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Hi, apologies as I know this question comes up quite a lot but I'm looking for recommendations for a mower that can deal with wet or longer grass . I already have the non pro Weibang roller which is good at collecting but weighs a ton, a small Honda roller which I like but collection isn't great but I'm looking for a wheeled mower for the more uneven lawns. My current Toro keeps clogging. I'm looking around the £800 mark. There's so many I'm a bit confused. I was fairly impressed with an Izy I use at one job but it seems slow.

Thanks James

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  • Etesia and Viking with the plastic boxes instead of grass bags are the best collectors in the wet by far. Etesia are pricey though. Viking are cheaper but not as robust as the Etesia. Best of luck

  • PRO

    Etesia Pro46 (new shape) or Pro53. Wet collection is near faultless and mulching is second to none. The Etesias are robust and last for many seasons.

  • PRO


    Thanks for the replies. I think the etesia is out of my range unless I go second hand but nearest dealer is 1hr away. I'll take a look at the Viking/Stihl mowers.


    • PRO

      Our dealer is an hour away.....I get them to come to us. Etesia will also allow you to demo their kit which as far as I’m aware no other mower manufacturer lets you do this!

  • I had an Etesia Pro53... I hated it. Mulching was not great, collection was OK, but not as good as other machines I've used. It was heavy and awkward to use. 

    Their Pro46 machines are slow.

    In my opinion, it's a highly overrated brand on this forum, especially given the price.

    For £800 you have other Weibang models such as the Virtue 53. John Deeres collect well, though are a bit flimsy. Honda/Kaaz/Cobra will collect amazingly well and their wheeled machines last well. Masport have some excellent models including the contractor.

    Whatever you choose, you need a hi lift blade for it.

    • PRO


      Thanks for the reply. I had a look at the Weibang and I noticed they are now listed as running a Weibang engine, do you know anything about these? I just had a look at the19" Kaaz,Cobra and lawnflite models as a compromise on weight are these as good as the larger versions, the only difference I see is they don't seem to run honda engines?



      • All the weibangs in that range that I can see have Loncin or Briggs engines

      • I've got the lawnflite roller version, bought second hand so has the kawasaki engine. Not had it long but so far very pleased. At first I thought it was a bit slow, but had it sped up and now a decent speed, leaves a nice finish, and collection seems very good. Lawn care isn't my main business so if its heavy rain I've got other things to be doing so not used on proper wet grass, but heavy dew collection has been fine. Not running a high lift blade atm. Still seems quite a heavy lump though, don't know how it compares to weibang. Hope this helps. 

        • It's easy to use compared to a Weibang! Better stripes and better collection, but not as durable (as far as I can tell with my limited Weibang experience)

        • PRO

          Thanks, I'll go and have a chat to the dealer about the lawnflite. they are Weibang and Cobra stockists too so can compare.

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