End of Month View of the Garden: The End of July


The 7 Day summer

Blink and you missed it, well almost.

Summer arrived Mid Month, temperatures here reached 32℃ for most of the week, hot sticky nights which made sleeping difficult, very hot uncomfortable days which had me running for the cooler conditions of the shade.

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Product Review: Gtech Cordless Lawnmower


Gtec Cordless Battery operated Lawnmower

Gtec Cordless Lawnmower

Gtec Cordless Lawnmower

The Design.

I was recently asked by the people behind the Gtec Cordless Battery operated Lawnmower to see if I would like to test drive one.

I jumped at the chance as I had been considering getting one of these last growing season, but ended up using gift vouchers at a DIY store in-order to replace my dead mower instead.

A very large box arrived by courier from Gtech, I made sure I had plenty of time to put the thing together, then opened the box……

It actually took about 10 minutes in total, 5 minutes to have the machine fully assembled, and another 5 minutes to read through the instruction manual.

Straight out of the box.

Straight out of the box.

The enclosed battery requires approximately 5 hours to charge up from flat, this will give you about 40 mins mowing time, depending on how low you want to mow your grass down to.

lithium-Ion 36Volt Battery

lithium-Ion 36 Volt Battery

It is a bit difficult to see the power remaining lights on the battery, so I would recommend keeping an eye on the time whilst mowing to keep track on how much power is left.

The Grass bag holds up to 35 Litres of clippings and has a nice wide mouth not only for collecting the grass, but also for easy emptying of grass clippings onto your compost heap or Green Waste collection bin, I liked the addition of a handle at the end of the bag to help with emptying.

Handle height extending button release.

Handle height extending button release.

The Handle comes with a nice big button to release the extendable handle to any height that suits you, I particularly like this feature, as in the world of Horticulture I find many products designed on one particular person size, and one gender, and usually it’s not Women!.

Height of cut adjuster lever.

Height of cut adjuster lever.

The mower came with an easy to use height of cut adjuster lever, there are 6 heights to choose, 30mm up to 80mm in 6 stages, when the lever is used the height adjusts over all 4 wheels at once and did not require the mower lifting to slot the adjuster in place like some models of mower I’ve used.

16.93 Inch wide cutting width. (430mm).

16.93 Inch wide cutting width. (430mm).

The cutting deck is a nice wide 430mm, the wider the cutting deck, the more lawn you get cut in one pass.

Safety Features

Safety key

Safety key

The Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower comes with a Safety Key in order to prevent accidental use, perhaps by small persons who want to help…..

To remove the safety key, squeeze the sides together, then pull out from the slot, the key is tethered to the mower to prevent loss, when you want to continue mowing, simply squeeze the sides together again, and push back into the slot until a click is heard.

Nice, simple and reassuring.

Insert the Battery, off you mow....

Insert the Battery, off you mow….

The Test.

With the battery slotted in I set off mowing, I had to increase the height of cut 1 slot above my desired height, but this was due to my lawn being quite wet, and very mossy so the mower coughed a few times, the machine is obviously not as powerful as an electrical model, however the freedom of movement with out a trailing cable was a wonderful sensation, I was able to mow around beds, trees, benches, bird tables….. all without having to stop and re-feed a power cable around obstacles. I’m sure in the end I mowed my lawn a bit faster than with my electric-powered mower.

A decent finish.

A decent finish.

I really like this mower and it has to be a serious contender for the average sized lawn owner, the ease of use, splendid maneuverability, compact storage size are all plus points. Just remembering to keep the battery charged after use means its ready to go whenever its mowing weather.

The Gtech Mower retails at £299 with free courier deliver, a spare battery is available to purchase for £99.95

Visit www.gtech.co.uk for more information.