Bosch Rotak 43 Ergoflex 1800W 43cm Electric Rotary Lawn Mower 230V
Excellent and easy to use and you must read the assembly instructions
16 Aug 2014
I went from hovers to petrol and now I have tried wheeled mowers. There is no comparison because the wheeled Bosch is very light and easy to push. The 43 has a wide cut and a very large grass box. It also gives the lowest cut I have ever been able to get. Might only have to cut every 3 weeks instead of 2. Wished I had changed years ago as it is easy. A little expensive compared with other wheeled lawn mowers but it does do the job extremely well.
5 Aug 2014
Bosch Rotak 43 DON'T BUY THIS
This is my second Rotak 43. The plastic fan on the motor melted and you have to buy the complete motor assembly at Â£160+.
I therefore opted for a new one at Â£179.99.
The new model is not a patch on the old one.
The screws fixing the push handle to the frame don't fit properly and stick out. The 'Ergoflex' handles would be fine on a supermarket trolley.
You have to hold one of four buttons in a vice like grip otherwise the mower stops. My thumbs and hands are sore from this. The new cable seems poorer quality than the last and is SHORTER as I discovered when I was pulled up sharply.
Whoever designed this has never cut grass.
If you can buy a second hand old model go for it. Don't buy this
31 Jul 2014
A cut above the rest?
I bought this mower to replace the smaller 34cm blade version of the Rotak (a Which? Best Buy in 2004) which had finally given up the ghost.
I was disappointed to find that both the screws used to secure the handles to the body of the mower remained proud of their housing no matter how many times I unscrewed and re-aligned the handles and holes. Clearly the holes on the inside of the mower body had not been drilled properly. However, as the assembly seemed fairly secure I decided not to return the mower. I will just have to check the tightness of the screws regularly.
If I hadn't read an earlier customer review I may have had more difficulty working out where to fit the cable grip, which has to be secured by the same nut and bolt that secures the upper handle to the lower handle. This is not addressed in the assembly instructions and very hard to see in the illustration.
It might help if the main box that the Rotak is packed in showed the mower inside! Instead it shows a Bosch cordless model - so no assembly hints there! Poor marketing for a Company with such a good reputation.
All that said, the Rotak is powerful, quick and handles a large lawn with ease. The adjustable cutting height mechanism is really useful, but the major improvement over my previous Rotak is the option to use any one of four buttons to maintain power to the blade - a godsend for anyone with arthritis in their wrists!
In all, a really good value product only slightly let down by poor assembly instructions and a minor manufacturing flaw
9 Jul 2014