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Old 08-05-2018, 05:44 PM   #861
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Does anyone have any experience with Stiga mowers?

http://www.stiga.com/products/stiga_...s-r-h-bbc.html

Iíve gone for this over the Honda. It still houses a Honda engine with all the features of the HRD but a lighter machine.



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Old 08-05-2018, 05:48 PM   #862
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Does anyone have any experience with Stiga mowers?

http://www.stiga.com/products/stiga_...s-r-h-bbc.html

Iíve gone for this over the Honda. It still houses a Honda engine with all the features of the HRD but a lighter machine.



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Used to sell the ride on's quite a few years ago at an agricultural dealership, they were very popular, I would definitely buy a push one any day of the week
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:36 PM   #863
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Apologies if this has already been covered in the thread. I'm running short of time this year for reasons I won't go into. Are the various lawn care companies I see advertised pretty much of a muchness (I'm presuming they are franchised) or like a lot of franchises dependant on the individual running it

Any recommendations appreciated. I'm South Norfolk / Suffolk border

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Old 09-05-2018, 09:03 AM   #864
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I'd assume so Taxboy, I had greenthumb come to give me a quote. Ended up I had every type of weed on his list just about and then he said because I live next to a school field it's unlikely that I'll be able to have a long term weed free lawn so I just never bothered with him and bought a fiskars weed puller instead to get rid of as many dandelions as I could, brilliant tool for the job. everything else I can live with just the bloody dandelions that get on my nerves!
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Apologies if this has already been covered in the thread. I'm running short of time this year for reasons I won't go into. Are the various lawn care companies I see advertised pretty much of a muchness (I'm presuming they are franchised) or like a lot of franchises dependant on the individual running it

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I use Greenthumb, have done for 4 yrs since moving to this house, mainly because of the work the house needed I lacked time to sort the garden. Plus the lawn was awful when we moved in, full of weeds, boggy and tons of moss. I pay 18 quarter and had it aerated once. The moss was sorted really quickly. Weed wise we get the odd dandelion and daisy which annoys me but then we have farmland to the rear and looking at neighbours either side and hedgerows around us they are yellow at the moment with dandelions. So I won't be stopping them anytime soon.
I've had quotes from similar companies and to be honest they were all virtually the same cost.
They all hype up the weeds, grass condition etc but I didn't listen and just went for standard treatment.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:33 AM   #866
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Finally moved in on Monday, the lawn was well over due a cut, in some places it was up to my knees!

I strimmed it all down and then started with the mower on the highest setting. I ended up removing the grass box as it was wet underneath and was clogging the mower up every 2 minutes.

Went over it again today on the highest setting to pick up the excess grass. Iím quite pleased with the outcome to say the least!



Iíve been using a 16Ē hayter which is just too small and the self propelled is broken so Iíll be getting a new machine. Iíve considered a ride on but think Iíll be going with a 21Ē Honda.


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I dragged the Titan scarifier (with the spring tine head fitted) out of the shed and gave the lawn a run over with that, just on the 0 height setting to comb the creeping grasses out a little,
Is it like this one:
https://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttb...ier-230v/48162

I've toyed with the idea of hiring or buying an electric scarifier. I've got a manual rake one which works well but it's a bit of effort (which I don't mind) and takes lots of time (which I'm limited on). I'd probably only use it once every couple of years, which puts me off.
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I have really bad moss due to very wet winter I have done 1 lot of weed and feed killed some and racked out but due to size think I need an electric scarifier rake.
first are they any good and what would you recommend two grass areas about 12x12m each
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Is it like this one:
https://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttb...ier-230v/48162

I've toyed with the idea of hiring or buying an electric scarifier. I've got a manual rake one which works well but it's a bit of effort (which I don't mind) and takes lots of time (which I'm limited on). I'd probably only use it once every couple of years, which puts me off.
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I have really bad moss due to very wet winter I have done 1 lot of weed and feed killed some and racked out but due to size think I need an electric scarifier rake.
first are they any good and what would you recommend two grass areas about 12x12m each
The one linked too is the one I have. I've only used it once and probably shouldn't have bought it but it works very well!
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Is it like this one:
https://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttb...ier-230v/48162

I've toyed with the idea of hiring or buying an electric scarifier. I've got a manual rake one which works well but it's a bit of effort (which I don't mind) and takes lots of time (which I'm limited on). I'd probably only use it once every couple of years, which puts me off.
Yes that’s the one, it’s sold under a few different brand names with fractionally different power ratings but they’re all the same in reality; from recollection when I bought mine 3 years ago garden lines had the same thing under the Cobra brand.

It’s had five sessions now, and it has good and bad points..

Bad
- the collection bag is pretty small, but that’s the same for all machines around this price point. I could literally fill the bag in a 25 feet length of lawn.
- the height adjuster at the front can get knocked , so before you know it you’ve gone from +5 to -10 on the setting for depth. You soon learn to check regularly!

Good
- does a great job of raking leaves on +10 if you need that function
- does a good raking, dethatching, moss removal on +5 thru -5
- has enough power to use both rake and scarifier heads even on -10 albeit I’d say donut do this on dried out soil
- more than powerful enough for up to 150m2 lawn
- without the collector bag I can cover my ca 110m2 back lawn in under 30 minutes, try that with a hand rake !
- only 2 M10 bolts to remove to change the cassettes from spring time rake to scarifier blades

So happy I bought it, it’s robust enough for once/twice a year lawn scarifying, reasonably small to keep in the shed with the mower and for the money is a damn site easier than hand raking.

This was after its first use, in MARCH 2015, where I was perhaps a little early in the year, a little heavy handed and the soil a bit too damp..



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