Cylinder lawn mowers are often considered something of an enigma in the lawn mowing world, stubbornly sticking to tradition and scoffing in the face of new technical developments.
The design of most cylinder lawn mowers makes them look as though they haven’t changed much in at least half a century, with their traditional green livery and non-flashy styling, they are the lawn mower of choice for those who choose prestige over technical innovation.
Allet mowers are a British manufacturer known for exclusively producing cylinder mowers which can often be seen manicuring sports grounds and other areas known for their exquisite grasslands throughout the UK and elsewhere.
Somewhat surprisingly, Allet have taken the unusual, and perhaps daring step to produce their first range of cordless, battery powered cylinder mowers. This is a real departure for one of the key players in an industry who have staunchly rejected modern innovations.
However, as we all know, all good things must come to an end, and it seems that finally cylinder mowers are making the transition into the 21st century.
This isn’t to say of course that they’re taking too deep a plunge, we won’t be seeing cylinder mowers with flame decals down the side and ‘internet of things’ connectivity anytime soon. No, rest assured the traditional cylinder mower look and feel is very much here to stay, it’s simply the added benefit of battery power that’s changed. So what’s not to love?
This new Allet range known as their ‘Liberty’ range, will do as their name suggests and liberate you from the shackle of the power cord or the mess and noise of the petrol engine. The range will include 3 sizes in total, a 30, 35, and 43 cm cutting width models.
As all good cylinder mowers should, this range will allow you to cut your grass very short, as low as 6mm is possible with careful dedication to your lawn. They also include a roller, and a choice of 6 speeds for self propulsion, so if you’re not as speedy on your feet as you used to be, the most gentle speed will give you a comfortable walking pace.
As far as the hero of the hour, the battery, Allet have teamed up with Greenworks tools to produce a model that promises 40 minutes of runtime to enable you to cut up to 600 square metres. Somewhat curiously this is the same across the board, you might have expected the larger model to have a longer runtime, but that’s not the case.
The Allet Liberty range will be available starting from the end of June 2017.