In short, garbage. I picked one of these up some time ago; this is not a fly-by-night review. The battery life is appalling. When you try to charge the battery, it flashes a red light at you, apparently it’s too hot. You go back inside, wait an hour or two, and it’s still flashing a stupid red light at you not even starting recharging. If you unplug and reinsert the battery it MAY start recharting. I’ve literally gone in every half hour. four or five times. repeating this process. Most times, even after this it’s only partially charged and flashing the red light at me again. I reiterate – GARBAGE! AEG should hang their heads in shame.
Purchased in June 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Good replacement for my old 4 stroke
Good replacement for my old petrol mower
My 4 stroke mower started playing up again recently, nothing a service wouldn't fix, but instead of getting it serviced I decided it was time to look at a new mower. Research showed me that I was looking at similar money for a 4 stroke or electric, based on the size I was looking for. My old mower was 19" and having approx. 700m2 of lawn to mow I wasn't going to go any smaller than an 18".
I got straight to work with it this morning, after charging up the batteries overnight. I usually mow weekly, prima...rily using the mulch function, but it had been about 2 weeks between trims and the lawn was reasonably long & quite thick, in patches. Based on this first mow I've made the following observations: Previously read comments about how difficult the mulch plug was to insert and remove. There is a knack to it and you need to lift and twist to remove, but no more difficult than my old mower. Starting is a breeze and while it's not whisper quiet it's a lot quieter than my old mower and a lot more pleasant to push, without the strong vibrations I had with the 4 stroke. At over 6ft tall I found that the tallest height for the handle is a little low for me, in comparison to my old mower, which could be adjusted almost vertically. Whilst the AEG is lighter, it is a bit more difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces, in comparison to my 4 stroke, due to the handle sticking so far back.
Purchased in January 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $799.00.
It does the job very well!
So I used product review to buy this mower so I thought it only right to let you know what happened the other side of the fence. So here we go:
- The batteries charge fast.
- I am on an average corner block on a 900m2 block. It uses half the battery to do the mowing.
- The mower kicks into a higher gear when it knows it is struggling.
- If it is too thick it will tell you to start maybe thinking about doing half width crosses.
- I did my first mow with the catcher because the lawn was out of control. I switched to the mulcher plug for the...
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse for $799.00.
Should’ve tried one first
I have a average to small lawn (Sir Walter) to look after and don’t have any issues with battery life but I do have issues with attachments. I first mowed with mulching attachment. Not a issue inserting blocking plate but wait till you try to remove it. I had to reverse a couple of holding bolts so that nut was on the outside as this was jamming plate. It’s still not an easy exercise and you can see gaps where finer material escapes. I mowed the first few times with mulching and was impressed with how it got rid of all the clippings until I wen...t to change to using catcher. All the clippings were jammed in the rear. I also found that catcher has gaps with a lot of the finer material being blown out. The bar at front of mower, I presume to protest batteries, is cumbersome also. I only wish I had the opportunity to try one first as will definitely not buy another at that price. Could’ve bought a self propelled petrol mower for same money.
Purchased in September 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores.
Purchased this mower, got it home but mulch plug extremely hard to get in and out. Took it back to Bunnings (Belconnen Canberra) and staff attending agreed it was unacceptable. They tried to modify the plug but to no avail. Eventually had to swap the mower for one where the plug went in and out as it should, smoothly. Product ambassador Daniel Owens was extremely helpful and key to resolving the problem for me! I definitely recommend the mower but if you buy one beware the mulch plug, check it out first. Whether I got the one lemon or it’s a whole batch that has this problem who knows.
Purchased in October 2020 for $799.00.
It is powerful. Batteries charge readily and I can do my whole lawn of a suburban house on one charge. All the other mowers I looked at looked like such flimsy cheap plastic and had small blade diameters. Build quality is good. Catcher not so good.
This mower is Hard to push on lowest cut setting.. I dont like the catcher which is made from fabric and plastic. The catcher struggles to bring all the grass into itself. A lot of grass never gets caught, and a lot falls out of the mower when you take off the catcher to empty it. Design issue here I think.
All in all a very good mower and worth the extra few dollars.
Purchased in October 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores.
Good electric mower
Just as good as my previous petrol mower, without having to pull a cord. Batteries lasted well long enough for my mowing time (about 3/4 of an hour) only 1/3 down after use. Only drawback is the pictorial instructions do not make it clear you have to hold in the 'start' button while compressing the 'go'lever.
Purchased in August 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $499.00.
Simple and easy to use
I would definitely recommend buying AEG tools and this lawn mower as well. It's easy to use, so would suit older people or females(no offence intended), or not the mechanically minded type as there is no messing around with pull start and petrol. It is good for lawns small to medium and also light to medium duty. If you regularly cut long grass, get a petrol. Noise level is good and the warranty and back-up from AEG has also been very good in my experience. A good unit that should last a long time.
Also another reviewer here states that batteries are not backward compatible. This is not the case and they will fit any other 18v AEG power tool.
Purchased in April 2020 for $799.00.
Impossible to mow on lowest turf setting
I have the mower for 20 months now so feel i can make a well considered review.
I live on a typical 500sq block and the mower has no issues mowing it where approx 150sq is grass. I can mow on one battery ( comes with two )
Reliability is good to date with no issues and i ham happy with the low noise whilst operating.
Start function is great and catcher works fine.
The only reason for the two star rating is that you can not mow forward on the low setting which is the comparable setting you would use on a petrol mower. As this is THE primary function of any mower I can only give two stars and would not buy one again which is a pity it has this major flaw.
Purchased in April 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $800.00.
Takes a lot of push
The only problem I have is that the mower takes quite a bit of pushing in thicker grass especially when mowing at a lower height. I found it nigh impossible if using the lowest notch. Apart from that, everything else is excellent. Can do a reasonable lawn on less than half a charge and the grass catcher fills nicely
Purchased in October 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Hard work made easy
Life has been so easy with my AEG lawn mower, starts so easy, just a push of a button and off you go. A catcher is not required, with the option for the grass being mulched. With my smaller yard I only charge the batteries when needed. The mower folds up for easy storage
Purchased in November 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse.
EXCELLENT!!! with a capital 'E'
Had been eyeing one of these off for a while. (Bit annoyed at the price rise) I have quite a thick lawn and was wondering how it would go. It cut thought it like a carving knife. I was blown away by the power this thing puts out. I like it's robust construction.. I got through my yard on 1 charge.. approx 350sq M.
Two things been pointed in other reviews I've read -
1. Batteries not backward compatible, eg. A 5AH battery from your power tool won't fit, but the 6AH will fit in your power tool. As a person with an electronic engineering backg...
Purchased in March 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $799.00.
Wish I never brought it
AEG Fusion brushless 18” 2x18V (36v) mower
The 2 x 6.0Ah battery’s supplied with the mower will only mow 250 square meters of average length turf (about 80mm), you will have to buy 2 more batteries if you want to mow a larger area. The mower I had stopped working after 3 months (had only done 4 hours of work), I contact AEG warranty they informed me that they wouldn’t replace but repair it and that would take 10-14 days. So I guess I’ll just have to put up with a jungle for a backyard untill I get the repaired mower back. Disappointing from AEG you’ll think for a company that advertises themselves as a premium band they’d replace the mower especially after only doing 4 hours work.
Purchased in December 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse.
it takes an hour to charge and will plough through thickest hunks of grass like jelly. Its so quiet you can start mowing at 6am without annoying the neighbours. Its lasts couple hours or at least does our back and front lawn (800sqM) no issues running out of power. At least we don't have to drive to the petrol station anymore and just a quick plugin. It is also very lightweight so I (a small woman) can handle it very easily. Its so easy to clean, looks modern, there is no plugs or leads to deal with whilst you're mowing. This is so far an excellent product however, we have only had it for 2 months.
Questions & Answers
Does anyone know why we cannot use 5ah 18v batteries from our other AEG tools in the fusion lawnmower?
I understood it was only the 9ah that couldn't be used. TBH I wouldn't want to go any smaller than a 6ah anyway, unless the area to be mowed was very small
Thanks. From some further reading I did I think it is about heat being generated in smaller batteries and this potentially damaging them. Cheers
Brand new AEG 18v battery mower from Bunnings. Cannot remove the mulching plug in order to use catcher. 3 people have tried so far (2M1F). What is the secret. Pictorial instructions only are useless.
Len, If you can't remove it, let Bunnings remove it. Mine popped with a minimal twist, However I've just left mine in because the mulching plug works great for my small residential lawn. If you have a residential lawn, don't bother removing it. Just leave it in and mow often, it works a treat. Good luck!
Thank you John. Took it to Bunnings and they removed it by pushing it forward (rather than pulling it back as shown in pictorial instructions) and removing it from underneath. We will probably leave it out as we have a large residential block and the grass/weeds grow fast in the tropics, so usually need numerous catcher loads.
It is tight, but relatively easy with the correct technique. Holding the upright twist it left to right & slightly lift upwards. This releases the shorter left side & you can then pull backwards. I remove mine every time after use, as the built up clippings need to be cleanrd out.
My brand new mower from Bunnings the battery’s only last 15 minutes run time what a waste of money
Did you just buy the skin Margaret and using older batteries? If so take the box back to Bunnings and get the combo with 2 x 6amp batteries. All the other AEG tools are lower.
Also the first charge is critical I found. Good luck!
I bought the kit with the 2x6ah Force batteries. I've found that run time is at least 30mins when the grass is long & damp/wet, but can be around 45 mins or more when shorter & dry. If you've got the 6ah Force batteries & only getting 15mins I'd take them back under warranty.
I bought the mower with the batterys I fully charged them and 15 minutes into the mow batterys where flat
|Category||Battery Lawn Mowers|
|Power Source||Battery (Removable)|
|Catcher Capacity||50 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Steel|
|Cutting Width||460 mm|
|Height of Cut||18 mm to 75 mm|
|Number of Blades||1|
|Manufacturer Warranty||6 year(s)|
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