WET and warm temperatures across much of Australia has seen a burst of vegetation growth, meaning many home and property owners may be in the market for a new lawnmower to tackle the tough jobs.
It is the time of year when many people go to the garden shed to start up 'old trusty' lawnmowers only to find that it has given up the ghost during winter hibernation, according to Honda Power Equipment Manager , Bob Donaldson.
"While purchasing a new lawnmower is more of a chore than retail therapy, it's worth taking the time to thoroughly research the machine that is best suited to your requirements before handing over your money," said Mr Donaldson.
As Australia's leading four-stroke garden care manufacturer, Honda Power Equipment has a large range of reliable and efficient lawnmowers suitable for the task.
Honda's Buffalo range is built at the company's Melbourne manufacturing plant and designed and constructed to meet tough Australian conditions.
The Buffalo range begins with the Buffalo Buck, available in both standard and mulch and catch models and is powered by Honda's long-lasting, advanced four-stroke OHV/OHC, GCV160 engine with output of 5.5hp (4.1kW).
Designed to get the job done quickly with Honda's 'one pull' easy start system, the Buck also features 200mm dual sealed ball-bearing wheels for improved durability and manoeuvrability and a huge 54L polymer catcher ensuring fewer stops.
For those with more challenging grass areas or commercial jobs to tackle, the Buffalo Bull is the answer. The Bull features Honda's OHV/OHC GSV190 engine rated at 6.5hp (4.85kW) and uses a cast iron cylinder sleeve for greater engine longevity.
With the Buffalo Bull, consumers again have the choice of the mulch and catch option as well as either a 19" (482mm) or 21" (53 mm) rustproof aluminium deck.
Like the Buck, the Bull also features Honda's 'one pull' easy start system, 200mm ball-bearing wheels and large 54L polymer catcher.
The pinnacle of the Buffalo range is the Buffalo Classic, which is available in both push (with 19" and 21" decks) or in a three-speed self-propelled configuration. The Buffalo Classic is suiatable for large lawns and is a favourite among garden care contractors.
Fitted with Honda's long-lasting 5.5hp (4.0kW) OHV, GXV160 engine with cast iron sleeve, the Buffalo Classic is ready to meet the demands of high-frequency, long hour use.
The three-speed self-propelled Classic makes short work of heavily grassed areas with its huge 21" solid steel deck and 73L dacron grass catcher.
The most recent addition to the Buffalo line-up is the Buffalo Utility, a no fuss machine ideal to tackle large residential or commercial jobs.
The Buffalo Utility shares the same long-lasting GXV160 engine as the Classic and features a generous 21" heavy duty, powder coated one-piece cutting deck that is height adjustable to 11 positions.
With no front deck edge, the Utility offers maximum performance in long and uneven grass, while the side discharge outlet disperses clippings evenly. Operators will also appreciate its ergonomically designed handlebars.
For the most demanding of conditions and ideally suited for commercial garden care contractors, the Honda self-propelled HRC216 Commercial features a 21" rugged pressed steel powder coated deck.
The Commercial uses the GXV160 engine, which is coupled to a unique variable speed hydrostatic gearbox driving the mower through the rear wheels.
For increased safety, the Honda Commercial also features a blade clutch which allows the engine to run without the blades being engaged.
At the other end of the spectrum is Honda's answer for the compact garden, the HRE370 Electric lawnmower, which is ideal for manicuring smaller lawns.
The Honda Electric uses a powerful and reliable 1.3kW motor and lightweight and rustproof polymer deck with 14.5" cut. Its compact size allows easy storage while fuel and exhaust fumes are non-existent.