Petrol and push lawn mower reviews

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  • Updated:29 Sep 2008
 

03.Product profiles

Petrol mowers

Honda Buffalo Buck HRU 19R

Price $729 Honda Buffalo Buck HRU 19R

Good Points

  • Excellent cutting performance on tall grass.
  • Very comfortable handle.
  • Very easy to start.

Bad Points

  • Nothing in particular.

 

Rover Regal 35692

Price $569 Rover Regal 35692

Good points

  • Excellent cutting performance on tall grass.
  • Very comfortable handle.
  • Very good cutting height adjustment.
  • Very good catcher.

Bad points

  • Nothing in particular.

 

Masport Series 18 500AL

Price $650 Masport Series 18 500AL

Good Points

  • Excellent cutting performance on tall grass.
  • Excellent handle comfort.
  • Very easy to start.

Bad Points

  • Equal worst in the test for handle vibration.


Victa Tornado Classic TCS484

Price $460 Victa Tornado Classic TCS484

Good Points

  • Very easy to push/manoeuvre.
  • Very comfortable handle.
  • Very good cutting height adjustment.
  • Very good catcher.

Bad points

  • Equal worst for handle vibration.

Masport Series 18 450AL

Price $599Masport Series 18 450AL

Good points

  • Excellent handle control.

Bad points

  • Nothing in particular.
  • Control has a stiff action.

 

GMC RL504

Price $299GMC RL504

Good points

  • Deadman’s handle.
  • Least noisy.
  • Very little handle vibration.
  • Very easy to push/manoeuvre.
  • Excellent cutting height adjustment.
  • One of the cheapest models in the test.

Bad points

  • Borderline cutting performance only on tall grass.
  • Uncomfortable handle.
  • Not very easy to start.

Rover 460 11024

Price $299 Rover 460 11024

Good points

  • Very easy to push/manoeuvre.
  • Very comfortable handle.
  • One of the cheapest models in the test.

Bad points

  • Not particularly easy to start.

 

Victa Pace by Victa PCS464

Price $319 Victa Pace by Victa PCS464

Good points

  • Very easy to push/manoeuvre.
  • Very good controls.
  • One of the cheapest models in the test.  

Bad points

  • Uncomfortable handle.  

 

Yardman Self Starter 409S

Price $559 Yardman Self Starter 409S

Good points

  • Deadman’s handle.
  • Excellent to start by squeezing deadman’s handle.
  • Excellent cutting performance on tall grass.
  • No controls to use as the motor controls the speed.  

Bad points

  • Tiring to push/manoeuvre.
  • Very uncomfortable handle.  

 

Supaswift Lawncruiser 767QC

Price $599 Supaswift Lawncruiser 767QC

Good points

  • Very easy to push/manoeuvre.

Bad points

  • Borderline cutting performance only on tall grass.
  • Uncomfortable handle.
  • The controls are stiff.  

 

Talon Condor AM3070

Price $699 Talon Condor AM3070

Good points

  • Excellent key start.
  • Very comfortable handle.  

Bad points

  • Worst for ease of use.
  • Heaviest model.
  • Borderline cutting performance only on tall grass.
  • Very tiring to push/manoeuvre.
  • The controls are clunky and vague.
  • Poor cutting height adjustment.
  •  Very poor and heavy catcher.  


Push mowers

Flymo H40

Price $122Flymo H40

Good Points

  • Best score overall.
  • Easiest to use.
  • Very easy to push/manoeuvre.
  • Excellent cutting height adjustment.
  • Very easy to adjust the cutting blade.

Bad Points

  • No catcher.

 

McCulloch Easy Cut 350

Price $98 McCulloch Easy Cut 350

Good Points

  • Very easy to adjust the cutting blade.
  • Very easy to attach/remove the catcher.

Bad Points

  • Handle wobbles and may be too short for some people.
  • Cutting height adjustment is only OK.  

 

Ozito Hand Mower LMP-301

Price $75Ozito Hand Mower LMP-301

Good points

  • Good handle.
  • OK cutting height adjustment.  

Bad points

  • No catcher.
  • Narrow cut by comparison - 30 cm.
  • Fiddly to adjust the cutting blade.  

 

Morrison Hand Mower 552462

Price $99 Morrison Hand Mower 552462

Good points

  • Very easy to attach/remove the catcher.
  • OK cutting height adjustment.  

Bad points

  • Handle may be too short for some and wobbles a lot.
  • Not particularly easy to adjust the cutting blade. 
     

Gardener's Choice Hand Mower GC 029

Price $80 Gardener's Choice Hand Mower GC 029

Good points

  • Nothing in particular

Bad points

  • Narrow cut by comparison - 30 cm.
  • Handle may be too short for some and wobbles a lot.
  • Borderline cutting height adjustment.
  • Not easy to adjust the cutting blade.
  • Catcher looses some grass clippings when removing it.

 

Talon Push Reel Mower AM201816C

Price $99 Talon Push Reel Mower AM201816C

Good points

  • Nothing in particular  

Bad points

  • Worst overall.
  • Worst for ease of use.
  • Heaviest mower in the test.
  • Handle may be too short for some and can’t be lowered far enough.
  • Borderline cutting height adjustment.
  • Cutting blade is difficult to adjust.
  • Poor catcher; very fiddly to install/remove.
 

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