Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower Reviews

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Summary

For larger lawns this electric rotary mower provides a terrific cut and finish. The 'Powerdrive' motor gives a powerful cut - even on long grass up to 30cm long. Also, the innovative grass combs allow you to cut cleanly along walls and edges saving you time.

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Specification for Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

Main Features
Type Rotary
  • Featuring unique grass combs that allows you to cut right to the edge
  • 1700 Watt Hi-torque 'PowerDrive' motor offers superb cutting and collection
  • Full width safety switch
  • 40cm Width of cut, with high speed steel blade
  • 10 Heights of cut (20-70mm)
  • Lightweight and manoeuvrable, only 13.2kg
  • Rear collect grassbox (50 litres)
  • 2 Years parts & labour guarantee

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“Over run brake design - POOR”

Written on: 08/07/2014 by malembe84 (1 review written)

My mower has hardly done one season and the over-run brake has siezed up. i.e. the belt will slip and start to smoke. I knew straight away what the problem was because I have had the same with the larger Flymos. Quickest way to rectify was to remove the friction discs. I used a Dremel tool to cut them away - no point in trying to remove the grooved pulley from the shaft as the two have plainly siezed together. So much for safety featurers! The flippin things have a deadmans handle… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“broke in 6 months”

Written on: 03/07/2014 by BrooklynKincaid (1 review written)

I have always liked Bosch but my mower has been a disaster. After only a few months its burnt through the drive belt due to poor assembly. I shall be avoiding Bosch in future… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“4 mows and motor burns out”

Written on: 02/06/2014 by CarolAJones (2 reviews written)

Motor burnt out after four mows. After a month I am still waiting for redress. I would not recommend Bosch nor B & Q… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“4 mows and motor burns out”

Written on: 02/06/2014 by CarolAJones (2 reviews written)

Motor burnt out after four mows. After a month I am still waiting for redress. I would not recommend Bosch nor B & Q… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“not good enough bosch”

Written on: 03/04/2014 by mavisandmick (1 review written)

we liked the rotak 40.good cut,nice stripes,easy to use.BUT only lasted a few seasons.I started to cut the grass this time and the motor has burnt out.not good enough… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“BRILLIANT TILL YOU NEED A NEW BELT. THEN YOU MIGHT AS...”

Written on: 12/02/2014

BRILLIANT TILL YOU NEED A NEW BELT. THEN YOU MIGHT AS WELL SCRAP IT… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“waste of money”

Written on: 22/08/2013 by peonpeon (1 review written)

Engine goes wrong within a year. It a bad construction No way to repair, or it costs half of the original price… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“do not buy”

Written on: 04/08/2013 by belmontman (1 review written)

Had it 23 months motor just burnt out luckily I have 1 month left for new motor I thought buying bosch was better than flymo how wrong was I go and buy a flymo for under £50 pounds miles better… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“I thought Bosch was a quality brand. Now I know better.”

Written on: 07/04/2013 by DavidCarr (1 review written)

My Rotak 40 expired in a flash of sparks from the switch array on the handle. It is about three years old and was bought to replace a Flymo I had for 16 years. Until it gave out I was satisfied with it without being particularly impressed. It cut closer to the edges than the Flymo but I still needed to strim so any advantage was negligible. I was far happier with it than the Bosch strimmer though. I felt that it would be better suited to someone left handed it has never felt comfortable to… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“Burns out quickly”

Written on: 16/07/2012

It's a simple story - nice product but burns out after one season. Don't buy this. You'd think Bosch had built the thing to burn out as fast as possible. @benstarkie… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 27/07/2012

I have had the same problem with a Rotak 34- after just 2 years usage - no more Bosch for me

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Pwangongu's Comment

Written on: 02/11/2012

HI suddenly my electric rotak has started spinning the blade in reverse it has served me well for 2 years! can anyone help?

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“what a waste”

Written on: 21/06/2012 by cymraes5 (1 review written)

as a single mother of teenage daughters money is usually carefully spent so when I was given a choice of gifts from my company for 25 years service, instead of a nice piece of jewellery I went for the practical choice - the bosch rotak lawn mower. Its been used less than 20 times and has now stopped working. The blade does not turn althought the motor is still making a noise! after reading these reviews it looks like i am out of luck and will not be able to fix it. I did spend two hours… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“Burnt out motor”

Written on: 15/06/2012 by KRMFP (2 reviews written)

Our Bosch Rotak 40 Rotary Lawn Mower motor burnt out just one week after the warantee expired so it's just over two years old. Having read the other reviews and now with our own experience, we definitely won't be buying another Bosch product. It was a good mower but with this short "life span" it's very poor value for money… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“Motor no longer works in less than 2 years”

Written on: 25/05/2012

The mower is lightweight and easy to use. However, the handle for raising raising and lowering the cutting height is very easily knocked out of position and you can end up scalping your lawn. I was amazed to find the mower no longer works in less than 2 years. It is under warranty and clearly there is an electrical fault or the motor has gone. This is not what one expects from Bosch products. The repair service line is also appalling. When I gave my address in Monmouthshire, I was… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 28/05/2012

Same here. Look on EBAY there are mnay for sale as spares with same fault. its a weakness in the design of the drive from the motor to the blade pulley. Its a rubber belt and a plastic puolly wheel (yes I did say plastic). The drive shaft will burn through this pulley or even shatter it if you catch the blade on the edge of the path or a tree root etc. You can get the spare parts but the motor is fixed in and gives no movement to allow the new belt to be fitted.

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 14/06/2012

Our Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower lasted 2years and one week. The mower no longer works and it seems that the motor has burnt out. I certainly did not expect this from a Bosch product.
Obviously I would never buy another Bosch.

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“burnt out motor”

Written on: 04/05/2012

Its the same old story,happy when it was working now the motor has burnt out and is just out of warentee.Thought bosch were a good make but cheaply made,you only get what you pay for.shall not be buying another… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“Bosch Rotak 40 mower”

Written on: 13/10/2011 by greenfingers32 (1 review written)

This mower is only 6 months old and the engine has cut out and won't restart. I'm not impressed with the quality of the product - it should last longer than 1 season. The Flymo mower we had previously serviced 2 gardens for 7 years and is still going - will convert back to Flymo, anytime!!!… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to greenfingers32's Review

Written on: 01/02/2012

Same happened to my brothers,it had the new ergo handle he said he needed to hold buttons in with so much grip his hands went white through lack of blood,might be better on the back but not good on the blood supply to the hands.

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“Load of rubbish”

Written on: 20/09/2011 by PeterESmith (1 review written)

Cuts fine and to the edge but as many before same problem motor burnt out after 18 months only got small garden. I thought Bosch was a good make and worth the extra money. Suspect motors are made in China like most of the junk on sale today… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“Bosch Rotak Mower Motor failed”

Written on: 06/09/2011 by VVugy (1 review written)

Used only 16 times max in 3 years and a segment has completely come away from the comutator on the motor. This is a manufacturing defect and not what I expect from Bosch. A new motor is way in excess of the mower itself so it is now scrap. Until this happened I could not fault it but am now leaving the brand after many years of trouble free service from many other excellent Bosch products. I can only suspect that the motors are manufactured by an external company and quality has been… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“Rotak 40 GC Lawn Mower”

Written on: 18/07/2011 by necron (1 review written)

Having bought this m/c in 2009 I have found it to be one of the better lawn mowers I have used. I use the m/c as part of my business and therefore it is used 10 or 12 times a week. The handle is a third it's original size and will need replacing soon. The cutting width is excellent and negates the need for a strimmer. Height adjustment is very easy and mowing long grass is not a problem, nor is wet grass! A lot of reviews on this site mentions motor failure and today I had the same problem… Read Full Review

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“The electric cable is soldered into the switch making...”

Written on: 10/07/2011 by Microfish8 (1 review written)

I have had this machine for nearly 4 years and has worked perfectly. However, there is one major design flaw and that is that the cable is soldered into the switch in such a way as to make it impossible to resolder the wires without breaking the switch. In my case the cable failed at the top where it feeds into the switch box via a rubber protector. This was probably due to the constant twisting and pulling during mowing. What is my solution? Do I need to buy a whole switch housing plus all… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to Microfish8's Review

Written on: 15/07/2011

With a nappy pin or thin pointed tool you can remove the original soldered blue/brown wire inside their switch housings by pushing the nappy pin or pointed tool into the holes of the switch wires,once removed you can then on the replacement cable, blue/brown twirl the copper wire ends and push them down into the switch units holes.

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Guest's Response to Microfish8's Review

Written on: 09/02/2012

If the conductor wires have flashed through the cable outer case,then this is a safety hazard
rather than flaw.

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Guest's Response to Microfish8's Review

Written on: 23/08/2011

interesting - my one has exactly the same problem which makes me think there is a design flaw in the cable. It shouldn't fail like that just from a bit of twisting, which you have to do to mow any lawn. I was using it there was a flash from that part of the cable and a small fire which burnt through the casing of the cable. My one is also almost exactly the same age as yours.

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Guest's Response to Microfish8's Review

Written on: 18/07/2011

Get onto the bosch web site, find your way into the spare parts area, input your m/c details and look at the exploded view of yor m/c. The handle is broken down in various components and prices below. The switch may be a 'push-in-hole' version, sometimes they come out with a bit of tweaking and twisting, most times they don't.

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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

“ I HAVE A BOSCH ROTAK 40 MOWER,ONLY TWO YEARS OLD USED...”

Written on: 21/04/2011

I HAVE A BOSCH ROTAK 40 MOWER,ONLY TWO YEARS OLD USED SPORADICALLY,DRY STORED,THE ELECTRIC MOTOR IS SEIZED ,THE MOTOR AND DRIVE BELT COGS ARE IN CONTACT,SO FURTHER CAUSING PROBLEMS,THE PLASTIC CONSTRUCTION OF THE MOTOR AND DRIVE COG ASSEMBLY IS WEAK,ALL SAID DONT BUY ONE,AS AN ENGINEER IM GOING OVER TO A PETROL MOWER.I READ THE REVIEWS CAREFULLY BEFORE BUYING AS IT WAS A NEW MODEL,BUT THE MOWER IS NOT RESILENT,MOTOR PROBLEMS AND FLIMSY CONSTRUCTION ON USAGE… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 11/06/2011

I have had exactly the same experience. It has just seized up at the start of a mowing session. The machine is only 18 months old and has been used moderately. I have had a Black and Decker mower for 20 years and latterly a Flymo for 15 years I bought the Bosch name without researching. Very disappointing .

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 15/07/2011

LOOKING AT A LARGE AMOUNT OF THE SAME MOTOR FAILURE COMPLAINTS ALL OVER THE INTERNET.
BOSCH OBVIOUSLY HAVE A MOTOR FAULT...THEY SHOULD REPLACE ALL THE MOTORS FREE OF CHARGE
THEY MUST BE AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM?
UNTIL THIS COMPANY COMES OUT AND ADDRESSES THIS,THEN SAVE YOUR GOOD MONEY AND KEEP CLEAR OF THESE MODELS.

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 15/07/2011

I think Bosch mowers only have 12 months warranty,no where enough warranty as I am reading many,many of the same motor failure?
This sounds as if the company is getting away with a manufacturing fault and and just hope the motor lasts more than 12 months.
Not very fair to the consumer, probably better to buy Qualcast their mowers have 5 years warranty, Sometimes these days buying a top branded name does not mean a quality,as it did 25 years ago.

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 15/07/2011

Only 2 years old.Dreadful.

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