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Strimmer or mower?

Hi I hope someone can advise

I have a garden with lawn interspersed with flower beds and paths. The total lawn area is probably 80-100m2.

I initially bought a strimmer to try to get it back to turf, and although that worked OK the strimmer was a nightmare, the line kept breaking and not "auto" extending like it should have, so it took hours. I don't need a perfect lawn, just something under control.

The lawn itself is full of protruding what I believe are saplings from a plum tree as it has been wholly uncared for during the last few years. So not smooth at all. Also, it's a steeply sloping garden, on several levels. And the levels aren't level if that makes sense.

I am tempted to go for a strimmer with plastic blades as I won't use the one with line any more. My alternative is a hover mower with metal blades. Any ideas which to go for, and if so any models that would suit me?

many thanks!


  • From the description-a cylinder powered mower is not an option

    You might get away with a rotary-but honestly a hover one is your best option-from a safety point of view- mow down a slope not up it

    Go for the the biggest one you can handle image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,791

    For me it would be the rotary mower. Never really got the hang of a strimmer.

  • The top of my garden is quite flat but it drops away very sharply. I have a hover mower as it was the only solution that I could find and works well. Be aware that some of these can still be quite heavy so check the weight on the specifications.
  • Thanks all, will look at hovers

  • Petrol Hover is best for you. You have control without encumbrance of cord.

  • With my amount of lawn, I can't justify the £400+ for petrol as opposed to £60 for an electric...

  • I have a funny garden with sloping sections and odd shaped flowerbeds and I recently bought a Bosch Rotak which is brilliant. I wrote a full review of it here -

  • JordyJordy Posts: 7

    Get a nice powerful petrol mower. leicester gardening

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,010

    I have a steep bank about 30 x 5 metres and we found a petrol, easy starting, rotary, mulching mower is much the easiest. It has a Honda engine, but it's not a Honda make so it was cheaper.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
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