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Old 7th Jul 2021, 21:37
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Wrong sort of grass

I was given an electric hover mower as a house warming present, an Electrolux model which the giver kept confusing with a hoover, it has come to be called the lawn hoover. I gave it a quick test on our old house lawn where I was actually impressed with what it did. It is quiet ish, easy to manoeuvre and even collected up the cuttings surprisingly well. So I popped it into the car and brought it to our new house. Here it has failed to impress. Our front lawn is not huge but it is complicated. Let into the lawn we have a number of small beds with shrubs in, 5 large flower tubs and several edges which are cut so that the soil levels are a couple of inches below the lawn level. The spaces between each of these features are various widths but many are less than the cutting width of the lawn hoover. This causes the problems. Whenever the edge of the lawn hoover goes over the edge of the grass it loses the hover action and stops floating along. It also blows all of the edge grass over the edge and doesn't cut it. Lastly, when it goes over the edge of the lawn it stops sucking up the cuttings, something it also fails to do when moving in any direction except forwards. The complexity of the lawn and the trailing cable mean a lot of moving backwards just to get around all of the features without tangling the cable around the shrubs in the beds. It was a nice idea but ............ give me a good old petrol rotary mower with wheels and things will be better.

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Old 7th Jul 2021, 22:15
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I have a rechargeable rotary for the front and rear lawns, It will run for 45 mins or more which is enough to finish the job in one go. I also have a hover mower which comes into its own when I do the gas tanks. We have 2x2000 litre LPG tanks buried under a mound in the front garden, referred to at Tellytubby Mountain. The rotary could do the sides and top but it is heavy and tries to shave the mound as it goes over the lip and down the sides. The hover on the other hand is light so it is ideal for lowering down the sides and for pushing up from the bottom to finish the job. It also skims the plastic manholes on the top of the mound. The blades themselves are plastic and hinged so if they do hit the covers, they do no damage. The chord is a nuisance but bearable, Our house was built with external power sockets so at least plugging it in is easy. To tidy up the edges of beds and go round the various trees, covers and vents, I use a rechargeable strimmer.

I had the same poor hover performance as you describe but I found I could turn the cutting head over for a different cut height. That improved its flight characteristics no end
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Old 7th Jul 2021, 22:34
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Petrol?????????

[email protected] to that! I have the 56v EGO electric. You could do Wembley stadium with that thing, though in fairness, that would take a while

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Did that thing get high on grass?


I’ll get my coat…
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Old 7th Jul 2021, 22:41
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Very clever, how often can you get the opportunity amalgamate a thread about lawnmowers and aviation?
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Originally Posted by BWSBoy6 View Post


Very clever, how often can you get the opportunity amalgamate a thread about lawnmowers and aviation?
Or F1?
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Racing mowers, ha!!! I'll one up that mower!!!
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Originally Posted by Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! View Post
Petrol?????????

[email protected] to that! I have the 56v EGO electric. You could do Wembley stadium with that thing, though in fairness, that would take a while
Which model EGO? My Honda (gas) mower is getting rather long in the tooth and having a few issues so I've been thinking about replacing it with a battery powered. I need about an hour battery life to do my lawn.
Popular Mechanics gave a glowing review to one model EGO (which also promised one hour run time) but when I went to price one, it had been discontinued . It had two blades (I assume counter-rotating) which I rather like in concept.
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I have more than enough ornamental grass as it is so when faced with keeping an orchard in check, I opted for a number of four wheel drive grass cutters. They are fattening up nicely and will be in the freezer by October
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And lawn-mower flying for real:


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Did that thing get high on grass?
Aren’t choppers expensive to run?
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Old 8th Jul 2021, 23:18
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When you said, “wrong sort of grass,” I wondered if you meant something like this, but yes, that would fit with the flying lawn mower dreams…

Thanks annakmfor taking it one step beyond.




P.S., If the hover mower had some sort of outboard detector to determine a drop/edge/void where it could it lose lift, perhaps it wouldn’t do that, ala the Roomba vacuum cleaner that doesn’t fling itself down a staircase when it comes to the edge.

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Old 9th Jul 2021, 22:27
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Hmm, we used to use a petrol flymo hover mower. Don't remember any issues with edges.
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Lawns

In 2030 lawns and lawn mowers(all types) will be banned.All lawns will be needed for food production only!
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