We stock and sell machines from Lawnflite (MTD), Husqvarna and BCS
Two main types – those with the digging tines positioned to the front of the machine and those with rear mounted tines.
Front tine machines pull them selves along by the action of the digging tines using the weight of the machine to aid penetration of the ground. An adjustable strake or foot that resists the forward motion of the machine and makes the tines work harder, controls the depth of penetration and the quality of the tilth created. These machines may have a reverse gear and/ or transport wheels to aid manoeuvrability.
Larger, heavy duty machines such as those from BCS are basically two wheeled tractor units that, in addition to cultivating, can be fitted with a variety of attachments such as sickle bar mowers, snow blowers or even mini hay balers!
The rear tine model T/410 has a 6hp engine, counter-rotating tines, reverse gear and an 18” tilling width. The model T/450 has a 6.5hp engine and tines that can be run in either direction.
Their rear tine machines, the TR430 and TR430 Dual have 169cc, 2.8kw Subaru engines and a tilling width of 43 cm. The TR430 Dual has tines that may be run in either direction.
The average garden generates a large amount of waste during the year. Traditionally this has either been burnt or put out for the bin man!
Much of this waste can be composted and returned to the land - composting un-shredded material is space consuming and slow.Shredding is the ideal way to start the process and does not affect the ozone layer or reduce land fill capacity.
These range from hand-held electric units for domestic use to high-powered walk-behind machines for large gardens, schools and commercial premises.
Some incorporate a blower for pushing leaves and litter into a corner before sucking them up and most have a shredding system to reduce the volume of material entering the collector bag.
24-060. 5.5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine, 61cm suction nozzle, 40mm chipper chute and wander hose. Push/hand propelled
Scarifiers – also known as Verticutters, Dethatchers or Lawnrakes.
Their purpose is to remove debris from the base of the sward, discourage horizontal growth and create a healthy environment for grass growth by allowing the free exchange of air, moisture and nutrients.
They range from inexpensive electric machines for smaller domestic premises to larger petrol-powered units for larger gardens and contract use.
Quicker and less back breaking than shears to keep the lawn edges looking good.
Our favourite machine the Spin Trim is once again out of production – well made and battery powered it was the best, but it was expensive. Let’s hope that it reappears as there are dozens out there that are getting on in years.
The choice is now limited to various adaptations of nylon line trimmers – both battery and mains powered.
Petrol-powered. These are designed for heavy duty “edge making” rather than just trimming grass.