Posted: 31/01/2013 at 11:11
I don't mind about mowers making a noise! However, what I'd like would be as follows:-
easy to attach/detach the battery charger plug. (mine has electric/key as well as "pull" start facility)
fuel tank designed so that it was easy to refill from the normal type of plastic fuel containers.
grass box easy to detach from the mower with one hand.
mulch facility (which mine already has)
some means of using the mower to trim lawn edges - additional blade which could be engaged as required, maybe? - plus I find it quite difficult to mow close/parallel to lawn eges without the machine (Hayter) falling off into the flower beds because the wheels are rather narrow & there's no rear roller. Wider front wheels would help a bit, I suppose.
grass chute which didn't clog up when the grass is damp.
rear rollers + some weight - not just because of "lawn stripes" but also because it would help keep the lawn surface more level and even. Problems arise in my garden because of mole tunnels, rabbit latrines etc. My old Atco used to deal with this really well, but the Hayter doesn't.