Petrol and push lawn mower reviews

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  • Updated:29 Sep 2008
 

02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test. 

What to buy
Brand Price
Petrol
Honda Buffalo Buck HRU 19R $729
Rover Regal 35692 $569
Masport Series 18 500AL $650
Victa Tornado Classic TCS484 $460
Push
Flymo H40 $122
McCulloch H350GC $98
 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below 

Product Performance: Push mowers Specifications
Brand/model Overall score (%) Cutting score (%) Ease of use score (%) Catcher Cutting positions Cutting height range (mm) Width of cut (cm) Weight (kg) **Price ($)
Flymo H40
www.husqvarna.com.au
78 68 88 No 4 10-32 40 7.6 122
McCulloch Easy Cut H350GC *
www.husqvarna.com.au
68 70 65 Yes Variable 10-42 35 6.5 98
Ozito Hand Mower LMP-301 *
www.ozito.com.au
67 68 65 No Variable 13-40 30 6.4 75
Morrison Handmower 552462
www.masport.com.au
64 70 58 Yes Variable 10-45 40 7 109
Gardener's Choice Hand Mower GC 029
www.kmart.com.au
63 70 55 Yes Variable 12-45 30 6 80
Talon Hand Push Reel Mower AM201816C
www.talontools.com.au
55 70 40 Yes 4 + 1 variable 20-45 40 9.4 99
 

* Only available at Bunnings
* Price Approximate retail, as of September 2008



Product Performance: Petrol mowers Specifications
Brand/model Overall score (%) Cutting score (%) Ease of use score (%) Noise at 7.5 m/user's position (dB) Engine type Starter toggle Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)

Measured
cutting height range (mm)

Width of cut (cm) Weight (kg) **Price($)
Honda Buffalo Buck HRU 19R
www.hondampe.com.au
84 98 70 72/86 4 stroke Halfway up handle 120/15/13 17-78 47 27.6 729
Rover Regal 35692
www.rovermowers.com.au
84 98 70 74/89 4 stroke On motor 135/18/15 8-60 45 26.9 569
Masport Series 18 500AL
www.masport.com.au
83 98 68 71/86 4 stroke Halfway up handle 115/33/15 15-76 46 25.4 650
Victa Tornado Classic TCS484
www.victa.com.au
83 95 70 70/85 4 stroke On motor 115/15/18 16-68 48 22.7 460
Masport Series 18 450AL
www.masport.com.au
82 95 68 70/85 4 stroke Halfway up handle 112/32/15 15-75 46 25.3 599
GMC RL504
www.gmcompany.com
81 92 70 67/80 4 stroke On motor 105/20/17 20-85 46 25.4 299
Rover 460 11024
www.rovermowers.com.au
81 95 66 75/87 4 stroke On motor 105/20/15 7-55 45 25.3 299
Victa Pace by Victa PCS464
www.victa.com.au
81 95 66 73/86 4 stroke On motor 120/24/12 10-75 46 21.9 319
Yardman Self Starter 409S
www.mtdproducts.com.au
81 98 63 74/87 4 stroke Deadman's handle 135/20/17 10-62 46 31 559
Supaswift Lawncruiser 767QC
www.allpower.com.au
78 92 63 71/85 4 stroke Halfway up handle 90/20/10 10-70 46 23.9 599
Talon Condor AM3070
www.talontools.com.au
66 92 40 73/86 4 stroke Key on handle 122/32/28 15-52 47 42 699
 

Using the table

Scores The overall score for both types of mowers was made up of:

  • Cutting score: 50%
  • Ease of use: 50%

** Price Approximate retail, as of September 2008

How we tested

Our tests were performed in Far North Queensland where, thanks to a consistent climate, there’s plenty of grass to cut all year around. All 18 mowers were weighed, their cutting height range was assessed and they were all checked to see how close each model could cut next to a vertical wall at the front and the sides.

Petrol mowers

  • Performance Our CHOICE testers put the all the lawnmowers through their paces to check their ability to cut short and medium length grass with a catcher, and long grass without a catcher. They also assessed the appearance of the lawn after the short and medium grass cutting tests.
  • Ease of use They rated them for vibration through the handle bar, ease of pushing and manoeuvring, handle comfort, and convenience of controls, ease of adjusting the cutting height, catcher convenience and ease of starting.
  • Noise was also measured noise at a 7.5 metre distance and at ear level too.
  • Safety They checked the blade stopping time and conducted foot probe safety tests.

Push mowers

  • Performance Our CHOICE testers cut short grass with the catcher attached (where there was one) and medium length grass without the catcher. Again, they assessed the appearance of the lawn after both tests.
  • Ease of use They checked the ease of pushing and maneuvering, handle comfort and cutting height adjustment of each mower.
  • The testers also checked how easy it was to adjust the bottom blade, which controls the gap between the reel and the fixed blade.