Petrol lawnmowers review 2005

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  • Updated:27 Oct 2005
 

03.Product profiles

The models in the What to buy list are profiled below in rank order. Prices are recommended or average retail. Price and availability check September 2006.

Product profiles - what to buy

VICTA Bronco BRA484A

Price: $569

Good points:

  • Excellent at cutting grass.
  • Excellent controls.
  • Best ease of use.

Bad points:

  • The throttle cable gets in the way when you're removing the fuel cap.

Note: new model number is BRA484B, with the same specifications but blue in colour.

HONDA Buffalo Buck HRU 19R

Price: $699

Good points

  • Excellent at cutting grass.
  • The largest catcher capacity.

Bad points:

  • It takes some effort to move the cutting height lever.

ROVER Premier 35192

Price: $599

Good points:

  • Excellent at cutting grass.
  • Adjustable handle height.

Bad points:

  • Nothing to speak of.

MASPORT Lawnmarshall 983889

Price: $419

Good points:

  • Very good at cutting grass.
  • Excellent controls.

Bad points:

  • One of the worst for vibration.
  • It takes some effort to move the cutting height lever.

VICTA Lawnkeeper LKS464A

Price: $344

Good points:

  • Very good at cutting grass.
  • One of the best for vibration.
  • Excellent controls.

Bad points:

  • The throttle cable gets in the way when you're removing the fuel cap.
  • Hard to adjust the cutting height.

Note: also available as model number LKS464B, with same specifications but different labeling.

Product profiles - the rest

The rest of the models are profiled below in rank order. These didn't score as highly for performance and/or ease of use as the recommended models. Prices are recommended or average retail. Price and availability check September 2006.

MASPORT Maxicatch 450 983915 (discontinued)

Price: $589

Good points:

  • Excellent performer

Bad points:

  • On the sample tested the controls did not turn the motor off as the cable flexed too much. It had to be turned off manually by pushing on the linkages

Note: replaced by MASPORT 450 AL 583751.

YARD-MAN 408A

Price: $575

Good points:

  • Excellent performer

Bad points:

  • Difficult to adjust cutting height
  • Starter toggle located under handle and can result in a scratched hand from throttle mount
  • Throttle cable interferes a little with fuel cap removal
  • One of the worst for vibration

ROVER Easy Start 30026 (discontinued)

Price: $398

Good points:

  • Very good performer
  • Adjustable handle height

Bad points:

  • Throttle cable interferes with fuel cap removal
  • One of the worst for vibration

MORRISON Vinaro 380 ST

Price: $358

Good points:

  • Very good performer

Bad points:

  • Very difficult to adjust cutting height
  • Grass clippings blow out between catcher flap and body of mower
  • Catcher flap fell off once
  • One of the worst for vibration

Note: colour now changed to blue.

SUPASWIFT Lawn Leader 767JB

Price: $539 (price paid in July 2005)

Good points:

  • Very good performer

Bad points:

  • Catcher a little smaller than others
  • Controls very stiff and hard to use
  • Jumps out of lowest cutting height setting and you can jam your fingers between lever and body of mower at upper end of range
  • Starter cord mounted on upper part of handle and requires strength in shoulders to pull
  • One of the worst for vibration

Note: this model's motor has been changed since we tested it. A new model with a new motor, the ECO 750, will be launched in January 2007.

TALON TOUGH TOOLS Eagle Cut & Catch AM3050 (discontinued)

Price: $299

Good points:

  • One of the best models for vibration

Bad points:

  • Heavy and tiring to push
  • The worst model for closeness of cut to a vertical edge, particularly at the front
  • Lowest cutting height may not be low enough for some people
  • Catcher not very effective. It leaves a row of grass clippings behind on surface of the lawn
  • Poorest performer
  • Effort required to pull starter cord

Note: replaced by AMD 3040, but might still be available in some stores.

This article last reviewed September 2006.

 

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