“ Brand: Qualacast „
This mower is quiet as claimed. The one major problem I have found is that it can only cope with the lawn when it is still quite short. Once the grass gets longer it has a total lack of power and can't cope. I have found on numerous occassions that the blades simply will not turn when the going gets heavier and found myself having to cut the lawn twice at different height settings. If you are say retired and have the time to cut the lawn at regular intervals then this mower is for you as it stripes the lawn nicely and is light in weight. However, if you don't have the time to choose when you cut your lawn and it gets slightly longer than you would like then this mower will have you tearing your hair out as it simply hasn't got what it takes. My adivce would be go for something with a more powerful motor and put up with the extra noise.
I was bought this lawnmower for a present a couple of years ago. Firstly it is very easy to put together and feels solidly made. One of the reasons for choosing this mower is that it has an induction motor, which is heavier duty than cheaper alternatives - the fact that there are no brushes to wear out is a major attraction. The height adjustment is possibly the most simple to use of any mower that I have ever used - an easy to reach lever raises / lowers the mower to one of seven heights, rating from the test match strip at Lords to lush country meadow! The rear roller really works and adds stripes to your well manicured lawn. As is often the case with these products, the cable is way to short - our lawn is 10m x 10m with a point near to the edge, but I still need an extension cable. NOTE: I would also ALWAYS recommend the use of a circuit breaker when using this or any other electrical product outside. This should be connected at the wall socket, not at the junction of the extension cable / mower lead. Having said that the mower does have a fast cut-out and safety switch to prevent accidental starting. Clean-up is also easy (again always play safe and unplug first) and they supply a tool to help scrape grass clipping from the underside of the product. The grass box is a decent size and the turbo fan does a good job of filling it. However, I do have some reservations. Unfortunately Trevor, our house has a garden of two halves! The front is well drained and with a fine quality turf. The mower copes well with this and produces an excellent result. Our back lawn however, suffers from drainage problems. The grass is more coarse and frequently damp. Whilst the mower cuts through it without a problem, the grass collection chute frequently gets blocked (perhaps with the grass box only 25% full). This means that I spend a high proportion of time empty
ing the grass box as otherwise those annoying clumps of cut grass are left on the lawn. I estimate that this increases my mowing time by about 2 or 3 times! I have since bought a petrol mower which does not suffer from this problem (the Cobra is up for sale). So in conclusion if you have a normal lawn of average size (ours is 10m x 10m and it is adequate for this / even a little more), which is well drained, then I highly recommend this product. If however, your lawn is less well drained / you don't cut it very often / or you live in Manchester, then buy something else!
It's nearly time to get the mower out again, unfortunately, and back to the weekly, or sometimes twice weekly, chore. I like my grass to look nice and also like those naff stripes in the front garden. I find that my present mower does this easily and also quietly. Doesn't the noise of everyone mowing on a sunny Sunday afternoon drive you up the wall? The mower I use is a Qualcast Cobra 32. I have the electric model and I'm very pleased with it so far. It has a rotary cutting blade which is suitable for most types of grass. The Cobra has a roller at the back and it is this that gives me the stripes. As I have already mentioned it is nice and quiet and claims to have significantly lower noise levels than any other mower in its class. I have to agree with this. I don't, therefore, upset my neighbours too much when I'm fussing over my lawn. The Cobra has a central height of cut adjustment which is easy to operate. There are seven different pre set settings. Simply push down a lever and the mower lowers or heightens to the setting required. The height settings range between 18 and 65 mm, which is more than adequate for my needs. There is a detachable grass box. A turbo fan blasts the clippings into the rear mounted box. It is advertised as having a 35 litre capacity. I do find though that I have to empty this quite a few times, it probably doesn't hold enough for my size garden. The electric cable is 40 feet long (12m), so personally I also need an extension cable to reach all of my lawn. The engine size is 1000W. The safety features include a lock-off switch to prevent accidental starting and a blade brake which supposedly stops the blade in under three seconds. The Cobra 32 comes with a five year parts guarantee which shows the manufacturers confidence in the machine. My mower has gone back once under this gaurantee and I must say they were a bit slow
in doing the repair. I had to chase them to get the job completed. All in all though I am quite happy with this model and would be happy to recommend it to others who do not have a very big garden. I would say that it is only suitable for up to a medium sized lawn because of: (1) The size of the grass box and (2) The length of the cable Otherwise it's a good quality, quiet mower that will give you stripes (if wanted).
An easy - to - use electric rotary mower