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I have never been so pleased with a purchase before, EVER!
on 17 July 2011
I was previously using a Flymo with a 30L collection box. When the motor burnt out, I started looking at reviews.
I have never been a keen gardener, and the thought of spending more than £50 on a device to complete a job I have always looked on as a chore seemed a waste of money.
I also have a small garden.
Having read reviews, the entire Bosch Rotak range was obviously brilliant and well liked by users. My In-Laws, who have a large garden and are keen gardeners, recommended the Rotak, suggesting a 32 would be enough for me. However, reading more reviews, the 40 sounded amazing, and the smaller units were perhaps prone to being a little less robust.
The only negative reviews I'd seen about the Rotak 40 was that it was heavy, and the grassbox was complicated to put together. Therefore, I took the plunge. I could have bought it £5 cheaper from another site, but paid more knowing Amazon would be easier to return it to if required.
OK, the 50L grassbox takes a few minutes to line-up the sections correctly, but you only do it once, and it feels strong when assembled.
And I agree, the mower is heavy, but if it wasn't, it wouldn't have done such a great job on my lawns.
I was previously spending 2 hours a fortnight mowing my lawns, cutting edges and sweeping up. This was in part because my Flymo did not successfully collect the cuttings, so I ended up doing each line twice....once to cut, once to vacuum up the cuttings. This mower negates the need for that, and I realised the light-weight nature of my Flymo, and obviously the hover design, caused it to sit 'high', on top of my mossy lawns, trimming very little.
The Rotak 40 is heavy, but this means it gets into my mossy grass brilliantly, and the large motor copes well with 'digging in'. I'm a 35 year old bloke, so the weight is not an issue.
The 'side gather' design, which drags grass in from the edge of the mower, works well when skirting walls, so I use my dreaded strimmer less.
And it collects cuttings perfectly, so no more sweeping. Both lawns are done in half an hour, and I even have stripes!
I cannot recommend this mower enough. The only serious negative I have is that it has turned me into a lawn-bore! Sorry to you all.