Bosch Rotak 43 LI Ergoflex Review – (Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergoflex Review)
The Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergo-Flex Cordless Lawn Mower is the bigger brother to the Bosch 37 LI and covers up to 600m² , the size of two tennis courts, has a larger cutting deck (by 6cm), larger collection box and 10 cutting heights.
Below you will learn about all the great (and not so great) features of this mower and not only that, this mower is built in the UK. Why dose this matter? well, customer service, warranty, quality and the availability of spare parts are second to none.
I would say that it competes very well with the likes of the Greenworks 43cm cordless lawnmower. They are all very similar in terms of deck size and cover a similar amount of ground but are they all as good as each other?.
By the end of this review you’ll know if this very popular cordless lawn mower is the one for you and your garden.
Before we start with the review, I need to tell you why I refer to the 430Li from now on and not the 43Li. The Bosch Rotak 430Li is the newer version and can be identified by the black front (as opposed to silver on the 43Li). The only difference is the colour and the batteries which I will explain later.
The Bosch Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergo-Flex is indeed packed with features found in more higher end cordless mowers and certainly has the ability to cut a lawn up to 600 meter square (roughly the size of two tennis courts) , but it needs to be compared to it’s nearest rival, the Greenworks 49cm cordless lawnmower, to judge how good this mower really is.
Below I’ll be detailing all the features and functions of the Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergo-Flex, both good and not so good and then comparing to the Greenworks 49cm cordless lawnmower so you understand exactly what you’re getting for your money.
- Rating: 9.4/10
- Covers areas reaching 600m² in size
- 2 x 36 V 2 Ah batteries (430Li)
- Blade length: 43 cm
- Weight: 13.1 kg
- Number of Cutting Height: 10 (20mm – 70mm)
- Grass box capacity: 50 L
- Charge time: 120 minutes (80% charge in only 60 minutes) – Both batteries
- Free run time: 35-40 minutes each
To give you a visual representation of the Bosch Rotak 430 LI Ergo-Flex please watch the video below (this video is for the 43 LI but they are very similar in design):
Before we look at the batteries on this mower, it’s import to know that Bosch lead the way with lithium ion battery technology in 2007 and continue that development to this day.
Like many cordless lawn mowers, the Bosch Rotak 430 LI is powered by a Lithium-ion battery (36V) and electrical motor which it will charge in around 70 minutes each battery (total: 140min). The battery is removed from the mower for charging and storage. The mower is supplied with TWO 36V 2.0Ah batteries that are charged and used independently .
Now, 140 minutes is in itself a little slow when you compare it to the 120 minutes for its rival the WORX WG779E.2, however the Bosch is capable of charging 80% of the total power (both batteries) in just 70-80 minutes, believe me this is a great feature that provides outstanding convenience to the average gardener.
Two fully charged batteries can mow up to 600m² or around 80 minutes run time depending on length and condition of the lawn. Again, this is comparable to the Greenworks 49cm.
The Bosch Rotak 430 LI also has a feature they call “Efficient Energy Management” that Bosch claim will extend operational time by up to 15%. This system adjusts the power delivered to the rotary blade to conserve power when not needed. Again a nice feature on a mower at this level.
The charge to mow time ratio is really very good for a cordless mower at this price point. Ideally you will choose a mower that has enough run time to mow your entire lawn or lawns, but this mower allows you to have a tea break, recharge the batteries in 60min and then continue. If your lawn is less than 600m² then this is not going to be an issue or a feature you will use, but with a 60 min (30min each) charge time for both batteries (to 80%) this mower is still an option for larger lawns.
Also the power system is completely electric so it produces zero emissions and works extremely quietly. Which is quieter? well there’s not much between them but would say the Bosch Rotak is slightly quieter due to the “Low-noise design” that Bosch claim makes there mower barely audible from 10m.
The great thing about these mowers is that you can set out to work at any time you want without it annoying you, your family or your neighbours, and with zero emissions look after the environment as well.
Please note: there is an option to purchase this mower (06008A4572 – Rotak 43 li Ergoflex) with a single 36 V / 4.0 Ah battery, I personally prefer to have 2 batteries than a single 4 Ah battery as it extends the life of the battery.
This mower can be assembled in around 10 min and is relatively simple with no tools required. The instruction manual is a little short on instructions and relies on pictures to guide you, this can be a little difficult if you have not assemble a mower before.
What’s he difference between Bosch Rotak 430 LI and Bosch Rotak 43 Li?
To be honest this has caused some confusion, so here is the definitive answer!
The 430 Li is the newer version of this mower (released 2108) with two 36V 2mAh batteries, while the 43Li has ONE 36V 4mAh battery. The machine has the same design and features as the 43 Li apart from a black cover as opposed to a silver one. The 430 Li can also hold a 4 mAh battery. This mower can also be purchased with batteries.
I have spoken with Bosch and they have told me the following model numbers will be supplied with the batteries listed below.
06008A4575 – Rotak 430 Ergoflex – 2 Batteries with capacity of 2a/h – amp hours
0600881870 – Rotak 43 li Ergoflex – 2 Batteries with capacity of 2.6a/h – amp hours
06008A4571 – Rotak 43 li Ergoflex – 2 Batteries with capacity of 4a/h – amp hours
06008A4572 – Rotak 43 li Ergoflex – 1 Battery with capacity of 4a/h – amp hours
06008A4508 – Rotak 43 li Ergoflex – No battery included
Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions on this.
- Lawn Coverage
- Noise Level
- Mowing Time
- Charging Time
- Cutting Width
- Grass Box Capacity
- Cutting Heights
Bosch Rotak 430 LI
- 600 m²
- 75 dB
- 90 minutes (600 m²)
- 120 minutes (80% charge in only 60 minutes)
- 43 cm
- 13.4 kg
- 50 L
- 6 (20mm – 70mm)
The Bosch Rotak 430 LI is equipped with one 43cm (hence the model no. 430) metal mower blade that gives them two very effective benefits…
- Metal blade generally wear less quickly than plastic blades which results in you needing to replace the lawnmower blades more often than a lawnmower that uses a metal blade.
- Metal blades are generally sharper and provide a cleaner cut to the grass blade, resulting in a neater, tidier and superior finish to your lawn and garden. The metal blades on the Bosch Rotak can be sharpened when needed unlike plastic blades.
This again does not necessarily put it ahead of competitors but it’s good that Bosch have taken advantage of what is clearly the most effective cutting system in the market.
As well as being able to sharpen the blades, it is also possible to purchase a replacement blade. Replacing the blade is relatively easy for anyone with basic DIY skills and tools.
Now the Greenworks 49cm does have a larger deck size and this is achieved by it having two blades offset beneath the mower as opposed to a single blade as on the Bosch. To learn more about the benefits of having two blades click here.
Replacement blades can be purchased here
In order to combat the changing season and to continually improve the look of your lawn, you can adjust the height at which the Bosch Rotak 430 LI cuts at. This is done very easily using the lever located at the central side of the mower.
It lets you choose to cut from anywhere between 20–70 mm with 10 separate cutting lengths. Just make sure you don’t set it at the shortest setting from the when the lawn has significant growth, instead start at a much higher setting and gradually work your way down. This gives the areas of small grass to catch up with the long, resulting in a more even garden.
Having said that this mower does come with a built in comb that helps prevent scalping your lawn if the setting is a little low or there is an uneven patch. This is a nice touch not found on other mowers in the class. The comb also helps to ensure you get a good cut right up to the edge along flower beds, fences and walls.
Centrally mounted height adjustment levers are always easier to adjust than front or back mounted ones, this Bosch does not disappoint, and with 10 height adjustments this beats it’s smaller brother (32 LI) with only 3 height adjustments. How does this compare to the Greenworks 49cm, well much better as the Greenworks only has 5 height adjustments (35mm=85mm).
Cutting Diameter and Height
The cutting diameter of the mower is a little smaller than that of the Greenwork 49cm but seems to be just right for medium sized lawns. Getting the balance right between deck size and practicalities for storage and more complex lawns, such as small strips of lawn, the 43cm deck size seems perfect. Bare in mind that Bosch do have a 37cm version of this mower that is the middle brother between the 32cm of the Bosch 32 LI and the 43cm of the Bosch 430 LI mowers, so this may just be mower you’ve been looking for. If you want to see more details of the Bosch 370 Li check out my review here – Bosch 370 Li review.
When you need a mower that’s light in weight and going to get in the smaller areas of your lawn, but not too small for your lawn size, this may well be the may be the best option.
As mentioned above this Bosch has combs on either side that guide the grass into the path of the blades, meaning you really are getting the full 43cm cutting diameter and reduces the amount of trimming around the edges when the mowing is done. Another nice design feature is the width of the front wheels are smaller than the back, again making it easier to get up to the edge cutting.
Like a stripey lawn? Well good news! like its smaller brother the 37 LI the Bosch Rotak 43 LI does have a roller for a nice stripey lawn.
Grass box capacity
As with all smaller cordless lawn mowers the grass box is not going to hold as much it’s larger counterparts, however 50 litres is a comparable for a mower of this size. 50 Litres allows longer periods of use without needing to empty grass clipping as often.
The grass box on the Bosch Rotak 430 LI is very well engineered and very easy to remove, the grass clipping empty from the box with no obstructions.
There is no fill level indicator on the grass box as you get with the Greenworks.
Now, what sets this mower out above the rest is the incredible performance in collecting 99% of the grass clippings. Does this make it better than the Greenworks? Well, yes it does as the Greenworks also performs extremely well collecting the clippings but not quite as good as the Bosch. The Bosch Rotak 430 LI will not disappoint when it comes to collection and emptying of the grass clippings.
The grass box on the Greenworks is 60 L, that’s 10 Litres more than the Bosch 430 LI. The Grass box on the Bosch is a rigid box where’s the Greenwork’s box has a rigid top but a cloth bottom. There are pros and cons for both, storage space is naturally better with the cloth collection bag as it folds flat, however, will not last as long and these are sometimes prone to tearing and damage.
What’s best? well there’s not much in it really. The Bosch is a smaller collection box but does such a good job of collecting the cuttings and compressing them into the 50 litres they both come out very well.
The Bosch handle design is ergonomically shaped, adjustable and multi-functional allowing for a better body posture and reduced muscle strain. Bosch call this their new “Ergoflex System”. and it really does assist in making mowing the lawn that bit easier.
The light weight, small size and fold away handles make this mower excellent for smaller lawns or lawns with smaller strips of grass. There are 4 power buttons on the grip (2 on the upper and 2 on the lower bars) with one central safety release button. Only one button need to be pressed to power the mower making it easy to manoeuvre with one hand round corners for example.
This really will make lawn care much easier and really makes the entire experience much less dependent on you struggling with a heavy over sized mower.
As with all cordless lawn mowers, not being tethered by the cord not only make it easier to mow the lawn, but safer, quieter and more environmentally friendly.
Does this make it more practical the it’s closest competition? well, yes I think it does for people with smaller lawns and limited space for storage. There is also a very handy and well positioned central handle that makes carrying the almost 14 kg mower to the garage or shed very easy.
The 430 LI has a relativity small footprint.The red clips on the side of the handle are quick release and allows for the top handle to be mobile and fold down. This could be folded inside or out, care is needed not to pinch the wire (which runs from the start button to the motor).
Dimensions: 78.5 x 49.7 x 48.8 cm
Also, there are two quick click buttons at the end of each arm, that allow the whole handle frame to be removed for even smaller storage. This is a nice touch from Bosch as most other mowers (including the 32 LI) are secured by screws and require tools to remove.
This mower comes with a 2 year warranty with Bosch. But you can extend it to 3 years at https://www.bosch-do-it.com/gb/en/diy/mybosch/login.jsp if registered within 28 days of purchase.
What I really like about the Bosch Rotak 430 LI is the addition of a removable safety key that disables the lawnmower to help prevent accidental starting. This is a nice feature not always found on similar cordless mowers that give peace of mind around children.
Well there’s good news and bad news! The bad news is this mower does NOT come with a mulching facility out of the box, however there is an option to add mulching functionality by purchasing the Multi-Mulch for Rotak Lawn Mowers.
The Multi-Mulch insert can be purchased or you can check current pricing by clicking the button below.
Bosch Cordless Lawn Mower Range Comparison
|Rotak 32 LI Ergoflex||Rotak 37 LI Ergoflex||Rotak 43 LI Ergoflex|
|Recommended Lawn Size||From 150 m 2 - 300 m 2 (Up to 1 tennis court)||From 200m 2 - 500 m 2 (Up to 1.5 tennis court)||From 300 m 2 - 600 m 2 (Up to 2 tennis courts)|
|Width of Cut (cm)||32||37||43|
|Power||36 V Lithium-Ion battery||36 V Lithium-Ion battery||36 V Lithium-Ion battery|
|Number of Batteries||1||1||2|
|Battery Charge Time||90 mins (80% power in 45 mins)||60 mins (80% power in 45 mins)||60 mins (80% power in 45 mins)|
|Height of Cut (mm)||30-60||20-70||20-70|
|Height of Cut Positions||3||6||10|
|Cable Length (m)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Size of Grassbox (L)||31||40||50|
Bosch Rotak 370 LI User Manual
What’s Included in the box?
- The mower itself
- 2 x 36 V 2 Ah batteries
- Instruction Manual
- 1 x 50 Lt grass box
- This mower can be a little tricky to assemble first time as the instruction show diagrams only and are lacking any written detail on assembly.
- A little confusion around models (43 LI – 430Li) and the battery options.
Now the above may sound trivial and are common to most cordless mowers but should be taken into consideration anyway. They are part of the package and it’s better being aware of them before a purchase than after.
Overall this is an excellent mower, due to it’s light weight, portability, good build quality and array of features.
I really struggled to find any major downsides to this mower, it even comes with a 2 year warranty that can be extended to 3 years if you register the mower with Bosch. You simply wont get this with any other manufacture.
The extra features like the removable safety key is a nice touch but one that you most probably never use, besides you want features that will help achieve a lovely looking lawn with least amount of work and effort.
The Bosch Rotak 430 LI is very proficient at cutting varying lengths and thickness for such a small and compact cordless mower. It’s worth mentioning that by cutting more regularly and avoiding very long or wet grass this should avoid not putting too much strain on the battery. Remember to always keep the battery charged and in a dry place over winter.
This is not the cheapest mower on the market when you compare the size and battery life to cheaper alternatives, however you are getting a Bosch product and although it may feel a little flimsy the build quality is what you would expect from Bosch. Bosch need to keep the weight of the mower down so are deliberately using thinner plastics etc. Also, the functionality that comes with this mower is fantastic.
But do I think it’s better than its closest competitors?
Well, it depends!
Like it’s smaller brother the 37 Li this really gives great value for money and you would be very hard pressed to find a cordless mower that performs this well, has as much functionality and has such a good build quality for this price.
But having said that the Greenwork 49cm is cheaper and the quality of the cut is as good as Bosch. No, the build quality is not up to Bosch’s standards and but you can insert both batteries into the Greenworks.
It really is too close call between these two mowers. Both would be equally as good purchase as the other.
To get the best out of both these mowers you will need to cut your lawn more regularly and not let the grass grow too high or dense as it will struggle to cut it, this is however common with all cordless mowers at this price point and specification.
Overall I think the Bosch is a fantastic mower and I encourage everyone with a garden under 600 m² to purchase one. In fact I think it’s the best mower at this level you can get right now!
Should You Buy This Model?
Well there are a few factors to consider first, whether or not you purchase this model really depends on your garden and situation.
To give you some guidance on which type of customer would suit this model best, below I’ve got a list of the categories they would fall under:
- Their garden is about 600 m² in size or less.
- Like the convenience of having no power cord or have limited or no access to a power source in the garden.
- Their garden does not have very narrow strips of lawn.
- They don’t mind cutting the lawn regularly and not allow the lawn to grow too high.
- Storage is limited.
- Likes a stripey lawn
Of course this is open to interpretation so if you don’t fall under every single one then don’t worry I’m sure you’ll still love this product. It has loads of great features that I’m sure you make use of even if you’re not its perfect customer.
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|Working Area||600 m²|
|Cutting width||43 cm|
|Cutting height steps||10|
|Cutting height max||70 mm|
|Cutting height min||20 mm|
|Cutting height adjustment||Central|
|Collector volume||50 l|
|Battery Type||2 x 36 V 2 Ah batteries|
|Typical Charging Time||Charge time: 140 minutes (80% charge in only 70 minutes)|
|Typical Mowing Time||90 minutes (600 m²)|
|Right or left start switch||Left and Right|
|Battery power indicator||Yes|
|Grass bag filling indicator||No|
|Dimensions||78.5 x 49.7 x 48.8 cm|