My lawn killed my mower! Any recommendations for a replacement please?

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  1. Barders

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    Hi All,

    I hope everyone is safe and are able to share the lovely sunny day we have down here in Thanet.

    I tried to do the first light cut of my very lumpy lawn today and my mower died after about 10 mins :sad:

    It was electric and about 10 years old and to be honest I hadn't looked after it very well, so my own fault probably! Anyway, I would like to buy a petrol one this time and would be grateful for some recommendations for entry-level/reasonably priced petrol mowers please?

    It's not a large lawn, but it is very very uneven. I have only lived here two years, the lawn was here when I moved in, but both last year and this year we have had hundreds of worm casts, so I don't know if that is causing the lawn to be so lumpy?

    Anyway, any recommendations would be gratefully received.

    Stay safe everyone :)
     
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    The first recommendation is to do top dressing when the weather gets a little better and the lawn starts growing faster. You need to even out those lumps and bumps first.

    As for a mower, everything in B&Q seems to have cloth bags instead of proper grass collection boxes. I'm very unimpressed with that myself. Garden centres may have something better.
     
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      Thank you Graham, I will get Googling and lump sorting!

      Just looked at the petrol mowers and they are out of my price brackets. This electric one seems to have good reviews, has anyone got/used one of these please?
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      Hi,

      Our neighbour was in the same situation and went for a cheaper petrol one that was not self propelled, but found it poor and heavy to use.

      Went for a Bosch Electric , think its like that one, he was finally happy !
       
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        That was the one I had before, and it was decent. The switch mechanism in the handle was what went wrong on mine. It was frustrating having to ditch an otherwise OK mower for that, but I had about 6-7 years out of it so not too bad. I should have got another one really - I got the next Bosch model up, and it's not as good.
         
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          Thank you ricky101, that's really good to know :dbgrtmb:
           
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          Brilliant Graham B, thank you (I don't mean about your mower :sad:), I think I will order that one and try to sort out the lumps this week.

          Thanks again for your advice :ThankYou:
           
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          Thats a shame, the switch is probbly the most likey part to fail and generally widely available and cheap to have fitted.
          Even if Bosch, or any other maker, no longer supply them there is a busy parts aftermarket for them.

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            I had a Bosch 32 before , very good quality electric mower. Probably your best choice.
             
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              Thanks HarryS, useful to know. B&Q's website is down, but will try to get one before we locked down!
               
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                Brilliant, good shout HarryS, I had forgotten about Argos! Yes they have one in stock :dbgrtmb:
                 
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                  Hi Barders, they are a nice lawnmower , well built. You can mow the lawn 3 times a week now if we go into lockdown :biggrin:
                   
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                    Hi HarryS, just popped and got it, will tackle putting it together tomorrow, as I will probably need more daylight than is left today :roflol: (I have ADD and don't read instructions until it's too late!)

                    I have never mowed a lawn that often, didn't know you could :ideaIPB: but yes, as you say if we go into lockdown, it will give me something to do, rather than go bonkers in front of the computer :pcthwack:

                    Then I will need to tackle the hundreds of lumps in it, I know worms are good, but boy do I seem to have a lot of them in my lawn!
                     
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                    The easiest way to tackle the lumps is to scarify with a rented machine, of course.
                     
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