Mower or Strimmer?

5 Nov 2005
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United Kingdom
Hi I hope someone can advise.
I have a garden with lawn interspersed with flower beds and paths. The total lawn area is probably 80-100m2.

I initially bought a strimmer to try to get it back to turf, and although that worked OK the strimmer was a nightmare, the line kept breaking and not "auto" extending like it should have, so it took hours. I don't need a perfect lawn, just something under control.

The lawn itself is full of protruding what I believe are saplings from a plum tree as it has been wholly uncared for during the last few years. So not smooth at all. Also, it's a steeply sloping garden, on several levels. And the levels aren't level if that makes sense.

I am tempted to go for a strimmer with plastic blades as I won't use the one with line any more. My alternative is a hover mower with metal blades. Any ideas which to go for, and if so any models that would suit me?

many thanks!
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I think that any mower - either hover or rotary - is going to have a hard time of it, if there's any tendency at all for the blade to catch those doubt many would disagree but I'd go for a quality strimmer such as a petrol Stihl or Husqvarna which has the automatic 'bump' feed - you often see these at work on motorway embankments etc where mowers couldn't go.
The bump feed systems on these machines are reliable, and easy to restring - no tools needed at all.
John :)
A good powerful strimmer will take thicker line (up to 4mm) which will last much longer, can even be used on big patches of brambles/dock/nettles etc. Works out very cheap if you buy it on a big reel

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