I need to get a lawnmower. I've got two "lawns" and a whole load of paths to cut. None of it is particularly flat, and it's not really a lawn as such - more just an area of grass! So no need for it to look like Wembley, no need for stripes, etc Up until not I've been doing it with a strimmer. And I might continue to use the strimmer on the paths. But for the two "lawn" areas it takes ages with a strimmer.
What are people's thoughts on old vs new? There are a few old Honda Izys about, and some old Mountfields and Kawasakis and similar. All around the £150-£200 mark. Not knowing much about such things, I'm not sure if I am better off with one of those or getting a brand new budget machine in the same price bracket.
Any thoughts from those more in the know?
See other conversations about reducing carbon and get an battery electric mower with a transferable power pack to a strimmer etc.
Great !See other conversations about reducing carbon and get an battery electric mower with a transferable power pack to a strimmer etc.
I would agree regarding the Hayter. The early ones like mine collect really well, and the handle folds flat on top for storage. Heavy duty aluminium deck. From memory the only plastic bits on it are the front wheels. The modern ones are a very nasty mixture of thin pressed steel and plastic, cost a fortune, and don't collect well at all unless you are only taking off about a quarter of an inch. My old thing does a real Hoover job, and will pick up anything, leaves, twigs the lot. Has got the very agricultural B&S 3.5hp engine which is a bit noisy but still always starts well. Self propulsion works well on mine and has two speeds to choose from. I tend not to use it as the lawn is very flat, and pushing it up and down for an hour or so is probably the most exercise I get nowadays !Hello,
The best mower I have ever had is the one I will be using this morning. It is a John Deere J series walk behind machine. I have had, Mountfield, Hayter, Husquavarna, Bolens etc and is streets ahead of any of them. They are often used by commercial operators, best features as follows, very easy to adjust height, vast height range, starts first pull always after months, one can select to mulch or not by inserting a simple plug, quiet engine, easy soft pull to start, large grass collecting bag, deck flushing point, heavy aluminium deck, handle folds down to take up less space in shed. Mine was a one owner from new machine, well looked after and only costs a couple of hundred. By contrast the Hayter cost £1500, was heavy, handlebars did not fold away, not easy to start, did not collect grass very well, often blocked and was glad to see it go. John Deere have the most amazing parts service,
one can order original stickers, and the smallest of parts so well recommended.
If the tank does not vent to atmosphere and is essentially sealed, is a vacuum created as fuel is used or does something other than air replace it?The Ethanol in E10 is hygroscopic, with fuel systems that vent to atmosphere like horticultural machinery where they use carburettors it is a bigger problem because the fuel absorbs moisture and that corrodes metal. With fuel injection and modern cars it is a problem but the tank does not vent to atmosphere and the fuel system is essentially sealed but it can be a problem. If the car is used regularly then the fuel is being used and replaced so not just sitting in the tank like say a lawnmower, E10 destroyed the carb on my Mantis rotovator!
You can buy it from Amazon but pricey though, or just Google Aspen fuel. They have a UK website so should be able to tell you where your nearest stockist is. Or any good mower and garden machinery place should have it.Where is this Aspen fuel available from? And fergie, I remember using a stoic, great machine.
Before we went emissions crazy fuel tanks were just direcly vented to atmosphere which meant fuel vapours could just escape, on hot days in car parks you would smell fuel. Now the tank still needs to have the means to compensate for fuel expansion and draw off but it vents through systems designed to keep these vapours in check, charcoal canisters (EVAP canister) and valves control the EVAP system which prevent these vapours from getting into the atmposphere and the atmosphere having direct access to the tank, and yes just more complication.If the tank does not vent to atmosphere and is essentially sealed, is a vacuum created as fuel is used or does something other than air replace it?
Aspen boasts 3-5 years storage without it degrading/separating..... There are fuel stabilisers you can add that may help - otherwise Aspen - certainly for leaving more than a month.....
That is a massive area. First thing to decide is do you want to pick the grass up. I used to have a large lawn, 200 ft by 100ft and wanted to pick the grass up. Used a mountfield 21” and from memory it took about 2 hours to mow the lawn, it was a long time ago. Emptying the grass box is time consuming.We've got a little under 3 acres in all. We don't cut it all by any means.
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