Which lawn mower should I buy?

Which lawn mower should I buy?

The days are getting longer and so is the grass! With warmer weather around the corner, June is the perfect month for investing in a new lawn mower. But there can be a lot to think about before you make a purchase. Some of the questions you might want to ask yourself include:

  • Petrol vs electric
  • Should I go cordless?
  • Which is the best brand?

In this buyers’ guide, we’ll look at those questions and help you make the right choice as to which machine from our range of lawn mowers best meets your needs.

Petrol vs Electric

This question is all about power; the more power a mower can provide, the better the quality of the cut. This can matter at times when you least expect it to. For example, if you’re using a low-cost lawnmower from a high street retailer, getting through long grass can be a real struggle and your lawn needs to be dry before you can even think about mowing it. A low-powered pedestrian mower has a blade that turns more slowly when faced with the increased resistance long or damp grass creates; this can leave you with an uneven cut, or even “chewed” grass, which has a ribbed effect, a silver sheen or straggly, yellow blades of grass all over the cut lawn.

This means that you need a mower that has enough power to deal with your lawn. One good example of a Petrol Mower with a good balance between power and value for money is the Stihl RM443 T Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower. It has a cutting width of 41cm and has six cutting height settings. It is especially good for steeper lawns as it has a single speed drive. 

One thing to be aware of if you’re thinking about buying a petrol lawn mower is that they require a bit of looking after. You will need the appropriate engine oil for your mower and the engine will need servicing from time to time.

Fortunately, ToolStore UK has a range of accessories for outdoor power tools which cover the whole spectrum of outdoor tools, not just mowers.

Petrol mowers are the most powerful on the market, but that doesn’t automatically make them the best choice. For instance, if your lawn is smaller than 200 square metres, you probably don’t need a petrol mower unless your lawn has slopes or is uneven. Even if you do have a large garden, an electric mower could still be an excellent solution.

There are various advantages to electric mowers; there’s no need to service a petrol engine, nor do they emit polluting exhaust fumes. They are also much lighter than their petrol equivalents, which can be a major consideration, especially if you are going to be using the mower for extended periods of time.

All of the major tool manufacturers offer electric lawn mowers with differing features. The key thing to remember is that power is just as important with electric mowers as it is with petrol mowers. The width of the cutting blade and size of the collection box can also be worth thinking about, as wider blades and larger box capacities can help to get the job done faster.

Should I go cordless?

One of the considerations you should think about when deciding whether to choose a corded or cordless lawn mower is the size of your garden. Even in a small garden, proximity to a plug socket is important and you may struggle to cut your lawn’s full length. That isn’t a problem if you choose a battery-powered model.

Cordless electric mowers are usually more expensive than their corded equivalents, but that might be called the ‘price of convenience’. Battery powered mowers can travel much further than those which are tethered to a power socket and there is a safety advantage, in that you can’t accidentally snag the power cable with the mower blade.

One other point of note is that, in many cases, your cordless mower can be powered by the same batteries as your other power tools from the same manufacturer. This can make them seriously convenient, as you’ll be able to just charge, then go!

One of the most powerful cordless mowers on the market is the Makita DLM382, which is available as either a body only unit (that is, without batteries) or supplied with 2 6ah batteries and a twin-port charger. This mower has a 36v motor drive system and a single-lever cutting height adjustment system. It also generates less noise and vibration than many equivalent machines, making it a great choice for regular or prolonged use.

Which is the best brand?

This is a difficult question to answer! In a lot of cases, personal preference is an important factor, especially if choosing a cordless model. For example, if you have a number of DEWALT cordless tools in your kitbag, you might be particularly interested in the DCMWSP564N Twin 18v Brushless Mower, which is the first DEWALT self-propelled mower.  This has a large, 54cm mowing deck and a 55 litre collection bag, so is a remarkably efficient unit.

Makita also has a substantial range which includes both petrol-powered and cordless electric lawnmowers.

However, the professional’s choice for many outdoor power tools is Stihl. This German brand is known for well-manufactured products and is possibly most famous for chainsaws, but their range of mowers is just as impressive as their other products, which include pressure washers, hedge trimmers and much, much more.

ToolStore UK – the home of great products, great value, and great service

Here at ToolStore UK we work incredibly hard to provide our customers with the best products at competitive prices, but we don’t stop there. Our team is passionate about delivering brilliant service. If you browse our range of lawn mowers  and have a question, you can contact us by phone, email or through our website and we’ll always be happy to help.   

For a luscious lawn, choose a mower from ToolStore UK. Before you know it, it’ll be #JobDone.

Posted by ToolStore UK
30th June 2021

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