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Help choosing a mower!

Postby beckyevans » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:49 am

Hi there guys,

I'm try to buy 3 mowers for a side business I'm looking at starting but I'm having trouble deciding on petrol vs electric.

At the moment I'm looking at petrol mowers from here https://www.mowers-online.co.uk/lawnmowers/petrol-lawnmower but there are so many options I'm not entirely sure where to start.

Can anyone help?

Thank you!
Becky :)
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby robo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:03 pm

You can pick up a used petrol mower for very little money I would buy one and give it a go them make your mind up
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby beckyevans » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:06 pm

I know they're not too expensive but I didn't want to waste money in case I don't like the model I pick up!

Thanks for your help though Robo :)
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby Pa Snip » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:46 pm

Whilst people may be able to advise on reliability of some models I personally think you need to establish which is the most comfortable to use for your own particular build.

Also logic suggests to me that if these machines are for a business venture there strikes me as only one option, Petrol driven.
Would be detrimental to business potential if you were unable to undertake work where there is no close access, if any, to electricity
Battery power may run out during the job so that is a questionable option for a business venture.
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby richard p » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:16 pm

choce of mower depends on what youre cutting.

ive used everything from an electric flymo on a handkercheif sized lawn to a 40 inch 15 hp rideon on a lawn that takes an hour .

personally if buying a walk behind mower its got to be self propelled, single lever height control , honda or briggs and stratton engine and light enough to lift into the van. mulching is preferreable to having to cart the clippings away.
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby Santa_stunt_double » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:10 pm

Definitely Petrol if it's a business use. The Honda range seems to be the first choice for most serious professionals in domestic sized gardens. I would also suggest you consider a hover mower for sloping banks and under overhanging bushes - I use the Husqvarna GX560 on my allotment orchard.
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby lez » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:53 am

Hi Ya, Ok I am interested to know which mower you went for in the end and how good is it?
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby beckyevans » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:15 pm

Hi all,

Did some more research and ended up going for this one:
https://www.mowers-online.co.uk/toro-ti ... lawn-mower

Definitely on the pricey side but the "40% less mowing time" is what sold me!
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby oldherbaceous » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:59 pm

I use the previous model to this, and it's a real pain for blocking when the grass is slightly wet, or a little long.
I hope this newer model is better...
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby Geoff » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:27 pm

My Hayter Heritage 13/30 ride-on is like that, I was asked to review it once and said "when the going gets tough the tough get going, this stops". If I have to replace it I'll have to ask what the contractors use who cut next door, I once saw them do it when it was hail storming.
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby tigerburnie » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:45 pm

Why would you want to cut wet grass?
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby Geoff » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:01 am

Even retired it is difficult to find a dry time before it grows too much so cutting damp is inevitable but if it is your business I suppose you have little choice. Started mower service during yet another wet day today after final cut on Sunday.
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby tigerburnie » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:50 pm

I just try to stay off wet(as apposed to damp) lawns to avoid damage, my soil is very light and well drained, so maybe I am lucky.
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby Gerry » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:21 pm

I put a new deck on my Honda ride-on this season.
Before fitting, I painted the deck with smooth Hammerite and I polished the inside of the plastic schute with Carplan black trim wax.
The difference this made was unbelieveable, better, I would say, than when the mower was new.
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Re: Help choosing a mower!

Postby oldherbaceous » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:25 pm

Evening Gerry, a couple of useful tips, thank you.
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