Push Mowers Buying Guide
Our buying guide will explain which type of push mower would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.
Poorly assembled does not last
Had mower 6 months will no longer start. Has been serviced carby cleaned. I have looked after this mower and should not be having trouble with such a new machine. Will never buy a Masport or Bunnings mower again.
Excellent mower for money
Purchased from Bunnings a bit over a year ago for $400 and something. Now on special at less than $400.
My suburban block is about 1700 square metres on the South Coast with the grass area about half that. The last time I used the mower, it started first go after a big sleep over the cooler months (always use Sta-Bil which prevents the fuel going off). Being down the coast, in the growing season, one can almost watch the grass grow and the grass height was at least 20 cms with lots of weeds and bits and small twiggy type growths. To my amaze...
Base dislodged when mowing. Just missed my legs
Base plate came off whilst mowing. Not happy as it could have resulted in a serious injury. I had a Victor for 20 years without problems. This Masport is only about 2-3 years old.
Perfect little beast for half the price of others
I brought mine from Bunnings almost a year ago now. It is so easy to manoeuvre, it’s light, it starts first try no matter what and stands up to anything thrown its way. Perfect sized catcher with larger sized wheels for rough or uneven grass areas. Couldn’t complain in any way. 5 stars for me
Great lawn mower for females
Bought this model from Bunnings. It caught my eye straight away. The shop assistant was excellent; answered all quires. Easy to assemble, easy to use. Light weight. Great to use on buffalo grass and easy to push up hills. Catcher is large and easy to remove. I recommend it to female gardeners and older people that do not have the strength of a 20 year old body builder.
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Good for the $$$$
I purchased this mower from Bunnings 5 years ago 22/06/14 for $400 and it only just gave up the game today 28/06/19 half way through a mow.
Service wise, I never did anything to it other than 1 or 2 oil top-ups, 1 set of blades and a quick air filter clean. It was perfect for regular residential use on an average block. It seemed to have decent power as well and would handle the job even when I let the lawn get a little longer than desired.
Needless to say, I walked out of Bunnings today with the same mower again for $450.
If the new one lasts me another 5+ years and gives me no grief, I’ll be happy! I can only go off the experience I had from the last one. At the end of the day, what do you expect for a $400+ budget mower.
Snapped Drive shaft
Same problem, drive shaft snapped while using on small back lawn, looks to be rubbish steel as the beak shows large grain structurw. Good quality steel does not snap leaving large grains visible. What can be done to repair or replace the drive shaft, is there a recall of faulty ones?
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Read the warranty carefully...
Purchased a 470 from Bunnings - mower works fine after 4 years but the catcher packed it in. Warranty (Clause 3) says "Lifetime" on the plastic catcher. Don't trust em - the fine print on the owners warranty (which you can read after you get the product home) in clause 4 excludes "normal wear and tear" and "accidental damage, neglect and misuse". This does not leave much to claim on - either you have used it or abused it. Our catcher started to fall apart after 2 years. I patched it up but the plastic still kept cracking and bits breaking ...off. The mower and catcher has always been stored in the garage. After a couple of seconds the Masport agent in Capel Sound (Vic) declared it as "Stone damaged" and thus no warranty - buy a new one $130.00. Yes, we have a double block but the mowing is mostly buffalo grass, clippings and nature strip. Reading through the reviews it appears others have had problems but no joy from the Warranty. If contemplating purchasing a 470 hopefully you will not have any problems and thus not have to rely on the warranty.
Not the best
Bought from bunnings last year. Used it a few times, no problem. Serviced it after about 4hrs use, new oil/air filter and soon after started to run a bit rough. Checked oil etc all o.k so kept on using. Slowly got worse and blowing alot of grey/white smoke?? Took of air filter and oil spewing out. Serviced it again oil/air filter no change. Took it to bunnings authorised repair shop. Got phone call today saying its stuffed, dirt got into engine and has scored the piston etc etc and briggs/stratton won't cover repairs...what a load of rubbish. O...nly used aprox 15 times over the year and looked after it well, still looks brand new. Thanks Bunnings/masport and briggs stratton for nothing $450 down the drain. Don't buy one, now left with mower in pieces because repair shop won't put together without charging me. They said not worth repairing due to expense, like $450 isn't enough all ready. What a load of rubbish, very poor from all parties involved leaving me with nothing but grass getting longer & longer and not able to afford to buy another mower....wheres the justice. I'll just buy roundup from now on and napalm the lot.
OK but some design issues
This is a lightweight mower. Fair enough then that power is modest but a few design features make it unnecessarily 'heavy' to use. The wheel base is too long (I think the transition to the catcher is awkward - might be to do with what's necessary for mulching). The handle is at a relatively low angle and the mower seems to have more mechanical advantage than the pusher would prefer. That makes mowing hard on the lower back which is not a good thing at my age. I have not had my mower for long and the other things I find odd might go away with familiarity. I hope so.
Broken Drive Shaft
I've had the Masport for about four years and have been very happy with it. Today the drive shaft broke. The machine wasn't cutting. I'd just started it after changing the oil. Coincidentally two days ago I saw one advertised on EBay that had done exactly the same in the same spot. The shaft looks to be cast iron rather than steel but I may be wrong.
Unfortunately it did everything I asked of it. Started easily, cut well and also mulched. Of course it is out of guarantee so I'll just forget about it.
Absolutely love my Masport
Starts first go (which is a bonus for me as with my previous one I was exhausted by the time it started) the mulching attachment is wonderful for when you just want to give it a quick run over. We were so impressed my Mother ended up buying one for herself after hearing how happy we were. Wonderful warranty.
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Finally gave up in the ole blue trash of a Victa!!!
Walked into Bunnings, flipped - poked, prodded tried to bend everything else they had (mower wise) other than a Victa!
The Masport 470 was the clear winner within regards to features and quality enough components and build composition.
The deck is steel but about the thickness of a flattened and pressed man soup can, front cross thwart behind the weel and aft collection strakes are welded to he base with small beads of weld. Worried about rust in the future for these areas so will hav...e to upkeep with a squirt of Inox every now and again. Wheels on this mower are sort of worrying in the future as theyre a multi piece construction, plastic inner and rubber outer - trying my absolute hardest not to curb them on hard edges and fence lines. Two of the wheels are free to spin however two others are quiet stiff to turn by hand - all are bearing supported.
This mower cuts beautifully, love using the mulching function and it works so well that you can’t even see the clippings on the lawn. The large wheels and light weight make it easy to use so much so that my wife has taken a liking to using it. It starts very easily and the oil changes are simple.
Good mower but lacks power and does cut perfectly
The Masport mower is good quality but it does lack in power, I used someone else's who was a cheap Aldi mower and it was almost twice as powerful as mine, I usually have to make 2 passes with this mower as it leaves strands of grass behind (doesn't cut perfectly)
I bought the Masport 470 2n1 in Bunnings Warehouse. It is a very reliable mower, easy to start, easy to be pushed around the lawn. it is a 4-stroke so you don't have to mix petrol with oil, also quieter than a 2-stroke mower. The only problem I had with it was that once I tilted it too much when cleaning it and some lubricant oil leaked out from the engine. But it did not cause any damage,still works perfectly.
Hard to start
Brought lawn mower from bunnings, found it really hard to start and it wasn't long before the lead that you have to move to put in start, soon got loose and end up having to do it manually. The wheels wear out really quick too. Not meant to last like the ones made in the 70s80s ect
Mid Range Model
Cutting is clean and even with easily adjustable height setting
Middle of the road for maneuvering, handle nuts need to be checked often as they come loose easily
Mower can take quite a few pull cords starts for motor to kick in especially in winter
It is easy to check and top up oil
We bought this Mower almost 15 months ago from Bunnings, was looking a bit overpriced for 425 AUD because Victa was coming cheaper, but the sales guy there convinced us by one statement that you would be blessing me few years down the line.
And he was so true, even in harsh winters, starts like a charm, does the work and go back to shed, simple and powerful Engine.
its a lawn mover
cuts the grass like you would expect from a product that is purchased to cut the grass. assembly form the box is easy and operation is easy.
mulching function is great and provides an alternative to the catcher.
easy start and has an excellent mowing width to speed up mowing
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Questions & Answers
what sparkplug type
The original plug is a Champion RC12YA with the outline of the Briggs and Stratton logo on the white ceramic. A replacement is NGK6130 BCPR5ES. Side by side the dimensions are identical. Long and skinny type. Some mowers have short and stocky plugs. In case you need blades, Bunnings sell the genuine replacements in pairs for 18"/460mm 780558. referred to as Quad Cut Disc Blades. Plastic bag has pictures and instructions on rear. Other than plug and blades, you need to be quite paranoid about cleanliness of air cleaner foam element. Just saturate dirty foam with cheap spray detergent, squeeze out and wash a couple of times, let dry and recharge with thin engine or sewing machine oil. Keep an eye on colour of engine oil in mower and when dirty, change. Bunnings also sell oil extraction kits which are easy to use. Just pump old oil out and refill with new oil while mower just sits on ground. At end of extraction, just tilt engine to one side to collect last of old oil and plastic hose will be able to suck out last of the dirty stuff. Don't overfill. Check tightness on all bolts and off you go for another cutting season.
Hi, I have a masport 470 4 stroke and it's leaking oil from the muffler how do I repair.
Make sure the leak is isolated to near exhaust/engine body as oil can leak from top of oil filler pipe if the cap is not really tight. Happened to me once just after I had changed oil and the cap came loose whilst I was mowing. If you look at RHS from rear, the oil filler pipe is just behind the muffler/exhaust and any escaping oil can spread down the RHS including exhaust area. Quite scary when first seen. Switch off mower and check oil level as you may have lost a fair bit. Oil top up is cheaper than a new engine.
how do you attach the mulcher to the 470 masport
Lift up rear flap, insert mulcher piece from rear with thick part on right in first then straighten up inside opening so that front edge is as forward as possible pushed against inside with two holding clips pointed towards rear of mower. The two plastic clips (part of mulcher body) then simply clip over rear steel bar running the width of the opening with flap. The mulched particles appear to exit from front left underneath. Also, ensure height setting is within parameters for mulching. Sticker on side shows which depth of cut is recommended for mulching.
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