If you need a new lawnmower and have any bigger lawn to mow than a postage stamp, you are likely to be looking for a high-quality self-propelled petrol mower. Even more so if you also have slopes and undulating areas to maintain. There are a few cross-checks to select the right model: it must be reliable, durable, easy to use, tough enough to stand up to regular use, simple to maintain and quick and easy to clean. It also needs easy adjustment, so you can cut at different height levels, and switch to cut and collect, cut and mulch as you go, or rear discharge.
We asked our garden expert which brand and model he would choose—without hesitation he named the Webb ‘Supreme’ 46cm (18in) Self Propelled Rotary Mower. It ticks all of the above check-list boxes, it’s a great workhorse and boasts a high-performance Briggs & Stratton 450E series 4-stroke engine—much quieter to run than a 2-stroke engine and with fewer emissions, making it environment-friendly. Webb are known for high quality craftsmanship and for using the best materials—for example, the mower has a steel deck and ball bearing wheels so they last for years. The Briggs & Stratton engine is the world’s most popular engine for good reason—reliability and longevity are vital and this engine is made in the USA, it starts with a single pull (a Prime and Pull easy-start system) and has 6.1 gross torque. It’s ideal for lawns up to 600 square metres (two tennis courts).
As to ease of use, a single lever adjusts the cutting height to seven settings from 25 to 75mm. It can be set to rear discharge, mulch or cut and collect into the 60-litre Grass Collector, big enough to handle large jobs without emptying often, while the Easi-View feature on the collector allows you to check when it needs emptying. The handles can easily be folded for compact storage. The deck wash port allows you to attach your garden hose, start the engine and your deck self-cleans.
Engine capacity: 125cc. Power: petrol engine (click here for details). Handle type: folding. Width: 50cm (20in). Cutting width 46cm (18in). Weight: 27.5kg (60.5lb). Two-year engine warranty.
RRP £300 plus delivery. CCUK £239. Free UK mainland delivery.
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