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Old 10th Aug 2017, 11:02   #21 (permalink)
 
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My cordless mower, a sovereign from homebase has been great, never had any probs and I always recharge as soon a I am finished. Same with strimmer and hedgecutter. My garden is not big but saves a lot of faff.
Yeh we have a soveriegn as well -We only have smallish lawns but the battery life seems ok and it cuts fine - even long and wet grass (although I do try to avoid wet grass as it takes a lot of cleaning on the mower underside after use).
I think we got it whilst Argos were doing a deal on them.
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I have a cordless/driverless Husqvarna robot mower. It chunters away on its own and takes three or four hours to do a 60m x 80m lawn and then self-docks into its charger.

As with cars, I'd never go back to an old-fashioned piston-banger now that the 21st century has arrived. The only thing that does a better job than the Husqi is sheep, but they munch the flowers so they're not suitable for that patch of grass.
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Old 10th Aug 2017, 12:28   #23 (permalink)
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The only thing that does a better job than the Husqi is sheep, but they munch the flowers so they're not suitable for that patch of grass.
Guineapigs are good, too.
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And you eat them if they breed to quickly.
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Any suggestions for cutting a slope too steep for a motor mower? Need a grassbox with it. Thanks in advance for suggestions
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Old 10th Aug 2017, 12:45   #26 (permalink)
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Any suggestions for cutting a slope too steep for a motor mower? Need a grassbox with it. Thanks in advance for suggestions
Goats are good.

Second suggestion is a Flymo with ropes to support it from the top of the slope.

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Old 10th Aug 2017, 14:10   #27 (permalink)
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G-CPTN - move house?
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Old 10th Aug 2017, 14:18   #28 (permalink)
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G-CPTN - move house?
Been there - done that - previous dwelling had 2 acres that took 4 hours to cut with the ride-on.
Current house has no lawn (and no significant flower or vegetable beds).
Also 9 feet above maximum flood level.
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Old 10th Aug 2017, 14:25   #29 (permalink)
 
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Had a large lawn.. petrol mower required but a cordless strimmer was fine if you remembered to charge overnight ..
Downsized and the small grass feature is now AstroTurf..
I assume after a few years the carbon damage from manufacture will be offset by the lack of mowing but reoffset by no carbon capture.. Plus when I burn it to save on skip fees !
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Old 10th Aug 2017, 15:49   #30 (permalink)
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SARF, so you use a vacuum rather than a mower.
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Old 10th Aug 2017, 16:04   #31 (permalink)
 
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I don't know what make my gardener uses.
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Old 10th Aug 2017, 16:24   #32 (permalink)
 
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I'd never use cordless tools here, too much grass.

My other half broke her Gtech vacuum cleaner original type within days of buying it. Then again a couple of weeks later. There was no override clutch so anything caught in the roller immediately stripped the nylon drive gears.It was fixed under warranty but she never remembers to charge it. Every time I try to use it I'll probably get a couple of minutes out of it before it stops. As for the silly collection tray - you need another vacuum cleaner to clean it out. I've just bought a VAX mains jobby - far better.
We have a robot vac (Neato brand, others are available) and it can tell when the roller is having problems because it will sit there and beep at me to come clean it. I usually find enough dog fur to fit out a chihuahua wrapped around the roller (our dog is way bigger and sheds an awful lot of fur). A properly-designed vac shouldn't have enough torque available to strip the gears and should stall and either trip out or at least have a motor that won't overheat when stalled.
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Old 10th Aug 2017, 17:06   #33 (permalink)
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Thanks for the comments so far. Keep them coming, please. Still undecided but tending towards a corded version as I only have a small lawn.

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Old 10th Aug 2017, 19:33   #34 (permalink)
 
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We use deer for cutting flowers and cordless granddaughter for grass. GD recharges on Coca Cola, icecream and cash.
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SARF, so you use a vacuum rather than a mower.
A broom most of the time but once or twice a year a pressure washer cleans it up a treat
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I have a Bosch one. Had it for about 15 months. So far so good, but it has to be used often as, if the grass gets over 3ins long, you have to do 2 cuts at different heights.
Lasts about 25 - 30 mins.
+1 for the Bosch cordless lawnmowers. 2 years regular use in quite large garden. Does struggles with grass too long and wet. But otherwise with regular use 30-40 minutes charge. Spare battery also not too expensive.
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Old 11th Aug 2017, 19:11   #37 (permalink)
 
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towards a corded version as I only have a small lawn
I thought that would make it ideal for the cordless version.
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Old 11th Aug 2017, 19:46   #38 (permalink)
 
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Unless it's a long, thin lawn then you don't have to worry about the length of the cord.

I have a strimmer that can do either, so I use it with a cord to do everything in range of the cord and the battery pack will then last for what's left. It also helps that it shares a common pack with other power tools so I have more than one pack now.
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SARF, we have a spare Dyson which we use to vacuum the carpet in the garage and the external decking.
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Old 11th Aug 2017, 22:57   #40 (permalink)

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A properly-designed vac shouldn't have enough torque available to strip the gears and should stall and either trip out or at least have a motor that won't overheat when stalled.
Exactly! That's why I bought another make.
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