Shed Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood FSC Double Door Mower Store is not only a great way to store your mower, but this would actually work incredibly well as a shed for general storage. We are very impressed with the good looks of this mower store and we are sure that it is something people are going to love to show off to their friends and family. The width of the mower store is 4 feet 6 inches and the depth is just a little over 3 feet. So unless you are the proud owner of a mower that resembles a small car it is fair to say that any kind of mower is going to be able to be comfortably stored in here. The size means that as well as a storing mower, you can use this to keep all of your gardening items, tools and other things stored and tidied away as well. At its lowest point the mower store is still over 4 feet high so you are also going to be able to store some taller items inside of here as well.
We like their decision to go for a pent roof. We particularly like the way the roof slopes towards the back, keeping any rain that runs off it away from the door. On the very top we have a covering of high quality sand felt which is going to protect the solid sheet boarding that is underneath. Even if we get a brutal winter with many inches of snow, this roof is going to be able to handle that kind of weight.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
8 mm overlap cladding seems to be the cladding of choice for low cost outdoor structures and we are very happy with that. For one thing it clearly helps keep the costs low, but it also is very nice to look at, it has a very old school kind of charm to it. This cladding is also very strong and will not allow water no matter how heavy the rainfall to get inside the mower store. If you look really close at the picture then you can see that the back wall is made from solid sheet boarding rather than the 8 mm overlap cladding that the sides and front is.
The frame inside is 28 mm x 28 mm thick and this makes for one very robust mower store. It is so robust that after you have spent a hot summer’s day cutting your grass, you could just toss the mower inside and the structure will be able to take that kind of abuse. Hey we have all been there and while we would like to place our belongings back inside carefully most of the time they get thrown in. The good news is thanks to this frame, the mower store can handle it.
Anything you place in here will be sitting on a floor that is made with solid sheet boarding. This is a fine floor that is able to handle a fair bit of weight so your over the top, built like tank mower will be able to sit on this floor and not cause it to buckle. One thing that we really like is a feature they are not actually advertising and that is the thick floor joists that are under the solid sheet boarding.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
This is a mower store that has a really great look and it would be such a shame, some might even say a crime, to see it get ruined with rot. A basecoat treatment will be applied to the wood which will look after it in the short term, but for long term protection you must give it a coating of wood treatment fairly soon after installation. This is something that you should do on an annual basis. We know it sounds like a lot of work, but it will take no time at all and the end result is a mower store that stays rot free.
The Hartwood FSC Double Door Mower Store does come with a ten year guarantee. This is one very generous guarantee, but it is dependent on you actually treating the mower store and looking after it properly.
Doors And Windows
Getting a mower in a single door can be done, but let’s face it no one enjoys scraping their hands on the side of the door or even dropping the mower on their foot. Well that should not be a problem you have here as they have put a set of large double doors on the front of the mower store. These doors are very impressive and when open you have 4 feet 8 inches of width to get your mower or other items inside Each door is kept in place with two heavy duty hinges so you will not have any problems with sagging as the years go by.
We are not sure if it was an intentional design decision or just a cost cutting measure, but there are now windows on the mower store.
Security And Privacy
The doors do close very firmly thanks to a hasp and staple as well as a turn button at the top. In general we are very happy with the level of security this mower store offers, but we do recommend that you consider using a padlock for some added security. No one actually likes to cut the grass, but the last thing you want is to go outside to cut it and find you cannot because someone has stolen your mower.
The lack of windows actually mean that there is no way for someone to have a cheeky look and see how awesome your mower is.
Customisation Options And Extras
We feel that the lovely overlap cladding would look very nice if you used a wood treatment that is lighter or darker. This way you can change the look a little bit and also treat the wood in the process.
If you want to increase the security of the mower store then they do offer a Yale Hasp Steel Black Finish 120 mm & Brass 40 mm Padlock. This costs £19.99 and will really make sure your mower and other items are locked up safe at night. Also the black design of it goes very well with the door hinges.
We are very pleased with the quality of this mower store, although we do wish the back was made with the same overlap cladding. Apart from this, we are impressed with this mower store.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
The materials used here are going to last for a long time so this mower store is going to be something you can use for many years. You will need to look after the wood, but apart from this even though it will last for many years, you will find this to be low maintenance.
While not large, this is still a decent sized mower store that can be used to store other things as well as a mower.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
Get a friend who is at least half decent at DIY and you should have this installed in 4-6 hours at the most. It can be a little bit fiddly in places, but this should be a pretty straightforward job.
At under £150, we feel no matter if you are buying this to specifically use as a mower store or as a place for general storage, you will feel as though you have gotten excellent value for money.
Final Thoughts: We are very happy with the Hartwood FSC Double Door Mower Store - they really have done a wonderful job with this mower store and managed to keep the price low without sacrificing anything major. The mower store is not just going to be a place to easily store your mower. It is also going to come in very handy as a place to store a few tools, gardening items and other things that you want to get out of the house. This is something that is going to last you many years and as long as you treat the wood it will stay looking good too. We really like this mower store and feel that it would make for one very good, compact sized storage shed as well.
Prices around: £147.99
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