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Mower Help

Hi Guys,

I'm currently in the process setting up a small part time garden maintaince buisness and could do with some advice on the machinery front.

I have a rough budget of around £300  to spend on a mower, however I could be persuaded to increase that price to around £350


I have narrowed it down to the following:

  • STIHL RM248
  • TORO 20945
  • HONDA IZY (16 inch)
  • Hayter Osprey 46

If I'm honest I'm leaning to towards the honda but could do with some of your expert knowledge!





P.S could someone try and explain the differnnce between these to IZYs apart from ones lighter and ones got a bigger grass bag?



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  • PRO

    Not familiar with the other but the IZY is a good little machine. I have an old 'retired' one on the allotment and it still starts first pull.

  • My first stop would be a reptable local dealer to see what is around second hand, you may be lucky and get a little used 'pro' type mower within your budget.  A lot of private customers change their mowers regularly and they only get used once a week for an hour or so.

  •  Great machines izy's, its really worth getting a self propelled though. It make life so much easier mowing up slopes.

  • The Honda Izy is a good mower I have an 18inch self propelled model with mulching blades so you don't need to collect the grass if you don't want to, i use it every week on my commercial jobs and its been ultra reliable over a 7 year period.

  • I have an Efco mulch and collect hand mower I have had for 15 years. It starts first pull after all this time, why, because it has a Honda engine.

    So my advice would be, whatever mower you buy, get one with a Honda engine.

  • PRO

    Get the Izy - they're really good reliable mowers. 

  • PRO

    Honda Izy all the way, simple, reliable, robust, cuts well. You will not regret it! We have three, one of which we retired for my garden. It took 6 years hard service and has lasted another 6 in my garden 👍🏻

  • PRO

    Al-Ko / Kaaz is a good machine if you can find one locally 

  • Honda Izzy. Got the 16" and it's a good general purpose machine that starts first time but make sure your fuel is clean as is autochoke. It weighs in at 32kg, folds neatly and look out for a Honda promo from your local dealer. My only criticism is the pressed steel handles which have started to splay out. My old Honda HR73 lasted 35 years and was better built. 

    • My two everyday mowers are 2x HR194s, one with wheels, one with a roller. I've treated them both to a more modern gxv160 engine and they're brilliant. I picked up another HR195 with roller and electric start from my local machinery shop last week, for free! They said it was too old to put on sale and he'd rather see me using it (I think they feel a bit sorry for me with my ancient mower line-up).

      The old Hondas are tanks.

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