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It's a lot less bover with a Hover (Flymo-type) 2 12.50%
Four wheels on my mower (Qualcast-type) 3 18.75%
Hang on lads, I've got an idea...(Other type) 4 25.00%
I really don't care, you sad fool! 7 43.75%
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Lawnmowers - which is best?

You tell me - what type of lawnmower is best?
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Re: Lawnmowers - which is best?

Honda, Petrol - weve had one for about 15 years, even after 6 months in the shed it will start after half a pull on the rope starter thing
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Re: Lawnmowers - which is best?

Oh eck. There was a thread on HJ quite similar to this recently, and No Dosh got a bit inflamed. Think it might be a pet subject of his
Anyway, much as I take the mickey, I was in agreement with him. A flymo is rubbish for several different reasons, such as cutting height not being as well controlled, bogging down if the grass is a bit too long, etc.
There's one big reason though. A rotary mower collects grass by the cutting blade also working as a fan and drawing air upwards and into the collecting bag. A flymo, by necessity, has to push air downwards instead to keep itself airborne. This means that they don't collect grass nearly as well, and just throw it everywhere instead.
But you're poll should really include questions on whether it should be leccy or petrol, and also include not rotary mowers, for completeness.
What about sit on ones too?

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A lawnmower has to be:

B&S petrol engine
Self drive preferablly
mulch capable is good too

any electrical one i've had experince of are uselss ...full stop

BTW: mine is a 12.%HP, 36" ride-on type..... i love it more than my Alfenia.
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Where is the "other" option????


We hire in a herd of sheep each week to keep the grass short.......
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It's option 3, GC!
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Re: Lawnmowers - which is best?

11hp Briggs and Stratton Westwood sit on mower with the tractor wheels.

Closest I can find is this but ours is a bit older. Bought it second-hand about ten years ago and it's been through the wars since then. The front plastic melted and the headlights came off when my brother set fire to the garage a few years ago, but it still cuts the grass a treat.
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It's option 3, GC!


Doh! So it is!!!




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I have a Petrol Rotary Flymo.

It replaced a Hayter that was nicked. I was a bit skint when it was nicked so I replaced it with the cheaper Flymo. It was half the price, a bigger cut, grassbox twice the size and far better grass compaction, and a more powerful engine.

The Tecumseh engine on the Flymo has been a better started than the Briggs & Stratton on the Hayter, though it always needs a couple of pulls as it has no priming bulb. The Aluminium deck of the Hayter was corroding and a the paint falling off, whereas the ABS body of the Flymo looks almost as good as new. It's lasted about 7 years and there are no signs yet that it won't last another 7. It's had a couple of new blades due to the wifes inability to clear rocks off the lawn, and a new recoil unit as she tries to pull the engine off each time she starts it. (Oh yes, did I forget. It's self propelled so she does the lawns herself - well worth the extra money!)

Hover mowers are crap, but don't knock Flymo.

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Re: Lawnmowers - which is best?

In light of Buck's last post, I should point out that what I've been referring to as a 'flymo' all through my post is actually a hover mower. I was trying to describe the difference between a hover and wheeled mower, rather than a make.
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In light of Buck's last post, I should point out that what I've been referring to as a 'flymo' all through my post is actually a hover mower. I was trying to describe the difference between a hover and wheeled mower, rather than a make.
I figured that, I was just sticking up for Flymo, even though they were responsible for the whole Hover mess!
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Re: Lawnmowers - which is best?

other, that would be one that someone else uses for you ah-ha, fabulous, oh yes
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its got to be one of those tractor ones that the council mow the parks with
so much quicker
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the best lawnmower is my other half with sciccors and a comb!!

if she can spend that much time on her hair she can do the same with the lawn. i tend to draw the line with shampoo and conditionor as it plays havoc with the roses.............although the grass does look very shiny!!! and knot free.............
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Honda, Petrol - weve had one for about 15 years, even after 6 months in the shed it will start after half a pull on the rope starter thing
Same for the Honda motorbikes. My Dad has one but doesn't use it anymore, it's not exactly old (1998) but just needs a battery charge, petrol and away it goes. Having said that my old 33 sat in the garage for over a year, and not only fired up OK but rans sweet as a nut.

As for the lawnmowers... concrete is the answer there. No more mowing
 
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Currently have a 6.5hp John Deere self-propelled walk behind mulcher.
But the best lawnmower is whatever the gardener shows up with!
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Got to be a cylinder mower. All the rest chuck up too much dust and stuff which causes havoc with me hayfever. Besides the trusty ATCO/Qualcast numbers are unbustable and will withstand a direct hit from an ICBM.

Oh, and they leave a rather dandy stripe for the neighbours to admire!
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I don´t remember what kind I use - Stole my parents
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Re: Lawnmowers - which is best?

So the oldest we can come up with is a paltry 15 years? I can top that.

I don't need a lawnmower -- see my thread about the lost view -- but my parents are still running the 25+ year old Lawn Boy they bought second hand to replace another Lawn Boy that had run for a good number of years itself.

Earlier this this it was getting a bit touchy and cranky and my dad decided it was finally time to get a new one, but after looking around he couldn't find mower that met all his specifications, so he overhauled the old, green machine and it seems to be set to carry one for another decade at least.

I can't find a decent photo of one but it looks something like this crappy picture. http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgur...lr%3D%26sa%3DN
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Who cares, as long as I'm not the poor sod that has to push it around
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