There are the six footer gang mowers...been there and done that!.........there are the 24inch cylinder mowers.....been there and have done that as well. Nowadays, the mower of choice for all serious garden contractors is the roller rotary with power drive (and may I add NO girly electric start!). The two main makes for the serious professional are Hayter and Honda, and I am fortunate enough to have a couple of both....just in case!
For the past few months I have been putting the very seductive red and silver Honda through it's paces. Treating her gently, using a plank to take her in and out of the van, checking the oil regularly, and even occasionally washing her with soap and water and a sponge...crikey, even Amanda doesn't get that treatment!
I like to spoil my mowers with the occasional present out of the blue, like I did recently with a shiny new blade and rather racy new side guard strips...nothings too much for my girls!
But regardless of my seductive powers, what does she do on a beautiful dry and sunny day in which I am sailing along with a song in my heart and a spring in my hobbly gait?
Yep! Right in the middle of the day her clutch bar snaps! I sit on the grass scratching my head and wondering how to continue, and after pulling the drive cable end by hand at the same time as activating the blade clutch...all very technical....I muddle through to the end of the job in hand.
Luckily, the guys who deal with all of us big time mowing boys in the area were able to deliver a replacement the following morning.
And here it is.....all shiny and new!
And now fitted by me!
And so, after putting her new blade on as well, and the rather snazzy new side protection strips.....don't they just look so sexy?.....eat your heart out Michael Schumacher.....she is ready to go!
Five properties behind, with two days to go.........hmmmmmm....not too bad this time!