Help Me Choose A Lawn Mower, Please!

I need a new lawn mower for a fairly large property but can't get a ride on due to access and slopes. My current mower was a Sanli Powermulch which was only 135cc and struggled a bit. It was actually a pretty good mower considering it's a cheap Chinese model. It's only dying because I've neglected it pretty badly for 4 or 5 years.

Requirements are power, cutting size, durability and mulching capability. Budget: $500

I've narrowed it down and am trying to decide between four models from Bunnings:

Yardking Self-Propelled Push Button Start Lawn Mower $388 The cheapest out of the lot with fairly good specs,
* Powerful 173cc OHV 4-stroke engine
* Mulch or catch lawn mower
* Durable 20" pressed steel chassis
* Large 60L hard-top fabric catcher, but only a 12 month limited domestic warranty.

Ryobi 190cc Subaru 4 Stroke Lawn Mower $499 I obviously like the idea of buying a new Suby, but to be honest even with my user name I'm not a brand whore! My attraction with this model is the powerful 190cc motor with 11.2Nm of torque, 2 year warranty (My local Bunnings are excellent for own brand returns). Specs as follows:
* Powerful and trusted Subaru 190cc 4 stroke engine
* 11.2Nm (8.2 foot pound) of torque - huge torque to get through even the most dense of grass
* 460mm (18") Cutting path - 10 - 75mm cutting height *4 swing back blades for a superior cut and safety
* 2 year replacement warranty with nationwide service agents for any servicing needs after the standard warranty period

Victa Super Mulcher 18" Mulch Or Catch Lawn Mower The most expensive at $529, but I like the idea of the super mulcher which is supposed to create very fine cuttings.
* Patented mulching disc and blade technology fertilises your lawn with no need to catch
* Ready start - no prime, no choke, soft pull start - Don't care too much about these features, but guess it would be nice
* Powerful 8.5Nm torque - cut through thick grass easily *150cc Briggs and Stratton OHV 625EXi Series US built engine. I'm not sure about the warranty, I'm assuming 2 years being Victa but will check in store.

Victa 20" Thunder Self Propelled Mulch Or Catch $499 Last but not least, ok, maybe least as I'm not keen on the fabric catcher. The self propel function is attractive, but I don't mind a bit of a cardio workout with mowing tbh. specs as follows:
* 20" Wide Cut Chassis - Nice big cutting area Mulching Capable - yes want mulch!
* Displacement 150cc

Does anyone have any experience with these mowers? Particularly the Yardking and Ryobi? As I'm leaning heavily towards those two as I'm not too keen on the weaker displacement with the Victa's. The Yardking is a cheap Victa I believe.

TLDR Anyone have one of these mowers? Mainly Yardking or the Ryobi and can recommend?

Look forward to the abuse and hopefully helpful suggestions too :P

Poll Options

  • 0
    Yardking Self-Propelled Push Button Start Lawn Mower
  • 9
    Ryobi 190cc Subaru 4 Stroke Lawn Mower
  • 2
    Victa Super Mulcher 18" Mulch Or Catch Lawn Mower
  • 2
    Victa 20" Thunder Self Propelled Mulch Or Catch

Comments

  • +5 votes

    Pay a bit extra and get a Honda powered mower. In my experience they just keep going and never hesitate in the thicker grasses like cheaper mowers can.

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/honda-21-530mm-push-mower-with-c...

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      I considered that, but my cheap Sanli has lasted for 4 or 5 years with NO servicing. I've left it out in the rain and had to drain the carby and clean the rust out, then it ran fine again. It got water in it again due to the shed leaking with really bad storms we had and this time after taking it apart it started leaking fuel and running like crap again even after cleaning the carby out and I'm over repairing it.

      • +2 votes

        Basic servicing for a push lawn mower is simple and cheap. 15 minutes once a year.

        1. Run engine until warm
        2. Tilt the oil out
        3. Refill oil
        4. change spark plug
        5. Give filters a clean
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          I'll give the Sanli a service and maybe sell it if I get it running well. It's too weak and small for the current property. I'll definitely look after the new mower though.

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          Yes I was wondering how you can badly neglect a mower, unless you mean you never change the oil. I haven't even changed the spark plug on mine after 6 years and it still started second pull yesterday after being unused over winter.

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      ^^this. A honda will last more than 10 years. Get a second hand one off ebay or gumtree.

      i also find the other motors like briggs and stratten etc chew the fuel. the honda is quite thrifty too.

  • +2 votes

    Yardking weighs 43.4kg! Self-propelled only helps in a straight line, turning that behemoth is going to be awful. Plus you mentioned hills? It also has a fabric catcher which I personally hate.

    The Suby gets glowing reviews, by all accounts a star performer. I haven't used it myself by one of OzBargain's favourites.

    The Victa mowers you don't want due to low displacement anyway. So I think your winner is the Ryobi/Subaru then!

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      Nice spot! I didn't even consider weight actually!

    • +2 votes

      The 18" deck in what seems like a large yard will soon do your head in. As my wife says when mowing the lawn - "size does matter, every inch counts TB"

      • +1 vote

        That's one of the drawbacks with the Suby, otherwise I would've just jumped at that. My wife says the same thing, but not when mowing the lawn…

  • +1 vote

    I got this one 12 months back hasn’t missed a beat
    https://www.bunnings.com.au/masport-486-3-n-1-catch-mulch-an...

    You can buy a servicing kit with everything you need for about $30 from Bunnings as well

    It’s not a beast in terms of weight and with a 19” deck gets the job done fairly quickly

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      The Masport's looked pretty good but the engine displacement is a bit low for me. I need power as the grass gets long and thick pretty fast down here.

  • +1 vote

    @subywagon Have you considered out sourcing the mowing. At least you will get your weekends back. May cost you more in the long term, but you will never get the time back from moving the dam backyard.

    • +1 vote

      The thoughts crossed my mind but I get satisfied and enjoy doing it myself if all the tools work well. Plus I enjoy the exercise and like to save money.

      • -1 vote

        Yes true Ozbargainer. Happy to save money, but not time. Suspect it wouldn't be that cheap for someone to mow a hilly site anyway. If you have a nice neighbour borrow theirs if they don't mind. Now that's true OZb. Give him a 6pack in return.

  • +1 vote

    That super mulcher one could be hendy. Do you not have to empty the catcher with it? My council doesn’t give me a green waste bin

    • +1 vote

      The mulchers are great. AS long as you don't let it grow too long. No need to empty anything it just drops the very fine clippings over the top.

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      All the models I listed have a mulcher capability. They are great. I even use it when it fairly long. It leaves a bit of debris, but when I next mow it chops it up again. That super mulcher would be nice if it chops it really fine.

  • +1 vote

    You overlooked Masport … any reason?
    I have had one for over 15yrs on my 800sqmr block and only changed the oil once and tapped the dust out of the air filter a few times and nothing else. Starts first go, runs like the day I got it and nothing loose, falling off or broken.
    They come with a lifetime warranty on the catcher which can be handy. I did bust one and the exchange for a new one was painless.
    19" Masport @ Bunnings $498.
    Check out independent retailers mower shops also, a friend bought one cheaper than Bunnings when they had them for sale.
    Amazed that you got 4-5 yrs out of a Sanli!!

    • +1 vote

      I did look at Masport's and was Keen. I got suspicious when I couldn't see the engine displacement listed proudly. Eventually I found it and it was too low for my liking unfortunately. Otherwise I probably would have gone with one.

      I had a look at Beck's Home Hardware and online for the local mower shops, not cheaper than Bunnings unfortunately. Plus I'm planning on buying 4% discounted Bunnings gift cards at Coles then getting another 5% off hopefully with my Power pass. Also I don't really want to be hard sold to if I go to a mower shop.

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      What Masport do you have? I'm guessing its long been discontinued but maybe they still make something like it?

      EDIT: maybe a 486 or 490 look pretty good

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        Not at home at the moment so cant say what model it is. It is a 4stroke 18" cut with no mulcher, 2 blades only.
        Regardless of the engine specs subywagon it has no problem handling long grass.

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      I have this masport 486 at home and it is what I use on my 800m2 block. I will never go down in size on the cutting deck. Fatanstic mower, only need the gentlest of pulls to get it going.

      My old masport lasted 14 years and never skilled a beat. Never changed the oil just topped it up, 2 spark plugs in that time as well.

  • +1 vote

    Any reason you are not considering battery powered like an AEG?

    I haven't had a go on these battery mowers but I am loving the idea based on battery vs petrol chainsaws.

    If the area is not too large, the hassle of getting hearing protection, filling up the tank, occasional maintainance and having empty the catcher with the blades still running… Non existent with a battery mower.

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      I'd love to go battery to be honest. I hate mucking around with fuel. I had a corded mower years ago with a small property and it was nice and silent. The only problem is my property is too large and I'm planning on getting a much larger property in the near future. The grass grows fast and thick down here in Tassie.

      • +2 votes

        Don't think the electric ones have enough power to cut through a heavy grass and battery time may be an issue if large yard. A petrol version will still get you a better cut IMO

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      I have the ryobi 36v battery lawn mower, best lawnmower I've ever owned. Quiet and cuts well. I'm in Tassie as well, but I'm using it on a suburban block with a fair amount of lawn. Sounds like your property is too big for cordless though, unless you have 2 batteries

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        I don't intend to mow the entire property. That'll be asinine. Grass would grow faster. Haha. Just the manicured bits.

  • +1 vote

    I have and recommend the Ryobi 190cc. Anything more powerful has a seat.

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    Do you have to mow kind of slow for the mulcher on mowers to work properly? I like to mow fast.

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      No just normally. I think they have multiple or special blades that chop it up more finely.

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        In that case I don't have a mulching mower, even that is how it was described. It has regular blades and the only thing mulching about it is a plastic thingo you can stick in the back instead of the catcher. It doesn't work very well so I don't use it.

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