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Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower with 32 cm Cutting Width
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2014
Great little mower, it is an ideal mower for us girls, light weight, easy to manage, I can use one hand to mow the lawn. It cuts really well, especially on uneven lawns like mine and also takes the edges close to fences, flagstones etc for a really neat looking lawn. Hardly need the strimmer these days. The mower is quite easy to store and I am generally impressed with it. Some of the reviews which I read before buying the mower mentioned the small catchment tray for the grass. I do agree that it is small and one does nee to empty it often. However, on the upside, I think if it were any bigger, it would make the mower heavier and not as 'nimble' as it currently is. The mower is also great for long grass, I was impressed at how quickly I got through the long lawn. Great little mower, would highly recommend it.
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154 of 162 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2013
i had read previous reviews on this mower, So on removal from the box i went straight to the wheel adjustment so many had commented about earlier, i adjusted all the wheels to the middle setting, the front wheels adjusted easily , the rear wheels were slightly harder to adjust but I think this was down to roller position obscuring the view (the 32R has a roller at the back) the instructions are adequate although you may have to look at them more than once. The assembly was fairly quick, and i was cutting the grass in no time , first impressions are very good , motor speed stayed constant , its is very light and i am impressed. cuts closer to the edge and collects more grass than my previous mower, looks good, cuts well and easy to store as the handle folds,
excellent value for money
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
It does the job in a satisfactory way and leaves the lines well. It is easy to handle and not very heavy.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2013
This mower was bought to replace a flymo that had finally burnt out.

I chose this model principally because it is lightweight and easy to roll around our uneven garden, rather than haul a heavy hover mower around. In this the 32R is very good and much easier on the bcak!

However, the combination of fixed wheels and a rear-mounted grass collection box makes the 32R quite a long and unwieldy mower and this is definitely where it loses out to the flymo, which was easy to zip around. My lawn has a high percentage of moss (it's a shady garden) and this quickly clogs up the vent where clippings are passed into the collection box. The box itself fills very quickly, meaning more halts and trips to the big recycling bin. Finally, the electrical cord appears to be badly positioned. I am always tripping over it or wearing it over my shoulders to keep it out of the way; another problem not encountered with the flymo.

This may sound a negative review - and I'm only giving it three stars - but it's not a bad unit if you can forgive its foibles. Its lightness is great and that is what I bought it for. Oh, and it cuts the grass, too!
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131 of 144 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2013
I used a neighbours' Bosch 320 to cut their lawns whilst they were away in the summer and thought what a brilliant effecient light mower it was compared to my two Flymos - a Hover HC 330 & Roller Compact 340. As my lawns were due for their first cut I borrowed my neighbours Bosch 320 to run over them on Monday; brilliant job done in next to no time. Monday night I researched the Bosch 320, 32 and 32R and despite no reviews to date plumped for the 32R. Ordered Monday night on Amazon and the little beauty arrived today Wednesday and is assembled awaiting the grass to grow! The handle has a two hole height adjustment at the mower and two hole length adjustment on the handle. Bosch have fitted a cable tidy on the left hand side to contain the cable whilst not mowing, rather than having several metres of coiled cable to deal with; the lower tidy rotates through 180 degrees so that you can release the cable in one go rather than unwinding it all again. The handle folds in two for storage purposes so someone at Bosch reads all the reviews! It also has a roller on the back. I found no difficulty in adjusting the height and did one side at a time without any problem at all. The underside has less cavities than the 320 so will be far easier to clean. It also has a larger grass box. I am 76 years old and have two small sloping, not severe but not easy, lawns in the front and a larger gentle sloping one to the rear garden. I found the 320 so easy to manoevre with one hand compared to heaving the Flymos around two handed and have no reason to believe the 32R, which is of similar design a shade lighter and more powerful than the 320, is not going to be an absolute boon this summer - can't wait! The only con regards the mower assembly is why didn't Bosch include a second cable clip so that after wrapping the cable round the two tidy pegs you could just clip the plug end of the cable to the wrapped cable, as per some modern hoovers, instead of having it flapping about with nowhere to rest.
I look forward to adding further comment once it has been used but have no doubt it will be positive; also looking forward to see how well it cuts up to the edge as advertised.
The other disappointment was I ordered on Amazon on Monday only to find I write this review on Wednesday and it is £5.97 cheaper today!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
Nice little mower. Ideal for the smaller garden. Comfortable to use and gives a decent cut. Nice size to fit into a small shed.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2014
I chose Bosch as I thought they had a good and reliable reputation. The mower itself is ok when it works. I bought mine in March and it started cutting out straight away. I contacted Bosch and they said that they would collect and repair it. After standing me up for 2 days (they give a 9am-5pm collection slot) they have yet to collect (as at 31/05/2014). More worryingly, they are ignoring my emails and refuse to supply a complaints procedure (they do not give you such an option on their website).
I contacted Trading Standards who advise that, by law, they do not actually have to respond to enquiries (therefore honour their warranty!!). The only way you can enforce the warranty terms is through the place you bought the item!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2014
I purchased the Rotak 32R as I had had enough of my old Flymo, which only had a small grass collection box. It also generated an inordinate amount of grass cuttings, blowing them onto my paths and into neighbours gardens, which meant I had a lot of sweeping up to do every time I cut the grass.

It took about an hour to assemble the machine and about half of that time was spent deciphering the instructions which were in pictures only. I've deducted half a star for that.

The Rotak 32R is small and fairly lightweight, which is good when you are a small and lightweight female with a small garden and shed. The main benefits are the larger grass box, so I don't need to empty it so often, and (joy of joys!) there are relatively few grass cuttings to brush up after a mowing session. The wheels create a smart strip effect on the lawn and the mower cuts close to the edges without shaving the grass, which was one of the Flymo's failings.

There are a couple of downsides for which I have deducted another half star: (1) unlike the Flymo, the electric cable is not detachable and (2) it is fairly short, so you might have to use an extension.

So far the machine has done a good job and, for the money (under £80 direct from Amazon), I would say it is a good purchase.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2014
Having struggled on last summer with my old Flymo I decided enough was enough and treated myself to this Bosch. Money is tight so I was a little concerned that at this price my new mower would not be up to the job - I needn't have worried.

First off I'll give you some context; I have an illness which, amongst other things, can give me symptoms similar to ME so mowing the lawn is not a job I relish. Added to that I have about an 80' square garden of which about a 3rd is full of lumps, bumps, dips and slopes and is mostly what I call "meadow grass" that grows 10 times faster than lawn grass. This same area gets very little sun and only dries out properly after 6 weeks of drought! So you get the picture - it's, for me, seriously hard work.

Not any more! This little dream machine has dealt effortlessly with the first cut of this year, on long, very wet in places grass and weeds. It is so light and easy to manoeuvre and the only time it let this horrible meadow grass get the better of it and became a little clogged round the blade was when the grass box was full. The Flymo had to be unclogged every 30 secs on the first cut with an empty box!
The roller leaves beautiful stripes, and it really does cut right to the fence edges making a strimmer virtually redundant.
The only thing I would put on a wish list to make this machine totally perfect would be a longer lead (even with a 20 metre extension I only just reach the farthest corners). Others have said they feel the grass box is too small; it is smaller than my old Flymo but a larger box would require the machine to be heavier in order for it to not tip it backwards when full so for me smaller is just fine thank you.
To address a couple of the other criticisms made, firstly regarding putting it together. I'm a 50+ female with very few brain cells and had no difficulty. Yes, the instructions could be clearer but personally I had no problems. The grass box pieces clipped together easily and once this is done it doesn't feel that flimsy - certainly for the amount of grass it's expected to carry. Again, sturdier would mean more weight so for me this is a plus point.
Secondly the cutting height which is adjusted underneath. I did find this a bit awkward initially, however I would opt for this over the "tabs" on the side method as on the Flymo. It seems to me to be a much stronger and more sensible design. With the tabs method if the plastic casing warps slightly (as mine had) the tabs don't stay in place. Plus when the tabs catch on something and snap off (again, as mine had!) you have no way of raising it at all.

The bottom line is this is an extremely reasonably priced mower and I don't think you could beat it on Value for Money. It's done my garden in literally half the time it took my much larger Flymo so I'm a very happy bunny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2015
Definitely smaller than I was expecting, and it's not particularly good on gardens with mature and slightly long grass. It's definitely necessary to get the length down and then cut as frequently as possible, and our 10m x 10m lawn is more than I'd prefer to be cutting with it. It's not particularly effective when the grass is wet even though I recall that the blurb says it will cope with wet grass. Small grass box and it does sometimes clog up at the entrance.

On the plus side if you use it on dry grass, not too long, your compost bin is close by and your garden isn't big, then it's fine.
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