On Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:45:37 +0100, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
There was a teacher at our school who every time he changed a
lightbulb (before elphin safety) he would tell the class to hold their
hands in the air then announce 'Many hands make light work' as he
turned the lights back on.
The Bosch Rotak 36V is every bit as good as a small mains model - and in
many ways similar to a smaller petrol.
The advantages are unlike petrol, it doesn't throw a spaz on a wrong
sided steep slope and no mains cable obviously.
1 battery will do a smaller lawn, 2 batteries allow almost continuous
mowing if you throw a coffee break in somewhere. 3 batteries and 2
chargers would allow unlimited mowing.
Grass pickup is good and it will tackle long dry grass if you start on a
Mine's about 3 years old and still going strong - just reground the
I like the system so much I have the hedgtrimmer (can share batteries
but is a touch heavy, unless you use the smaller battery intended for it.
Got the strimmer and leaf blower yesterday and very pleased with both.
The blower eats batteries but is light, powerful and one battery is
enough to clear the pavement of small debris after clipping.
The nice bit is once you have a set of batteries and charger or a pair
of chargers, you can buy any of the devices in barebones format (like
most better power tools).
Overall, I think the 36V system is *that* close to average domestic
mains power levels of usability and the only real downside is juggling
Ours Rotak is a lot older than that , possibly around six years or
more and still on the original battery even though I have been quite
brutal with it regulary.
I think they have had a cosmetic refresh or two since we got ours but
the battery is the same.
One downside is that they are more expensive than the equivalent
corded model by a good margin which is why they probably do
the job as intended. That makes them a bit of a niche item for people
with a particular set of circumstances like the OP or people like
myself whose grass cutting is around lots of irregular shaped areas
where I don't want to drag cords . I could use petrol but with the
demise of the rural petrol station I can't be arsed to do an 8 mile
round trip to fill a can of petrol and spend minutes behind someone
buying grocerys or a lottery ticket.
On 11/06/17 23:38, email@example.com wrote:
The batteries are expensive - mitigated to some extent if you have 3-4
of the tools and share one set of batteries (bearing in mind you can use
the big battery in handheld devices at the expense of weight).
I've been waiting for Bosch to bring out a strimmer to replace the
knacker Black and Decker that I had and whose battery was always
unreliable in recharging (overheated, cut out, manual reset needed
almost every time).
Haven't got time to read the remaining 35 posts in this thread, so I'll
just say "+1"
We have used a push mower for years -- our back lawn is only 10m x 8m.
We have bought Qualcast 38cm mowers (we've had two in 20 years). They
are light, and they work; my wife actually likes doing the lawn with
I wouldn't go for the 30cm job unless your lawn is really tiny.
I too would ask: *why* is there no electric point available? You're
doing a favour for the other residents and/or the Lease Owner.
The answer to the last question is that we would need to install a new
supply and meter and probably pay a standing charge, which is not
cost-effective to cut the grass once a fortnight during the summer
No landlord as the flats are owner-occupied. The proprietors factor
the building. Communal lighting is provided by Glasgow City Council
through a service agreement, using an unmetered supply. LED units so
tapping in for a lawnmower would involve serious criminality.
A friend has a Mountfield battery operated spinning blade, wheeled, lawn
mower with grass collection (Approx £340). I've used it a few times and
on fairly short/medium grass and it works very well. I would have
serious reservations about its use on long grass. My experience with
long or damp grass is to use a petrol mower. After struggling for years
with long grass and cheap mains powered electric mowers a purchase of my
first petrol mower a few decades ago was a god-send.
My friend also has the Mounfield strimmer/brush cutter which uses the
same battery. This is NOT a light weight piece of kit and this does
tackle long grass with ease. Personally, I also have a light weight
battery strimmer but it is only good for 15 minutes of light weight edge
trimming - use it on long grass and I get 10 minutes from the battery
before it starts slowing down and become ineffective.
But surely you will need to charge it so where is the difference. You still
I'm sure these devices have come on since I had one many years ago. then
they basically used a small car battery but these batteries seemed to have
both a short running time and a short deep cycle life as well, I guess cos
one never used them over the winter it tended to let the battery decline.
The new ones should be better but I'm not convinced modern battery
technology has tackled the underlying issues with varying loads and running
them too flat.
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
I could take the battery into the flat pretty easily.
I assume lithium ion will be better than anything that has gone
before. The Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner works will, albeit for a
limited time between charges.
Thanks. The consensus seems to be that they are an expensive option
and not as good as mains power. I may need to look again.
Far more so - and the higher voltage types that you find on serious
tools (36V/38V and similar) are extremely manly.
Do not confuse these with either the low voltage LiIons or anything
that's gone before.
More expensive, but not expensive absolutely.
And I strongly disagree with "not as good as mains power". Unless you
are regularly tackling wet grass that is 6+" high, the Bosch Rotak is
just as effective as both a mains mover and a smaller Hayter that
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