Product Type: Bosch Lawn Mower
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Putting it together was a bit of a Bosch-up!
Bosch Rotak 34
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Bosch Rotak 34
Advantages: A real joy to use and gives good results!
Disadvantages: A pain putting it together the first time!
When my old, trusty Flymo went off to that eternal lawn in the sky, I needed a replacement and, having heard good things about these Bosch mowers, decided to invest in one of my own! After all, it is rapidly getting to be that time of the year ~ not quite Spring, not yet Summer ~ and with the weather currently promising most days to be nice, myself and my daughter have started spending more and more time in the garden. Which is hard to do when your lawn has begun looking like a jungle!
Of course no one had mentioned to me about having to put these together and this was something I hadn't factored into my equations!
I have to say that this was something of a bitch to get together! The handle was relatively easy, consisting mainly of just slotting one bit into another, but the screw they provide to hold it in place is a little tricky to tighten and, like many people I have since discovered on Amazon, it did give me a little bit of trouble. But it is was with the Grass Box that my patience was really tested! It is all about properly aligning 11 locking tabs correctly and pushing together and I was glad I did this early on in the afternoon because if I had done it in the failing light that I ended up mowing the lawn in , then I think it would've taken me even longer to put this together correctly. I am ashamed to admit that at one point, I even had to ask my wife to lend a hand! Sorry Guys......
Of course, once this is together I was able to see what all the fuss is about. In my opinion, this gives a much closer, cleaner cut than any Hover mower that I have used and is considerably lighter too! I am also impressed at how easy it is to change the height of the blade; it took me a couple of goes to find the height I personally wanted for my lawn so a bit of messing about was involved but, a bit like putting it all together in the first place, once you have found a setting suitable for your preference then it is unlikely that you are going to want to change it again!
I found this to leave nowhere near as much mess as my previous mowerr and though it is a tad noiser, there really isn't much in it to be honest. I do think that this paticular Bosch model is a little flimsy and the fact that it took me a bit longer than I ideally wanted to fix togetherkind of put me off a little, but overall, I must admit that I am largely impressed!
At a price currently of £99 or so on Amazon, it is a reasonable price but my advice would be to put it together early on in the day if you get this as, no matter how confident you think you are at putting it all together, I DO think that anyone would struggle and it really WASN'T just me!
But definetely this is a much better mower than many of the Hover models out there and Bosch have so far, three weeks into me using this, far surpassed my expectations at just how good my lawn is looking right now after using their mower!
Summary: A neat little mower that gives good results every time and leaves little mess!