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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 29426
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 4:10 pm    Post subject: Best mower? Reply with quote    

http://www.honda.co.uk/garden/lawnmowers/HRG465SD/specifications/

or

http://www.mountfieldlawnmowers.co.uk/sp555-53cm-self-propelled-aluminium-deck-lawnmower.html

or something else, similar?

It won't get especially looked after, the ground is not a bowling green, and I want it to last forever.

Any experience of the brands, or models? I loved my last Honda... Took the fire to kill it.

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you not got enough space to justify a ride-on?

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: York
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Both are powered by Honda engines, so should be reliable. My dad used to have a John Deere push along that went on for years (not sure whether it died or is still down at the farm somewhere).

May I suggest a very economical solution, though; linky

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Have you not got enough space to justify a ride-on?


Yeah, go on

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 23575
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
Both are powered by Honda engines, so should be reliable. My dad used to have a John Deere push along that went on for years (not sure whether it died or is still down at the farm somewhere).

May I suggest a very economical solution, though; linky


go piggies

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 5468
Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Please do not buy anything cheap and Chinese.

A mower with a Briggs & stratton engine will be easy to service and repair and you can get parts widely available.

I like Mountfields - John services around 300 every year, and likes these, Hayters and Hondas.
If you take the time to clean off the crap underneath them, check the oil and change the petrol before using it in the start of the season you shouldnt have any long standing problems.
Servicing really does extend the life of your mower - sharp blades will not tax the engine, and clean filters and correct oil levels will run it sweet.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 29426
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
sean wrote:
Have you not got enough space to justify a ride-on?


Yeah, go on


Had one, it was more trouble than it was worth once I stopped needing to cut football pitches in the field.

I do have a tractor, quad, 4x4 and an Audi sport. I've enough vehicles for fun.

Are both those ok, then Lorraine? I was struck on the Honda, but I hate our local dealer, and B&Q have the Mountfield at big discount currently.

onemanband



Joined: 26 Dec 2010
Posts: 838

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My mowers are 'antique' so can't comment on new stuff other than ....
I scrap about a dozen mowers a year - mostly flymos and cheap chinese tat. Only ever scrapped a couple of Mountfields and don't think I've ever scrapped a Honda.
Honda build quality is ace. I have a Honda genny that can sit in shed over a year and still start within 2 pulls then one pull thereafter.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 23575
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we built a good cart round a brigs engine when i was a kid

the motor is ace unmounted and running round the floor


old and solid has merit

avoid hover things

my gran had a victorian push mower that was ace once it was moving

roller flywheel gears .proper( non )steam punk ,as good as owt for a 1/4 acre or so ,a bit of oil and a file made it work very well
as a small kid once i could reach the handles it was easy

a powered version is easy though

alice



Joined: 18 Feb 2006
Posts: 2812

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My next mower will have to have proper tyres/wheels. The current one is a Castel. It has a Honda engine which I can't fault, steel deck, 53cm cut, but I'm on my second set of nasty moulded plastic wheels. They just wore away. It's a 4 mile trek each time we cut the grass and they're just not up to it.

boisdevie1



Joined: 11 Aug 2006
Posts: 3593
Location: Northern France
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:

I do have a tractor, quad, 4x4 and an Audi sport. I've enough vehicles for fun.


What about a motorbike? The most fun I can have with my clothes on.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 23575
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

beware the orthopedic surgery from the quietist of motorbike spills

fast ones have ballistic impacts

lawnmowers are fairly safe unless you put your hand in the pto

alice



Joined: 18 Feb 2006
Posts: 2812

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeah, thrilling as they are, I've always considered motorbikes to be on a par with hard drugs - it's only going to end one way.....

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bikes are fare less safe

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 12 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

my vote is for posh old pusher

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