Petrol Lawnmowers - new vs old
January Man Posts: 212
I need to get a lawnmower. I've got two "lawns" and a whole load of paths to cut. None of it is particularly flat, and it's not really a lawn as such - more just an area of grass! So no need for it to look like Wembley, no need for stripes, etc Up until not I've been doing it with a strimmer. And I might continue to use the strimmer on the paths. But for the two "lawn" areas it takes ages with a strimmer.
What are people's thoughts on old vs new? There are a few old Honda Izys about, and some old Mountfields and Kawasakis and similar. All around the £150-£200 mark. Not knowing much about such things, I'm not sure if I am better off with one of those or getting a brand new budget machine in the same price bracket.
Any thoughts from those more in the know?
I used to commercially for 15 years and it's still going strong
Glad I kept the old petrol one, put it that way!
There can be many reasons for getting rid of a mower. Aging, and a petrol mower being to heavy to use and/or hard to start is probably a major reason. I know when I next have to change the mower I'll be looking for a cordless one. I'm now the wrong side of 70 and can still start it OK, but my wife certainly can't. If I was unable to cut the grass it would have to remain uncut.
The previous owner bought it to get to the bits his ride on mower couldn't get to, but traded it back in, along with his old ride on to buy a better, more agile ride on.
If you buy second hand from a reputable dealer they'll probably give you a warranty with it. Mine was still under Honda's warranty.
Personally I'd avoid seconds domestic mowers unless you can clearly see it hasn't had much use . I'd go screwfix or where ever and pick a mountfield up for £200-300 new Ideally with a honda engine on but the B&S will be fine . Not sure what Kawasaki mower you are looking at but the engines are bullet proof.