Reviewer Photos & Videos
Hour meter problems
I brought my new greenfield standard series in July 2015 very excited. After about 20 hours use the deck belt has now come off twice when it hits a thick section of Kikuyu mowed weekly. The first time I thought that is unusual - now I am disappointed. Another trip to the dealer with a new mower.The first time they said it is not a usual problem and something must have dislodged the belt - yes - thick grass !!! .My original second hand greenfield never did it once in 10 years of hard work on a sloping half acre block. Also when I bought it new...in July 2016 it sat it in the garage till about October with the key in the ignition. After about 10 hours mowing I checked the hour meter and was amazed to see it has 40 plus hours on it. I was horrified. I spoke to my greenfield dealer and they said "did you leave the ignition on". but did not ask did you leave the key in the ignition. It was not left on. Obviously not if the battery did not go flat. I now take the key out and leave it in a separate place. Very disappointed - now the total operating history of the mower is incorrect. Unbelievable. November 6th 2017 Update: Greenfield production manager Problem was drive belts were coming off a new ride on mower. I wrote to Greenfield and they responded well. They sent guides to the local dealer who fitted them. It has been running well ever since. I am happy with Greenfield's response and the ride on mower. Recommend Greenfield mowers.
2 months and waiting
We have been waiting 2 months for parts for the repair of out greenfield, we thought buying Australian made we wouldn't have this problem. Our local service guys say this not so unusual with greenfield. Will be looking at other brands to buy in the future. I wish we had know the problem with parts with greenfield mowers!
I have had many other ride on mowers from other much larger manufacturers and they don't even come close to this mower!
It can handle just about anything and the cutting deck doesn't break no matter how much rock and rough material runs through it.
It is most certainly not as pretty as some of the other mowers on the market but when it this tough i don't care what it looks like, i just want it to start and do a great job every time which it does.
I would buy another 1 if this ever stops.
Not happy Jan,,,
Rubber skirt in deck chute,ripped in the first week, drive belt died at 40 hrs, sticking in forward motion and now sometimes in reverse, foot drive peddle broke off at attaching point. Been told the drive assembly is not a warranty claim at 150 hrs but have now realised by leaving the key in the ignition that it's probably only 60 or 70 hrs !!!!!!!!!!
Now 12 months on.....
I purchased a new Greenfield 34" with 21.5 HP Kawasaki to replace the old Evo 2, and unfortunately struck engine operating problems in the first 6 weeks. This was finally identified and resolved, it being a valve problem, and the mower is now 12 months old and back to a dealer for the 1st annual service. The mower operation is now faultless, it has plenty of power and makes mowing the 'rough' 1.5 acres around the home a pleasure. I would recommend a rugged Aussie built Greenfield, and will fit a grader blade to 'iron out' those rabbit diggings !
I have always thought it better to by Australian if possible but after owning a Greenfield ride on n
Purchased a Greenfield ride on back in 2012 have had nothing but trouble from day one. Has 71 hours on the clock has been in the shop 4 times. Made sure it was serviced according to the specifications. The other week it failed to start just nothing, took it in to be told it was a solenoid had failed hence when you turned the key no response at all. That was all that was wrong with the exception of a flat tyre. Received a phone call advising there was a knock in the engine, certainly was not when I put it in. When the person examined on arrival...checked the air filter it was clean, check the oil fine but now I am being told that to fix it will cost between $1800 - $ 3,000 they now claim the air filter was dirty and it had no oil, they put a litre in and it leaked, the mower is garaged and there is no evidence of a drop of oil where it kept. The other major problem with this mower is that if you leave the key in the ignition even when its in the off position the hour clock still ticks over therefore my mower has ten hours more on it than actually used, I found out the hard way. That is a ludicrous to the extreme. The people who sold it to me are now claiming that I never had it fully serviced despite a $500 odd bill and it hasn't been in the shop four times I believed I am being scammed but regardless a mower that has done so little hours should not have had any problems . I have lived on a farm for 35 years and know how to maintain machinery. I have a 34 year old push mower Rover with a Briggs & Stratton engine and it still runs perfectly. Greenfield is rubbish and this particular distributor is rubbish as well. I truly believe that because I am a woman they think I know nothing about machinery well their wrong. if you are looking for a mower buy anything but steer clear of Greenfield. A final point I even sent Greenfield an email but of course no response " happy to take you money but when something goes wrong do not expect any service.
GREENFIELD THE GREAT Paul Murphy Nov.25,2014
Bought the Standard Series with 500cc single pot motor and 32 inch cut.This combo on sloping ground with patches of thick bladey grass knee high, saplings 30mm thick 2 metres high,fallen sticks of all descriptions,general tough regrowth of all types--never a problem!This is the hardest work it will do ,now the 7 acres is re-civilised.I expect it will see me out ! You get a little understeer if you go too fast on tight turns with the solid drive axle..slow down a bit OK , ! Use on max height,no catcher. Leave the cuttings to help the soil.Re-cut the bladey grass when it rears up ! Don't cut going backwards downhill unless you have to...it's a tad disorienting at the controls.Don't rewire the seat cutout it's a good safety feature.
Awsome Beast which will cut anything with ease
I have just purchased a Fastcut 32 with the Kawasaki 21.5hp V-twin to replace my old 16/34 Deluxe (see another review by me). The old mower had clocked up 2,000 hard hours and whilst the motor and body was OK, the drive needed some work. The 21.5hp for the 32 inch could be regarded as an overkill, but the smooth running Kawasaki and V-Twin sound and the ability to cut long thing wet grass in my paddock with ease was the selling point. There is little that has changed over the years. The same solid build quality and proven drive system remains t...he same. Nice recent aditions are the easy seat adjustment, emergency foot brake, more positive lock on the cutter lever. Given that over 15 years nothing much has changed indicates Greenfield have got it right. Comparing this to my old mower, the 32 inch fastcut lacks headlights (who needs these?), the wider cut (dont notice much difference and gives me slightly more time to enjoy ther V-twin), slightly larger tyres (the ones on the Fastcut 32 are fine for my sloping rough bush paddock), and the diff lock. I was interested to see if the fixed axle would cause scuffing or plough steering. Honestly I hardly notice any difference between this and the deluxe with locking diff. No scuffing on my lawn even on tight turns (providing you slow down a bit) Of course the fixed axle will provide no wheel slip on sloping ground. Providing all your driving is on grass, the lack of a diff wont cause any issues. Given the price difference between the standard and deluxe, I would recommend the standard 32 inch as better value for money for all but the largest of properties when you are mowing more than 1 to 2 hectares. Greenfields are more expensive than most others on the market, but you are paying for reliability, solid build, availability of spare parts and I challenge other mowers to take 2,000 hours of flogging. Greenfields have good resale value. I reckon these are great (that is why I bought another) and the ease of cuting either good lawn or long rough paddock grass is amazing. No real niggles - the bigger motor is a bit thirsty and will need refilling every hour or so. Grass still collects on the deck. Heel and toe can be a bit hard to manage for my (very short) wife, particually in reverse (but no problem for my 6 foot frame and size 11 boot). Do yourself a favour and get the 21.5hp machine in Kawasaki Green. It looks, goes and sounds great and mowing the paddock is now something I look forward to. 4 year update. So far no problems. Mower serviced annually and the Kawasaki engine runs like a charm. The drive belt broke after 3 years at 130 hours which I replaced myself. A bit fiddly but following the manual and ensuring the belt was correctly aligned to the pulleys wasn't too hard. I purchased a Greenfield catcher which would probably work better with 4 blades as it does choke up quickly. I would not recommend the catcher for long and or wet grass but does pick up well on the lawn although requires frequent emptying. I am not particularly gentle with the mower and it is used on slopes that exceed the safety recommendations. Overall very happy with this mower and would recommend it for unstoppable cutting in long rough grass as well as a reasonable finish on well maintained lawns. Well Built, Powerful, Greenfield reliability and Australian Made, Cuts long rough grass with ease, will last me out, Update April 2019. I added an extra set of blades which now both make for a smoother cut on the lawn and provide enough lift to fill the catcher. You dont need high lift blades. Four normal blades make more than enough lift for the catcher and general mowing. Running 4 blades does require a bit more power but with the 21.5hp Kawasaki there is more than ample for cutting anything. Still no problems with the mower. Clutches are smooth as when new and cutter belt still looks fine. Strange that there are some negative comments about this mower, perhaps the B&S engines are more problematic, however with my machine I still rate it as Excellent. Now Cox has taken over Greenfield I could not comment on the newer mowers.
Purchased in December 2013 for A$5,100.00.
These things are perfect for the average block, they are tough, easy to use and will go just about anywhere. They also are small and this is a great advantage in getting between trees, gates or under things such as branches. I cannot recomend these things highly enough. they are more expensive than the equivalent hydrostatic mower but worth it
Great, useful tough mower
brakes would be useful for inexperienced operators
Simple and super reliable
I have a Greenfield which would be about 25 years old, and would have done several hundred hours, the old 11 hp briggs uses more oil than petrol ( no mozzie problems ) as a resault of a lot of red dust from out west. The thing is amazing, it powers through long thick grass as if it wasn't there, and climbs slopes like a billy goat, Granted the steering is a bit heavy, and it has a fairly large turning circle, but the ease of operation and speed of the forward / reverse pedal mean you can fill in the corners pretty easily.
My point ...
Wish it wasn't so good
Am in a *** supplied house with an acre of ground so a Greenfield 32' cut 15.5 HP ride on was in the shed. Since there are numerous trees, bushes and garden beds to get round, I have been hankering after a zero turn mower.but the reviews of the Toros, Club Cadets etc suggest that they are far from trouble free.First choice would be a Gravely 42 ZT but at $5100, that isn't going to fly.A mowing contractor here who uses a Greenfield says that I need a brain transplant !!!
The problem is that the Greenfield is too good to replace and nothing ever...
So far so good
Bought a Greenfield after doing a lot of research. I have a sloping 2.5 acre block which was slashed some time ago. Purchased a 17.5 hp B& S with 32" cutting deck. It is a good combination and gets through the weeds and long grass quite easily. Well made and robust (few plastic parts). Somewhat expensive but it does what I need it to do.
Well built, solid, parts are relatively cheap. Could service it myself.
- Standard Series
- Selected Review
Great all rounder
I have had my Greenfield for a few months now and am very impressed with it. I did a lot of research before buying it and looked at quite a number of other brand ride ons. A lot of ride ons seem so big and bulky. As soon as I saw the Greenfield, I knew it was just what I was looking for. It is sleek, with a good robust look about it. With all metal panels and a nice chunky cutting deck the quality is undisputed.
Some initial points I liked, was the seat is quite comfortable with forward and backward adjustment. You only just have to lift th...e seat to get to the battery. One screw on the back, enables you to take the back section off so you can access the belts etc. The cutting deck is very robust. Levers to engage the blades and to alter the cutting height are in good positions and when adjusting feel strong and engage solidly. Good quality tyres with a steering system that is again strong and feels solid, yet is still easy to steer. Access to the engine is by releasing two elastic loops and the front cover lifts up. It's Australian and getting spare parts is no problem. My yard is almost an acre in size with lots of trees and gardens. I was a little unsure how it would handle some of the small, awkward areas I have. I am pleased to announce that it handles it all with no problems. The foot control of being able to go backward and forward without any hesitation is just wonderful. I wouldn't say it has the tightest turning circle in the world, but with its wonderful foot control, the turning circle is really only a very minor point. In fact I think if you could turn any tighter, the tyres would do a lot of ripping of the grass. As it is, if you have it on full lock and you're going a little too fast, you will get some ripping. So the turning circle is probably larger than on some mowers, but it is probably more practical than a lot of others. A lot of my garden edges are curved and quite tight, yet the Greenfield mows around them with no real problem. This is not to say it does it in one go, rather you have to go backwards and forwards to get the whole area, but with the foot control this is done without any big dramas. I have the catcher attached to mine as well. This looks quite bulky, but even mowing around my tight areas, it is no real problem. You just have to arrange the direction of your mowing so the catcher is on the side away from the garden or fence etc. Being able to sit on the mower and just lift the catcher up to empty it is a real boon. The full process, is that you disengage the blades, back up to where you want the grass dumped, open the rear door (done while still sitting on the mower), lift up the catcher and drive slowly forward. The grass gets dumped in a long pile, perhaps 3/4 the length of the mower. The quality of the catcher is great with it being all metal. It looks like someone has taken their time to make it manually. The weight and size could make putting on and off a bit of a problem for some people, but I'm 5'10" and of average build and I have no problems. The catcher is slid on to a bar that is attached to the rear of the mower via the trailer attachment. You then have a clip which is slid into holes on the bar to keep the catcher from sliding off. The only niggle I have, is that this clip can sometimes be a bit fiddly to actually push through the holes. Overall I am very impressed with this mower and would recommend it to anyone. Certainly don't be afraid to consider it even if your yard is like mine with lots of trees and gardens to mow around. The price is a bit more than some others but then you really are getting a quality product.
Great mower - tough and totally reliable
My Greenfield ride on (Standard, 16HP V-twin model) has now reached the 100 hour mark. It has mowed my fairly tough going, 5 acres, of ex-pasture land - really a job for a tractor and slasher - without any troubles. I love the tough, simple, all metal, bolt-on, body work (no crappy plastic panels or clips to break), cast alloy cutting deck (not cheap, pressed sheet steel), heel/toe forward reverse clutch (no hydrostatic drives to fail or gear lever to move) and the Kawasaki V-twin is a pearler (sounds like a mini Harley Davidson). Have gone thr...ough two sets of blades due to all the rubbish left in our paddocks and am doing double the recommended oil changes ( Kawasaki say every 100 hours, but the mower has worked so hard, I feel better doing it every 50). Other than that and recommended filter clean/changes, no maintenance has been required. The 16HP V-Twin has been plenty powerful enough to deal with the metre tall Kikuyu, thistles etc. on our property, and the buried rocks, galvanised pipe, truck parts, barbed wire, etc. I've "discovered" has failed to break anything beyond blunting up the blades and causing tyre punctures (wish it had tubeless tyres actually - easier to repair). It's a pretty basic design compared to some of the plastic fantastic models out there, but it's supposed to be a mower, not a sports car. I don't need headlights or digital displays to mow the lawn. It's perhaps a little expensive compared to some, but the fact that it's stood up to some heavy duty use without a problem, makes it worth it in my mind. Highly recommended. Tough and reliable. Simple, solid mechanicals and bodywork. Kawasaki V-twin sounds great! A tad expensive. Tubeless tyres would be better.
Questions & Answers
Appreciate some advice please. Does anyone have a pic of the correct install of the drive chain for me to check. I have the lag wheel on mine. I installed the new link after the previous one breaking and the new one broke almost immediately. Could it be too much slack or something else?
Does anyone have a pic of how the chain should look installed. My link broke and I replaced a refitted but may have done this incorrectly due to it breaking almost immediately. Has a lag wheel on this model
Change front wheel bearing 30inch cut mk2
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.