LawnMowers Buyers Guide Lawn mowers and trimmers will help you maintain a tidy and healthy lawn, and there are a range of styles to suit every lawn and need. Whether it’s petrol, electric or self-propelled, the power source will also make a big difference to performance and price. We’ve put together this guide to help you choose which is best for you. Picking the right type of lawn mower or trimmer There are a few key types of lawn mower to consider for your mowing job: • Cylinder Mower--This uses a fixed blade and several rotating blades to produce an even, close cut on your lawn. • Rotary Mower--This has a rotating blade that is versatile and good for longer grass and lawns that have slopes or hillocks. • Hover Mower--This is a rotary mower where the mower floats on a bed of air to make it easier to manoeuvre around your garden. • Hand Mowers--These are the classic self-propelled machines that you push around the garden.
• Lawn Trimmers--These are used to cut back grass on borders or around trees. The Bosch Rotak 34 rotary lawnmower is ideal for use in small- to medium-sized lawns. Other Questions to Consider How is it powered? Electric lawn mowers tend to be powered by a cord, so you’d need to check the length of the cord for the size of your lawn--and be aware of the cord while you mow, as it can be a hazard. The higher the wattage of your electric mower, the more powerful it will be. Cordless electric mowers are increasingly popular, and battery power will be a key part of whether that is suitable for you. These days, technological advances mean that lithium-ion batteries can last long enough to finish mowing an average-size lawn. For larger lawns, a spare battery to charge while you’re using up the other one will save you having to leave your lawn unfinished while charging again. Petrol-powered mowers are ideal for large lawns as they tend to be more powerful and don’t need cords, but they can be heavier than electric ones, so look out for self-propelled versions if the product’s weight is a concern. These petrol engines are measured in cubic centimetres (cc)--the larger the cc the more powerful the engine. And of course, you can always go for the classic unpowered lawn mower, which is simply pushed around the lawn. It’s an environmentally friendly option and has no running costs, but it does take more physical effort than the other mowers. How does it collect the grass? Most mowers come with a grass box or bag on to collect the clippings. The size of the box will determine how often you need to empty it. For hover mowers, a large bag full of grass may make it heavier than you’d prefer, so regular emptying will keep your mower light. You can get mowers that push the clippings out for you to collect yourself (which can be a bit more work than emptying a box), and ones that mulch the grass, allowing it to stay on the lawn and be reabsorbed into the soil. Cylinder Mower If you have a very flat lawn, a cylinder mower is ideal for giving a very short, clean, even cut, with the classic look of a striped lawn. Look for an appropriate range of cut adjustment to get the finish you’re looking for, and for a larger garden, look for a wider width of cut. You can get these powered by electricity (either with a cord or cordless), petrol or unpowered.
Rotary Mowers Rotary mowers are ideal for gardens with a range of surfaces and uneven grass. It won’t necessarily give you as neat a lawn as the cylinder mower will, but for a typical family garden that gets a lot of use, this usually isn’t an issue. You can often get a wider range of cutting height, so rotary mowers are good if you want to keep your grass longer. You can still get the classic striped effect with an inbuilt rear roller. These mowers are usually powered by electricity (either with a cord or cordless) or petrol. Hover Mower These rotary mowers use a cushion of air produced by the rotary blades to float the mower above the ground, making it much lighter and easier to move around your garden. This is especially useful for smaller or awkwardly shaped gardens where a wheeled mower can be hard to manoeuvre. While they are very lightweight, they can become heavy if you have a large-capacity grass box that becomes full. Moving around on different levels of ground can also affect the hovering capacity. Hover mowers are mostly electric-powered (either with a cord or cordless). Hand Mowers No running costs, no cables, good for the environment, ready instantly and a great work-out--it’s easy to see why many people still opt for a hand lawn mower. They also tend to be very lightweight and easy to use. The downside is the fairly hefty effort involved in mowing anything more than a small, flat lawn. Lawn Trimmers Most lawns will have some patches that are difficult to access with a mower--around trees, bushes or a rockery, along path edges or for fast-growing weeds. A lawn trimmer is an ideal tool for keeping these areas as neat as your open lawn. These are available powered by petrol or electricity, and a cordless option is a good idea for using it in awkward or hardto-reach areas. More Lawnmower Tips When buying a lawnmower, the first things to consider are the size of the lawn and the way you want to cut. The larger the lawn, the greater the cutting width. Remember that every 1,000 square meter of lawn you mow means a walk of two to three kilometres. Which means that self-propelled mowers become interesting options. The choice of cutting system is determined by the type of lawn and how often you mow it. Rear and side ejection can handle taller, wilder grass, coarser grass types and seldom-cut lawns. The BioClip® (mulching) method is ideal if you demand first-rate results and if you mow often. The finely-chopped grass cuttings fertilise the lawn and make it more drought resistant. Lawnmowers with collection give tidy results and save time since you don't need to rake clippings after you've finished cutting. You can also use collection for leaves when the autumn comes. Collection is also a good idea if you want to avoid allergic reactions to grass, and decrease the spreading of weed seeds. Things to Consider when buying a lawnmower: • • • •
Decide the width of the cutting deck based on your lawn’s area. If your lawn area is medium-sized to large it is recommended that you buy a self-propelled model. If your lawn is medium-sized and you prefer some extra exercise while mowing, you might consider a push lawnmower. If your lawn is small, you might consider a manual lawnmower which is free from emissions and saves your neighbours from noise.
If you aren’t certain about which cutting system best suits your lawn and your mowing habits, you should choose a mower that handles several cutting systems: ejection, collection and mulching.
Bosch Rotak lawnmowers : Rotak 34 Cordless, powerful and effortless operation. A beautiful lawn. Resilient and neat. A Rotak lawnmower from Bosch is ideal for this. It mows with the enormous power previously achieved only by a petrol-driven lawnmower. And thanks to the innovative grass combs, it also provides unique results when cutting close to edges. Ergonomic operating system for minimal effort Flexible choice of work position due to multi-position handle Relief and support for the entire musculoskeletal system Certified by Aktion Gesunder Rücken (AGR) e.V. (Campaign for Healthy Backs) Bosch is adding a decisive product feature to its Rotak lawnmower models: the “Ergoflex System”. As a result of this, the Rotak mowers are now even easier to handle and also relieve the strain on the user’s arms and back. The multiposition handle and an adjustable work height make it possible to mow in various comfortable postures. Gardening enthusiasts can therefore work in an upright and relaxed position, and their muscles, tendons and joints are relieved of strain and supported. Mowing requires much less effort. The multi-position handle excels due to its ergonomically shaped grip zones with softgrip surfaces. It sits perfectly in your hand and offers a high level of flexibility: whether one-handed or two-handed, with the left hand or the right, horizontally or vertically – the mower can be steered and operated from a total of eight grip positions. The work height is also selectable, therefore enabling every user to mow in the posture most comfortable for his or her body height. The angle at which the handles rise up from the mower’s housing has been selected so that the user’s arms and hands are only slightly bent during mowing. This is a natural posture, it relieves the strain on joints and muscles, and it ensures optimal power transfer. This makes mowing easier, particularly when turning in confined spaces, when changing direction or when mowing on slopes. Cutting grass in tight curves, for example around a tree, can even be done one-handed with the new Rotak mowers. The Rotak models with “Ergoflex System” are the world’s first lawnmowers to be certified with the seal of approval from Aktion Gesunder Rücken (AGR) e.V., a German organisation which promotes back health. Their back-friendly construction has been examined and confirmed by an independent panel of medical and scientific experts. Read More on Bosch Rotak rotak lawnmowers.