Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergoflex Cordless Lawnmower
As a professional gardener I am constantly considering ways in which I can improve my working practices in order to help the environment.
I am a keen conservationist and I work closely with clients to create gardens and planting that encourage wildlife.
However, whereas my clients enjoy seeing their gardens attracting wildlife, insects, birds etc, some still do want regular maintenance of their lawns. They prefer to have them tidy, smart and green.
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I have invested in this Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergoflex Cordless Lawnmower because it is environmentally friendly.
I am very impressed with it. It does exactly what it says on the box.
Pack includes two 36 V Lithium-Ion Batteries and charger.
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It is so lightweight that I can easily lift it in and out of my vehicle but at the same time it is robustly built. An ideal choice if you have an allotment that you have to regularly transport tools to.
I found it easy to set up, the handles simply clicked in to place on the mower body and there are just two bolts to secure the upper part of the handles. The handles can be folded down for easy storage.
The cutting width is 43cm which is the same as my old petrol mower, a good wide cut is necessary as it means fewer runs. Smaller mowers have a lesser cut so you use more battery power to complete the amount of runs required to do the whole lawn.
The battery run time is approximately 40 minutes. This will inevitably depend on the grass length, wet or dry grass and inclines.
The grass box is large, which means fewer trips to waste bins or compost bins to empty it.
The grass box was a little fiddly to build. There are two parts which click together, you have to have each clip lined up exactly for them to slot in.
I am maintaining several lawns per day, of differing sizes and so far the Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergoflex Cordless Lawnmower has not let me down.
All in all I am extremely happy with this cordless mower.
- Hardened steel blade and air flow technology provides improved cutting performance
- Smart finish
- Cutting Width 43cm
- Safe Battery switch off-key, plus a spare key.
- Battery fits easily, safely and is completely covered when it is fitted
- The new power drive system delivers consistently high torque in all conditions
- Ergonomic ergo flex handles
- The lithium-ion battery is fully charged in 140 minutes or 80 percent charged in 70 minutes.
- The charger has an alarm and indicator that lets you know when the battery is fully charged.
- Easy Select cutting height
- Easy to set up
- No fuel fumes
- No cables
- Spare batteries are available
- Battery switch off-key
- Battery is fully covered when fitted
- Ergonomic handles
- Handle height adjustment
- Two button start
The Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergoflex Cordless Lawnmower comes with a battery safety key. This means that you can turn the power off and leave the battery fitted. This way it cannot be started accidentally. There is also a spare battery key should you lose one.
The battery fits neatly under a cover that lifts up, then clicks back into place, meaning that the battery is fully integrated within the mower body and inaccessible whilst the mower is in use.
There is a two button start on the handles, again this ensures that the mower cannot be started accidentally.
The handles are ergonomically designed, making it easy on your hands and back. There is a height adjustment so that you can have the handles at an optimum position for your comfort.
- Bosch is a well-known, trusted product.
- Batteries are compatible with other Bosch tools
- Batteries are long-lasting
- Easy to set up
- Environmentally friendly
- Spare batteries are expensive (£80-£100)
- The two part grass box is fiddly to build
- Grass box is not of a smooth design, therefore grass collects in its nooks and crannies and take a bit more time to empty
If you are looking for a great cordless mower, one that is reliable, easy to assemble and use then look no further, the Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergoflex Cordless Lawnmower is a great produce, one that I have no hesitation in recommending. I do belief that you get what you pay for and yes, there are cheaper mowers on the market from known brands. However, in researching them I have found that they have a smaller cut and a shorter battery run time. Both of which means that cutting your lawn takes longer. Also with most cordless mowers there is only one battery, so if you need another one then they can cost anything from £60 upwards.
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Bosch do another model, Bosch Cordless Lawnmower Rotak 36-550 36V that has one battery included instead as two, which if your lawn is up to 150sq meters, then this model is perfectly adequate.
It has a cut width of 38cm and a powerful 36v battery you can cut your lawn with plenty of power to spare.
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