t certainly has everything we would expect of a semi-pro model. It's a steel-decked machine and while the wheels are plastic they have ball-bearing centres. It has simple-to-use, single-height adjustment, giving five cutting positions down to a low of 20mm.
It has three speeds as well as folding handles and weighs 34kg, which makes it easier to lift if it has to be transported from one area to another.
The loop-style handles can be adjusted to three different settings to suit the tall or short operator. Dowling finds it a comfortable lawnmower to use. "I like this Makita, largely because of its size. I struggle with some larger mowers but find this one very easy to manoeuvre.
"My only problem is the distance between the dead-man handle and the handlebar," she says. Creber also finds a problem. "When I stride, I kick the grass catcher," he notes.
Makita has designed a new type of cutting blade with an additional impellor intended to increase airflow in the cutting box, assist collection and cool the engine. There is no blade brake clutch but it has a B&S Ready Start engine.
Another bonus with the 4612 is that it comes with mulching kit as standard, making it a three-in-one machine.
- Mark Creber, senior head gardener, CWGC Brookwood Cemetery
- Rebecca Dowling, gardener/caretaker first class, CWGC Brookwood Cemetery
- Bryan Smith, gardener/caretaker first class, CWGC Brookwood Cemetery
Engine: B&S Ready Start (190cc)
Cutting width: 46cm
Cutting height: 20-75mm
Grass catcher: Textile 60 litres
List price (ex VAT): £611