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Lawnmower
Buying Guide

Here's all you need to know to choose
the best lawnmower for your lawn.

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Comparing the different types of lawnmowers

Electric lawnmower
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Suitable for small lawns up to 100 square metres
(about half the size of a tennis court).

Pros

- Lighter
- Low maintenance
- Less expensive
- Low noise
- Cheap to run

Cons

- Drags a cable behind it
- Needs plugging into the mains
- Extension cables might be needed
- Not powerful enough for thick growth

Cordless lawnmower
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Suitable for small - medium lawns up to 250 square metres
(full size tennis court).

Pros

- Lighter
- Low maintenance
- Less expensive
- Low noise
- Cheap to run

Cons

- Battery can run out
- Needs time to recharge

Petrol lawnmower
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Suitable for large lawns over 250 square metres
(larger than a tennis court).

Pros

- Powerful enough for thick grass and over-growth
- No cables or recharging

Cons

- Noisy
- Needs more maintenance
- Take care not to run out of petrol
- Heavier

Robot lawnmower
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Suitable for most lawn sizes (check product description).

Pros

- Mows your lawn reguarly, automatically
- Does almost all the work for you
- Very quiet
- Recharges itself
- Avoids obstacles

Cons

- Only suited for light, regular cutting
- Setup can be tricky
- Won't always create straight lines
- Edges may need touching up

What's the difference between a rotary lawnmower and cylinder lawnmower?

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Most lawnmowers are rotary. They use a high-powered spinning blade to cut grass. They can be used on even and uneven surfaces to cut long and short grass.

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Cylinder lawnmowers use a rotating barrel of blades that cuts against a fixed blade. They offer a finer, precise cut, perfect for trimming short, fine grass regularly.

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Hover lawnmowers and self-propelling mowers

What's a hover mower?

Hover mowers move on a cushion of air. Available both cordless or corded, they're lighter and easy to move in any direction. Great for bumpy, uneven lawns and for moving up any slopes.

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What's a self-propelling lawnmower?

These take some of the hard work out of mowing by driving themselves forward when you press the handle.

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How lawnmowers dispose of grass clippings

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Grass box

Clippings are caught in a box or bag, ideal if you want to use them for compost. You may have to empty regularly when cutting long grass.

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Mulching lawnmowers

Grass clippings are ground to mulch. Some mowers collect the mulch, some return it straight to the lawn to fertilise it.

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Explaining lawnmower specs

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Blade width

The wider the blades, the more grass that gets cut with each pass.

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Grass combs

They cut right to the edge of your lawn, so there's less need for a separate trimmer.

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Cable length

If your mower has a cable, is it long enough to go across the garden to the nearest plug socket?

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Battery life/recharge time

How long will a cordless mower last and how long will it take to charge up?

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Adjustable heights

Many mowers allow you to control how high you cut the grass.

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Adjustable handle

Adjust the handle so it's comfortable for your height. It also makes the mower more compact to store.

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Grass box volume

A large capacity box will help you avoid emptying over and over again.

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Rear roller

This slightly flattens the grass while you mow - it's what creates the lawn stripes.

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