Friday 28 October 2016

Top buys: Lawnmowers

Published 21/04/2016 | 02:30

The Al-Ko Soft Touch lawnmower.
The Al-Ko Soft Touch lawnmower.
Bosch Rotak 43 Li
The Bosch AHM 38G lawnmower.
Honda HRX 537 VYE
The Husqvarna 64 lawnmower.
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Husqvarna 64/ Bosch AHM 38G / Al-Ko Soft Touch

A hand-push cylinder mower is by far the greenest option and a great alternative to a basic electric mower as long as you are reasonably fit and your garden is small and you are willing to cut at least once a week in the growing season. The Husqvarna 64 has four adjustable cutting heights and a collection box is an option, but it is quite expensive and not that widely available offline. But there are other hand push models out there that are nearly as good and probably a bit cheaper, such as from Bosch or AL-KO.

Buy: €140 or less

Bosch Rotak 43 Li

This is a cordless rotary mower powered by a lithium-ion battery that is good for 40 minutes (equivalent to c600sqm) on a single charge. It includes a rear roller for the stripy garden wanna-bes, seven cutting heights and a 50-litre grass box. It's also fitted with grass combs and a roller to facilitate mowing up to and over the lawn edge.

Buy: €680 from Hardware

Honda HRX 537 VYE

This is a popular self-propelled petrol rotary mower with a very good mulching facility that can simultaneously distribute grass clippings both to the ground and into the bag, to varying degrees. Most mulching mowers can only either collect or mulch, but not both. You can also adjust the speed at which it propels itself, and also stop the blade rotating with engine still running. Comes with an 88-litre collector.

Buy: €1,099 from

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