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    • googler
    • By googler 8th Oct 17, 5:22 PM
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    Lawnmower - recommendations, reliability etc.
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    • 8th Oct 17, 5:22 PM
    Lawnmower - recommendations, reliability etc. 8th Oct 17 at 5:22 PM
    Looking for a new mower for relatives; I'm currently using a Flymo that was purchased in the 1980s or 1990s, which has a 34cm blade. I've done their lawn once with this one, and due to its size, we've agreed that something with at least that cutting size is required (34, 37, 40cm), and that we want a wheeled electric model, as opposed to hover-style.

    From what I've looked at so far, the Flymos and DIY store own brands seem to be cheapest, with Black & Decker / Qualcast being the next step up, and Bosch most expensive.

    I'm leaning toward a Qualcast, but wondered if anyone wanted to share recommendations of what they've used, models they would steer clear of, or pointers to any that aren't in my list above?
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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 8th Oct 17, 10:33 PM
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    Qualcast are OK for the price. I think the brand is going with Homebase (and Bunnings), not Argos following the split of these two companies, and therefore Argos were selling some off super-cheap. Not sure if they still are.

    Bunnings (the new brand-name for some Homebase shops) is cheaper than Homebase. There are only a few of them at the moment.

    Bosch are better - the motors last longer, and blades are better quality. However, there's no real need for a "posh" mower if you look after what you buy. Clean the blade/deck after cutting, store dry over winter, sharpen or replace blade in spring... It'll last ten years or more if you are lucky.

    Mind you, at this time of year, there are huge bargains to be had, as mowers don't sell in winter and shops want to clear them out. Might be worth shopping around for a bargain.
    • Apodemus
    • By Apodemus 9th Oct 17, 6:22 AM
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    I’m sure you won’t make the same mistake that I once did, but make sure that the mower actually has a proper blade, rather than some form of disposable cutter or line. Mine was a Qualcast, which I bought unseen and had shipped it overseas before discovering that the “blade” was a useless disposable plastic clip that wore down on a single cut of the lawn...
    • I Love comps
    • By I Love comps 9th Oct 17, 6:45 AM
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    We own a flymo. Bought ours recently, I like them because they are easy to use and have the grass box, and a reasonable price too. Maybe a larger flymo would suit your needs.
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    • By d0nkeyk0ng 9th Oct 17, 9:41 AM
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    How much do you want to spend?

    I bought a Bosch one for £100 at the time because funds were limited and we'd just bought a new house.

    I'd go for this one: Which is £120.

    This is the one we bought:

    The first one is far superior in terms of build according to reviews. It was much more expensive at the time and hence why I didn't buy it.
    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 10th Oct 17, 9:15 AM
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    Thing to bear in mind is that the cheaper "Shed" own brands are very often difficult to get spares for when things go wrong. Stick with a known name.
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