Am new to the forum and am looking to buy an old lawnmower (either in need of restoration or fully refurbished).
Rather than buying from a collectors perspective, I'm purely interested in practicality; how easy the mower is to live with and, of course, the quality of cut. The mower needs to be self-propelled and is to be used on a fine, ornamental, medium sized lawn.
I confess that I'm not technicaly minded and wouldn't engage in repairs, servicing, tinkering etc myself. I need a mower that is reliable, does a superb job and doesn't ask much from me, other than refueling and making sure it gets a regular service.
The breadth of manufacturers and models leaves me somewhat confused. How does an Atco versus a Ransomes versus an Allett (for example) rate? And were some manufacturers producing first class machines in certain years and substandard in others etc?
Can any member offer guideance as to which manufactuers and models I should be focusing on and approximately what era? Logic would seem to say that the newer the model, the more 'advanced', reliable and efficient the mower shoud be...but I've read that some of the current models aren't nearly as good as older versions...so I end up going round in circles!
Thanks in advance for any help.