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LeadFarmer

Anyone now of any good UK lawn mower discussion forums?

Im making a new lawn this year and would like to get a good mower for making stripes. I know I need a mower with rear roller, but id like to do some research into which type is best for me.

It will only be a small lawn, about 25m sq, and id like to consider the benefits of cylinder/petrol/hand push etc Does anyone know of any good forums for this subject?

Thanks

LeadFarmer

Thanks David. I do already own a nice rotary Honda Izzy, but I now need a mower with a roller to create stripes. When I lay my new lawn this year I want to keep it looking great so I was thinking of getting a cylinder mower with roller. But I know these are only any good for grass that is kept short, and struggle with long grass. 

Im not sure whether to buy new, or go for an old used model, as I think today's machines have engines made in China!

KEF

Can't comment on mowers with rollers. We use both a Honda and a Hayter petrol self propelled I believe the latter does have a Honda engine.

I would buy Honda everytime.

LeadFarmer

I don't think Honda make cylinder mowers, but they do make a rotary with roller. I was hoping to get a cylinder as they are supposed to give a much cleaner cut, rather than slashing the grass as rotarys do.

LeadFarmer

Thanks. I've seen two types of Suffolk Punch for sale brand new, one about £500 and the Kawaziki engine model at around £1000. It also seems that Suffolk Punch 14S, Qualcas Classic, Allet Classic 14L, Webb C14 & Atco Balmoral are all one and the same, just given a different name.  Another site states the Suffolk Punch doesn't exist any more and has been replaced by the Allet Classic. It's quite confusing actually.

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LeadFarmer

Thanks David. I'll go and visit a few places and get a better feel for it. There's a couple I know of in Sheffield.  

Cheers. 

LeadFarmer

Iv e just bought a Suffolk Punch 30S petrol cylinder mower for a good price on ebay, collecting it this week. I won't be using it until my new lawn is installed, but hopefully it will be an introduction into proper mowing.

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LeadFarmer

Not at all David, all comments appreciated. My new lawn isn't going to be very big at all, if I'm still enthusiastic about keeping the lawn nice by the end of summer I may upgrade to a different mower. 

I picked up the mower today and it does look like a nice machine. 

LeadFarmer

Well I snapped up another mower today as it was selling for a good price, I intend to sell the previous one this summer. This new one is a Qualcast Classic 43S with 17" blade...

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LeadFarmer

Thanks David. I think winter is definately the best time to buy a used mower. Come summer they will be selling for much higher prices. 

LeadFarmer

I paid £185 which I thought was a good price for the 17" model. Its been serviced every year and seems to be in great condition. Its just a shame I've got to wait for the summer before I can use it properly!

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 My Everedge lawn edging strips arrive tomorrow so I can at least make a start on the new path, then I can concentrate on starting the new lawn.