Product Type: Bosch Lawn Mower
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Lightweight sturdy little mower that comes with a grass box!
Bosch Rotak 34
Member Name: ianjgough
Bosch Rotak 34
Date: 14/07/12, updated on 14/07/12 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight, good price, well built, adjustable heights
Disadvantages: No grass box full indicator
This is the first Lawn Mower i've ever brought and before deciding which one to buy i read through a lot of reviews on Amazon and this was rated very highly and still is so i was confident it would be a good purchase and i've not been disappointed.
Brought for £83.74 in march last year with free delivery (As i took advantage of the Amazon prime free delivery 30 day trial they had running). This mower is now on sale for £116.99 with a staggering 4.6/5 stars from 429 reviews, it was delivered the next day via courier and came well boxed leaving me to feel like a child in a candy store! Anyway here is my review i hope it helps.
--> Assembly <--
The mower came in several parts but with easy to follow instructions, taking around 15 minutes to fully assemble with the hardest part being building the grass box.
--> Build Quality <--
Overall very good as you'd expect from Bosch, the majority of the mower is made from hard plastic with a steel (metal) blade and handle. The only complaint i have is the black plastic cable stays that secure the cable to the handle they only push in and as such often fall out. (I think it would be better with a screw in cable stay).
--> Features <--
Rear roller - for the posh stripes though i think this is just a selling feature as it's not really heavy enough
Grass combs - for cutting (Close) to the edge which work pretty well but are not perfect and you will need to tidy up after cutting against solid objects like a fence or wall with shears.
Built in sturdy carry handle making it ideal for moving about or putting in the car
--> Specifications <--
1400 watt motor
Cutting width 34cm
Cutting heights 10 (20-70 mm)
40 Litre grass box capacity
12 meter orange cable
10.5 kg in weight so very light and easy to carry around
--> Cutting heights <--
This mower has 10 different cutting heights which is great but probably too many for such a cheap mower.
It can take a while to get used to changing the height but to be fair mine i usually leave mine on number 4 for the summer and 7 late summer leading into winter.
To adjust the height you push down on the red leaver and push away from yourself slightly and either forward or back depending on the height you require.
--> Grass box <--
There is no grass box full indicator so when the mower starts getting heavier to push, stop and check otherwise you risk the mower over heating and cutting out (Thermal cut out) which your have to wait a short time before you can use it again.
--> Starting <--
I can't comment on the "Ergoflex-System" handle as mine uses the Standard handle but the newer ones have the "Ergoflex-System" handle and to start the mower you have to push the switch in then pull back the handle. (Opposite to a electric drill). I think this is a good safety feature as the second you let go the mower cuts out.
--> Cleaning <--
Unplug from the mains, remove the grass box get a old hand brush and go all over the underside of the mower and around where the grass box attaches lifting the hatch and getting in and around there also.
Due to the design of this mower there are lots of nooks and crannies where grass can get stuck and without a blower or paint brush are hard to get grass out.
--> Putting away/getting out <--
To put away first i wind up the cable and then secure it with the "Freezer style ties" that came with it,unscrew the 2 red hand screws on the handle so it folds down flat and grab it by the handle and place back in the shed
I think this is a pretty good sturdy mower which if looked after and regulary cleaned should last a fairly long time.
Summary: Lightweight sturdy little mower that comes with a grass box!
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