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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  • Honda Izy.  I was going to get a battery mower until I had to cut some long wet grass.  A battery mower is limited, a petrol mower isn't.  If you carry two mowers then one can be battery.

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    Aaron, the Bosch one in your earlier post is the one we bought.  As others have said, battery life can be limited when cutting long grass but for those 5-10 minute lawns where a heavy petrol mower is too much of a pain to use, you'll get through 8-10 lawns on the 2 batteries.  Easier on the back while you're using a car too.  Agree with comments on the Izy - really good petrol mowers at a good price.  The Bosch has a rear roller too which gives reasonable stripes.

  • I'm doing a garden maintenance round part time alongside my 37hr a week council job.

    The weather has been against me but things are on the up. I'm now fully booked doing 2 hrs every night and do one off on a Saturday.

    I've had lots of requests for patios etc so I'm passing those onto a buddy of mine for a 10% cut. 

    I bought a citroen berlingo multispace which was great until someone recently smashed into me so it's now a cat N (non structual) but too expensive to repair so going to buy a van. 

    I bought a used etesia phts mower for £240 off ebay. It's a cracking machine and has paid for itself already. At 37kg is liftable but awkward.

    For small gardens I bought a new 16" husqvarna lc140s self propelled mower which isn't commercial but is going great so far but struggles in long damp grass. It was under £200. 

    I made a ramp out of deck boards, no lifting and takes up no room in the berlingo. 

    I would consider changing your vehicle. We have a focus and I really can't see how I could get my kit in it. 

    Good luck. 

  • I wouldn't dream of having a battery mower as my only machine. You need to be reliable and that machine is there to make you money. Being limited to x amount of lawns a day is no use, or coming across a lawn that's very overgrown and burning through a battery on one site... just not good enough, even for a part time start up. Honda Izy is probably what I'd suggest too if you're on a v small budget. 

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