How to Choose the Best Lawn Mower
Petrol Lawn MowersPros: Great for mowing large areas and tackling rough grass. As they don’t have a power cable they’re great for mowing around large obstacles such as trees or ponds. Cons: Heavy and some are very difficult to manoeuvre. You will need to service your petrol mower to keep it running smoothly.
The AL-KO Highline 42.7 SP-A rotary cut mower has a 42 cm cut, single speed power drive and AL-KO petrol engine. The Highline 42.7 SP-A has replaced the 42BR-A but with a higher specification. It has an ULTRAMOW steel cutter deck which is pressed from a single sheet of steel which improves strength and efficiency.
The Highline 42.7 SP-A 4 wheel lawn mower has a 3-in-1 mowing function so you can choose between collection, rear discharge and mulch. Clippings are collected into the rigid grass box which has a built in fill-level indicator so you know when it needs emptying. Adjusting the cutting heights is easy with an individual wheel. Set the wheel through 7 stages from 25 – 75 mm.
Instead of collecting the grass clippings choose between discharging them to the rear of the mower and mulching them into very tiny pieces. Mulching is a good way to recycle the grass and feed the lawn as the tiny grass pieces are rich in nutrients and as they wilt they will release these back into the soil.
Ergonomic handlebars maximise comfort and have a full width safety bar.
65 litre EasyClick rigid grass box designed for optimum airflow improving the filling performance. Level indicator to alert you when the collector is full and guide rail so it can be removed and reattached easily.
Highline lawnmowers can be stood vertically for cleaning the deck or space saving storage.
3INONE Function: Mow, collect and mulch
XL wheels with ball bearings for easy handling.
Model: Highline 42.7 SP-A
Type: 4 wheel
Blade Type: Rotary
Cutting Width: 42cm / 16 inch
Engine: AL-KO Pro 125
Drive: Yes, single speed
Cutting Deck: UltraMow steel
Engine Oil: 4 stroke (0.6l bottle included)
Cutting Height Adjustment: Individual wheel
Cutting Heights: 7 stages from 25 – 75 mm
Grass Box Capacity: 65l
Grass Box Type: Rigid with fill indicator
Wheel Size: 180 / 205 mm, ball bearings
Weight: Approx 26kg
Warranty: Manufacturer’s 5 year for domestic use only
Electric Lawn MowersPros: Corded electric rotary lawn mowers are often the cheapest option. Battery-powered cordless machines are currently much more expensive. Both types of mower are great choices for a family lawn as they can tackle patches of long grass and as most collect grass clippings you don’t have to worry about mowing too often. Cons: Cordless electric mowers are still very expensive. The cable from corded models tends to get tangled up in borders and you may need an extension cable, too.
The Wolf Garten E40E 40cm Expert Electric Lawnmower is powered by a quiet 1600w, 230v motor. As well as offering many more features than the standard electric mower, Wolf Garten machines also come with a 5 year guarantee. Electric lawn mowers offer low-maintenance and are environmentally-friendly compared to petrol mowers.
The Wolf Garten Expert range comes with the patented Triplex System®. This effective airflow system guarantees optimum grass collection whether the grass is wet, dry or long. The E40E has a wide 40mm cutting width, the cutting heights are adjusted by a simple lever and range from 25 to 80 mm.
Wolf Garten’s advanced CCM-system offers 3 in 1 mowing functions. The E40E gives you the option to cut and discharge, collect or mulching the grass clippings. Wolf Garten’s advanced CCM-system offers a choice of cutting, collecting or mulching the grass clippings. The collection bag is a spacious 55 litre and has a grass level indicator. The mulching option produces fine deposits of free nutrient-rich fertiliser for your lawn.
To remove the frustration of tangled electrical wires the E40E has the addition of Wolf Garten’s Flick-Flack® cable-guide. To reduce the need for extension leads the E40E has a 20 metre cable, which should comfortably reach to the end of your garden.
The Wolf Garten E40E is fitted with quality ball-bearing wheels for a smoother mowing experience and soft-grip folding handle. The E40E is simple to transport and easy to store.
Perfect for large gardens, the E40E is a lot of mower for a very attractive price.
- Motor: 1600W, 230V synchronous induction
- Propulsion: Hand push, rotary
- Chassis: Plastic
- Cutting width: 40cm
- Cutting Height: 25mm-80mm, Central, 5 positions
- Collection: 55L collapsible fabric grass bag with full bag indicator
- “3-in-1” cut, collecting wet or dry, mulch function
- Anti-kink cable protection
- Ball bearing wheels
- Height adjustable handlebar
- Flick-Flack® cable
- 20m cable supplied
- Weight: 25kg
- Warranty: 5 year manufacturer’s
The Stiga SLM 3648 AE 48v Cordless Lawnmower uses the Stiga 48v, 5Ah lithium-lon battery, which are interchangeable with all the Stiga 48v cordless tool range. This lightweight cordless mower offers practical cable-free mowing, plus it’s environmentally-friendly due to its fume-free battery power.
Able to mow up to 200m2 on a single charge, the The Stiga SLM 3648 AE comes with a cutting width of 34cm. The cuttings heights have 6 settings which range from 25-75mm and are easy to change with a single lever adjustment.
The Stiga SLM 3648 AE is built with their 3 in 1 grass cutting technology, which function’s allow you to either collect grass cuttings into the grass box or return cuttings back to the lawn. The grass box has a 35L capacity and a handy window so you can monitor the grass levels. The mulching function discharges the cuttings via the rear of the mower. The grass clippings are cuts it into very tiny pieces which are distributed back onto the lawn, this method adds to the health of the lawn by adding nutrients and deterring moss.
The The Stiga SLM 3648 AE is designed with a lightweight polypropylene chassis. The larger rear wheels make the mower easier to manoeuver across uneven ground. The handles are soft-grip for comfort and fold for storage.
Comes complete with the Stiga SBT 5048AE 5.0Ah battery, Stiga SCG48AE battery charger and mulch plug.
- Type: 4 wheel rotary cordless, hand-propelled
- Motor: 500w DigiTorq Brushless
- Battery Required: 48v Lithium-Ion
- Battery charging time: 2 hours
- Starter: Push Button
- Chassis: Polypropylene
- Cutting Width: 34cm
- Cutting Heights: 6 from 25-75mm
- Cutting Height Adjustment: Single Lever
- Grass Collection: 35 litres, rigid plastic with window
- 3-in-1 Collection and mulching
- Wheels Size: Front 140mm, Rear 170mm grooved
- Handles: Folding and Soft Grip
- Weight: 12kg
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
Robot lawn mowersIf the thought of cutting the grass makes you want to sink further into the sofa then you could consider a robot lawn mower that does the work for you. These devices are good alternatives to ride-on mowers, since some can cover up to 5,000sq.m, as well as anyone who wants to keep their lawn neat with minimal effort. They will also be a boon to anyone who struggles with pushing around a heavy mower. Once you’ve set the mower up, which requires you to set boundaries, so it doesn’t barrel through your hydrangeas, and programme it, so it will mow your lawn at scheduled times. You’ll also require you to set up a perimeter wire, so the machine can detect the edges and size of your lawn. Some models also have smart features, which means you can control and set up the device from an app on your smartphone or tablet. Robot mowers have a charging dock that sits outside your home and the mower will automatically return to it when its batteries are almost flat, or when it has finished cutting the grass. Pros: completely autonomous once you’ve set it up, no need to empty the grass, automatic charging and scheduled mowing Cons: can be very expensive, fitting the perimeter wire can be fiddly
Designed for lawns up to 500m2 the Robomow RC304u robotic lawn mower can be programmed to start and stop mowing when you like with the automatic smart scheduling. The RC304u uses a reversible tri-blade which mulches the grass into tiny pieces virtually disappearing into the lawn for a lovely cut and finish. The Robomow RC304u is powered by a 26v 2.4Ah lithium battery which is automatically charged when the lawnmower returns to the base station.Attached to the base station the Robomow RC304u automatic lawn mower leaves it’s base station at the appointed time and returns there at the end of the run to re-charge ready for the next cutting cycle. The RC304u is equipped with a rain sensor so the mower will stop cutting in wet conditions and returns directly to the base. The tilt sensor stops the blades rotating if the lawnmower tilts too far over or is picked up. The anti-theft protection, disabling system and an alarm system are standard for extra peace of mind. The Robomow RC304u can even drive itself to the next mowing area even if this means crossing a path or terrace. The RoboMow RC304u automatic lawn mower comes complete with 150 metres of perimeter wire and 200 pegs.
Maximum lawn size under ideal mowing conditions: 1000 square metres
Specifications Model : RC304u Recommended Mowing Area : Up to 500 square metres Mowing Width : 28cm Blades : 1 tri-blade Blade Replacement : Snap Fit Average Time on Lawn : 45 – 50 minutes Mowing Heights : 15 – 60mm Base Station : Yes Slopes : Yes, up to 20 degrees (36%) Manual Mowing Option : Yes (with optional remote control) Multi-Zones : 3 sub zones, 2 separated zones Rain Sensor : Yes Noise Level : 64db(A) in ECO mode Anti-Theft : Pin code and Alarm Blue Tooth Connectivity Lift and Tilt Sensor : Blade will automatically stop if the Robomow is lifted or tilted over Battery Charging Time : 45 – 70 minutes Weight : Approx 11.1kg (incl batteries) Dimensions : 63 x 46 x 21 cm Average Working Time : 45 – 50 minutes depending on grass conditions Extension Cable : 15m Complete with Base Station, Perimeter switch, Perimeter Wire (150M) and 200 pegs
Warranty : Manufacturer’s 2 year
Go for a Ride if You Have a Huge LawnRiding mowers are made for lawns that are just beyond the scope of anyone wanting to push a walk-behind mower. If it takes you more than two hours to mow your lawn it might be time to upgrade. Riding mowers have a rear-mounted motor and only provide the basics in comfort. They’re built for mowing smaller lawns and finishing the job quickly. These are priced from $600-$1000. Lawn tractors are a big step up and offer more powerful engines and wider cutting decks. Some offer power takeoff (PTO) capabilities which allow you to hook up attachments such as spreaders, aerators, or snow throwers to your lawn tractor. Advanced features to look for include four-wheel steering, headlights, high-back seats, 12 volt outlets, and cruise control. These can start at $1,500 and run upwards of $4,000 or more.
Ride On Lawn Mowers
The Stiga Combi 1066H is a rear-wheeled drive ride-on mower with hydrostatic (automatic) transmission. Powered by a Stiga 224cc petrol engine, the 1066H is an ideal entry-level ride-on mower and suited for use on garden areas up to 0.75 acres. The hydrostatic transmission makes operating the ride-on similar to an automatic car and rugged tyres grip to lawn surfaces even when dewy or wet.
With a compact cutting width of 66cm (26″) and a 155cm turning circle, the Stiga Combi 1066H will manoeuvre speedily around your garden, leaving a desirably even finish. The 6 cutting heights can be adjusted by single lever and height options range from 30mm to 80mm. The 1066H offers collecting and mulching options. For collection, the cuttings are gathered into a 150 litre hard top fabric collector. For mulching, the kit is inserted directly into the rear discharge chute and from there you can continue mowing. The grass cuttings will be mulched into fine pieces and returned to the lawn where they’re absorbed for extra moisture and nutrients.
Please Note: A side discharge option is not available for this model.
- Starter: Electric Key
- Engine : Stiga, 224cc, 5750 single cylinder
- Net Power Output: 3.6kW @ 2450RPM
- Transmission: Hydrostatic and Reverse
- Drive: Rear Wheel
- Blade Engagement: Manual
- Cutting Width: 66cm – 26 inches
- Cutting Heights: 30mm to 80mm (6 positions)
- Grass Collector Full Buzzer: No
- Grass Collector Size: 150 Litres
- Mulching Kit: Included
- Side Discharge: No
- Wheels: Front 13” Rear 15”
- Head Lights: No
- Safety Features: Seat with safety contact Breaker
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 3.8 litre
- Battery Charger: Yes
- Turning Circle : 155cm
- Overall Length : 183cm
- Overall Width : 73cm
- Weight: 130kg
- Lawn Size: Up to 0.75acre
- Warranty : 2 Years
Compact ride on lawn mowers or lawn riders are good machines if you have a large area to mow but there is restricted access on to it.
The Solo by AL-KO R7-62.5 ride on mower has a powerful Briggs and Stratton 950E 223cc OHV engine. With a cutting width of 62cm (24.5”) the Solo R7-62.5 is ideal for medium to large gardens and the offset cutting deck allows the user to cut nearer to walls and edges.
The Alko R7-62.5 has a 2INONE mowing function with the option to either collect or rear discharge the grass cuttings. The 130 litre grass collection box is emptied from the driving seat using a telescopic lever. In longer grass and areas where a fine finish is not required a rear discharge function lets the cuttings fall neatly behind the mower where they wilt back naturally.
The Briggs and Stratton 950E Series™ engine is powerful with an electric key start fitted. The engine uses Over Head Valve technology helping the machine to run cooler & cleaner, whilst delivering improved power, performance and fuel economy.
The manual transmission has 4 forward and 1 reverse gear and is as easy to operate as a car gearbox. Should you need to access the engine the driver’s seat folds up for easy access.
SpecificationsModel : R7-62.5
Type : Compact rear collection
Engine : Briggs and Stratton 950E OHV
Starter : Electric start
Engine Capacity : 223cc
Transmission : 4 forward & 1 reverse
Cutting Width : 62cm
Function : 2in1
Collector Capacity : 130l
Weight : 120kg
Manufacturer’s 5 year domestic warranty
Lawn riders or compact ride-on mowers are suited to properties with narrow access or lawns where mowing with a regular walk behind lawnmower has become impractical.
The McCulloch M105-77XC has a narrow 30 inch cutting width with an overall width of 37.4”. The manual transmission has a simple drive lever system with shift on the go so the speed can be controlled easily with the 3 forward and 1 reverse gear. Equipped with a Briggs and Stratton petrol engine, it is started with a key and has a single cylinder producing 344cc of power.
A grass box and mulching kit are included as standard so you can change between collecting or mulching as you mow. The 2 bag collector has a 150 litre capacity and if the mulching kit is fitted then collection isn’t necessary as the cuttings are cut then re-cut several times into small pieces which are blown back onto the ground ready for re-cycling into the lawn. The pieces are so small they virtually disappear on the lawn and give additional moisture & nutrients to the grass roots.
The cutting height lever is easily accessed from the driving seat and can be adjusted through 4 positions from 38 – 102mm.
Ergo vented seat with adjustable back height
Ergonomic, comfort steering wheel
Wide rear tyres for improved traction
Fuel level window
Engine: Briggs & Stratton 3105
Net power: 6.2 kW @ 2800 rpm
Cylinder displacement: 344 cm³
Starter: Electric key start
Battery: 12 V 6 Ah
Fuel tank volume: 5.7 lit
Transmission type: Manual
Drive method: Lever-operated
Cutting width: 77 cm / 30 inch
Uncut circle: 164 cm / 64.6 inch
Cutting methods: Collect/Mulch
Collector Capacity: 150 litres
Mulching Kit: Included
Cutting height, min-max 38 – 102 mm / 1.5 – 4 inch
Cutting height adjustments: 4
Blade engagement: Manual
Manufacturer’s Conditional Warranty: 1 year machine, 2 years engine
Lawn and Garden Tractors
With outstanding European design and build quality the AL-KO Solo range offers a superb driving and comfort experience with features normally associated with premium brand cars. The Solo range has models with cutting widths from 95cm – 125cm and both single & twin cylinder Briggs and Stratton petrol engines. The AL-KO Solo T16-95.6 HD garden tractor has hydrostatic (automatic) transmission with a twin cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine and 95cm cutting width. Extra features include the wide tyres, cruise control, sports style steering wheel, adjustable seat and external tank filler. The 3 in 1 functions of the T16-95.6 HD include rear collection, rear discharge and mulching. The grass box can be emptied by simply pulling the lever. Mulching is achieved by inserting the mulch plug into the discharge channel.Features: External petrol tank refuelling. Fill up like a car, no need to open the bonnet. Parking brake located under the steering wheel for convenient access. Wide tyres for optimum traction High capacity Grass collector. The 310 litre collector can either be emptied from the driving seat with the rear lever or if you have the optional electric tip pack fitted with just a push of the button. Sports type steering wheel Headlights Comfortable and adjustable driving seat Steel frame and cast axle for strength and durability Specifications: Type : 3 in 1 Model : Powerline T16-95.6 HD Engine : Briggs & Stratton Intek Series 7160 Cylinders : Twin Engine Displacememt : 656cc (horsepower no longer quoted) Power : 10.5kW / 2,900 rpm Fuel Tank Capacity : 8 litres Transmission : Foot hydrostatic Blade Engagement : Electromagnetic Number of Blades : 2 Cutting Heights : 30 – 90mm Cutting Height Adjustment :Central, 7 stages Cutting Width : 95cm Collector Volume : 310 litres Tip Mechanism : Telescopic lever as standard Electric Tip : Optional Extra Mulch Kit : Included Tyre Size : 15 inch / 20 inch Headlights : Yes Cast Axle : Yes Cruise Control : Yes Length (with collector) : 251cm Length (without collector) : 210cm Height : 117cm Width : 100cm Weight : 238kg Towing Hitch : Optional Extra
Manufacturer’s 5 year domestic warranty
What features do I need?Lawn mowers can come with a number of features. We explain what each one does below. At the very least, look out for metal blades, which will be able to cut cleanly through grass. A large grass box can be really useful if you don’t mow that often, while a roller will give a traditional striped finish to your lawn. Grass collector A grass collector is a cloth bag or plastic box that holds the grass clippings created by your mower. A big grass collector saves numerous trips to the compost heap. A window in the top, or an indicator to tell you when it’s full, is also useful, but a lot of them don’t work particularly well. With hand-push mowers, the grass collector is open and relies on the rotating blades to throw clippings into it. We’ve found that a lot of these types of grass collectors don’t work very well at all. Lawn mower cutting height This is simply the height above the ground that the lawn mower will cut the grass. A lawn mower with a wide cutting range (eg from 12-70mm) is useful if you have to cut more than one lawn of different qualities, or different heights at different times of the year. If you want to cut a fine ornamental (bowling green) lawn, look for a minimum cut of around 13mm. A single height adjuster is easier than adjusting each wheel in turn. With the cheapest lawn mowers, you have to remove and replace each wheel, or in the case of hover mowers, remove the blade and add or remove spacers, which is fine if you rarely change the cutting height. Long switch Many mowers have a single operating switch on the right-hand side of the handle that needs to be held down for the mower to be used. A long switch is a bar that runs the width of the handle, allowing you to use both hands to switch mower on, to save wrist strain. It’s better for left-handers, too. A double-switch, on both sides of the handle, is also a good option. Mulching mowers Mulching mowers recut the lawn clippings into tiny pieces and blow them back on to the lawn, where they break down and feed the grass. Some have a metal or plastic plate that blocks off the outlet to the grass collector, while others have a knob that converts quickly from collect to mulch.
What size lawn mower do I need?Choosing the right size lawn mower for the size of your lawn makes all the difference in terms of being easy to use. Too large a mower on a small lawn and you’ll struggle to manoeuvre it in tight corners, while too small a lawn mower on a large lawn and you’ll find it takes much longer to cut all the grass. Lawn mower size is measured in blade width. Basically the larger the blade, the larger the machine and the more grass it will cut on each pass. Small lawn – under 50 sqm – look for a 30-34cm cutting width Medium lawn – over 50 sqm but under 150sqm – look for a 35-40cm cutting width Large lawn – over 150sqm – look for a cutting width over 40cm
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