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Bosch Rotak 34R Electric Lawnmower Review 

Thanks for taking your time to read our review on the Bosch Rotak 34R electric lawnmower. The Rotak 34R is a rotary mower with a cutting width of 34 cm. It is also a huge best seller on the UK market and is a very popular choice with many UK online buyers.

Many buyers trust this brand, and with a price point of around £120, this model suits the general gardening UK market very well. It is designed to cut small to medium sized lawns up to about the typical design of a tennis court

The Rotak 34R is an electrical rotary mower, so will need plugged into an electrical main's supply for it to work This is not a cordless mower. The cable length is about 10 metres, so in many cases, you may also need to plug it into an extension cable.

How Online Buyers Rate the Rotak 34R Model?

88%
Buyer Satisfaction
  • Overall online buyers gave this an average buyer satisfaction of 88%
  • 66% of all those buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • 5% of all buyers gave this mower a poor review

These ratings are based on over 2,500 online reviews from various websites. The high number of reviews does show that this mower os a very popular choice for a lot of online UK buyers.

What Buyers Say About the Rotak 34R Model?

We know how buyers rated this mower, and now we have summarised what those buyers had to say about their purchase. Below we have listed what buyers had to say in the form of a pros and cons table.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Buyers say this mower cuts grass very well indeed
  • Buyers liked the larger grass collection box as it meant you could use the mower for longer periods of time
  • Buyers liked the 2 year guarantee which can be extended to 3 years once you register your mower
  • Most buyers said this mower is easy to manoeuvre; and the inset front wheels help you get into awkward corners
  • Buyers said this was very good at cutting wet grass

Cons

  • A few buyers said this mower is very difficult to assemble
  • Some buyers said the parts are low quality
  • A few buyers said the mower is lightweight and overall a poor build

Conclusion:

This is a reliable mower and with a 34 cm cutting width, will cut faster that the Bosch 32R model. The folding handles and stackable grass box do make this mower very easy for compact storage. This model also has grass combs that cut right up to and over the edge. Many buyers also liked the fact that you can use a single lever height of cut adjustment from 20-70 mm to suit different lawn conditions.

Rotak 34R Specification

Some buyers do like to know the full specification and technical details, so we have shown those below.

Bosch Rotak 34 R Electric Rotary Lawn Mower review
  • Measures 37.8 x 61.6 x 40.2
  • Weighs 11.1 kg
  • 1300 watt motor
  • Electric start
  • Electric rotary mower
  • Has a grass comb that allows the Rotak 34 to cut along walls, flower beds and lawn edges
  • Can cut tall grass thanks to a hardened steel blade
  • Has a 40 litre grass box
  • Torque : 15 Nm
  • Suitable for small and mid-sized gardens
  • Height of cut 20 – 70 mm adjustable using a single lever (5 settings)
  • Ergoflex handles for a comfortable and healthy working position
  • Metal blade
  • The handles do fold down for storage
  • Cable length is the standard 10 metres so it is likely it will need to be plugged into an extension lead for longer gardens.

The Bosch Rotak 34R Mower Video Review

The assembly instructions for this are very good and it takes around 20 minutes to assemble when you first get it and have to put it together.

Rotak 34R Key Features

With any lawnmower, there are typically a number of key features, and we have shown those below.

Cutting Width

This is the width of grass that a mower can cut with one single pass. The width primarily determines the speed at which you can cut your grass at. The larger the width the quicker you can cut your grass, as you will have to do fewer passes. This model has a standard 34 cm cutting width, which is ideal for small to medium sized lawns.

Cutting Height

Most mowers will have a range of cutting heights. With the 34R model those are between 20-70 mm. (0.8 - 2.75"). The height is adjusted by moving a single lever into one of 5 different settings. Once the normal grass cutting starts, most gardeners will simply use the lowest setting for the rest of the cutting year. (March to October) The first cut is usually done on the highest setting (60mm) as the grass is longer. Trying to cut tall grass on the lowest setting will almost always clog up the underside of the mower, and especially if the grass is wet.

Grass Comb

The grass comb is an interesting and useful feature. It allows the mower to grab grass that is close to walls, paths etc, and also allows you to grab grass at the edges of lawns. This saves you having to cut along those with a strimmer or lawn edger or shears. It is fair to say the grass comb does a good enough job without being perfect.

Bosch Rotak 34 R

Light and easy to transport

The Bosch Brand (Gardening)

Bosch are of course a very well known tool brand. Aside from their high quality tools, they also make a wide range of gardening tools. These range from lawnmowers, lawn rakers, verticutters, trimmers, hedge cutters, chainsaws, leaf blowers shredders and multi-tool systems.

They are a German brand and their garden products are very popular with many UK gardeners. They have 40 locations spread across the UK with over 5,000 employees. In the UK they generate annual revenues of around £3.5 Billion, with the UK being their second largest market.

Bosch Rotak 32R, vs 34R vs 36R

In this particular type of electric rotary range Bosch make two other models, called the Rotak 34R and the Rotak 36R. Just below we explain the key differences between those models. We have also provided links to reviews of those models.

Bosch Rotak 32R

32 cm cutting width

Around £90

1200 watt motor

31 litre grass box

Height cut 20-60 mm

Bosch Rotak 34R

34 cm cutting width

Around £120

1300 watt motor

40 litre grass box

Height cut 20- 70 mm

Bosch Rotak 36R

36 cm cutting width

Around £130

1350 watt motor

40 litre grass box

Height cut 20-70 mm

So in summary the 34R model is the mid-range when it comes to cutting width in this Bosch rotary range. In this electric rotary range of Bosch mowers, this one has a 1300 watt motor and a 40 litre grass box. It is designed for medium sized lawns.

Our Verdict on the Rotak 34R Model?

For a small to medium sized garden, this rotary mower is one of the biggest sellers on the UK market.

It can handle grass that is about 3" in height, and is also good for general lawn mowing throughout the year. This is a good enough mower for a small to medium sized garden at an affordable price point.

The mower is also light, easy to move around, and the mower is powerful enough to get the job done. 

This mower is good for use as adjusting the cutting height is easy, assembly is straightforward and even sharpening the blade is also pretty easy. We do however believe that the switch mechanism, and the associated lever is a bad design that can break. They are easy and cheap to replace, but still a poor design.

If this is not the mower for you, then check out our article on all of the Bosch lawnmower options by clicking here. If you want to find out what other mower options are available, then we strongly recommend reading our UK lawnmower guide.

This compact 34R mower automatically cuts clean edges along flowerbeds, walls, and walkways. It is lightweight, easy to maneuver around objects and easy to store away and take out. It is suitable for mowing small- to medium-sized lawns and cutting tidy edges.

You can also buy replacement blades for this 34R model, and that is always a good thing to keep in mind. This is not a big powerful lawnmower, but it will allow you to quickly and easily mow your lawn, as long as you don't allow the grass to get too long.

Buyers also really liked that the front wheels help you get into awkward corners.

Enda


I am someone who enjoys a little gardening. Now I am not someone who spend hours in the garden, but I do like both my front and back gardens to look really nice. Well kept lawns, neatly trimmed hedges, and borders filled with plants, make a huge difference, to how your property looks.

Enda McLarnon

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