Top critical review
Just a couple of niggles that spoil a good machine....
29 May 2018
Review is based on four units that have been used by me and three neighbours. As a grass cutter it is very good and the large capacity grass box makes for longer use between emptying. Adjusting the cutting height is easy. Assembly of the handles is straightforward. Assembly of the collection box is alright, but long term use shows that it is quite flimsy and I have put a couple of self tapping screws on each side near the latches to stop it coming apart. Annual sharpening of the blade is a simple exercise. Real weak point that spoils this machine is the poor switch mechanism. All four of the machines that I have seen have their switch lever fail. It is simply not robust enough; the lever fractures where you can't see it inside the cover and the on / off switch doesn't get activated. The lever can be replaced at a cost of about £5.00 for the lever if you do it yourself. But you are just putting the same weak part in that will last between one or two grass cutting seasons. This model has been out long enough now for their to have been a modification to correct this shortcoming. Bosch must know about the levers. Our local garden centre has a repair department and stocks these levers, so that is maybe a clue that they are not strong enough. The machine has been very good otherwise and has lasted for four to five years so far. I would consider buying another, (as the cost seems to come down every year) and replace the lever very year as an end of season service. If you can keep the lever serviceable and put a couple of screws into the grass box, then I have found this lawn mower to be quite good.