Bosch Rotak 40
Well I don't know about you but I love the look of a newly mowed lawn and am forever trying to keep up with my neighbours who always seem to have an immaculate lawn all year round. But mowing lawns -yeeeuch - it's so tedious. I can't remember how many lawnmowers I have had over the years in a desperate quest to make the job more bearable!
My last lawnmower was made by Hayter - a fine looking machine that develops your biceps when starting it and pushing it. It is built like a victorian steam engine - solid looking and reliable apart from some stupid little rubber bulb which split and now the collossus won't start. It was on my quest to replace this little rubber bulb that I happened across the Bosch Rotak 40 - I was reading the rave reviews on Amazon for this lawnmower and thought I'd order one.
I ordered it on Tuesday morning and by Wednesday afternoon it had arrived. Thankfully the Bosch Rotak-40 was a decent size - I had toyed with the idea of buying the smaller 34 model but that would have been too small for any reasonable sized lawn.
Bosch Rotak 40 Assembly
It was relatively easy to put together - the most difficult bit was the grass box was a little bit fiddley but the whole thing only took ten minutes or so. The most difficult thing I found was adjusting the cutting length which I find a little tricky but my wife seems to have no trouble with !!
Anyway on to the cutting - the Bosch Rotak 40 is simply a joy to use - the lawnmower is so light it is simple to push even on the lower cuts. It glides across my angled front garden and cuts right onto the edges. It picks up leaves, weeds and anything on the lawn easily - it feels more like vacuuming than cutting the grass.
The Bosch Rotak-40 seems to cope with all sorts of grass and lengths - it even manages damp grass easily. My 5'1" missus can even manage to push it around with ease on all the cutting levels - it's simply so light and powerful.
It cuts really well - easily as good as my much more expensive Hayter - nice stripes and I don't have to use the strimmer anymore as it has this little comb thing which pulls in the grass from the corners. The grass collector works very well - the grass seems to be compacted somehow so it holds quite a lot - although perhaps the collector could have been a little bigger.
Bosch Rotak 40 Cons
So what are the cons with the Bosch Rotak 40 - well I must admit there's not much wrong with it but the grass level selector I find fiddly to adjust. The build quality is pretty good but it is definately mainly plastic so it will be interesting to see how it holds up. I find having a lead a little annnoying but you start to get used to that.
Overall no complaints - the Bosch Rotak 40 is a superb mower - does what it's supposed to do quickly and simply - mowing our medium size lawn is now more of a quick job that an afternoon of turmoil.
As for Amazon their delivery and service was excgellent - the price was the cheapest I could find and I didn't have to battle my way around B&Q with a huge cardboard box.