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Spec me a lawnmower!

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by CSMonkeh, 22 May 2021.

  1. CSMonkeh

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 May 2009

    Posts: 972

    Location: Newbury, Berks

    Hi all

    We have a small lawn at the front of the house, so a petrol one isn’t worth it
    We did have a battery flymo last year but going to use it post-winter it was dead.

    So we’re looking at corded electric ones again
    Looking at Bosch ones but open to recommendations
    Budget of around £80

    Thanks!
     
  2. cyber69

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 16 Sep 2009

    Posts: 1,991

    Location: Loogabarooga

    I’ve had a Bosch rotak one for a few years now and been reliable, even more so than the petrol honda mower I had.
     
  3. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Nov 2010

    Posts: 21,747

    Yep, Bosch Rotak here too, it’s been solid for about 7 years so far. Just replaced the (very chipped) blade recently, it was easy to source and fit.
     
  4. watercooledman

    Perma Banned

    Joined: 12 Jan 2021

    Posts: 1,731

    Be a man and get a Mountfield
     
  5. moon man

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

    Posts: 3,832

    Location: St Breward Cornwall

    It's not that I didn't read, just that my cordless 40 volt spear and jackson (whoops put qualcast first) is one of my best ever purchases, of anything really, weight of a toy but really does the job, must be 5yrs old.
    Was around £180 iirc

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  6. BUDFORCE

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 May 2012

    Posts: 3,902

    Just buy a new battery for the one you have?
     
  7. Cadder

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Nov 2020

    Posts: 1,175

    A replacement battery for your flymo as budforce says.

    If that's not an option our cordless Bosch Rotak is great. Ours is fairly old now but not showing signs of giving up.
     
  8. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Nov 2010

    Posts: 21,747

    I don't understand why people want to go cordless for lawn mowers, It's not a tool that is worth being cordless IMO. Corded really doesn't hinder you at all, so you have to spend 2 minutes with an extension lead? With a battery one you still have to make sure you keep it charged and replace it when it inevitably degrades, which is pretty wasteful, assuming you still can get a replacement battery.
     
  9. Duke

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Jun 2003

    Posts: 33,925

    Location: Wiltshire

    Had no issues with my Qualcast which is over 6 years old now. I don't see why you'd want to be messing around with a cable still, you can just mow any direction and not worry you're about to run over the cable. Whenever it does expire I'll replace it with a Ryobi which uses the same batteries I have already for their other tools :)
     
  10. Cadder

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Nov 2020

    Posts: 1,175

    7 years on our Bosch Rotak and it does our garden within one charge. No cables to contend with. Don't need to waste 2 minutes with an extension lead either :p
     
  11. sovietspybob

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 May 2008

    Posts: 3,172

    Location: North Wales

    I couldn't disagree more! I went from a corded flymo to a petrol mower about 6 years ago when we moved house and jesus it was night and day. I guess you don't notice how *$&%* annoying a cable is until you don't have to deal with one, no matter the size of my lawn i could never go to a corded one again, it'd be like going back to a Nokia 3210 or walking to the next town instead of taking the car.
     
  12. moon man

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

    Posts: 3,832

    Location: St Breward Cornwall

    For me it wouldn't be practical to use a cord I have a private road to go across then 180 ft ish in the bottom garden, the cordless is so light and easy and. Quiet
     
  13. Bug One

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 11,096

    Location: Sandwich, Kent

    Depends on the layout of your garden.

    I've got a Parkside 20v lawnmower for doing the my front garden and around the edges at the back. It's absolutely fantastic - I've even picked up a spare incase it ever goes wrong. Helps that I've got a number of Parkside tools, and numerous compatible batteries for it.

    Using a corded would be an absolute nightmare.

    Agreed a new battery sounds like the most logical thing here. Getting a higher capacity helps with longevity as well.
     
  14. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

    Posts: 23,230

    Location: Llaneirwg

    I have a petrol. But if I was buying now I'd get a robot I think.

    But garden might be too big
     
  15. Mr.Cookie

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

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    Location: HR 7047

    I've got a qualcast petrol after initially purchasing a cordless one but first one battery wouldn't charge after first use and the second was dead straight away. This was six years ago and I am eyeing up a makita one as I'm tied into their LXT range.
    Regards corded ones it's night and day difference especially if you have poor access front to rear or a large area.
     
  16. Bug One

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Sandwich, Kent

    Battery tech has moved on quite a way in that time.
    I like the idea of a robot one - but none of the ones I've seen pickup. Cut wise, it must be pretty awful.
     
  17. sovietspybob

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 May 2008

    Posts: 3,172

    Location: North Wales

    Yeah non of them will collect, it's in the design as they cut every day so the clippings are so small they just fall through and compost down to feed the grass. The cut they give is superb. No matter how frequently i cut my lawn with my push along petrol it never looked nearly as good as now with the robot doing it.
     
  18. batfink

    Gangster

    Joined: 6 Jan 2006

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    Have you got a perfectly square garden without any objects to get in the way? I'm sick of fighting with the cord on my 10 year old Bosch - it catches on EVERYTHING. Raised oval patio 'edges', twisted around ornamental troughs in the middle of the garden, branches from bushes, twists around small trees. Before I turned my front lawn into the driveway and a large flowerbed....front and rear lawns also meant faffing about moving the cable past the fence. The amount of time lost is way more than the 2 minutes to get the extension lead out.

    My garden isn't huge but when I next buy a lawnmower it will definitely be cordless.
     
  19. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Location: Llaneirwg

    Not sure. I know what I you mean. I'd guess if it's cutting every day its no issue.
     
  20. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

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    Location: Llaneirwg

    Agreed. I'd never ever have a corded mower.
    It would drive me mad. Going round trees. Having to unplug and plug in. Worry about cutting the cord or tripping.
    I have a petrol but I'd get a robot too.


    Back when I lived at my parents (before battery tech was any good) had a corded hedge trimmer. What a pain. Always the risk of slicing the cord. Having to move extension leads.