers
Petrol Roller Rotary mowers are probably one of the most versatile mowers on the market. These machines are normally driven by the roller and create a beautiful striped finish to your lawn. There are push models and powered models, I would definitely recommend paying a little extra for a power-driven model as it makes life much easier.
If you’re looking for a self-propelled lawnmower which is something I would definitely recommend. Our cheapest model starts at £188, which is the Mountfield SP41 – Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower. Mountfield has been producing rotary mowers for over 50 years, this particular machine comes with two years warranty.
Hover mowers are not quite so popular as they were a few years ago, however, they still have their uses. I like the idea that they are great for cutting banks and useful for getting under low hanging branches and shrubs.
Our cheapest machine is the Cobra AirMow 51B Petrol Hover Mower, this is currently selling for £349.98. It comes with a powerful Briggs & Stratton overhead valve engine, complete with automatic choke. The hover mower comes with two years warranty.
Mulching lawnmowers are becoming more and more popular as customers can see the benefits of mulching. One of the great features about a mulching mower is the fact that there is no grass to collect and the mulch actually helps to keep your grass greener for longer, especially in dry weather.
Having no grass collector to empty it can be a real time saver. Some of the mulching mowers have the option to also collect, which isn’t a bad principle. I have used mulching mowers in the autumn when the leaves are falling and they still seem to be able to do a great job.
One of the most important things to remember with a mulching mower is the fact that you need to cut your grass regularly to receive the best results.
I always advise people to buy the best machine that they can afford. I know we all have a budget to go by, however, if you purchase a quality machine and look after it, it should give you many years of trouble-free service.
Today we are going to look at the BCS 710 Wheel Powered Rotavator, the BCS and Camon machines are often used by hire companies and professionals. Over the past few days, we have been looking at the Feider range of compact, budget ride-on mowers. As we enter into 2020, the spring season quickly comes upon us, it’s good to prepare ourselves for the coming season.
The BCS 710 Wheel Powered Rotavator retails at £2320 excluding VAT, this is good value for money for a machine that can last you many years.
I have used and owned BCS Rotavators, my first wheeled powered rotavator was a BCS 745 diesel machine. I’m guessing this was back in around 1987. The BCS 745 was powered by a Lombardini diesel 14 hp engine, the width of the machine was 26 inches.
BCS has been manufacturing Rotavators for the past 30 years, the company has built up a great reputation for durability and reliability. The fact that many hire companies use BCS machines and professional landscapers, suggests something good to me. I believe that most hire companies have a BCS rotavator on their fleet, hire companies obviously have confidence in these machines.
Anyway, let’s get back to the BCS 710 Wheel Powered Rotavator.
There are two types of rotavator and cultivator; common garden Rotavators are normally driven by the actual digging tines. Whereas, wheel-driven machines, like the BCS, have a separate drive to the wheels with the power take-off to power the rotavator or other attachments. The wheel driven BCS machines are much easier to use and perfect for the hire market and professional landscapers. With the wheels and the rotors independently controlled, the machine is literally doing the work for you effortlessly.
The BCS 710 Rotavator has a digging depth of up to 8 inches. The digging depth can be increased each time you pass over the ground. Full digging depth can only be achieved after a few passes, obviously, conditions and types of soil will vary.
The depth is very simply controlled by a small skid that is adjusted by a lever located above the rotary tines. It’s a very simple way to control the depth, but the system works, simply pull the lever up to increase the digging depth.
20 Inch (52 Cm) Width Rotavator
The 20-inch rotavator attachment, which is attached to the rear of the machine on the BCS 710 Wheel Powered Rotavator, will quickly cover the ground. With a straightforward single forward and reverse gear, you have rotavator that is ideal for allotments and gardens that will quickly get the job done!
It’s always nice when you are purchasing a machine to know that it is powered by a decent engine. The BCS 710 Wheel Powered Rotavator is powered by Honda petrol GX270 overhead valve engine which develops 8.4 hp. Honda engines are favoured by many machinery operators as their preferred engine.
Over the years I have owned many machines which are powered by Honda, I have never had any problems with a Honda engine. The only spare parts I have purchased are spark plugs, air filters and fuel filters. Over the years Honda has built up an excellent reputation for reliability and economy.
There have been many occasions when I have left a Honda engine over the winter and the engines will start up at the first pull the first time of the key. Honda also has a very easy start-up system, the recoil start is literally effortless to pull.
BCS offers a range of implements for their two-wheeled tractors, the BCS 710 Wheel Powered Rotavatorcan take eight different attachments. These implements range from a dozer blade, hay rake, scythe cutter bar, power/snow brush, rotavator, snowplough and trailed ridger’s. The larger BCS machines offer an even wider range of attachments.
Having owned a BCS machine and hiring many of these machines over the years, I know that they can be an excellent workhorse. BCS offers a three-year domestic warranty and a two-year commercial warranty on their machines. To me, this offers great peace of mind to the buyer, no expenses for at least two or three years. The various attachments that are available, make your BCS rotavator a totally universal workhorse.
I thought I would look at something different today as it’s Boxing Day, the world’s fastest mower! So today we are taking a look at the Viking ride on mower and the Honda racing mower, not quite your normal ride on mower.
It looks like the Honda ride on mower broke the speed record in 2014 by reaching 116 miles an hour. The next record by Viking mowers, although I can’t find this recorded in the Guinness book of records, reached 215 km/h which equals 133.5 mph! Both amazing speeds for a ride-on lawnmower.
The World’s Fastest Viking Mower
Apparently Viking entered the record books on November 5, 2015, to become the world’s fastest mower. The Viking ride on mower reached 215 km/h (133.5 miles an hour)! The record run took place at a Norwegian airport. Viking is part of the Stihl group who manufacture chainsaws, Strimmers, hedge cutters and more.
For any record to be officially approved, there are many regulations, one of the regulations is that the ride on mower must be able to mow a lawn. In other words, the machine can do what it was primarily designed for. So in this case machine is equipped with cutting blades and a collection box all in working and functional order.
The world’s fastest mower, Viking is powered by a 408 hp engine, not your average Briggs & Stratton mower engine! It also has a Formula One steering wheel and Formula 3 tyres. Viking just adjusted their ride on mower slightly or maybe a bit more than slightly well respecting the rules for their record-breaking attempt.
The weather was difficult for the first attempt in Oslo and it actually failed. The record attempt worked on a one-mile stretch of ground.
The record attempt took many months of preparation between Viking and the Norwegian Motorsports Association. I can imagine a huge amount of work goes into trying to set a speed record on a ride-on lawnmower.
Apparently, these speed records are regularly contested by the largest manufacturers, it must cost a fortune to contest these speed records, however, it must be very good fun!
The Stihl group is well known for its manufacture of petrol and now battery tools for the forestry industry, landscapers and gardeners.
Over the last few years, the Viking range seems to have grown considerably, although I haven’t used a Viking mower, I’ve heard good reports.
Honda Racing Lawnmower
Here is the Honda racing lawnmower that reached speeds of 116 miles an hour (187 km/h, quite amazing, but even more amazing is that the Viking ride on goes faster.
If you’re someone who doesn’t like cutting your lawn, then maybe this high-speed mower may be the answer. Or maybe more realistically a robotic mower may be more suitable and cheaper for your garden and quieter!
The record was achieved in Tarragona, Spain. The task was to beat the previous record from 2010 by a John Deere ride-on mower. I have to say that the Honda mower looks slightly more like a traditional lower than the Viking ride on mower.
Honda has fitted a thousand cc superbike engine to the machine to give it a rapid performance. The engine is the VTR 1000F Firestorm engine that develops 109 hp and nought to 60 in just four seconds. The weight of the machine is just 309Ibs (140 kg), I’m surprised the mower doesn’t take off being so lightweight! I would have thought the horsepower may have been greater than 109 hp?
Apparently, the Honda mower gives a better power to weight ratio than the Bugatti Veyron. I certainly wouldn’t expect this sort of performance from a ride-on lawnmower!
It appears that one of the biggest problems was the wind resistance as the machine was originally designed to go at a maximum of 12 mph. That’s a big difference from 116 miles an hour! The driver said that the Honda mower felt surprisingly stable and even when accelerating it tracks very straight and true. I cannot imagine going 116 miles an hour on a ride-on lawnmower, you need to look out for those low overhanging branches!
The speed was measured through a 328 feet (100 m) speed trap which was overseen by official timers.
To meet the Guinness book of records regulations, the Honda mower had to prove that it could cut grass in a conventional way. Apparently, Honda discovered that it could actually still cut grass at 15 mph, to me that’s quick. I wonder if the collector was able to cope with the amount of grass flowing through?!
The Honda mower or “Mean Mower” has been designed and built in the UK. It’s good to know that we can still design and make things in the UK!
The mower is fitted with a custom speed six-speed gearbox, it also has a custom-made cobra sport seat! I’m guessing the original Honda may have been a hydrostatic drive which would have been capable to reach such speeds.
I find it absolutely amazing that engineers can make a ride on lawnmower travels so fast. I wouldn’t want to sit on any ride-on machine at that speed! I’ve owned a few zero-turn machines and sitting on these machines at 12 mph even with suspension seems fast, especially when the ground is slightly rough!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we are going to review the Bosch Rotak 36 Push Mower, as you may know, I am someone who likes to have a petrol or diesel engine on a machine! However, I want to give an honest review of this Bosch electric push lawn mower, you may be pleasantly surprised!
Last year I was cutting my elderly mother’s lawn with her Bosch Rotak 36 Push Electric Mower, I have to say that I was looking for every opportunity to run this mower down as the thought of using an electric lawnmower with the cable getting caught up in every unthinkable obstacle definitely didn’t excite me!
The grass was quite long as it had not been cut for several weeks, I really didn’t think that this little electric mower would cope with such long and thick grass. The grass was around 4 inches (10 cm) tall and it was thick lush spring grass.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how well this electric mower coped with the long thick grass, it actually seemed to cope better than some semi-commercial petrol mowers that I have used, and that’s saying something!
I had to empty the grass collection box very frequently because of the length of the grass, the amazing thing is that this little electric lawnmower didn’t clog the grass chute at all. There are some petrol mowers that I have used and they can block very easily especially if the grass is a bit damp, however, this Bosch lawnmower beat all my expectations!
The Bosch Rotak 36 Push Mower is a very lightweight machine, which is ideal for older people who may not have the strength to push a heavier machine and of course there is no fuel or oil to check. Unfortunately, with electric mowers, you have the convenience of low maintenance, but you have that electric cable dragging behind you all the time, something that I have never liked! However, I’m sure this is something that can be overcome!
So How Would I Rate The Bosch Rotak 36 Push Mower?
I would rate this machine very high due to its cutting efficiency and ability to cut long grass and it actually left a reasonable finish. I like to see a machine that is well-engineered something that you can take pride in, however, this type of machine is in a different type of league and for what it is, it performed very well and I know this type of lawnmower would suit people with a postage stamp sized lawn.
If you have a slightly larger garden and like me, you prefer something with a petrol engine on, it may be worth taking a look at the Mountfield HP414 Push Petrol 4 Wheel Lawnmower. This is a machine that costs slightly more money at £149, but it has no electric cables to deal with and has a two-year warranty.
The Bosch Rotak 36R Electric Rotary Lawnmower is powered by an electric 1400 Watt motor which almost produces 2 hp of power. The cutting width is approximately 15 inches (36 cm) and the weight is just 12 kg which makes it extremely easy to push, especially with the easy push handle design.
The grass collector capacity is a generous 40 L which is good for another of this size. There are six cutting heights between 20 and 70 mm, it’s always good to have a range of cutting heights, especially if you’re grass has become a bit long. I always tell people not to cut the grass too short, I see too many people cutting their lawn far too short which is the perfect way to ruin a good lawn.
The machine also has the ability to leave a striped finish.
Here is a review of how a garden chipper shredder can help you in your garden.
Did you know that everything that we take out the garden can literally be put back into your garden? I am very keen on composting garden waste as much as possible, I also compost kitchen waste and use poultry manure when I kept chickens and use horse manure when the opportunity comes along.
Prunings and wood from trees can often be a problem to compost, obviously, anything will rot down in time but obviously, things like tree branches cannot be composted in the normal way. Traditionally people would burn their prunings, but today this can often cause problems with neighbours, especially if the wind changes directions unexpectedly!
This is where a garden chipper shredder can be a great asset.
What is a garden chipper shredder?
Chippers and spreaders come in all different shapes and sizes and different capacities. A chipper works by literally shredding and chipping your waste prunings up to about 4 to 5 inches in width for domestic chippers. However, if you want to talk about commercial chippers, then they can vary between 5 to 12 inches (12 to 30 cm) in normal terms. Or if you want to go even bigger there are even whole tree chippers, although these are probably not suitable for the average garden!
Branches and prunings are made into shreds or chips which can then be composted or even spread on borders as they are created. I must admit I prefer to compost my chippings for a couple of years and mix them in with the rest of the compost. I have seen heavy soils dramatically changed through composting regularly if you want to make your life easier this a great thing to do in the garden.
Petrol Or Electric?
Shredders and chippers are available in petrol and electric models.
The smallest chippers are normally powered by an electric motor, however, if you have any amount of prunings to chip, I would definitely go for a petrol machine, not only because I like machines with an engine on but the petrol models are far more powerful and have a much greater capacity and no electric cable trailing around.
Which Chipper Shredder Do I Go For?
Our cheapest shredder starts at £769.99 which is The Handy Petrol Chipper/Shredder is powered by a well proven Briggs & Stratton IC engine, this machine is ideal for keen gardeners who want make their prunings into compost quickly.
The Apache chipper is slightly dearer at £1099, this machine is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 6.5 hp engine and once again is suitable for the keen gardener who wants to shred and chip garden prunings. This machine will chip prunings up to 2 inches (5 cm) approximately. The weight of the machine is 51 kg.
Now it’s time to go upmarket to the DR Pro XL ES 21.00 Rapid Feed Petrol Chipper / Shredder, this petrol Chipper shredder sells for £4299 and this is DR’s largest machine, suited for the very keen gardener and professional.
This machine DR chipper shredder is again powered by the popular Briggs & Stratton, electric start, 420 cc overhead valve engine. One of the best things about Briggs & Stratton engines is the reliability and because there are so many of these engines around there is a great parts network, should you require any spare parts.
The chipping capacity of this machine is 5.75 inches which is approximately (14 cm) so with this capacity, you can normally chip anything you want and anything larger would normally be logged for firewood.
The DR chipper shredder is a great investment for the keen gardener and is the type of product that although it is not cheap it could give you many years service, so definitely a good investment.
Sometimes it’s worth looking out for a decent second-hand chipper or shredder, depending on what your budget is or maybe you want something a little larger or different from what we offer. It’s worth taking a look at eBay as they have many different types of chippers and shredders.