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Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 10:02 am    Post subject: Lawn mower  Reply with quote    

Without wanting to go all Pleasant Valley Sunday, we need a lawn mower.

It's an area of about 50m by 20m, but not in one entire bit, there are beds and wiggly edges.

So, petrol or electric? Or a push-along one? A hover one?

I think I want a second hand one rather than paying out for new.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would go for electric for that size lawn - lighter and more manoeuvrable. Hover ones mulch up the grass and leave it lying around, which is fine if you mow regularly and frequently. Less so if you leave it for longer between mowings.
OTOH, if you have a box on the mower, you will need to empty it several times per mowing, which can be annoying. Depends whether you view grass clippings as a resource or not.

ETA Sadly, Rob's lawnmower collection is rather depleted now, or you could have taken one away with you!

Nell Merionwen



Joined: 02 Jun 2008
Posts: 16300
Location: Beautiful Derbyshire
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

try freecycle, This time of year people upgrade their mowers if they have big gardens. They need to offload the old ones.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35907
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks, Nell; I'm keeping an eye out; I can't put up a wanted as I have used up all my Freecycle Chi scrounging stuff for the market over the last few weeks

Judith; you mean your barn is EMPTY?

Nell Merionwen



Joined: 02 Jun 2008
Posts: 16300
Location: Beautiful Derbyshire
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I could put up a wanted here but then we would have to sort out courier. Perhaps give it a few days and then shout if you would like me to?

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
Judith; you mean your barn is EMPTY?


Good heavens, no. It is now full of all the stuff from the lean-to.
Plus Paul the Cat Man's junk that I agreed to store for a "couple of months" two years ago.
But unfortunately I did Freecycle the spare mowers in a fit of organisation.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35907
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you! There's an electric flymo compact 300 on ebay for 30. I've just put in a bid. If that does't come to anything, I'll maybe PM you.

Judith: he does *know* you're moving, doesn't he?

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
he does *know* you're moving, doesn't he?


Nope.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35907
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


JB



Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 7748
Location: 91 N
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
I would go for electric for that size lawn - lighter and more manoeuvrable. Hover ones mulch up the grass and leave it lying around, which is fine if you mow regularly and frequently. Less so if you leave it for longer between mowings.
OTOH, if you have a box on the mower, you will need to empty it several times per mowing, which can be annoying. Depends whether you view grass clippings as a resource or not.

ETA Sadly, Rob's lawnmower collection is rather depleted now, or you could have taken one away with you!


I'd go with petrol. 1000 m2 is a fair size to mow and if you've got 50m cable runs around the place they'll just be a pain to manage. You could even try the local council tips, ours usually has a few spares and repairs type lawnmowers kicking around for resale.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've been there - I'm not 100% convinced Chez really means metres!

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34031
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's what, a quarter of a football pitch at the quoted sizes.

I wouldn't want a flex behind me that long. it would weigh a ton, to start with.

marigold



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
Posts: 12458
Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Buy a decent petrol mower - it'll do the job quickly and you won't drive your neighbours mental listening to an inadequate electric mower drone for hours...

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35907
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
I've been there - I'm not 100% convinced Chez really means metres!


I think I might have over-estimated - I based it on poultry-net lengths and I've just realised, it goes quite a long way round the edge as well as across the bottom. So, perhaps, 20m along one edge and 10 along the other might be more realistic.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 35875
Location: yes
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 12 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sheep?

sorry

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