Updated 26 Oct 2017

Bosch

Rotak 43 LI

Snapshot: This Bosch Rotak 43 LI is a catcher-only battery-electric mower that weighs 11.1kg and has a cutting width of 43cm. But is it a smooth operator?

Rotak 43 LI
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$699

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Test results

Overall score
72
Catcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good catcher cutting.
  • Easy to use.
  • OK to manoeuvre.
  • Barely noticeable handle vibration.
  • Comfortable handle.
  • Easy height adjustment.
  • Engine starts easily.
  • Very good running time of 39 minutes.

But

  • Taller users may find 95cm handle height too low.

How we test

Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).

Performance scores are based on cutting:

Short (30mm) grass to 15mm
Medium-length (approx. 75-100mm) grass to 30mm
Long (approx. 300-400mm) grass on the highest cut setting

We run the short and medium-length grass tests with the mower in both catcher and mulching modes where applicable. Neither the catcher nor the mulcher is used for the long grass test.

Ease of use is assessed on:

Vibration (20%)
Pushing/manoeuvring (20%)
Handle comfort (20%)
Controls (10%)
Cutting height adjustment (10%)
Catcher convenience (10%)
Ease of starting** (10%)

Noise is measured at 7.5 metres away/at user’s ear.
Weight is measured without the catcher or mulcher plug, or battery for cordless models.

Key data

Model

Type
Catcher-only
Avg price
$699

Brand survey results

2018 brand reliability (%)
79%
2018 brand satisfaction (%)
68%

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
60/75
Weight (kg)
11.1
Cutting height range (mm)
15-65
Starter
Electric
Run time (minutes)
39
Charge time (minutes)
140
Cut width (cm)
43
Handle height (cm)
95
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
150/10/10
Chassis
Plastic
Engine
n/a
Voltage
36
Battery size tested
4.0
Battery cost
Not stated
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
Not stated
Self-propelled drive
no

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
Mitre 10 only.

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