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Small, easy (idiot-proof) lawnmower

We are beds & border maintenance gardeners who also do lots of planting work, and we occasionally get asked to do garden rescue jobs that involve grass cutting which I am not too keen on - mainly because I don't really know what I am doing. I have got a lawn care guy that I pass work onto but I was thinking that I should get a lawnmower for when he is not available. I have got a small van - vw caddy - and am female. The jobs are always domestic with small or medium sized lawns. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. 

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  • PRO

    We have a little Stihl RMA 339 for wee jobs, but if the grass is much longer than it should be it has difficulty.... its also used for sucking up hedgeclippings on Box, Privet type standard clips


    • PRO

      Looks like a lovely little machine, thanks Adam, that's brilliant. 

      • PRO

        Swift do some nice machines Designed and engineered in the U.K 

        I have the middle range one 37 cm wide 40 volt which cuts and mulches it cuts 250 sq m on one charge ,but always exceeds my expectations  great for small to medium lawns . 

        The 42 cm wide model 120 volt is a fantastic mower which i would like but i dont need as the smaller one ticks all the boxes . 

        Only negative is you have to assemble the grass box it comes in two halves and you need to apply alot of pressure to engage the clips but once done it doesn't come apart .

        My van is smaller than yours and it hardly takes up any space , I have even had it in front of the passenger seat . 

  • If you don't already have batteries then having to buy them for the first "device" jacks up the initial price a lot ...

    ... and ties you into that Brand / Battery, so worth considering what other devices you could use in future.

    I've gone from Bosch to Stihl as the Stihl AP batteries have much more umpth that the Bosch ones

    My wife is very happy using either the original Bosch or Stihl RMA 339 C - light enough and so on. But if she had to start a petrol / 2-stroke I don't think she would be keen. Other beenfits are that the Electric can hang on the wall - there isn't any petrol and oil to come running out! it won't care if it isn't used for months, not really any maintenance required, other than sharpen the blade and brush off the muck.

    • PRO

      Hi Kris, thanks for this, yes I don't feel too keen about using a petrol one either!

  • PRO

    How long is the grass on these "resuce jobs"? We recently cut the grass with a mulching plug using an Etesia (grass was over a foot long) and reduced the lawn to an entirely acceptable standard wihout taking any clippings away.....

    • PRO

      Hi Nick, not too long usually. 

    • PRO

      ...and here's one we did today - all grass was mulched with no grass waste removed...it takes a few passes but more econimical than bagging and collecting...



      • PRO

        Is thats all with the Etesia Nick?

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