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Posted: 21/08/2013 at 17:23

I can assure you im no scam or selling anything to anyone,

What i advise on is all ive learnt over the years and nothing more,

But more important than the  person asking is that this forum is read by lots of people who just might have the same question ref whats the best way to do something And by reading what others have done will take the right road to getting what they're after.

And ref anyone after my money !! think again ,

Its already a sad world "but when you cant try to help someone when asked without thinking they're after something "well"

As ive said Sad.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 08:05

Im always blowing off about quality and this morning i was in the workshop sorting todays needs out ref tools etc and i thought i'll give the big rotovator engine a turn over,

This machine is the Howard Gem rotovator,

If you've seen the good life on the tv ? it's the machine those two ride around on,

they really we're the beast of rotovators "but made to last for life".

The one i have has 3 forward & 1 reverse gear's and is a diesil engine type.

I bought it second hand over 30 years ago  from a landscape gardener who was retiring having read his offer to sell in the local paper and today again as always two turns of the handle "having tickled the fuel through" she burst into life,

Ive always gone for quality and it's always paid off even from my other hobby "classic motor cycles" to the car i drive today" quality everytime,

Its worth the waiting until you can afford such things or find them.

To me its one of the nicer sides to gardening or general DIY to have tools that do the job that you know from the minute you need to use them they'll work and work well.

Whats your take on this subject "Do you have any old faithfull's you reply on?


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 07:50

PS to the above,

Make sure if nothing else safe is worn "You wear eye protection"

its a must

bits of flying twigs etc can blind you.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 07:46

To be 100% honest I'd say as i always do and with complete experience of both gardening and common understanding of how making and selling anything goes ''I'd go for one of the best makes on the market,

I had my own stihl strimmer for some 20years now never had any problem with it and it really is used every few weeks as i have banks to keep looking nice and the places in the garden the lawn mower can't get to,

The design is such that it fits all size of person and is a virtue in itself.

Now the very important part of any strimmer first is to make sure it has some sort of carrying harness so your not carrying the weight of the strimmer as your trying to cut the grass etc,

Ive seen so many people trying to control the machine and take the weight and work in a safe way, 'these machines can spell danger"

My own machine has a full (two arms through the harness and a belt around the waist ) and then the machine clips onto this supporting harness and the machine itself is fitted with what looks like handle bars (may sound daft but i can work all day "and i do mean all day and feel no aches or pain from using this machine)

Both the design and price have not really changed much over the years and today your looking at around £300 for the petrol one,

This to my mind is the rolls royce in machine companies and have been going for many years, spare parts are available if needed and they have their own service dept's where you buy the machines from. I did buy this companies chain saw after the long term use of the strimmer and being very happy with its design and use,

I wouldnt do that if i'd found any bad useage problems.

Now when buying and you see very cheap makes on the market

just ask yourself how much did that make cost the company to make ?

then the cost to the selling outlet? And why so cheap?

If you want qualitiy you have to pay for it.

Last but not least "how many second hand styilh's do you see on the market ?

Buy quality and buy once "buy cheap" and look out.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 07:07

Hi zombie,

I didnt know what was going to be in that chest "meeeeee owwwwwwww was i to know,

but a near got it right from you "nice try".


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 21:54

What was in that chest we found in the soil when we first moved in,

I'd spent weeks clearing all the man made rubbish bricks /bottles/ you name it and we found it And then it was the turn of mother nature stuff, like brambles and tree's that had re-rooted, shoots shooting up from the main tree's,

With the brambles the only way is to chop the top growth off so you can get to the roots via digging the lot out and having a bon - fire,

Having done all this and now looking at bare ground i got my howard gem rotovator on the job it was hard work and long hours to cover little ground,

when our neighbour  on the opposit side of the track turned up on his tractor complete with plough and said let's do the job quicker, It was then after he'd finished and gone home i noticed this corner sticking up,

I dug just a few feet and there it was the chest and something was inside, "i could hear it rattle as i pulled the chest on top of the ground,

What was it????

We forced the rusty bolt lock off and the lid just fell apart as we peared inside,

I found wrapped up in what looked like canvas a dog, also i found its lead and a small teddy,

it had been there a long time as the house was empty for 25 year before we bought it and so this little chest was its grave,

I dug a lot deeper and to this day the treasure is still in its place of rest just under the old apple tree.

No gold as such but something that was worth a lot more to that dogs owner.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:25

Hi just before i go to bed i thought i'd say thanks for your thoughts on your finds when you first moved in,


We found in the cottage we had in north -wales one of those 1960's food cabinetts, the ones that have a draw-bridge like working surface and little seperate places for the bread and a tinned off area for cooler foods, a tea caddy  space and in this draw-bridge working top "it opens and there you'll find a big space for more kitchen tools to hide, its got 2 x drawers at the top & two top & two bottom cubourds,

It's here with us in france as we just didnt wont to leave it back in the uk and im going to strip all the old paint off and repaint it,

at the minute its in my workshop and used for storing all home made chutney.

It's nice to be able to have the time for these winter projects,

Nothing better when the outside is freezing to be inside the workshop, the tea -pot never cold, one of the dogs laying on the mat and the radio on, just passing the time away doing up this or that.



Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:09

You wont be sorry you did,

I waited far to long before i got one,

Im amazed just how much mulch i can put to good use and help the plants out in the winter (roses etc)

By getting a petrol one you can take the machine to the where ever the wood is and chip it there.

Good luck


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:59


I was talking to a couple today who have just come to live here in france and they we're telling me that their garden is full of junk left behind by the former owners,

It got me thinking about the kinds of stuff i dug up when i first started to clear our garden,

I found loads of bottles, car battery's, rusty tins and then the" treasure box"

Yes an old chest locked and inside it was !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll leave you to wonder about "What the  real treasure inside was.

Tell you tomorrow.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:42

All the info should have been on the grass seed bags as to when /how to sow and after care ref the first cut.

Plus you can buy grass seeds for all sorts of uses, ie bowling green lawn seed, /general use grass seed,

But you must know what use this grass area is going tobe used for.

Plan and do your home work ref your plan and you'll have a better chance of getting what you want.

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