I have a husky 430x on my own patch for past 4 seasons and could not be happier with it. Keep lawn looking tip top. Freddie cuts for 2 hrs per day, on a lawn that is a tad over 1000sq meters. Thats 2 hrs out of total of 24. Or in % thats 8.5% of total available time. So Freddie is sitting on his arse 92% of the time. Not a very efficient use of resources in any ones books. I took the liberty of monitoring Freddie for 10 min while he was cutting to see what exactly does he do. I know the stats dat on the mower tells me how long he is working for and how long is he searching for the station and coming in/out. So I wanted to know how much time of this 2 hrs is he actually cutting grass. So over the 10 min I timed him counting only the time he was moving straight forward mowing the grass. As opposed to bumping into stuff, reversing and starting again. I know he is still spinning the blades while reversing but he is really just doubling back on what he has already traveled over so its not fresh ground he's covering. He was actually moving forward only 6:30 of the 10 min. So over course of 2hrs thats prob just 1.5 hrs hes actually cutting over fresh grass.
So. As part of an experiment, rather than listening to what dealers are saying about what area a mower can cover I have got a cheap flymo 1200 ( Reccomended max area around 500 sq m ) and I am going to have him mow till he cant mow no more down at local field. Watch this space as he has over 10,000 m to cover. Will he just burn out from exhaustion? I calculate that if he can mow for 16hrs a day, charge for 8 hrs then he will not be far away from managing to keep the grass cut.