The mower arrived in a big box and the first job is to charge the battery.
Did I say battery? Sorry, I mean flux capacitor.
The machine itself is not too heavy and has rather jazzy bright green bits.
Day 2 and it was time for the back lawn. The back lawn is big so I was not sure it would get all the way around on one charge.
So - what did I think. Well, I thought I needed two batteries. If I had two batteries I could have done the back garden all in one day. I could of course split it over two days which is no real hardship.
I delayed posting this review for another two weeks as I wanted to give the lawns another mow to try the mower out again. This time I cut the driveway and side lawn and then moved straight into the back garden to see how much it would mow before it cut out. It cut the whole of the formal lawn and I have just moved into the Bermuda Triange before it gave out (spooky it gave out there....) I put the battery on to recharge overnight and then finished off the next day. This worked very well as there was only about a third of the back lawn still to go.
The mower has six different blade heights and it cut the lawns well. If the grass is a little too long for the height you have chosen it will snarl up the blades a bit, but as you can see it coped with my grass that was around 2-3 inches long (give or take). All you have to do is raise the cutting height a little and it will cope, you can then go over it again if you really want to at the lower height. I am not that fussy about the height of my grass so I was quite happy with this.
The 40 litre grass basket is very good, definitely better capacity than my current mower. Also not having an electric cable was very nice. I did not spend half my time faffing around with cable and decapitating my favourite flowers with the cable at any given moment.
My top tip for this mower is to recharge the battery the moment that you finish using it. It keeps the charge really well and whilst I gave it a quick zap before I started mowing the second time I used it, it had kept pretty much fully charged over the two week period. This means if I have a mowing emergency that the battery should be good to go.
Would I recommend this mower, yes, from my use of it it was good. I do wonder if it will manage with the mowing of the Wild Garden after its first scything in September, I shall let you know. If you have a large lawn I would recommend two batteries, it will make it much easier, failing that you might have to divide your time cutting your lawns which is not that onerous.
Oh - and did I mention it has a flux capacitor?
The lawnmower retails at £299, with an additional battery being £99.
The review of how the mower coped with the Wild Garden challenge can be found here: http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2016/09/update-product-review-gtech-cordless.html