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Good, if not perfect mower...buy this instead of a flymo,
This review is from: Bosch Rotak 34 Ergoflex Electric Rotary Lawnmower (34 cm Cutting Width) (Old Version) (discontinued by manufacturer) (DIY & Tools)
After my flymo died (hardly surprising), I thought I'd try a wheeled mower, not least because of the ergoflex but also because of the various features including the striping roller and close-to-edge cutting. After assembling it and using it this weekend, I can honestly say I don't regret changing from the flymo to this.
Assembly was easy and despite comments in other reviews, the grass-hopper went together easily enough. Yes it was a bit fiddly, but with a little patience this was done in 2 minutes (pretty easy to do on your own, you don't need a second person). Although the cutting width is quite narrow this makes short work of it, and I was really impressed with grass collection - when it's not full, it literally picks up everything, which is a welcome change compared to your favourite hover brand.
The roller is reasonably effective, but not easy to tell as this was the first cut of the year so a little more haphazard than your usual weekly cut. It's comfortable to use and the ergoflex does improve the posture whilst mowing, again an improvement on other brands and for someone with back problems. I'm also impressed with how close it cuts to the edge, and in this regardless it really does do what it says on the tin. Coupled with the fast blade height adjuster, there's lots to be happy about with this Bosch.
So, why only 4 stars rather than 5? Build quality is questionable, but this needs to be kept in perspective with the price - but I do wonder how robust this is going to be. Ultimately, Bosch give you a 2 year warranty which again is much better than some other competitors. The only gripe I have is that without regular checking there's no way to know how full the grass hopper is, and when it is full, lots of it falls back on the lawn when removing the hopper to empty it. It's a little annoying but not the end of the day.
Time will tell, but overall - and for a small/medium sized lawn - I don't think you can go far wrong with this.