John Deere’s R40 walk-behind mower has been awarded the coveted Best Buy status by consumer champion Which?The Which? Best Buy endorsement is given to products with high total test scores that perform consistently well in rigorous tests and excel in all key areas. For a lawnmower, the test focuses on how well it cuts the grass and on its ease of use.The R40 is the entry level model in John Deere’s range of 24 different walk-behind lawnmowers. Compact, lightweight and robust, it is suitable for mowing areas up to 700m², making it the perfect solution for smaller gardens.The 40cm (15in) polypropylene deck is strong but also light in weight for easy handling, and comes with a 10 year consumer warranty. Adjusting the height of cut is very simple, using a single lever which allows the operator to choose six positions between 25 and 75mm (1 and 3in).Powered by a Briggs & Stratton 4hp/2.1kW engine, the mower is fitted with John Deere’s exclusive TurboStar™ collection system, designed to ensure maximum efficiency, even in damp conditions or at lower heights of cut.This is because the deck features an integrated fan that creates additional airflow over and above the blade. This creates a powerful vacuum effect that powers grass clippings efficiently into the 44-litre bag for a perfect cut. The R40 is easily converted into a mulching mower with an optional kit.Durable wheels are fully enclosed, which prevents a build-up of grass clippings. They also feature ball bearings to reduce the effort required when manoeuvring the machine. In addition, the handlebar is easily adjustable to ensure maximum comfort for the operator according to their height and individual preference.The Which? Report describes the John Deere R40 as “…a great little petrol mower and a worthy Best Buy, as it gives a very neat finish and is easy to handle. It gives a great cut on grass, whether it’s long, damp or just a normal family lawn.” The report summarises the R40 as “No frills but very effective” and adds “Cuts and collects very well, light and manoeuvrable.”The R40 is the second John Deere walk-behind mower to achieve the Which? Best Buy status, following the RUN 46 walk-behind mower that received the endorsement in January 2015 with a score of 82 per cent, the highest of all the Best Buy lawnmowers.Designed to make mowing easy and produce excellent results, the John Deere R40 lawnmower has a recommended retail price of £362 including VAT and is available from any John Deere homeowner dealer. Visit the website at www.JohnDeere.co.uk for details of the company’s complete lawn & garden equipment range; to find your nearest dealer look for the Dealer Locator link on the home page, or ring Freephone 0800 085 2522 (1800 818 667 in Ireland).
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