Welcome to my review of the Stihl Cordless Lawn Mower and Grass Cutter.
How frequently do you mow your lawn?
I’ll be honest, we are not the best at keeping the green stuff at bay, but having invested in a garden overhaul this summer, and a completely new lawn, we want to ensure it stays looking great.
We don’t have a lot of time either. Like many parents, and we are constantly ferrying children around to classes and social arrangements at the weekend, so time is very precious. And when you work long hours in the week there’s little time to tackle the garden in the evenings.
So, we knew this had to change. We don’t want our new lawn to go to ruin in its first year so we want tools that do the job well, are easy to use and of high quality.
Let me introduce you to the Stihl Cordless Lawn Mower (RMA 339) – oh and my very long lawn!
Having been away on holiday for a few weeks and then seen a lot of rain in the UK, the lawn was in desperate need of some attention. Stihl had sent me the lawn mower to try out, as well as a grass cutter – see further down the post – and so it was time to put it to the test.
Confession time. I NEVER mow the lawn. It’s always my husband. I can’t fight the weight of our old one, I can’t be bothered finding the extension cables and then deal with the cuttings. I have painful wrists so try to avoid anything that will exacerbate the problem. I know. I shouldn’t leave it to him, but I do.
So I’m determined to get to grips with it and do it myself. I was interested to see if using this kind of lawn mower would make things easier for me.
Let me tell you a little about the Stihl Cordless Lawn mower:
- Obviously, it’s cordless and runs off a Lithium interchangeable battery
- The fully charged battery will cut 300 square metres of lawn
- Automatic eco mode to minimise the battery life.
- Quiet and easily manoeuvrable
- Adjustable height handle and mono design to enable easy emptying of grass cuttings.
- Flow optimised bald to lift and neatly cut the grass.
- Foldable carry handle for ease of movement and storage
Below you can see me checking the battery and inserting back into the mower. It takes nearly 2 hours to give it a full charge and it’s lasting well (I’ve actually cut the lawn 3 times and used the strimmer using it on one charge).
And here I go on the mowing. I love that I can drop the handle height to suit my smaller frame, it makes it much more comfortable and easy to use.
This lawn was very long, but the Stihl lawn mower cut through it with ease. It’s very light and gave the lawn a wonderful first cut. As you don’t need to worry about a cable (how many times have you cut through your cable mowing the lawn?) you can move forwards and backwards effortlessly.
The grass box was filling quickly with all the cuttings but emptying it is no bother either. The mono handle design means you can grab the cuttings box and lift out without juggling it between the handles. It’s a decent size too – I think I emptied it 4 times during this mow. Normally I’d only empty it twice when the lawn is shorter.
There are 5 different height adjustments for the cutters ranging from 30mm to 70mm and they can be selected from a lever on the side of the machine.
I had this on quite a low setting, no. 2, and even though it had a tough job, there was no problem with mowing.
The automatic eco mode means that when cutting is easier for the machine, you’ll hear the intensity drop which helps to preserve battery life. What a genius feature. Once I started mowing over the shorter areas of lawn, I could audibly tell when this kicked in.
So once the mowing was done, as you can imagine, there were some very long, tufty edges.
Let’s bring out the Stihl Cordless Grass Trimmer.
I’ve actually never owned a strimmer before, nor have I used one – I was giddy with excitement!
Yes, we were that couple that used old fashioned clippers to do the edges of the lawn. It used to take ages – partly because they were a little blunt – and it used to mean a very sore back and knees.
But no more! The edges are neat, easy to cut and fun to do! There is no turning back.
Here are some of the features of the Stihl FSA 56 Cordless Grass Cutter:
- Uses the same interchangeable lithium battery as the lawn mower
- Adjustable length shaft to suit your height
- Quiet and easy to manoeuvre
- Adjustable loop handle for comfort
- Metal spacer bracket to protect trees, plants and other objects
- Automatic mowing head that feeds out a new cutting line if it breaks
Again, this product is a wonder. Easy to use, does the job in half the time it used to take, and is a top quality garden tool. How did I live without this?
Check out the garden an hour later….
It looks neat and tidy, was a pleasure to mow and the gadgets are cleaned and back in the shed, stored away for next time.
I’ve even told that husband that I feel confident and happy to mow the lawn more regularly now. He is ecstatic.
Stihl makes high quality products, typically for commercial purposes but this line of mowers and cutters are aimed at the general public. The products I’ve tested are mid-range and start at £500 for the mower and £140 for the cutter (this includes one battery and charger – the mower starts at around £350 without a battery). There are others either side of these prices.
Are they worth it? A hundred times YES! I’ve never invested in a good quality mower, always buying cheap and cheerful then wondering why I hate using them and they don’t do a good job. They break after a couple of seasons too.
When you’re short on time, want quality tools that do a fantastic job and prefer to spend more time in your garden rather than working on it, the Stihl products are the perfect choice.
I’d love to know your thoughts? Would you invest in quality grass cutting products like these or do you think they are a step too far?
Disclosure: I was gifted these products for the purposes of this review. The opinions are honest and personal.