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Now winter is here I'll do a lawn mower review, very handy lol.
In my household we've always struggled with 2 things, one is lawn mowers and the other is hoovers, neither of them like us and never last long.
This year our lawn mower packed up followed by the second hand replacement blowing up so this time we went for a manual push along mower. I wasn't really sure at first if we had done the right thing buying it at first but did think well it will save on a small amount of electric.
The grass had grown fairly long by the time we brought this, not knee length quite but was past the ankles. The first time we used it was fairly hard work due to the length but it managed it. As soon as you start pushing the rotor blades spin round making a slight whirring metallic noise. The mower thought it was a breeze it was just my back and hands that were aching from the pushing and pulling of it. The grass mostly all gathers into the grass box on the back which is easily removed to be emptied.
Each time after the initial use of this it took 5 minutes to give the front and back lawns a going over to keep them tidy, it's cuts to a lovely low height. I wouldn't recommend this if you have a huge garden unless you are prepared to keep on top of it so it doesnt get too long making it harder work.
I don't know about others but sometimes my old Flymo would take chunks out of the lawn whereas this type don't.
There are no cables to worry about tripping over and the blades are protected by a guard unless you were unclever and tried to go backwards with it.
The handles collapse down making for easy storage.
These can be purchased from between £50-60 new and I don't think I'd go back to a electric mower after having this.
I turned my back on the orthodoxy. I recently moved from a flat to a house with a garden and a 2 lawns and I needed a lawnmower. EVERYONE I know has an electric hover mower. Even I had one when I had a garden in the house before my flat. So I merrily went off shopping for the cheapest hover I could find.
But then I thought for a bit and remembered how much I hated the noise and weight of my old hover. Plus, wanting to improve my environmental credentials (and because I'm cheap) I fancied something a bit more old fashioned. I wasn't even sure they still made manual roller lawn mowers but indeed they do. Heck, even the Dooyoo description of this claims it's electrical. It isn't. It's human powered!
Ok - I was sceptical but this mower does the job and does it well. It struggles a little with longer grass but once you are on top of things it's a breeze. the plastic grass catcher doesn't catch it all but gets most of the cuttings. It's also a little prone to falling off now and again but not to the point it enrages the user. The blade can be mannually adjusted with a spanner to the desired cutting height.
This mower is also light and very portable. It makes a lovely cutting noise as you push - not that incessant loud droning noise that afflicts suburbia on sunny sunday afternoons. There is no electrical cable to tangle. You pick it up, fit the grass box and off you go.
The build quality is generally good - some regulat oiling of the mechanism may be in order and perhaps the blades may need sharpened at some point - not sure how that would work. But to be honest these are small drawback for what is a terrific, old fashioned but practical peice of kit.
easy to use, light and cuts the grass - it even gives you the striped lawn effect!