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Domestic lawns, to stripe or not?

I only really have domestic customers at the moment, apart from a pub.

I'm looking at buying another mower to go with my Hayter Harrier. I was just wondering if you had any recommendations and for those that do the domestic lawns? Stripes or not is quite a big question in my mind that I can't make up!

At the moment I have a push Harrier 41 which can get hard work as the day goes on. When I worked as a groundsman they were all self propelled, which was much nicer but that was on a far bigger scale.

Cheers

Paul

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        • PRO

          The "best" size is 1mm smaller than the narrowest access of all your gardens. I get on fine with a Kaaz 21 inch but if your lawns are smaller and have awkward access (on the whole) a 41 may be best you want to maximise the time using each mower and not have kit sitting around.

  • Self propelled for sure...some years back i had a Stiga that i pushed around so many lawns a graveyard...housing estate etc...I must have been mad.

    Stripes? I'll go contrary to everyone else and say not necessarily....i find my hater 48pro is useless in the wet and even moderate length grass and barely gets used...although i have one gentlemans lawn that it cuts once a week, and it looks marvellous after....but otherwise its a four wheeled machine (an Etesia) and i don't get any complaints (maybe my customers are too shy)..

  • PRO
    I tend to find that the 4 wheel mowers I use will leave a bit of a striped finish anyway. Obviously not up to the quality from a roller mower, but enough to keep people happy. Most of my lawns are a bit awkward in one way or another, so my roller mower doesn't get used much due to weight.
  • Take the roller and aim for a another regular mower in the near future. Not all lawns benifit from the striped effect.Some of my clients gardens become bogs in very wet weather and the rear rollers make a right mess.If the grass isn't up to scratch, full of moss weeds etc, then a rear roller isn't a huge advantage in my opinion..best of luck
    • PRO

      Thanks guys.

      I have bought a Honda 4 wheeler and I'm going to get a Honda roller once I've saved a bit.

       

  • PRO
    Comes down to knowing your customer base. I have never been asked for stripes but my 4 wheeler hayters and Honda do leave a stripe as have a flap at the back which I have been complimented on more than once.
    • PRO
      Imagine how pleased they would be with a proper stripe from a roller?
      If they like the stripe from the flap of rubber.
      • PRO

        True .... but not enough for me to worry about it ;) 

        I will admit though i am considering getting another 41cm mower next year and may go one with a roller and see if anyone notices. 

        • PRO
          It's worth thinking about and a small one won't cost too much.

          That said my rollers have hardly been out this last month. Only on lawns where people won't be happy without the stripe as it's been far too soggy.
          • PRO

            Hi Richard, what would you suggest as a small/mid size garden non roller four wheeler when the ground is soggy? I've had a couple of moments with my Weibang Legacy Pro 48 this week and wished I had a lighter4 wheeler! 

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