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Used it commercially, even though its not a commercial mower
When I started my mowing business, I had limited capital available to me. As such, I started by buying a cheapish mower that looked like it would do what I needed it to do. I flogged this machine for about 2 years on overgrown lawns that is probably wasn't designed for, and the only major issues it developed were a blocked air filter, and a blocked carby. Both were relatively easy fixes, though the carby took some fiddling to reinstall. I have since replaced this machine, and it is still working hard at my Aunt's place (in the middle of nowhere).
Purchased in March 2018.
Snapped crankshaft. Replaced blades once
Have owned this mower for five years and it has been good value. Until today .
As it started the crankshaft snapped, ummm, bugga!
The catcher is a poor design and has several cracks
It has only worn out one set of blades so I hope the five year engine warranty is honoured…..
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse.
Blown Head Gasket after very little use, can't get replacement parts.
Bought from Bunnings, always blew a little smoke when starting,.... no it is not overfilled with oil. Now after two years it fills the whole yard with smoke and is impossible to use without breathing equipment. Turns out it has a blown head gasket. The Briggs and Stratton motor used in this model is not sold in the USA. Local mower shops don't want to know me because I bought it at Bunnings. Contacted Masport to find a gasket, they sent the attached email saying I should contact Briggs and Stratton. Briggs and Stratton said contact your local mower shop. Spent hours trying to get the part. Learn from my costly mistake, DON'T BUY A MASPORT MOWER.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores for $489.00.
No Worries - Cuts the Grass
All I can say is that if you maintain your equipment then your power tools and garden equipment will function as designed. Too many stories of Chinese engines and cheap parts compared to earlier models. I recently pulled my OHV Chinese engine apart - 12 bolts and replaced the sump gasket after 10 years service, pulled out the oil seal really easily and replaced, then bolted up and it started on first pull, oh do not forget to add oil, so many stories of people buying from Bunnings and not adding oil to new mowers - life skills are required to g...et through life! Great mower and fit for purpose - used 1 spanner and 1 screwdriver, easy peasy for a novice to action. Mower is lite weight and really good to push around, grass is nice and green which reflects it likes the mower too. Catcher is good sized - why would you want to pay for the lawns to be mowed when you can own one of these at a functional price - good exercise and beats a walking frame every time - buy one you will not regret it
Purchased in January 1991 at Masport for $1,100.00.
Started off ok but is falling to pieces at 18 months old.
Functionally ok until plastic rear chute lift up flap began cracking and splitting, now unable to use catcher. Frustrating as it was the only reason we bought it. Have a zero turn ride on for most and just use this for small yard around house. Very disappointed
Purchased in June 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse.
I’m fussy and this one is really good
Bought this after a lot of research. First off - it’s easy to put together and I was mowing within 20 minutes of opening the box. It’s very light too and easy to manoeuvre. Easy start and it cleans up well. My grass is thick and was wet and it did clog a bit but it was expecting that and the cuttings were really fine. Really happy with this mower and the results.
Purchased in October 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $519.00.
Great Mow, lousy catch!
I purchased this mower from Bunnings and am pleased with the mower itself. Mower start easily and cuts nicely as long as grass is not too long. If too long it will start to stop and stop if not pulled back or blades lifted higher. I think the catcher is absolute plastic crap, especially considering the cost of the mower. I have been unable to use the catcher and will be contacting Bunnings regarding the correct installation of it as the instructions are as clear as mud!
Purchased in August 2020 for $550.00.
A good mower, but ....
I bought this mower from Bunnings 6 months ago and was initially very happy with it. However if the mower wasn’t used for a couple of weeks, it would blow clouds of blue smoke for a couple of minutes when starting. There was no smoke if I started the mower, say, on two consecutive days. Very frustrating. It ran well once the smoke cleared as you would expect from Briggs & Stratton, but the problem has continued. Something is fundamentally wrong the engine.
Bunnings were fantastic to deal with and were happy to change the mower. I decide to move up to a Honda
Purchased in January 2020.
Great value for money
Purchased recently - used about 5 times. Mow is great, very easy to start.
The only minor issue I have is the catcher is a little smaller than my last mower. I am being extremely picky about this.
Used the side eject for the 1st time today and it was great, ejects the grass well away.
I cannot fault the mower so far and highly recommend it.
Purchased in February 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $499.00.
I love it so much power and its so lite. Mulching plug works a breeze I have buffalo and it cutters thou that like butter and the cachet is perfect I don't have to empty very often.
Purchased in April 2015 at Bunnings Warehouse for $500.00.
Very good value for money mower.
Picked this up as a replacement for an ozito mower. Can say it's much better. Only thing I would warn people on, if you're looking to mow thick grass really short then you should consider getting the 490.
For most (99%) jobs this is more than sufficient.
It's light, the catcher catches everything really well. It can cut really short as needed and best part was there was practically nothing to put together. It come assembled out of the box.
Starting is. Breeze, it started first pull straight out of the box.
Mulching performance is ok, but you do need to understand that mulching can only be done on trims, you cannot mulch big cuts back into the lawn .
Purchased in February 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $498.00.
We have average size front and back lawn no need for the catcher have not used it have used it on mulcher everytime and no need to take afterwards we love it and got it on clearance saved $100
Purchased in January 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $398.00.
Best mower I’ve used
Purchased this mower from Bunnings the other day after looking thru a lot of these reviews and I’m very glad I did as it helped me make a more educated decision.I honestly couldn’t be happier with this mower and how it cuts like a champ.
It was very easy to start with no primer needed, the lawn I was mowing was the mother in laws and I’ve been a bit slack on mowing as late with Xmas etc so it was well over grown and the Masport didn’t even flinch.
I just used the very handy side shoot as the lawn was to long to be catching and this feature was ...
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $498.00.
First one was faulty but replacement works great
I bought this lawn mower today and began mowing my lawn. Mower stopped working after 5 minutes. I could not get it started.
I took it back to Bunnings and it started first go for them.
Went back home and mower started first go, however ceased working after 5 minutes.
I called Bunnings and was advised the grass may have been too long and caused the engine to overheat.
I waited an hour for the engine to cool down.
After several attempts to get the mower started again, it finally turned on. I began mowing with the tallest setting and lawn that h...
Purchased in October 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $500.00.
Great reliable mower.
I have only used the mower a few times now, but I am so far very impressed.
It was easy to assemble, and it excellent on fuel, using less than any other mower I’ve ever owned.
Really easy to manoeuvre,.. so far very impressed with the mower.
Purchased in May 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $498.00.
Questions & Answers
Hi I have a 486 3in1 and was wondering if you could tell me the cut height of each notch on the adjustment mechanism? Cheers
What did Masport say?
where can I buy a mulcher attachment?
Mine was in the box. You might find it already fitted. Once you open up the rear part it’s a semi circle looking piece that wraps around the blades-just makes the cuttings get cut several times by the blades- I find it keeps the dust down too
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|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Features||Mulching Capability, Quick-Start Motor and Side Discharge|
|Catcher Capacity||42 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Steel|
|Cutting Width||485 mm|
|Height of Cut||6 mm to 72 mm|
|Number of Blades||4|
|Noise Level||75 dB|
|Manufacturer Warranty||4 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Briggs & Stratton 550EX 140cc OHV|
|Engine Type||4-Stroke and OHV (Overhead Valve)|
|Brand||Briggs & Stratton|
|Engine Displacement||140 cc|
|Release date||Sept 2006|
- MPN: 578762
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