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PostSubject: Mower   Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:41 pm

We are moving to another house soon which has a large garden, I would say its somewhere in the region of 800 to 1200 sq mtr. My question is do I buy a motor mower? or a big enough electric mower Speak no evil

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PostSubject: Re: Mower   Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:15 pm

I don't think its a simple black or white question.  Other than size things to consider are:


  • Is the garden on a slope or level?
  • Is the terrain rough or even?
  • Is power available for the mower near where it will be used?
  • Is suitable storage available for a petrol mower (four strokes have a wet sump and need to be stored level, not hung up)?
  • Is the ground solid or marsh like?


I have a similar sized garden and have both a petrol mower and an electric flymow.  The petrol mower is great for a high cut if the grass has been left for too long between cuts but as the surface is uneven on a lower setting it works like a plough!!  Parts of my garden are also very soft which is murder with the petrol mower but dead easy with the flymow.  But the flymow has a very small grass box in comparison and needs constant emptying.

Personally I would use a large petrol powered flymow with a large grass box - if such a thing exists?

Later this year we are moving to a property with an even bigger garden and lots of grass.  I'll be considering a ride on mower when we do!
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PostSubject: Re: Mower   Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:23 pm

Is the garden on a slope or level? Level
Is the terrain rough or even? Even
Is power available for the mower near where it will be used? Yes
Is suitable storage available for a petrol mower (four strokes have a wet sump and need to be stored level, not hung up)? Yes
Is the ground solid or marsh like? Solid

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PostSubject: Re: Mower   Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:57 am

Well, that leaves it pretty open for either type so really it's just down to personal preference. If it were me I'd still go for a petrol flymow but that's just my preference.
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PostSubject: Re: Mower   Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:16 pm

Get a sheep. (goose/geese, rabbits, etc)

You'll have to move the post to "alternative fuels", though, or chaos will ensue.
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