Product Type: Qualacast Lawn Mower
Newest Review: ... this in conjunction with an extension lead. I suspect that a longer lead would seem excessive for many smaller gardens, however, and could ... more
AS EASI AS SUNDAY MORNING
Qualcast Easi Trak 32
Member Name: lak11
Qualcast Easi Trak 32
Date: 10/04/11, updated on 10/07/12 (152 review reads)
Advantages: East to Manoeuvre, lightweight.
I'm not completely sure where we bought the Easi Trak from as it was a long time ago but I believe it was from B & Q. I don't think this model is sold by that particular store any longer.
Now our lawn isn't immense and over the years has shrunk, as my husband has laid a patio and then has extended this. We also decided to pave an area at the end of the garden so that we could have a flat area for the use of an Easy Set pool. So the lawn area is what would probably be considered on the small side. Never the less it's large enough to require a mower, and it looks decidedly scruffy when it needs a cut. At the moment it looks quite nice as it was mown only yesterday.
Now that spring is here I know that the mower is well and truly out of hibernation and will have to be brought out of its home at the end of the garden every week. Well, I am glad that I can honestly say that the Qualcast Easi Trak 320 has been a reliable mower and a great improvement on our previous model.
Years ago I would quite enjoy pushing an old fashioned non-motorised mower. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I found it somewhat therapeutic but my days of pushing mowers around are now gone. In fact the gardening overall, mainly falls to my husband. He admits now that he prefers to use labour saving devices where possible, thus saving energy for the more manual tasks around the garden. Well, let's face it an hour or two spent in the garden usually gets quite involved and can be hard enough work without the mowing. But I think electric rotary mowers do have a similar effect in the way of being therapeutic as the old fashioned type of classic mower but they are lighter and easier to operate.
Our mower has passed the test of reliability and durability. It has worked hard over the years and seems to still be going strong. I don't find many electrical items have as good a life as this has.
The main advantages of the Qualcast Easy Trak, in my opinion, are :
EASE OF USE
As the mower is light this makes it easy to manoeuvre over our lawn, making the task of mowing a relatively easy task. In fact it is classed as a lightweight mower as it only weighs 7.4kg.
And the four wheels help to allow for easy movement.
Operating this lawnmower is easier than with any other we have owned.
It has adjustable cutting heights which is a good feature although we usually use the shortest setting. However, if wanting to adjust to the other two cutting heights (between 20-60mm) it is easy to alter by simply fixing the axle into a choice of three notches.
The blade is metal, which in my husband's opinion is the best option, after having so much trouble with plastic blades on our previous mower.
The blade rotates with the same action as a helicopter's blades. The blades work well. If the grass is damp then they tend to clog up a little and this can be resolved by removing manually from the blades but ONLY attempt this when the mower is switched off from the electricity supply!
It's easy to switch on as you have to push in the button and lift the handle; then you can mow away without needing to leave your finger on the button. As long as the handle position stays up the mower remains on.
The Easy Trak has a 850w motor which is perfectly adequate for cutting our lawn even if it is badly in need of a cut.
The grass box catches most of the grass as it is cut and makes clearing up easier. Some grass escapes the box so a little raking is needed but this job would take much longer without a grass box.
As we have a full up garage (no room for the car) it is a desirable feature of this mower that the handle folds down meaning it is easier to store. The lead winds easily around the handle.
This mower is easy to carry owing to it being fairly light. The handle is of a good design for ease of transporting.
LENGTH OF CABLE
The cable is 10m (32ft) in length and for us this isn't long enough to reach from a socket inside the house and we have to use an extension cable. A power breaker should always be used.
I have been looking at stockists and prices for this particular mower and have found that prices vary quite a lot. It is available on Amazon and from many gardening and DIY stores. I found the price to be as much as £95 but mostly it seems to sell for around £70.
The grass always looks good when this mower has been used especially when the lowest length of grass setting is used.
Summary: A good mower especially for a small to medium sized lawn.