Just a quick question really.. glad to be part of this group as a fairly new maintenance gardener.
I've recently picked up a couple of small mowing jobs close to one another and am finding my Hayter petrol mower a bit too big. I was thinking of looking for a cordless Li-on battery one and wondered if anybody had any experience/recommendations for which one to get...if at all??
Any suggestions welcome.
Only problem with electric mowers is that they tend not to cut anything moderately wet or damp, they also lack the power for longer grass. You may need to spend serious money to get even a half decent cordless mower, and can spend a fraction of that on a petrol version. Though as you say, electric mowers are so much lighter!
Stick with the Hayter, you can't have the 'perfect' machine for each and every job.
I have a bosch Li-ion mower and its fantastic...I was almost on the verge of saying that I wouldn't do mowing where I had to bring a mower in, as my back couldn't cope with the petrol mower in and out of the car. The Bosch is lightweight and copes with everything, and in some cases does better than heavier machines. It has no problem with long and/or wet grass, and you can actually cut sooner than if you had a petrol mower as it does not sink in to soft ground. Its also good on steep banks which would be impossible to cut with a heavier mower.
I did a longish wettish (or not as dry as I would have liked as it had rained first thing) lawn yesterday afternoon, and got 1 hour 20 minutes mowing time from 2 batteries. The battery runs down more quickly with long wet grass, but this is still plenty for most jobs. It wasn't cheap, I got the mower as a bargain when they modified it slightly, so mine was "old" stock and nearly half price, I actually paid more for the second battery! It has paid for itself many times over, both in jobs I can take on, and in saving physio fees...and the clients love it because its clean and quiet. At first I thought it would get laughed at (not a "proper" mower), but it does such a good job I now wouldn't be without it.
Deb, check out Amazon they have quite a few different ones.
Georgina Barratt , what model is your bosch?
Thanks for letting us know, it seems electric mowers have already caught up with there petrol counterparts!!!! Is the battery easy to replace? Can you buy cheaper alternatives? Or self built versions?
Apologies for my first answer to the discussion, its a long time since I've used a electric mower for professional jobs!
Thanks for the replies and as Christopher Ray says which Bosch Li-ion model is it Georgina?? Sounds just the job!!