Any advice on hand-push lawnmowers?


I need to buy a new lawn-mower and as I only have a small lawn thought about an old-fashioned hand-push one as I have always enjoyed using my dad's. Does anyone have any advice on which brand to go for?




  • Hi Cetti.

    Like yourself I yearned for the clicking and romance of a hand-push lawnmower and bought a Bosch push along from B&Q for my smallish lawn in West Yorkshire. I think that it was about £50 pounds but has been a great investment. Its very light and I can cut the grass in half the time. My Flymo used to blow grass into the borders and all over the patio even though it was meant to collect it all. It also saves time getting  the power lead, extension cable, circuit breaker out from under the detritus in the garage. I actually look forward to cutting the grass these days and can easily manage 2 or 3 cuts a week as a result!  I'm converted!! For second hand ones look on e-bay, your local Freecycle group, car boot sales etc, but like I say I'm really happy with the one from B&Q. Hope it helps.

  • CettiCetti Posts: 22

    Thanks Beltane.

    I'm also looking forward to a flymo-free existence. No more pesky noise, cables or dratted grass all over the place...


  • Hi Cetti,

    You may have got one by now, but since Qualcast seem to have stopped making their old rear roller style hand push mower, I too had the search for the a decent one. I managed to find one called 'Handy'. I actually got mine from The Garden Centre Group, for just under £60, but you can get them for an extra tenner, through Amazon (link)

    But have a scout around, as even my local garden machinery suppliers, said they could order a single one in for me!

  • jude5jude5 Posts: 65

    I got a Qualcast Panther 380 for £14.50 on ebay for use on the allotment, and though I've only used it a couple of times as yet I am impressed. 

  • KoalagirlKoalagirl Posts: 225

    I love my Qualcast Panther.  Don't they make them anymore?  It is so much lighter and easier to use that a flymo.  You don't have to worry about where the cable is and you can still hear the birds whilst mowing the lawn.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892
    Cetti wrote (see)

    ..I thought about an old-fashioned hand-push one as I have always enjoyed using my dad's...

    Today's push mowers are not actually like the 'old-fashioned' mowers. Today's push mowers are light-weight and are much easier to push.

    I would not consider using anything but a push mower. They are easier to use than petrol or electric mowers. There is no fuss, no mess, and no running cost.

    The Qualcast Panthers are still in production. The 30 and 38 model numbers refer to the blade width in cms. The 38cm one is better for people who have a medium to large size lawn.

    The very same mower is marketed under a number of other brand names too. The Bosch Panther (mentioned in message 2) is exactly the same mower. The Qualcast and Bosch Panthers are made at the same factory in China.

    Also worth mentioning is the Webb 12" push mower. This is a new model, introduced in March this year. It's a bit more expensive than the Panthers. The Webb has a rear roller (message 4) to give stripes, and it has a more substantial grass box.

    There is also a high-tech push mower made by Brill. The Brill RazorCut is made in Germany and is 'Vorsprung Durch Technik' (Progress Through Technology). This is the future of grass-cutting. The Brill is not available at garden centres but is available through Amazon. The Brill is considerably more expensive than the others, but worth it, for those who like to stay a few steps ahead of Jeremy Clarkson.

    But if you just want the grass cut, then you can't do better than a Qualcast (or Bosch) Panther.

  • KoalagirlKoalagirl Posts: 225

    That's good news then.  I think a lot of people would find it far easier to use a Panther than to mess about with an electric mower.

  • artychrisartychris Posts: 60

    I have had an old qualcast panther for about 7 years now. It has no grass box so I have to rake the grass up afterwards, but I love cutting my little lawn and have always found it very peratheutic. It just needs plenty of WD40 at the beginning of the season and occasional sharpen of the blades with my little Dremel sharpening tool, and bobs your uncle!! No stress every season of having to get the engine started after being stowed away all winter and no servicing bills. 

  • I have a Handy Lawn Mower and wouldn't have anything else - works really well and is also quite light and compact for me (only 5ft tall - that's me by the way, not the mower!) and only cost £45 from

  • grannyjannygrannyjanny Posts: 34

    We have a little push mower at our allotment. I love it. With all the bad weather we've had the grass had got very long so OH & I took turns in chopping it down with long handled sheers & then mowing. The path is now nice & short. It's about 112' x 6'  so I should think that's the size of a small lawn. We got it from Argos about £30. I'd love it for home too.

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    I have old push lawn mower and it cuts the best,its costs nothing to run and just a bit of oil in spring .It gives that plesent sound to mowing not that high whine of electric.Green as anything for the enviroment cause it out live you.image

  • Have one but the screws holding top handle keep loosening -any remedy

  • Simon RSimon R Posts: 1

    I bought a qualcast panther on Amazon for £30 to look after a small patch of grass outside my sons flat, i couldn't be bother wheeling my petrol mover around, and I would have had to plug in 2 extn leads for an electric. Used it once on the flat and was sold, I now use it for my home lawns as well, it is so quick, my grass also looks better this year than it ever has (apparently this is because the grass gets a better cut with a hand cylinder, I tend to go out on a evening 15 mins and both lawns are cut. If you want a petrol mower mine will be going on Ebay this weekend, as longer required.

  • Lori73Lori73 Posts: 42

    I just bought a hand push cylinder mower because my 10yr old wanted to be in charge of mowing the grass. Got a cheap one from argos.....Best £32 I've spent in a long time! Easy to use, cuts well, and safe enough for my kids to earn their pocket money. No extra electricity or fuel costs and no emissions so good for the environment. Result! image

  • BluebaronBluebaron Posts: 200

    Well my Webb H12R just arrived.

    It comes in a small box and it is fairly easy to assemble. The Grass box is a bit flimsy and tends to fall off if you tip the machine forward.

    My first run was rubbish and so was the second and third. The reason I have discovered is two fold. Firstly my grass was slightly damp so the machine tended to skid. Secondly its too long.

    After I had cut the grass with my petrol mower I found it fine to use and gave nice stripes. The problem is who wants to cut grass that is already cut!

    I brought this machine to cut the small rows between my veg patch. I am going to have to get it cut very short with a spare flymo I have, (petrol mower won't fit) and then hopefully it should work fine on a little and often basis.

    With regard the grass box, you probably won't need it as the grass will already be quite short when you cut it. I guess its really designed for ornamental fine lawns.

    I'll try and report back in a few weeks and see how I am progressing. 

  • I have a number of push mowers - but they all seem to flatten the grass not cut - I have sharpended them etc - there must be something I am doing wrong - any ideas

  • Jan H11Jan H11 Posts: 23

    I too am looking at buying a push mower after being fed-up with cumbersome cables! Does anyone have recent experience with the Handy Hand push mower? If not, has anyone got any advice?  I don't really want to spend more that £60.image

    Thanks in advance!

  • LeifUKLeifUK Posts: 573

    The problem with most seems to be that the blade is not as wide as the wheels, so you cannot cut the lawn edges. Which seems a bit useless, I hope I am wrong. 

  • I have the Webb H12R. I cannot fault it! Cutting your grass with a cylinder mower is like cutting it with scissors, a very clean cut. This is unlike a rotary mower that chops the grass down. If you want to leave your grass for a couple of weeks before cutting it or you want to cut it when it's wet then a hand cylinder mower probably isn't for you.  Also if your lawn isn't reasonably flat and level you will have problems. However, if your lawn is flat and level and you have the time and the inclination to mow a couple of times a week and only ever cut a third of the grasses length you will be rewarded with a lovely lawn.


  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    You can't beat the tactile push mowers.

    My lawn is like the surface of the moon, so I have to use a noisy electric rotary
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