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Hi all,


After being a long term lurker its time for my first post!

I am currently setting up a garden maintnence service as i have decided its finally time for me to work for myself and spend my time doing something i actually enjoy, not to mention being able to see sunlight and not be couped up in an office!

Im looking to intially do it part time until i hopefully get enough business to be able to take it on as my main full time career.

Im looking at various options regarding getting a van/pick up and feel it may be better for me to use my Focus for the time being until business justifies spending that money on a new vehicle.

My real questions is regarding the lawnmower. Would i be better off getting a petrol lawnmower or a battery one?

Initially id need something that wouldnt take up too much room as it would have to go into the boot of my car to begin with so also cant be too heavy. Regarding budget im trying to spend as little as possible without going too cheap and getting some domestic piece of rubbish.

Would love any opinions/suggestions. 


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  • PRO

    Lifting a petrol mower into the back of a car is hard work and i don’t personally recommend it on a regular basis. I don’t do many lawns as I do mainly design and other projects now but have just bought a Makita battery mower for the odd occasion when I am on site and need to now a bit! I think there are some really good pro battery mowers about now. 

    • PRO

      Just to add to this. The Makita mower worked great when it was hit and dry on shirt grass with lots if battery power. Today on a small damp lawn it started smoking after 15minutes and drained the batteries straight away. Would be interested to know how the pro battery mowers are on such lawns.

      • PRO

        Hi Jon, I  recently bought a small Viking mower, although it runs on the Stihl professional batteries I wouldn't go as far as to call it a professional mower. It has been great so far on small lawns and wet collection is excellent, and battery life has been good on the AP300. All of that said I wouldn't have cordless as my only mower.

  • PRO

    A lot of people think the Ego is pretty good.  We use a Bosch Rotak battery one for smaller lawns.  It comes with 2 batteries and has a small rear roller.  There was a deal on recently on one on Amazon.  Does just over an hour with the 2 batteries which would get you through a few small lawns.  Can be lifted with one hand.

    • Thanks for the reply mate is this one any good?

      Bosch Rotak 370 LI Ergoflex Cordless Lawnmower with Two 36 V Lithium-Ion Batteries , Cutting Width…
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      • I bought that one a week ago for £250.00 from Amazon for my little laws. Better than using my heavy petrol mowers on thise small lawns.

        Bosch Rotak 370 LI Ergoflex Cordless Lawnmower with Two 36 V Lithium-Ion Batteries , Cutting Width…
        Free delivery and returns on all eligible orders. Shop Bosch Rotak 370 LI Ergoflex Cordless Lawnmower with Two 36 V Lithium-Ion Batteries, Cutting Wi…
  • PRO

    If you have more than an hour of mowing I would look at a wee Honda IZY, light and smallish if you do go battery get the higher ampage batteries, buying multipe batteries can get quite expensive but for lightness and low noise they are hard to beat.

    • PRO

      not my major domain but i would assume you are better with a light weight petrol mower than a battery mower for start up -- should cost less and do more work for its money 

      i dont think relying on the limted time range of most entry level battery will give you options you need for the price band. 

    • Thanks for replying. Is this one any good or do you recommend spending more to get the self propelled version? What size would be good to aim for aswell? 

  • PRO

    I started off part time and used my car at first and i used and still have as a mower for my smaller gardens a Honda izy, it's light and pretty reliable.

    As dan said the battery time limt with a mower at the moment is limited, you don't want to be out cutting a lawn or two and then the batteries going flat, if you want to build up a customer base for the future a petrol mower is the best route at the moment.

    good luck

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