Lawnmowers

Here’s the thing, from cattle to cyborgs

RICHARD SCOTT

It’s May, with time for one last barbecue before winter closes in. But you can’t do it without a decent lawn ...

Cheap: Electric trimmer (and/or sheep)

A lawnmower purchase is no place for cutting corners. But you can still pick up a reliable machine for under $200. The electric Pope Aurora ($198) comes with five cutting heights, a 45L capacity bag catcher, and is powered by a Briggs & Stratton four-stroke engine. Trading Post advertises one sheep for $50 with six-sheep “starter packs” from $350 (ewes and rams).

TOTAL: Pope Aurora (BigW.com.au) $198 (sale); sheep, average $50 each (Trading Post).

Standard: Petrol mower

The Masport 486 petrol lawn mower has a 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine to “handle most grass-cutting and mulching conditions”. It has “Mowzone” technology, allowing the mower to cut up to and over edges. Features recoil push starter.

TOTAL: Masport 486 petrol mower, Bunnings.com.au, $499.

Deluxe: Robot

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Just get a robot. The Husqvarna Automower 265 ACX essentially operates without supervision. Electric (it self-charges), the low-noise Automower comes with a personalised settings panel and timer so you can leave it to carry out its business. It will send you a text if it encounters any problems, plus it is fitted with an antitheft alarm. Operates in all weather. May attempt to join forces with your laptop and take on mankind.

TOTAL: Husqvarna Automower 265 ACX, Husqvarna.com/au, $4999.

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