Bosch Rotak 40 and 43 Review – With FAQ’s & Comparison

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Greetings once more and thanks for taking the time to visit our Bosch Rotak 40 Review and our Bosch Rotak 43 Review which will outline everything you need to be aware of if you are considering buying it in the comings days or weeks.

This review will also outline a series of frequently asked questions that has come up in the recent past which should answer most of the queries you may have. In addition, we will provide a comparison chart along with outlining all the main pros and cons that you need to know also.

Before we begin, please be aware that guide prices can only be displayed at the time of this Bosch review as prices can change slightly from week to week depending on local discount activities so please make sure to view the price checkers outlined below to ensure you have the most accurate up to date price information.

4 main parts of this review will be broken down as follows:

Part 1 – Quick Overview & Frequently Asked Questions
Part 2 – Review of the Features, Pros and Cons
Part 3 – Comparison Table Bosch 40 vs Bosch 43
Part 4 – Price comparison options

Part 1: Quick Overview & FAQ’s

Brand:Bosch
Models:Bosch Rotak 40 versus Bosch Rotak 43
Warranty:2 years - can be extended to 3 years if registered online (mybosch .com)
Orders Online:Yes, with hassle free home delivery
Price Range:£170 to £220 (at the time of this review)
Cheap Place to Buy:Amazon UK – View Stock Availability Here
Support:Service or repairs on 03447360109

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. How long are the cords?
A. The length of the cords is 10m long only (too short for many users)
Q. Can I attach extension cords?
A. Yes, you can attach extension cords but are sold separately
Q. Are these lawnmowers self-propelled?
A. No, neither of these lawnmowers are self-propelled, you need to do all the pushing
Q. How do you fit the handles?
A. You will need to twist them in opposite directions and clock them into position with the Click-Connect
Q. Do they include the rollers to create the stripes?
A. Yes, both the 40 and the 43cm models include the rollers for the striped effect

Part 2 – Bosch Rotak 40 & 43 - Review of the Features, Pros and Cons

Bosch Lawnmower Rotak 40cm 1700W Lawnmower

Main Features:

Powerful 1700W motor for lawns up to 500m2
Ergoflex system included for better control
Cutting heights are 2cm to 7cm
Grass box capacity is 50L
Includes the extended grass comb for the edges
Provides airflow technology & Leaf -Collect function
Weight is 12.6kg and the size is ~ 47 by 44 by 86cm

Bosch Lawnmower Rotak 43cm 1800W Lawnmower

Main Features:

Powerful 1800W motor for lawns up to 600m2
Ergoflex system included for better control
Cutting heights are 2cm to 7cm
Grass box capacity is 50L
Includes the extended grass comb for the edges
Provides airflow technology & a Leaf -Collect function
Weight is 12.8kg / Size is ~ 47.8 by 44.6 by 86.5cm

Further images for the Bosch 40cm and 43cm Corded Lawn mowers are outlined below:

  • Easy to Steer & Push

Main Pros Available:

  • They include the integrated Powerdrive motor which ensures optimum cutting and grass collection
  • You get the Ergoflex handles for better control, improved posture and reduced strain while you work
  • Provides sharpened high-precision blades for a better cleaner cut that can work on various grass types
  • You can adjust the Ergoflex system which allows you to adjust the handles to reduce back strain
  • Much better around fences, edges of walls and flower beds with the unique grass comb feature included
  • Assembly is quick and easy via the QuickClick system so the handles can lock into position
  • Has the ability to chew up any length of grass and thickness in its path and takes it in its stride
  • The larger grass box of 50L capacity on both means less time is wasted emptying the collectors
  • The noise level is significantly lower than some of the louder petrol type lawn mowers
  • There is no charging of batteries to worry about or additional back up expensive batteries.
  • Zero fuel or oil costs associated with it and little to no ongoing maintenance costs
  • Rear rollers are included as standard which are great for making attractive looking stripes
  • Cuts very well around the edges by using the grass combs and inset wheels – little to no strimming is needed after the work
  • You get the 2 year guarantee which can be extended to 3 years if you register online within 28 days
  • There is also a 5-day repair service available from Bosch

Main Cons Outlined:

  • Prices are a good deal higher than the narrower 32cm model or 34cm models
  • Neither are self-propelled so it will be more difficult around steep hills and slopes
  • The price of spare parts if needed are a little on the high side (needs to be avoided)
  • Motor issues have been reported from the public after a few seasons work load which is annoying
  • Cord attached will be far too short for some gardeners but at least you can source an extension cable
  • Grass box could be easier to work with especially when it comes to emptying it – many find the emptying more difficult than expected.
  • Lowest mow height cutting of 2cm won’t be low enough for some gardeners who prefer the tightest cut possible
  • Minor cases of reports of the motor overheating at times with heavier duty type work
  • Outer frame is made from plastic which won’t be good enough for people preferring a solid metal deck
  • There is no cable tidy system so you need to wrap around the handles instead.
  • Again – the cord could be longer as several gardeners had expected it to be a lot longer from the start.
  • Extensions cables will be an added expense that you need to budget into the overall price as well.
  • Folding down the handles should be a whole lot easier and requires a good deal of effort
  • No mulching capability available

Part 3 – Comparison Table for the Bosch Rotak 40 vs the Bosch Rotak 43

A comparison table is outlined below which compares the Bosch Rotak 40cm to the Bosch Rotak 43cm to add further clarity about their features and specifications

Feature:Rotak 40cm CordedRotak 43cm Corded
Mow Width:40cm43cm
Lawn Size:Up to 500m2Up to 600m2
Power Level:1700W1800W
Grass bag Size:50L capacity50L capacity
Height Settings:66
Mow Heights:2cm to 7cm2cm to 7cm
Warranty:2 to 3 years2 to 3 years
Handles:FoldableFoldable
Rear Roller:AvailableAvailable
Safety Switch:IncludedIncluded
Weight:12.6kg12.8kg
Cable Size:10m long10m long
Grass Combs:Included for EdgesIncluded for Edges
Leaf-Collect:System IncludedSystem Included

Part 4 – Price comparison Bosch Rotak Models x 3

Before deciding on which corded lawn mower to go with, make sure to compare the prices of the 3 options provided below that will be of interest to you outlined as follows…

 

If you are still undecided, feel free also to take a look at further reviews outlined as follows:

  1. Bosch 32cm Cordless Lawnmower Review - Take a Look Here
  2. Bosch 34cm Corded Lawnmower Review - Take a Look Here
  3. Flymo Mighti-Mo Rotary Lawnmower Review - Take a Look Here
  4. Flymo Speedimo Rotary Lawnmower Review - Take a Look Here
  5. McGregor Lawn Mower Reviews - Take a Look Here
  6. Spear & Jackson Lawn Mower Reviews – Take a Look Here

Have you any previous experience of using a Bosch 40cm or a Bosch 43cm Rotak Lawnmower in the past?

If possible, please educate the local community by leaving your feedback good or bad in the comment section provided below – So that they can learn also! (any personal data is kept strictly confidential)

 

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6 Comments

  1. Great review and excellent table and detail for this bosch rotak 40 and 43 electric lawn mowers. I was about to complete a purchase of a petrol lawn mower but when I found this review, it has certainly made me think twice as I want to avoid messy oil and petrol debris and the monthly added costs in keeping it operational. Shorter cords can be sorted out anyway with longer extension cords and my lawn is only around 600 metres squared. Personally I have used other tools from Bosch and they never give any significant problems so I would recommend Bosch from a personal perspective based on my own experiences

    • That’s good to know and many thanks for taking the time to share your feedback – the wider community certainly appreciates it. Thanks, Paul

  2. We decided to move away from the cordless lawn mowers as the batteries were getting depleted far too quickly, plus we didn’t want to pay for a high priced secondary battery so we decided to go corded and to be fair we haven’t looked back since we moved to the Bosch 43 electric corded version. It’s not perfect such as the shorter cord than expected but I was able to get the 3 year warranty by registering online and of course the rollers for the stripes gives the outdoor area a beautiful finish that the kids love to run up and down all day long, love this machine and makes our lives a hell of a lot easier, You have provided a lot of useful information. Thank you. John

    • Hi John, many thanks for sharing your feedback and taking the time to stop by, it is very much appreciated. Regards, Paul

  3. Yes, I have used the Bosch Rotak 40cm and the cord is way too short for my liking, thankfully we were able to source a fairly cheap extension cord to attach to it so covers our lawn area with no problems now whatsoever! We had a petrol lawn mower for the past 8 years and the noise level and fumes were way too much for the family and the neighbours living closeby, it cuts really well and it collects the trimmings nice and tidy, overall a great buy for us but the grass collection unit could be slightly easier to operate. thanks, Alex

    • That’s great news and many thanks for taking the time to stop by and share your feedback and experiences, it is greatly appreciated by the wider community. Regards, Paul

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