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Annemieke



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Location: Somerset UK
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 14 7:44 pm    Post subject: Which pushmower do you recommend?  Reply with quote    

We've always mown our grass ('lawn' is really too much) happily with a push mower, but our old one has now expired and we have to buy new. Do you have any recommendations, or horror stories? We don't need a collector as we always leave the grass where it falls, as a natural grass feed.
Thanks! Annemieke.

onemanband



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 14 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Only experience I have is of a Qualcast(I think) push along. Retail about 40.
Came into my possession via a garden clearance. It was like brand new so I passed it on. They said it was pants and gave it back. Passed it on to someone else - they also said it was pants and gave it back.
Stuck it on ebay for 99p with a picture showing how ineffective it is at cutting grass. I gave an honest description saying how rubbish it is at cutting and how it doesn't actually collect what it does cut. I got ten pounds for it, but buyer was well happy as she just wanted it to mow a grave.
I'm sure there are good ones - but like most things - you get what you pay for.

baldybloke



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 14 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a 1950's Ransome mower. Build quality is excellent and cuts well. Have a look for an old one if you can.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 14 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Qualcast used to be a good make; my father had one and cut the obligatory straight lines on the lawn for years with it. Either yours wasn't adjusted properly, too old, or perhaps it is only good on fairly short grass.

onemanband



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 14 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Qualcast used to be a good make; my father had one and cut the obligatory straight lines on the lawn for years with it. Either yours wasn't adjusted properly, too old, or perhaps it is only good on fairly short grass.


Correction - it was a Homebase own brand mower. It was rubbish.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 14 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We repair HUNDREDS of mowers (its our business).

Beware of anything cheap and Chinese. - you will get what you pay for and spares are impossible. They have a label saying its a Briggs & Stratton engine, but its not.

Mountfield (red mower) are great, Qualcast & Flymo are also the ones that come in for servicing, NOT repair.

Good luck!

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 14 9:49 am    Post subject: Re: Which pushmower do you recommend? Reply with quote    

Annemieke wrote:
We've always mown our grass ('lawn' is really too much) happily with a push mower, but our old one has now expired and we have to buy new. Do you have any recommendations, or horror stories? We don't need a collector as we always leave the grass where it falls, as a natural grass feed.
Thanks! Annemieke.


do you mean a person powered mower? if so I recommend the brill razorcut 38

and this is my review of it
turns out we bought it 6 years ago - is still going strong. Have to use a petrol mower if the grass gets out of hand, the rest of the time my son cuts the grass with the push mower - and he has a disability which means he has weak muscles, and still finds it easy.

our petrol mower - a mountfield - I've had it 16 years, and the engine still works fine, just the bodywork is beginning to rust out now - so not bad going, I would recommend them too.

Annemieke



Joined: 26 Feb 2013
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Location: Somerset UK
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 14 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for all your answers. We have just been away for a couple of days and, talking about it at our leisure on the train, decided we might as well buy it from the local hardware shop as they do one for 40. Mainly because we like to support the local independent shops, rather than buy over the internet.
Coming back I read all your stuff and decided to go for a Qualcast after all. And then hubbie, back from the allotment, had ordered the local cheap one. Oh well, I'll let you know how it fares!

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