Best Push Mowers

A trusty push mower can give you more control when cleaning up your yard. Choosing the right mower - whether it’s a self-propelled lawn mower, a petrol mower, an electric model, or a manual lawn mower (also called a reel mower) - is made easier when you know what to look for. Continue reading...

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Honda HRU19

Honda HRU19

3.9  (164)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width470 mm to 482 mm
  • Height of Cut16 mm to 80 mm
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Cristina M
Cristina MQLD3 posts
  HRU19R1
Masport Bunnings 490 4'n1

Masport Bunnings 490 4'n1 🏆 2024

4.2  (51)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $599
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width485 mm
  • Height of Cut7 mm to 70 mm
Stephanie
Stephanie6 posts
 
Victa Classic Cut

Victa Classic Cut

3.7  (136)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $419
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width457 mm
  • Height of Cut11 mm to 70 mm
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Phillip Stephenson
Phillip Stephenson
 
Honda HRU196

Honda HRU196

3.5  (115)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width470 mm
  • Height of Cut16 mm to 76 mm
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ozboy
ozboySydney31 posts
  Verified HRU196M1
Victa 82V 21" Wide Cut Mower

Victa 82V 21" Wide Cut Mower

3.7  (58)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $929
  • Power SourcesBattery (Removable)
  • Cutting Width533 mm
  • Height of Cut17 mm to 80 mm
Stuart V.
Stuart V.4 posts
 
Battery and warranty poorPurchased may 2021. Warranty 2 years. Stopped working Sept 2023. In all that time it had been charged only 15 times and charger stopped working. Now out of warranty. God only knows where this will go. DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Show details
Masport Bunnings 486 3'n1

Masport Bunnings 486 3'n1

3.7  (52)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $498
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width485 mm
  • Height of Cut6 mm to 72 mm
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Ed L.
Ed L.3 posts
  Fair Incentive
Masport 460Bought it from Bunning 7 years ago. Powerful and rigid. Only taken to service once when starting a bit difficult after 5 years or so. Show details ·  1
Victa 82V Power Cut 883241

Victa 82V Power Cut 883241

3.7  (56)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $629
  • Power SourcesBattery (Removable)
  • Cutting Width457 mm
  • Height of Cut11 mm to 75 mm
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Purchaser
Purchaser2 posts
 
Honda HRU216

Honda HRU216

3.4  (90)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width530 mm to 533 mm
  • Height of Cut16 mm to 100 mm
joe s.
joe s.QLD
  HRN216PKU
Lack of grip on drive wheelsAfter 6 month of use the rear drive wheels are almost useless spinning as soon as you hit longer grass I purchased this mower as a self propelled not a push mower Obviously an issue Show details
Honda HRX217

Honda HRX217

3.7  (37)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width508 mm to 533 mm
  • Height of Cut19 mm to 102 mm
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Craig K.
Craig K.QLD3 posts
  HRX217HYU
Honda are not who they used to bePaid $1500 for a honda mower because they're supposed to be a good brand. 2 weeks past the 2 year warranty and the clutch lets go $300 to fix Show details
Ozito Push Reel Lawn Mower LMP-301

Ozito Push Reel Lawn Mower LMP-301

3.4  (53)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $69.97
  • Power SourcesManual
  • Cutting Width300 mm
  • Height of Cut14 mm to 22 mm
Sam J.
Sam J.
 
Masport Bunnings 470 2'n1

Masport Bunnings 470 2'n1

3.1  (112)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $544
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width460 mm
  • Height of Cut10 mm to 78 mm
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Rob H.
Rob H.NSW3 posts
 
Masport
Masport   DM   
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Victa Corvette

Victa Corvette

3.2  (65)
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  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width420 mm to 483 mm
  • Height of Cut11 mm to 75 mm
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Big D
Big DQLD
  500 InStart
Rover Pro Cut 560

Rover Pro Cut 560

3.7  (28)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width560 mm
Greg
GregNSW
 
Toro Timemaster 30

Toro Timemaster 30

4.0  (21)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,499
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width762 mm
  • Height of Cut32 mm to 108 mm
Nick
NickNSW5 posts
 
ALDI Petrol Mower

ALDI Petrol Mower

2.9  (272)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width400 mm to 533 mm
  • Height of Cut17 mm to 75 mm
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Patrick C.
Patrick C.NSW
  Petrol Mower
Supaswift Big Bob Series

Supaswift Big Bob Series

4.0  (19)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width533 mm
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Adrian B.
Adrian B.
  Verified 653KP
Husqvarna LC18

Husqvarna LC18

3.1  (56)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $529
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width460 mm
  • Height of Cut16 mm to 80 mm
Ranger16
Ranger16NSW3 posts
 
Masport President 4000

Masport President 4000

3.6  (26)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width485 mm
  • Height of Cut7 mm to 77 mm
Norman M
Norman M3 posts
  4000 ST S19 Combo
Ego LM2135E-SP

Ego LM2135E-SP

3.9  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,149
  • Cutting Width520 mm
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steve
steveAU21 posts
 
Rover Regal

Rover Regal

3.5  (28)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
Leeanne
LeeanneNSW23 posts
  Mulch N Catch
Constantly replacing cablesNice mower though I seem to be constantly changing the clutch cable, way too much tension. Also clutch cable keeps popping through cheap plastic wall thats supposed to hold the cable in place, had to make up metal bracket to hold it in place. Also no way you can connect a hose for cleaning, connector is under motor Show details
EGO LM2001E

EGO LM2001E

3.3  (35)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $749
  • Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)
  • Cutting Width490 mm
  • Height of Cut25 mm to 80 mm
mikema
mikema57 posts
 
Ryobi OLM1840BL

Ryobi OLM1840BL

3.6  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $569
  • Power SourcesBattery (Removable)
  • Cutting Width400 mm
  • Height of Cut22 mm to 65 mm
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johnlang
johnlangWA17 posts
  Verified
Masport President 3000

Masport President 3000

3.3  (25)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width460 mm to 485 mm
  • Height of Cut6 mm to 80 mm
sanshar2002
sanshar200213 posts
  3000 AL S18 Combo Mow n Stow
Honda HRR216

Honda HRR216

2.7  (70)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width530 mm to 533 mm
  • Height of Cut30 mm to 279 mm
Robert H.
Robert H.WA
  HRR216K10VKUA
Best value for moneyGreat lawnmower, 7 years old, never even changed the spark plug, starts first pull. Need to replace fan belt and drive wheels as they have no thread. 10 out of 10 Show details
Supaswift Blue 777KMC

Supaswift Blue 777KMC

4.5  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $599
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width460 mm
pdjones
pdjonesVIC21 posts
  Verified
Victa Pace

Victa Pace

3.7  (15)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesPetrol
  • Cutting Width456 mm to 482 mm
  • Height of Cut11 mm to 70 mm
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Andrew
AndrewWA
  500
Not happyHad the Victa pace 500 for a year. Battery will not charge. Charger goes from red, flat, to green, charged, in about 10sec but battery still flashing flat. Show details
Makita 36V Mower

Makita 36V Mower

2.6  (64)
 Summary
  • Power SourcesBattery (Removable)
  • Cutting Width380 mm to 534 mm
  • Height of Cut20 mm to 100 mm
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Eka
EkaACT20 posts
  DLM464PT2
Stihl RMA 460

Stihl RMA 460

3.4  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Power SourcesBattery (Removable)
  • Cutting Width460 mm
  • Height of Cut35 mm to 90 mm
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Kenny
KennyACT
  Verified
Stihl RMA 510

Stihl RMA 510

2.8  (36)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $549
  • Power SourcesBattery (Removable)
  • Cutting Width510 mm
  • Height of Cut38 mm to 90 mm
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GregD
GregDQLD
 
I have to mow every three days to keep my lawn at a decent level. This mower is very difficult to push as wellWorst Mower I have ever owned. It mows too high, no good on wet grass and chews through the battery. Show details
EGO LM2102E-SP

EGO LM2102E-SP

3.5  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,099
  • Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)
  • Cutting Width520 mm
  • Height of Cut28 mm to 94 mm
Chris
Chris3 posts
 
Broke down after 3 months terrible repair serviceBought in October, stopped working in December after 3 uses. Assistance was inadequate. The dealer didn’t want to be involved really, had to take to repair shop. But, still waiting as they are closed down for Christmas. Show details

A black petrol push mower sitting on a lush, green lawn

Is a push lawn mower right for me?

Push lawn mowers, or walking mowers, are well-suited to those who have a flat, small to medium-sized patch of grass that they need to mow. They’re also preferred by those who want more user control and precision in their mowing, as these mowers can get into the nooks and crannies of your yard.

If you’re physically able to push a mower and start it up (you can sometimes work up a sweat starting a petrol mower), then these power tools might be right for you.

When is a push mower unsuitable?

While tight corners and tricky edges aren't a problem for a push mower, if you have uneven or hilly ground, a push mower might be too inconvenient to push, since you're providing the momentum. For a larger area, you may want to look at a ride-on mower.

Types of push mowers

Most push lawn mowers for sale today are either powered by petrol or electric motors, and there are a few compelling reasons for going with either option. What’s right for you will depend on the size of your lawn, what kind of terrain your mower needs to get through, and your own personal preferences.

Petrol push mowers • See all

Petrol push mowers have powerful engines (think at least 7nm of torque and an engine size of around 150 to 200cc), making them preferred by contractors and those with large lawns.

Pros
More powerful than other mowers, making them suitable for tougher grass.
Offer longer running time, so you can power through bigger jobs.
Have a greater mowing range than other mowers.
Easily tackle thicker, longer grass.
Generally more reliable.
Cons
Not as environmentally friendly as electric mowers.
Inhaling petrol fumes when you mow may cause discomfort.
Generally require more maintenance, such as needing to change oil and clean the oil filter.
Can be fiddly to start and refuel.
Usually quite noisy.

Should I get a 2-stroke or a 4-stroke mower?

Petrol mowers either have 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines.

2-stroke engines are smaller, more compact, lighter to push, and more powerful than their 4-stroke counterparts. The downside is that they’re quite harmful for the planet and human health, which is why they’ve been phased out of Australian stores.

This law doesn’t affect second-hand mowers, so if your heart is set on a 2-stroke model, then you can still find some circulating around.

4-stroke engines only require unleaded petrol to run, are simpler to start, and are better suited for tackling bigger yards.

Battery push mowers • See all

Battery lawn mowers usually give you up to 60 to 90 minutes of mowing time on a single charge, making them suited to small and some medium-sized lawns.

Pros
Easy to start.
Don’t need to lug around a power cord.
Lighter than petrol mowers.
Quieter than petrol mowers.
Can often use the mower’s battery in other garden power tools from the same manufacturer.
Cons
At risk of running out of juice before you’ve finished the job, meaning they’re usually only suitable for smaller lawns.
Have a smaller cutting width than petrol models.
Backup batteries are usually pricey.

Electric push mowers • See all

Electric push lawn mowers are mains-powered, and are generally suited for smaller yards in which they can be easily attached to a power source.

Pros
They're a greener push mower choice.
Don’t emit fumes.
Quieter than petrol models.
Lighter than petrol mowers.
Don’t need to buy fuel and refuel.
Easier to clean and maintain than petrol models.
Cons
Not as heavy-duty as petrol models.
Have a limited range, as they need to be plugged into a power source.
May need to buy a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord.
Usually have a narrower cutting width than petrol mowers.

Manual push mowers • See all

For those with small yards, mowing the lawn the old-fashioned way with a manual mower (also called a hand mower or a reel lawn mower) could be a good option.

While they’re the most environmentally friendly push mower option, they’re not as efficient as other mowers and generally aren’t very effective on taller grass. This means that if you use a hand lawn mower, you should be mowing fairly regularly.

They usually cost anywhere from $70 to $200, and because they don’t have many moving parts, are easy to maintain - you only really need to clean and sharpen the blades, no oil changes needed!

A woman pushing a black manual push mower across a green lawn
A manual push mower. Image credit: Ozito.
A woman pushing a green and black electric lawn mower acrodd her backyard
An electric push mower. Image credit: Ryobi.

What to look for in a push mower

Ease of use

Weight

Your mower should be easy to push, which is why you should check its weight. Lawn mowers with big wheels handle rough ground easier, but smaller wheels on more lightweight models can be easier to manoeuvre and turn.

Comfort

Mowers with handles that are turned up place less strain on your wrists and can also give you greater control over the machine so you can easily manoeuvre it around the yard. A mower gets bonus points if the height of the handle is adjustable to suit people of all sizes.

Controls

The controls should be easy to use and access. Look out particularly for the engine control lever - it’s easier to operate if it’s on the handlebar.

Ignition

Some lawn mowers start with the push of a button or the turn of a key while others require pulling a cord. If you have strength and dexterity limitations, you may want to opt for an electric, battery, or manual model that doesn’t require much effort to get going.

Catcher size

The larger the catcher, the less often you’ll have to empty out the cut grass. A bigger capacity is particularly useful for those who have a larger lawn.

Features

There are some features that can make using and maintaining your lawn mower a breeze.

  • Mulching option: A mulching attachment or plug lets the mower mulch your grass clippings and push them back into the lawn, helping fertilise your yard for it to be as healthy as it can be.
  • Quick-start motor: A quick-start motor starts at the push of a button.
  • Foldable handle: This is a common feature on newer mowers, and is useful to make a lawn mower more compact and easy to store.
  • Self-propelled: A self-propelled mower propels forward on its own - all you need to do is control the direction it goes in.
  • Blade brake: This feature lets you stop the blades while the engine still runs, getting rid of the need to keep restarting the mower when you want to empty the bag, move debris or obstacles out of the mower’s path, or move the mower over sidewalks or gravel.
  • Side discharge: Side discharge is useful for high, thick, or wet grass as it doesn’t cause it to build up on the underside of the mowing deck, making it a great feature for those who don’t regularly clean their mower.
  • Battery life indicator: For battery models, an indicator can help you figure out how much work you can get done before you need to recharge.
  • Safety key: This stops the mower from starting when it’s removed (so you only keep it inserted when you use it) - this can help give you peace of mind if you have children around.

Cutting diameter

Another thing to consider is cutting diameter, which is related to the size of the blade slicing the grass. Petrol lawn mowers tend to come with wider cutting diameters of 45 to 50cm, compared to 30 to 40cm which you typically see on electric lawn mowers.

While this might not seem like a lot, on larger lawns 10 to 20 cms can save you an extra couple of laps around the backyard. However, a wider cutting deck can also make it more difficult to manoeuvre the mower into the tight spaces of your yard, not to mention the extra storage space they often require.

Cutting height

A mower should have at least a few different cutting height options. Think about how low you want to cut your grass - petrol models can generally make the shortest cuts. These different options should also be easily adjustable.

How much does a push lawn mower cost?

Petrol mowers will usually set you back somewhere between $200 and $1600. Electric push mowers (those that require mains power) can range anywhere from $100 to $250, while battery models often cost somewhere between $150 to $1900.

If you’re looking for a commercial mower for more heavy-duty jobs, then you should expect to pay more than this.

You should also look for a substantial warranty - the longer and more comprehensive it is, the more faith the manufacturer has in the quality of their product. You should also acquaint yourself with the fine print of the coverage so you’re not hit with a nasty surprise if things go wrong.

Wrapping up

Buying a push mower can be a big decision - between choosing the type of mower you want and the features you want it to have, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the choice available.

Taking your own yard’s needs and how you like to mow into account will help you find a lawn mower that’s fit-for-purpose and helps you tidy up your green.

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