Product Type: Bosch Lawn Mower
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Making light work of cutting the lawn
Bosch Rotak 320
Member Name: R8IT
Bosch Rotak 320
Advantages: Weight, power, quality of cut
Disadvantages: Cable length being only 10m
It has three different cut heights 2cm, 4 cm and 6cm, altering the heights is not too difficult and is tool free, each wheel is spring loaded into cut out slots on the mower and you literally have to pull the wheel out of the slot and move it up or down to the desired slot height and do this for each wheel. At first I thought this may be a hassle but I tend to always cut the grass at the same height so its not something that needs doing on a regular basis. It seems sturdy enough and the thick plastic looks like it will take the wear and tear.
It has a 1000W of power with the Bosch Power drive motor, which means the harder the work required the harder the motor works, which is great if you've let your grass grow to much as it can cope with the longer grass quite easily even up to the advertised 30cm in length. The main bulk of the mower is made of plastic which helps give its light weight of 7Kg. A carry handle in the middle makes it easy to carry round. The wheels and main body are made of plastic with a foldable metal handle. So this is very easy to push about and carry and if weight is an issue or you suffer from back problems then I imagine this would be a benefit.
You need to slot the two extension poles in place (doesnt come with them attached) and then the handle with the power switch bolts on, the bolts allow you to fold the handle down for storage. The grass box has a 28L volume, which I find is big enough (I have a 6m by 6m section of lawn), if you have a huge lawn you wouldn't be buying a small mower.
The grass box is extremely easy to clip on and off and you can use the mower with or without it. Its easy to empty as the grass box has a handle and it packs the grass in well.
The blade is metal unlike some of the lawnmowers with small plastic blades, and so should last a while. The one issue I have found and my only gripe with this mower is the length of the cable at 10m it's not quite long enough and so I have to use an extension lead.
The cut I find really good and I find it gives better results than the old hover mower I was using, it's easy to push around so not such hard work and it's fairly quiet for a lawnmower. You also dont get all the grass spitting out from under which Hover mowers tend to do. It isn't so easy to get to corners or those tricky places. I do find that I dont need to cover the same area as many times unlike the hover mower I used, but I've yet to find a mower which ticks all the boxes. I picked mine up for £49 and have seen it since priced at around £50-60 it's comparable with the smaller flymo and other branded mowers, you can get similar looking budget mowers although make sure you check the power. It comes with a 2 year parts and labour warranty.
Summary: A light weight but powerful mower ideal for small lawns
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