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Which dual use mower? Mulch or collect

Hi im sorry its another mower question!

Hi all hope your safe and well, I'm loving this forum even though I don't post much. Your support / advice through these pages is fantastic. 

Anyway I'm basically after a mower that I can use as a mulcher  most of the time that can collect when needed/ customers want. I do a mixture of weekly and fortnightly cuts, some lawns I do, even the twice monthly ones ( they are commercial sites)  the grass is poor in places and doesn't grow well. I remove 90% of waste so its benefits me to mulch. I like the idea of mower with the box on so anyone watching me thinks I'm collecting grass! 

It would be used around 3 days a week

Thinking of etisia duo cut pro 46 . Some Other etesia apparently have a plug as an accessory.

Also sthil have mower that can mulch again with an optional mulch kit. I do have a dealer close by, which would be a big bonus. I've looked at the mowers on display and I do think they look at bit flimsy. Toro is another one I've read about.

The downside I can think of is, is a mulcher blade not as good for when I do need to collect from my more formal lawns?

I'm well aware of the saying jack of all trades master of non! !

Help please!







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  • PRO

    The mulching capabilities of an Etesia Pro46 are not to be under estimated. Get the one with the Kawasaki engine - it has a bit more power and a blade brake.

    • Cheers exactly the kind of  reply I need  !

  • PRO

    Reinforcing Nick's comments, to mulch you need a mower with good airflow, option of mulching blade ( or a reputable aftermarket item - like Oregon) and good power, especially if on anything other than weekly visits.

    oh.... and ideally dry days 😂

  • Thanks any views on the mowers? 

    Also what are these dry days you speak of?!!

  • Another mower I've thought of is stiga twinclip.any thoughts? 

  • Anyone use a mulching izy 21 inch? It ticks all the boxes, lightweight, flap for stripes, duel use.£650 new.

    • PRO

      I use the izy and it does quite a good job, tho I have upped the revs. Its does require regular cleaning of the deck as it gets quite thick with grass and the deck is steel so I give it a good dose of wd40. Keep the blades sharp too and it leaves a decent finish.

  • Ed, After nearlyt 40 years in the trade we have tried every mulching / collecting mower available, without doubt the Honda HRX 537 is the best dual purpose machine on the market - blade brake, hydrostatic drive, relatively light, integral shut off for mulching - just move the handle at the back of the mower across to swap from collecting to mulching, the finish using the mulching option is excellent - on weekly cuts it looks like you have collected, it collects very well even in the wet. Buy one !!!

    • PRO

      I'd 2nd the hrx especially again with the rev tweaked it almost needs jogging after.

    • Thank you,  that's a great recommendation!.

      I'm a positively newcomer at 26 years a gardener ! What's it like then at fortnightly mulching please? 


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