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Old 8th Aug 2017, 21:59   #1 (permalink)
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CORDLESS LAWNMOWER

Has anyone had experience of the GTech cordless mower. If yes any comments please.
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Old 8th Aug 2017, 22:58   #2 (permalink)

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Not totally relevant but;

I had a GTech cordless vacuum cleaner. After 3 months of using it daily (for a 2 bedroom bungalow) the battery only stretched to half the carpets before a recharge was required. Also it wouldn't vacuum along the skirting boards. Emptying the extremely small and compressed dust compartment was awkward and messy. Having had that experience if it were me I'd avoid the mower.

I cut my losses and bought a Dyson. Still going strong (literally) after 2 years.

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Old 8th Aug 2017, 23:15   #3 (permalink)
 
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The TV adds for the mower are all on grass that has already been cut.
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Have had a battery strimmer and a battery hedge clipper, good for about 20mins max. then battery is so hot it has to be cooled in the fridge before it will re-charge. Wouldn't bother, if I were you, a small petrol or, if a really tiny lawn, a corded one.
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I have a Stihl trimmer--wonderful--Quiet, last for 30+ minutes and well balanced. I expect their li-ion battery mower would be great.

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Wonder how much CO2 is released by the charging of domestic gardening tools used for making gardens pretty!!
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Wonder how much CO2 is released by the charging of domestic gardening tools used for making gardens pretty!!
....versus the CO2 consumed by the lawn ??
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Old 9th Aug 2017, 04:32   #8 (permalink)
 
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....versus the CO2 consumed by the lawn ??
Would that make one's grass green?
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Old 9th Aug 2017, 05:55   #9 (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.
I also have a Gtech vacuum for the last 3 years and the wife loves it. the dust collecter is fiddly but the latest version has been much improved. We have not had any battery probs tho I don't expect them to last forever.
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I've owned a Makita cordless mower for a year or so now. It's fine as long as you don't let the grass get too long, and easily manages our small lawn on less than half a charge. It uses the same battery packs as my Makita power tools, the 3 Ah, 18V lithium ones, but takes two in series.

If the grass does get a bit over grown, doing two passes, one with it set high and the second with it a bit lower, works OK.

It's not massively powerful, but is very light and easy to use. If you only have a small lawn area, and are prepared to cut it every week or so, then a cordless mower like this will do the job OK. I'd not recommend one for large areas of rough grass, as that would be outside it's capabilities.

The bottom line is that cordless mowers are a niche product, in that they are only really suitable for smaller grass cutting jobs and won't handle long grass well. If that happens to fit with your needs they are fine; if it doesn't then I'd suggest getting a conventional mower. Smaller petrol mowers are pretty cheap now, too, whereas the better cordless mowers are expensive. I bought the Makita without batteries or charger, as I already had spare power tool batteries and two chargers. Even so it cost around 150, and would have been well over 200 with two battery packs and a charger.
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Wonder how much CO2 is released by the charging of domestic gardening tools used for making gardens pretty!!
....or the damage caused to the planet (and the child labour, if the Daily Mail is to be believed) in making the batteries that deliver power to the thing?
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Old 9th Aug 2017, 07:56   #12 (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.
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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.

I do miss my John Deere ride on though. Fantastic machine, but the garden in our new place is too small.
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Have a Ryobi cordless lawn mower. Using a 4 ah battery as supplied, it will only cut about 75% of my grass so I've bought a 1.8 ah battery too.
Only snag I find is it stalls too easily on long grass, but re-starts instantly.
I've also got 2 non Ryobi batteries which are supposedly 3 ah but they don't even last as long as the Ryobi 1.8 ah one probably because they're nicad rather than Li ion.
Also have Ryobi hand drill, strimmer and small vacuum cleaner using same batteries.

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Get one of these. Just need some room to turn it round at the end of each run.

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Old 9th Aug 2017, 12:38   #16 (permalink)
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I've tested various cordless ones and they're OK if you have a small lawn which is regularly cut. They won't cope with a less than pristine grass sward (ie, none of the usual weeds that most lawns have) and they struggle if the lawn isn't bone dry. A petrol mower with a drive option copes with most conditions, and a mulching function saves having to empty the cuttings catcher.
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Old 9th Aug 2017, 12:50   #17 (permalink)
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GTech have very seductive adverts, but think how much advertising costs and who pays.
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That G-Tech guy annoys the hell out of me for some reason. He is obviously trying to be the next James Dyson and just copying the business model.

His insistence of saying 'I designed' this and that really grates with me. Maybe that comes from working in so many design teams where the boss who generally only had a very vague idea usually took the credit for 'designing' everything.
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PH, yeah like the concept, now guys, make it happen.
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I don't know what make my gardener uses.
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