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Toaster Pilot

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10,907 posts

67 months

Wednesday 16th May 2012
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I'm going to need to buy a lawnmower soon and was thinking about a petrol one instead of electric - mostly because I can't be arsed trailing a cable out of the house to use it. Budget is very limited though because I'm going to be skint after moving house.

I've noticed that Tesco, Argos, Homebase etc all have petrol lawnmowers for about £100, all unknown/own brand (Challenge at Argos for example)

Are these a bad idea? I assume it's going to be hard to get spares if ever needed? Anyone got a really cheap petrol mower like these?

chibbard

1,472 posts

169 months

Wednesday 16th May 2012
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I bought a cheap petrol mower from argos for just over 100 quid for the exact reasons you mention. The only maintenance i done was 2 oil changes in 18 years. The only thing that broke was the fast idle cable. Engine wise, it just kept on going. I decided to scrap it two months ago (replaced with another 100 odd quid petrol mower) because the metal body rusted. The engine was still running fine. Therefore, i would say go for it.

98elise

8,645 posts

70 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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I've got a cheap one, had it for about 7 years and no issues. Its got a briggs and straton engine so starts and runs like a 50's motorbike though.

The benefits are that it takes half the time to cut the grass, and it will cut wet grass.

I will never buy an electric mower again.

Jimboka

5,629 posts

113 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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Smallish garden? Qualcast pushalong @50 is easier/quicker/makes nice noise/can be used anytime without bothering neighbours!!

Convert

3,437 posts

127 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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I bought a cheap McCulloch (Tecumseh emgine) 12 years ago.

The only issue I've had is the petrol pipe from tank to carb perished.

It's got a polycarb deck so no rust. Just sharpen the blades once a year, prime the carb (10 pushes) and pull the cord once. Great bit of kit.

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A lex

15,839 posts

142 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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I bought a cheap petrol one from Lidl (FloraBest or somesuch) German brand with a B&S motor.

Its 2 years old now and has been abused something rotten, various bits have fallen off the body and its a bit rough around the edges but it still starts every time and cuts the grass well.

It lives under a tree in the corner of the garden!!

Apart from an oil change and a service (air filter was blocked with green gunk) its needed nothing. Ive also rigged the governer to run slightly faster, its a bit loud now but chomps its way through the long grass a lot easier.

ColinM50

1,797 posts

84 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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Got an e-mail from Screwfix yesterday saying they've got an offer on for a Mountfield mower down from £199 to £139 at the moment

PugwasHDJ80

6,363 posts

130 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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second hand honda izy from eblag

bought mine 5 years ago for £115 and the only things its needed is a new sparkplug! wonderful little things

jet_noise

2,075 posts

91 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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Dear A,

A lex said:
snip

Ive also rigged the governer to run slightly faster
Proper job,

regards,
Jet

toasty

4,447 posts

129 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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Honda Izy - worth the extra.

BigTom85

1,486 posts

80 months

Blackpuddin

6,701 posts

114 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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Going thru the process of looking at my sad old mountfield B&S powered mower and was just going to replace it woth another, may still do that, but my eye has also been taken by the Bosch cordless mowers that run on Lithium-ion batteries, they look the bizzo. More expensive up front but cheaper overall (if it lasts) because no petrol to put in. Also quiet and light. And not smoky.

scenario8

4,421 posts

88 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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Blackpuddin said:
Going thru the process of looking at my sad old mountfield B&S powered mower and was just going to replace it woth another, may still do that, but my eye has also been taken by the Bosch cordless mowers that run on Lithium-ion batteries, they look the bizzo. More expensive up front but cheaper overall (if it lasts) because no petrol to put in. Also quiet and light. And not smoky.
Petrol consumpition on a typical residential lawnmower has to be tiny over a year, doesn't it?

A lex

15,839 posts

142 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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For a whole season of mowing, cutting, snipping etc etc over all my petrol powered garden tools I use about 20L per season. Tis nothing, especially as the mower is used for about 6-8hrs per month.

Gareth79

3,318 posts

155 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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I bought a non-runner off ebay for £25, a German Sabo with a B&S engine. It just needed the carb overhauling and the cables fixing up a bit. I'm sure you could get a bargain on something really nice if you pick the right one.



itsnotarace

4,149 posts

118 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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Jimboka said:
Smallish garden? Qualcast pushalong @50 is easier/quicker/makes nice noise/can be used anytime without bothering neighbours!!
This

Condi

5,488 posts

80 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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Mum bought a cheap one... erm... Challenge Extreme (?) from where-ever that is from, and tbh its nothing special. Very hard to start this year for some reason, not sure why. Plug looks okay, fuel getting through the carb, and once it runs its fine, but just exceptionally hard to get going first of all even for a fit 23 year old let, let alone mum who is over 50... I had to resort to easy-start first time after winter as it simply would not go. The wheels are held on with a terrible arrangement, and when pulling the mower backwards one always falls off because the bolt unscrews itself!

All in all, I would pay the little extra and get at least a B+S engine, or Honda or something well known and reliable.

Toaster Pilot

Original Poster:

10,907 posts

67 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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It's not a massive garden but it's not tiny either scratchchin

Toaster Pilot

Original Poster:

10,907 posts

67 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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BigTom85 said:
Is that a B+S engine?

Blackpuddin

6,701 posts

114 months

Thursday 17th May 2012
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Starting a B&S is all in the wrist action. I find the best method is to prime it up with a couple of squirts on the bulb, pull the string gently through a couple of times, then give it another couple of squirts of juice followed by a more committed pull.