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Lawnmower for Domestic Use

I need to replace a 15 year old 18" Mountfield 4 wheel rotary mower, which will no longer free wheel.

It's for domestic use only and we have three areas of lawn which only amount to approx 120 square metres in total, so thinking of going down in size to a 16" or 17" mower.

As the lawns are small, I have a lot of edges to mow and I seem to manage to scalp the lawn edges on a fairly regular basis, so thinking of getting a roller machine this time.

I am buying on the basis of ease of use and longevity, with cost being a secondary factor and think I have got down to a shortlist of three machines (I think!!):

  • Hayter Harrier 41 Autodrive
  • Honda HRX 426 QX
  • Stihl RM 454 VR

This is only for home use so the grass will never be more than 5cm long (first cut of the year) and usually significantly shorter.  I never intend to mow in the rain, but can't rule out having to mow when the grass is damp, so need a machine that won't clog up with damp grass.

I know this is really a professional forum, but does anybody have any experience of the above mowers or care to give me a recommendation of which machine is likely to give the best longevity?

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  • It's barely worth a petrol machine for 120m2 to be honest. An electric or battery mower would be my suggestion


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    If it has to be a petrol mower I would go with Honda just from my personal preference.  But there are many battery mowers now  for much less and no servicing no oil change and very quiet that would do your small amount of grass. And being very light you should not scalp as much. 

  • I'm certainly not going back to a cabled electric mower, as the power cables were forever being in the way or getting caught on things.  I'll be honest and say I hadn't even thought of a battery option as I'd assumed they would be too much of a compromise on torque and cut quality.  Time to have another look, I guess.

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