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It’s that time of year again, you know, the season where the grass keeps growing on your lawn and you have to go out and cut it every few days, some people even do it every day, come rain or shine.
So for all those who are fortunate to own a lawn, although I do use the word ‘fortunate’ very loosely, there are many tools on the market that aid in the ease of keeping that lawn in tip top condition, making you the envy of your neighbours. One of those tools is of course the electric lawn mower, which all good lawn keepers really on, unless you are really posh and have a lawn the size of a small housing estate and you use a ride on mower to keep your lawn trimmed? How I’d love one of them to ‘rally’ around my garden, although the wife won’t let me have one…
Anyway, back on track me thinks, I have owned a few lawn mowers, some braking down after many years of loyal service, others falling flat at the first hurdle, or at the first slight dip in the lawn, so when my last mower began to putt its way into oblivion I decided to get a small, lightweight mower so I could handle my lawns without taking up weight training to do so.
So a trip to a well known DIY store, best known for its high prices in my opinion, I came across a compact looking mower which promised to cut those ever growing blades of grass with ease… so I bought it, more on the fact that I recognised the modal as one I had previously borrowed from a friend/neighbour and found it to be quite a good little mower.
** Firstly, let’s get the technical spec out of the way with…
It has a 330mm (14inch) cutting circumference
Two plastic cutting blades
Uses a powerful 1150W motor
Duo cutting heights, 10mm and 30mm
Lightweight at just over 9KG
Collapsible handle for easy storage
Double on switch with safety feature
12 metre mains cable
** Right then, that’s that done…now for my Opinion.
This is one easy to use mower and a must for anyone with a small to medium size lawn. It is so lightweight and yet gives a cracking finish, giving you perfectly cut grass every time.
When you open the box it does look a little daunting at first as the mower comes in several parts and needs to be put together, think Meccano and you’re half way there. But the destruction manual is one of the simplest manuals I have had the read, well flicked through anyway, so putting the thing together took all of five minutes. Then, once constructed and ready for use I was pleasantly pleased with my new toy.
It looks nice and neat, even if it’s the same colour as Des O’Conners face on a hot day, and as the black tubular handle folds in half it can be stored away in your shed with ease. It has a double lever trigger on the top of the handle with the actual ‘on’ switch located in the centre so you need both hands to actually start the mower, a rather good safety feature which, to be honest, is on most lawn mowers. When you turn the mower over you will see the rotating drum which two blades attached to it at opposite ends, with the blades themselves being made of a solid plastic.
Using it is a breeze, it literally floats on a cushion of air as it glides along just over your grass, allowing you to manoeuvre it in any direction without the bad back which some mowers give you. In fact you could probably float this over your lawn all day long without breaking your stride or getting out of breath. And as it has a good 12 metres of cable it is ample enough for many gardens without the need of extension leads As for storage, well, this is a compact mower and, as I said, the handle folds in half to allow you too store it in a small (ish) area in your shed.
Unfortunate, as with many things on the market, this has a little downside, namely with the blades being made of plastic they can, and do, break easily, especially if you hit something hard hidden in your grass, such as a hedgehog or one of the kids toys. But before you think that plastic blades aren’t going to last long and dismiss this mower on them grounds I must tell you that these blades can take some battering and will last quite some time, in fact I think I’ve only broken one in the whole time I’ve been using it.
How do I know when my blade needs changing? I hear you ask… Well, if a blade snaps the mower will make a sort of squealing noise, akin to a tissue over a comb sound effect. It is an unmistakable noise so you will know. As for changing the blade, well, this takes a few seconds and is a matter of pushing out the broken one and sliding in the new one, no tools required. This plastic blade shattering situation may be a bit of an issue but as the mower comes with several spare blades this is not a real problem, plus the blades aren’t too expensive anyway. Then there’s the two height setting which are achieved by simply turning the rotating ‘drum’ over. Simple as that really.
In all, this is a really easy mower to use and can be handle easily by most people due to its lightweight and lovely safety features.
If you are interested in buying this one, just in time to get a few last cuts before the winter kicks in, you can get it from most good stockist for around £50.00... Some places are selling it for less whilst others are selling it for more, so do shop around.