“ Manufacturer: Challenge / Type: Rotary / Fuel Type: Electric / Cutting Deck: 30cm „
Me and my partner recently moved into our new home, and the man that lived there before us had left us some items, including this lawn mower. Now I think It is a nifty little machine and does the job that we need, however my partner is against it and wants to replace it as soon as possible. I don't want to do this as I am a bit of a scrooge and if something is working why replace it, it makes no sense. So the colour of this lawn mower is bright green, with a black handle, black grass box and an orange cable. One problem that I do have with this machine however is that the cable is so short, we have to use a 20m extension lead with it in order to be able to cut our back garden. Another small problem is that it takes no time at all for the bag to fill up, so I end up stopping every couple of minutes to empty my grass box. This means a lot of stopping and starting. When the box is full it will start to leave a trail on the floor as you are walking, this is because the grass also starts to become a little blocked around the blade, which is also metal so be careful when pulling the stuck grass out. I have had no running problems with this lawn mower, and I think it runs as well as can be expected for a £35 lawn mower as I checked how much it was online once we moved into our house. When we store this lawnmower, we disconnect the handle from the base, this is quick and simple as the screws just pull straight out and clip back in, a little bit of a chore when you want a quick job but the ease with which the machine works with makes up for it. The lawn mover also has three different settings which you change by using the springs which are located near the wheels at the bottom. The mower turns on nice and simple using the big orange button located on the handle, you really cant miss it, nice and easy. Overall I would say that this was a good find and a good present left to us by the previous owner, I am very happy with this lawn mower and I am happy with the quality of the work it provides, the strimmer from this collection however is a completely different story. Cheap but good quality finish!!
£35 from Argos. Installation was simple but I had a little problem with the screws that connect the body with the handles. I eventually gave up and didn't use the screws afterall since the handle bars can pretty much be fixated on the body without the screws after some pushing, and it still feels sturdy without the screws. A failed design but it's not a big problem, it works just the same. Besides, the installation menu can be slightly misleading on the handle installation part, so you have to use your common sense to decide which direction the handle should to be put. The lawnmower is light and the wheels are flexible so it doesn't take too much effort to move it around, although on the down side it does feel like cheap plastic at first. The grass collection box can fit 30 litres of grass in and it's easily removable with a handle on top. I have a medium sized garden and I find the 10m wire is a little too short, so I always use an extension. There are 3 height options (2.6/4.1/5.6cm) that you can choose from by adjusting the wheels at the bottom. I usually stick with 2.6cm and it does cut very close, very pleased with that. Just press the big button on the right on the handle and start mowing (you have to hold the handle the whole time during the process though, for safely reason), no complex settings. The cutting width is 30cm, a bit narrower than what I was used to and it did seem to take longer for me to get the job done, I wouldn't recommend it for people who have a big garden. It isn't particularly noisy and doesn't feel much wobbly despite the light weight. There is no indication of whether the grass box is full or not but the box can be seen through from behind and it's usually pretty easy to tell that it is approaching full capacity. Overall I'm very pleased with this purchase, it's nothing fancy but it does what it should do.
When I started researching into lawnmowers I was looking at a few different factors; the height of grass it would cut, ease of use, electric or petrol and price. These are all important factors when looking for your first or next mower. Take into consideration the size of your lawn, the height of your grass (is it a massive garden of metre high weeds?), the space you have to store the mower and how much you have to spend on it. I finally decided on the Challenge Rotary Mower because it does everything I need it to do, it is electric which is what I prefer and it was a very good price at £35 from Argos. I had it delivered, unpacked it from its box and had a look over the instructions. A piece of advice, have the box in front of you when you are putting it together because the box tells you a heck of a lot more than the 'instructions'. They are very misleading and seem to tell you to put the handles on the wrong way! Another problem was that there was a clip missing on the bottom where the grass collector goes on at the back so it only clips on at the top. This does not pose any difficulty when doing the grass though, it stays on fine. There are 3 different height settings for the grass which is set by adjusting the wheels. Very easy to do as it is just a series of notches and springs. To switch it on (after you have plugged it in) you press the big orange button and then pull the handle. Safe and easy. The cord is 10 metres long which does me fine as I have a small garden and my electrical outlet is near to it. There is no signal to say that your grass box is full so you do have to check it now and again but this is easy as it just unclips. Also, you need to check the blade at the bottom because the grass can sometimes clog in it. This just pulls out though. I would recommend this mower for small gardens because the grass box only holds 20 litres so needs emptied often. The blades are metal which is another reason I got this mower. Plastic blades just don't have the same durability as metal ones. I have a strimmer which has plastic blades and they are quite useless. The mower is relatively light weight at 14kg and is comfortable to push around the lawn. The cutting width is 30cm and the three cutting heights are: 2.6/4.1/5.6 cm. I was initially worried because my grass was quite overgrown but the blades did what they are meant to do and gave me a good short first cut. This is a cheap mower but works perfectly well.
I recently replaced my Flymo Hover mower with this Challenge 1000 Watt Electric Rotary Mower from Argos because I wanted a small lawn mower which wouldn't cost the earth, but had a grass collection box on the back. I only have a small area to mow but I was finding raking up all the grass hard work. My ideal price range was around £50 - £60 so I was pretty pleased to bag this on offer from Argos for only £35. Getting this out of the box, I initially felt a bit concerned that I'd spent too little and that this was one of those "reduced for a reason" kind of purchases. I'd read good reviews on the internet before buying, but my first impressions in person with this weren't good. This has a bit of a cheap, plasticky look and feel to it for starters, and for seconds I found getting the handle put together a bit of a chore. I had some difficulty getting one of the screws in, where I had to really jam the handle bar down into the slot on the mower to line up the hole in the bottom of the bar with the hole for the screw in the mower. This was not easy to do both physically and visually - I couldn't actually see where the screw hole was once I'd pushed the handle bar into the mower, I had to just guess until I got it lined up and (finally) screwed together. Once assembled, this mower proved those positive reviews true though. I have used this a few times now, and it's considerably easier to mow with than my old hover mower was. The wheels on this are quite thin and light, but they support the weight of the mower easily and efficiently. Moving around corners isn't easy with any lawn mower, but with this particular model it isn't over difficult and the wheels do seem to help a little. Moving the mower back and forth is made noticeably easier by the wheels. The blades cut extremely close, which won't be to everyone's taste. I've got the mower on the factory settings still because I didn't feel the need to change the cutting height, but there is a small difference between the three settings on offer (only a small difference). If you can imagine what a lawn looks like after a number 2 crewcut, you can imagine just how close this lawn mower cuts. It makes life easier in the summer when the grass just won't stop growing, but it won't give you a lawn worth throwing a party on. I've had a couple of jams from bits of wood or the grass box getting too full, and they've all been easily dealt with by me just releasing the power switch, turning the mower on it's side and giving it a bang to dislodge the blockage, then resuming mowing again right away. It's easy to find and remove any blockages with this mower as the blades are totally exposed underneath - there are no fiddly covers in the way around the edging or anything. The grass box isn't as sturdy as I would have expected it to be, but it's done the job just fine so I can't really complain. It just sits on the back of the mower and is held on using the hinged back of the mower. It isn't very stable, and you've only got to bang into it with your foot to knock it off, but while I'm actually mowing it stays put (possibly due to grass fairies or something because I really don't understand how!). All in all this is a bargain buy if you've got a small garden. The grass box only holds 30l and the blades aren't designed for dealing with anything fancy, so if you want something more from your mower than a rush job, look higher up the price range. I'm quite happy with my rush job though, especially now there's no raking up to do afterwards.