Power tools and equipment for your garden – Does size matter?

Date:22 March 2022

Buying equipment for your garden is an investment – both emotionally and financially. Whether it’s a lawnmower, chainsaw or trimmer, you’ll be spending a lot of time with it in the years to come, so you need to be compatible, and you need the right size to keep you happy.

Size matters when it comes to power tools and equipment, says Rolux CEO Stuart Williams. He shares some advice on when to go big, and when to go home in terms of lawnmowers, brush cutters and trimmers.

Rolux is an established South African brand offering innovative products perfectly in tune with the fun, outdoor lifestyle enjoyed in this country. No matter your garden size, Rolux’s garden equipment offers quality, reliability and durability, allowing you to live your best life safe in the knowledge that your outdoor space is well looked after. Built for life, the new and enhanced range gives you value for money – so you can do it right, right now! Rolux is committed to building lifelong relationships with you, our customer, and looks forward to learning with you, innovating and improving our products as we go.

Here are some things to consider before you commit:

Lawnmowers – which is right for you?

This will depend on the size of your lawn and your budget. Lawnmowers are available in various mowing widths – and the wider the mower, the quicker you’ll get the job done. So, if you have a large garden, you’ll need to go for a wider mower, or you’re going to spend all your spare weekend time mowing.

Your next decision is whether to go for a petrol engine or electric motor. The size of your lawn area will also play a role in your choice here. A petrol mower is better for large gardens. “It’s a practical solution if you’re a long way from a plug and it’s also more powerful, heavier and often bigger than electric mowers, making the task of mowing a large area easier,” shares Williams. Rolux Magnum X has two petrol mower options – a 159cc and a 196cc engine – both of which are built to tackle even the unruliest of lawns, for decades to come.

An electric mower is easy to manoeuvre, less pricey and better suited for smaller gardens. The power cord means you are limited to how far you can venture, and an extension cord designed to handle longer distances will set you back a few extra bucks. Rolux Magnum X’s range of electric mowers include 1800w, 2200w, 2600w and 3000w motors – all robust but easy to handle and perfect for zooming around a smaller lawn.

Brush cutter or trimmer – how big is your bush?

What exactly is the difference between a brush cutter and a grass trimmer? “The short answer is: power. A trimmer can be used for smaller jobs, such as keeping your edges neat and giving that finishing touch to your lawn, while a brush cutter is a bit more powerful and can be used or more demanding jobs,” says Williams.

Trimmers usually only have a nylon line for cutting light vegetation like grass. Brush cutters often have a nylon line option for light work and strong metal blades for tackling dense vegetation, such as overgrown shrubs and tough grass. Rolux Magnum X 43cc straight shaft 2-stroke model comes with a nylon cutting line and bumphead, and a three-tooth metal blade so you can use it for all manner of garden tasks.

Hedge trimmer or chainsaw – slim down or shape up?

While these two power tools may look similar, the jobs they can perform are quite different. A hedge trimmer has teeth that oscillate backwards and forwards, perfect for chopping through small branches. It is lighter and less powerful than a chainsaw and can be used for trimming hedges and shrubs and generally keeping your garden in shape.

Chainsaws have teeth that rapidly move around a bar. These have all the power and can be used to cut through branches and tree trunks quickly – ideal for tree felling and pruning. The Rolux Magnum X 45cc chainsaw is compact and lightweight and has an anti-vibration and fast chain brake system, making a potentially daunting job safe and achievable.

Williams advises, “Whatever your choice, it is always a good idea to spend a bit extra to ensure you have top quality equipment that will do the job right, do it safely and keep doing it for years to come. Built for life, the Rolux Magnum X range is your ideal partner in this.”

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