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We purchased our mountfield lawnmower from B&Q for around £350 after moving from having no garden to a large garden. I thought that this was a good make and expected it to last us quite a few years. We have now replaced it after three years and regret having bought it after a disappointing experience. From the beginning it has always been difficult to start, sometimes taking quite a few minutes of pulling the cord. On occasions this has flooded the engine so it has to be left before you can try and start it again. This is extremely frustrating and not easy for a smaller or weaker person. It does a reasonable job of actually cutting the grass as it has a wide cutting blade. It is self propelling model which I would recommend if you have a reasonable area to cut as it makes it much less arduous. Our grass is not good quality and the ground it quite bumpy so it is only ever cut on the longest setting so I can't speak for how well it would do cutting a short fine lawn. Our model is a mulching version which is useful as you don't have to keep emptying the grass box. It is supposed to cut the grass into tiny bits and blow it back into the lawn. However I would not go for this feature again as we have found that the grass gets stuck to the wheels and falls off so you are left with lines of cut grass on the lawn which then browns and clogs up the lawn. The biggest problem has been a recurring issue with the lawnmower working for about 30 minutes then cutting out. It then needs to be left until it has cooled down before it can be used again. It has always been serviced, had the oil changed and the oil and petrol removed for winter storage as suggested. The lawnmower was taken to our local service centre who attempted to fix it but the problem later reoccurred. When we asked if it was worth fixing again they very honestly said that we were better off buying a new one (and suggested a model they did not even sell so they were not just trying to get money out of us). They told us that mountfield mowers has cheap Chinese engines and we were better off going for a Honda that have much better quality engines. All in all this was a disappointing purchase as I would have expected better from an expensive machine.
We bought our Mountfield Petrol mower from B&Q last year. We bought it at the end of the season so got a really good deal on their ex display M6 model. We paid £189 and it retailed at £250 so a pretty good discount we thought. The Mountfield M6 certainly looks the business and quite stylish in red and black. It has a great motor in from a great company and I think all the mountfield mowers have the same make of engine inside. This mower has 2 cutting lengths although I personally dont think the lowest setting is low enough. I always have to go out and cut the grass within a week. If you're like me and pretty lazy with your garden you will probably be worth looking for something with a closer cut. The Mountfield M6 is simple to use and putting petrol in is simple just dont forget it must be mixed 1st. This is the same as all petrol engined mowers though. I have a medium sized lawn front and back and if I fill the tank it lasts the whole lawns and a bit of the next cut. Because of this its quite economical. The blades on the mower are pretty good quality but do need sharpening every month or so. This is easy to do and shouldn't take longer than a few minutes. This mower is pretty easy to start with a sharp tug but the front part can be a little low and digs into the ground. This will become more of an issue if you have an uneven lawn. I have a few patches of lawn that have been scalped by the front of the mower. I probably wouldn't buy this mower again due to the problams illustrated above.
If you have read my review of the Hayter Hunter mower you will know I have a big garden. To keep the extensive grass area tidy I have three mowers. I have a Westwood sit and ride tractor which I will review at a later date, my Hayter and my recent purchase a Mountfield M6 power driven electric start mower. I saw the Mountfield in a local power mower shop. It had been reduced from £900 to £560 and given the specification of the mower this seemed a bargain. It has a useful 21 inch cut and uses a powerful Briggs and Stratton OHV engine. The mower can be started using the key start electric ignition but the first thing I learned was that from cold you always need the cable start. It seems the battery is just not capable of holding enough power to get the engine motoring. Starting then is 3 quick presses on the bulb to shoot fuel in and pull the cord, and then pull the cord again , and again, and again. Eventually it will start and with an inevitability matched by Posh Spice having her picture in the tabloids, it will stop. This motor takes an eternity to get warm. It is no exaggeration to say every time this summer I have gone to use the mower it has taken 6 starts at least and a long warming up time with the engine ticking over before you can let the clutch out and engage the cutters on the grass. Once going the 3 speed drive operates at funeral walking pace, reasonable pace and the type of brisk walking pace loved by politicians when avoiding awkward questions about their love scandal. It uses unleaded fuel so there are no additives or difficulties getting fuel for it. The cut from the blades can be adjusted from 19mm (a la average Premier League footballer hair length) to a not too short 60mm (average Italian footballer hair length). The grass collector box can be filled to a useful 60 litres which is a lot of grass and about equivalent to the boot storage space of the old Mini from when it was a BRITISH icon. Whilst the engine starting is a little of a disadvantage the M6 makes up for this by being a very neat cutter. Of course with nice new sharp blades it should cut well but it does seem to have helped my grass look better this year than it did last. Of course once the engine is warm the engine will restart using the key and this is useful for working quickly. The biggest drawback I have found is the weight of the blessed thing. At 57kgs this means it is about 9st and for manouvering this is a heavy weight to turn and to use in short run areas. Of course using the drive helps but excessive use of the drive threatens the trees, plants, shrubs and pets if you forget to release it. Another negative point is that to utilise drive and have the blades operating you have to hold three handles together. This is not particularly comfortable to do. All things considered it is a very good lawnmower and particularly good for the larger garden. With the weight of it though and its ability to cut whilst walking at a pretty brisk pace it has the added benefit of being like an exercise system building strength in your legs, arms and body. I will be careful how I say this but some weaker people might have some difficulty manouvering it about.