As we don't have an opposite to the Rant Room I will use WOT for this.
I would like to sing praises of the highest order about my new lawn mower.
Dibnah towers has a fair old sized set of lawnage. The front area of grass is about 10m wide x 8m long(plus a few smaller sections here and there, and the back lawn is 25m wide x 60m long with a fairish slope on it for extra effort.
It's always been too big for anything electric (as evidenced by the graveyard of burned out Flymo carcasses in various sheds) but about 10 years ago I purchased a Suffolk Punch self powered petrol mower to tackle it all. To be fair - it was good for the first summer, albeit weighing a ton and having the worlds smallest clippings catcher that needed emptying halfway down each run) - but just prior to leaving for Abu Dhabi it had already given up being a reliable starter despite costing 500 quid ++ and would have none of it when I returned. I asked at the local mower repair place about fixing a non-starting Suffolk punch and he laughed liked a BMW dealer being offered a 156 in p/x (personal story - but painful).
Given my legendary meanness I looked long and hard for a replacement which would be cheap but strong enough for the job. I talked to pro gardeners who made the mistake of engaging in conversation as I walked the hound and all roads pointed to the expensive but hugely recommended Honda Izzy petrol mower. 400 quid - but apparently better value for money than an M&S suit. One gardener I spoke to said that the lads at his work get in early so they can grab an Izzy for their days work rather than any of the other makes because they are so easy and reliable. You can get an okey-cokey petrol mower for 200 quid off Amazon, but it'll be a pig.
I finally took the plunge at the end of last summer and loved it. I loved it even more when I did the first spring cut of the lawnage a few weeks ago when it started - as it always does - on the first 3 mm of cord pull after just a splash of fresh 2019 petrol.
Every review I read about is true and more. It's light (despite having a decent 4 stroke engine on it), the clippings bag shreds and compacts so it only needs emptying every other leap year, and it starts in a way that only a Honda can. Apparently Honda are the only mower manufacturer who make an engine specifically for a mower. All other petrol mowers reuse little engines from motorbikes and scooters - but the Honda mower unit is designed and built from scratch for a mower. Japanese - gotta love em.
If anyone is ever contemplating a new petrol mower - BUY A HONDA IZZY! I now look forward to a good old mow and the wife knows now that she sits firmly behind Izzy in the pecking order. What used to take me a couple of hours of blood, sweat and tears is now a 45 minute job front and back and I'm almost sad when it's done (I'm referring here to the garden, not MrsDibnah).
I love it when you spend good money on something that's supposed to be the dog-nads, and it turns out to be even better than you thought