“ Manufacturer: Challenge / Fuel Type: Petrol / Cutting Deck (cm): 40 / Type: Rotary „
My garden is quite large and across the road from my house, so doesn't have a ready power source, so last year we decided to invest in a petrol lawnmower. It was decided to buy a self propelled one as it is hard work mowing my lawn with a push one. At the time this seemed a good buy from Argos and I think it was around £160. One which if not the same looks identical, can be bought from Argos currently for £149.99. I say it may not be the same as on the argos review for mine it says it's been discontinued, then I found it's twin for sale on their website, strange.
This is blue, quite big and heavy although I can move it around if I have to, and I'm not the biggest person in the world. It is quoted as weighing 23.5kg. It has 4 wheels, a 149 cc engine and a small petrol tank. The blades are height adjustable, and it has a 40cm blade. The dimensions of the mower for anyone who needs them for storage are height 120 cm, width 45cm and depth 130 cm, so as you can tell this is quite big, and not the easiest thing to store. It has a filler hole to fill the petrol (handy :) ) and one for oil. It's a 4 stroke so oil filler is separate to the fuel. It has 2 handles on the top, one you hold to make the engine work, and the other is for the self propelled. If you drop them it cuts out. It also has a lever on the side for the choke and self propelled speed, with a nice picture of a tortoise and a rabbit, or more likely it's a hare :) It has a 45 litre grass box, which in real terms is bigger than the one on my last mower, but I don't normally use it.
My Mowing Challenge
My grass, and I use that term loosely, is quite a big section, maybe 30ft by 35ft. The lawn itself is a mixture of grass, dandelions, clover and other weeds, although with a bit more effort by me the grass is taking over. The ground as a result of the weeds and being on a hill is quite bumpy. Having an immaculate lawn isn't something I'm bothered by, I quite like the buttercups and clover flowering on it as it encourages bees, but I do like to keep it short enough that I can walk across, and see anything in it :)
So does this meet the Challenge
Yes it does quite a good job. With my garden being so bumpy and my lawn less then perfect I've been keeping it on the highest setting, but for me this keeps my grass at a reasonable height although I am having to mow it a bit more frequently. The tank currently takes about £3 of petrol to fill it, and this lasts about 3 cuts of my grass. Mine does seem to leak slightly around the filler cap, especially if I'm moving it about to store it. I'm happy with the job it does though it takes me about 10 to 15 min to cut the grass, compared to about 30 to 40 min with my last lawn mower. It's also a lot less effort being self propelled, and I don't end up with sore patches on my hands from pushing like I used to (what can I say I'm a wimp :) ). I can start this myself after some practice with a few quick pulls of the cord, assuming I've remembered to put the choke on :) I do find it heavy to turn sometimes especially around my trees and borders, but no more so then the last petrol mower I had.
In conclusion I'm quite happy with this mower, it suits me, so I'll give it 4 stars, dropping one for the leak.