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Hayter 617 Spirit Petrol Mower

First of all if one of your main concerns in buying a new lawnmower is starting it up then the Hayter 617 Spirit mower is probably not for you. It’s not that it’s extremely hard to start but it’s nearly always a topic for debate with any decent petrol lawnmower – how hard is it to start? Out of the many petrol mowers I’ve tried this certainly isn’t the hardest to start, but it does require a little bit of effort. As with most petrol mowers you have to press a primer button a few times before pulling the starter cord. On the Hayter 617 you are told to press it five times before pulling the cord, in reality you’ll usually discover the right number yourself depending on the circumstances – varying between 3 and 10 in my experience!

Hayter 617 Spirit Mower

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So if you want to turn your mower with no effort at all, start looking at electric mowers or some of the new Honda petrol mowers which seem to start with a little less effort. The reason people buy Hayter mowers though are because they have a deserved reputation for quality. If you have a large garden or rough area that you need to keep under control – you’ll have little problem with most Hayters and the Hayter 617 push mower is no exception.

It’s construction is fairly solid although for those used to older Hayter lawnmowers this one doesn’t feel quite as solid being constructed from mainly aluminium and composite plastic. This does have the advantage of being a lot more light weight though and it does make it easier to manage and manoeuver than older models.

As suggested by the name it’s cutting width is 41 cms which is just about right for most jobs in a reasonable side garden. The cutting lengths are from 13mm to 65mm although it can be a little difficult to estimate these you soon get used to the lengths each setting provides. The Hayter 617 has a large grass collection capacity of 55 liters in it’s strong canvas grass bag which saves lots of visits to empty the cuttings.

So How Does the Hayter 617 Spirit Cut?

This is where I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, the 617 cuts beautifully providing a fantastic finish making most decent lawns look like golf fairways. The obligatory stripes are clear and defined and really do make your lawn look good.

Some have reported problems with the way the Hayter 617 manages and collects when the grass is damp. I don’t really feel I can comment on this as I never usually mow damp grass. It doesn’t look like it would be a problem but if you’re gardener who needs to cut grass in situations that are not ideal it might be worth checking around – there’s quite a few reviews on the Amazon site which mention it.

So overall the Hayter 617 Spirit Push mower is a pretty decent mower, it’s pretty affordable compared to their normal models but perhaps that is slightly reflected in the build components of these cheaper models. It does cut the lawn extremely well and you won’t find many better finishes in mowers at this price range or below. If you decide that a petrol mower is for you then you could do a lot worse than the Hayter 617 Spirit.

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Choices – Garden Styles and You

If you’re planning a garden, you first have to decide what style it will be and what kind of plants or flowers you’ll be growing. There are multiple options to choose from, so it may be best if you have a look at a few different styles to see which is best for you. The following are a few popular kinds of gardens that you may want to consider for your own gardening project.

You can make your property feel like it’s in a rain forest by having a lush tropical garden. Plants in a tropical garden are very exotic and have vibrant colors, so they’ll be sure to attract attention. However, you should realize that if you don’t live in a tropical climate, it can be quite challenging to maintain this type of garden.

Tropical plants need to be in a warm atmosphere and get lots of water. You should keep your tropical plants inside your house during the winter if you live in a colder climate. Apart from looking amazing, having a tropical garden will draw in many variations of birds and butterflies to your garden.

You may want to consider a water garden for your property as they are a magnificent type of garden to have. You could add a fountain or a large tub of water if there are no natural water sources nearby. Your water garden will require a good amount of sunlight because the aquatic plants will need it.

Fish are also a typical addition to any water garden, not just because they look good but they also control the amount of debris and insects. Even though water gardens are very worthwhile, they are still a big project to do and they don’t come cheap. If you’re not experienced with this type of gardening, you’re best off starting with a small water garden.

Luckily, for those of you that live in hot and arid regions, it is possible to grow a garden without too much of a problem. By finding a way to keep your garden soil moist, you will have no problem as long as you continue to add water. Remember that you can choose from a wide variety of plants to grow, including, of course, the desert cactus which will grow very well. This type of climate is actually okay for a lot of fruit like apricots and peaches that will grow very well. Another choice is the Mojave Yucca that blooms flowers and can grow over 15 feet high.

Your style and personality will be displayed in the kind of garden you select. Your choice of a consumable vegetable or herb garden or a garden whose primary purpose is to beautify your surroundings is also a consideration. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t have both, as you can mix colorful flowers and nutritious and delicious vegetables. The options are all at your fingertips.

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Qualcast Panther Mower

Have you ever wondered about all the time and hassle it takes to set up your lawnmower before you cut the grass? I used to use a very expensive Hayter mower which needed pretty much a full service before it would start each time. Even then you were in danger of dislocating your shoulder trying to start it with the cord!
Well there is an alternative and it’s called the Qualcast Panther mower.

This alternative is a cylinder hand mower which has a central cylinder with 4 cutting blades. These provide a 30cm cutting width which although is not huge is perfectly adequate for small to medium type lawns.  So ok if you have a couple of acres of lawn to mow it’s not going to suit, but lets face it most of our lawns are much smaller than that,

qualcast-panther-mower Let’s have a look at some of the advantages – well for start it has very high geared wheels, this makes it extremely easy to push,   You can literally pick the Qualcast Pather mower up in one hand and start mowing the lawn.

Although you have no engine or motor to supplement your effort it’s not actually that difficult to mow your lawn with the Qualcast Panther.   I certainly find it much easier than the vast majority of Flymos especially when  they have their grass boxes attached.

You change the height of the cut using a nut and bolt on the mower,  it’s variable between 12 and 40mm in length.  If you can see it also has a roller which gives a striping effect to the cut.  The stripes are not too bad but don’t expect anything like a petrol cylinder lawn mower could produce.

So it’s easy to use, healthy for you giving a small workout.  It’s also obviously the best option for the environment as the only power is being supplied by you.  It actually makes mowing a little more relaxing as well mainly due to the relative peace and quiet.

The Qualcast Panther does have a grass collecting box of 20 liters although I have to say this is probably the weakest part of this mower.  The box collects a lot of the grass but it does drop quite a lot as well, it also isn’t able to squash the cuttings together like some mowers like the Bosch Rotak 40 for instance – so you’ll have more visits to empty the collector.

Another thing worth considering is that this mower is actually very simple, there’s not very much on it to go wrong.  I’ve had one for ten years and apart from looking after the blades it needs no real maintenance.   There are very small drawbacks to this mower – it struggles with damp grass, the cut is not quite as good as many electric mowers (but I still think better than most Flymos!) and it doesn’t quite catch all the clippings.  It’s also pretty cheap and is often on Amazon for between £30 and £40.

But as an environmentally friendly way to cut the grass and give yourself a bit of exercise then you won’t do much better than the Qualcast Panther Mower.

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