OK machine terrible parts service
If any transmission parts are required it is usually 6-8 weeks wait time (Western Australia) would think they would stock these parts within Australia considering the price of machine. Dont buy this machine if you need something you can rely on! I have multiple issues with a customers machine, for example the input shaft to the transmission snapped after around the 100 hours mark. (still within warranty period) Due to transmission being Tuff Torque and the mower being Masport both manufacturer's kept arguing with us saying it was the other man...ufacturers problem, In the end we did not get warranty and had to wear the repair costs. Very disappointed with this machine as I am a fan of alot of masports products. Huge let down on the machine and after sale service.
Good machine, but not as good as videos
I bought this machine on the strength of the videos, I did not test drive on my property, but sadly I have found in my opinion it needs more horse power. On my property, in New Zealand it struggles with long grass, on the highest cut, and has stalled on a number of occasions.
The climbing ability is good but tends to struggle when both climbing and cutting, hence needs more HP
I am 5ft 8, so not that tall but find the seating uncomfortable along with the forward/reverse lever which seems too short and makes your arm ache after a while. I wou...
Hard out little mower
We purchased this mower about 4yrs ago and use it to mow 3 sites we look after and anything that a mower will not do gorse rocks scrub to date we have done 1100 hrs there have been some general maint problems blades cross bar main blade shaft bearings front wheel bearings this was all after 500 hrs + a few belts all to be expected this is one tough little work horse we are very happy with NOTE we are very fussy with our maint oils greasing checking all mech stuff.
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A very impressive machine
I have had my crossjet 4x4 slasher for over a year. I hire myself and it out for work. I have pushed over 40mm diameter saplings and mulched them. I have pictures. I have driven into 2 meter tall blackberry thickets and mulched them. The machine has handled almost everything I have thrown it at. It shatters rocks as big as two fists.
I have worked it at 45 degree angles. It is incredibility stable. As I am only hired for difficult jobs, depending on the height & thickness of the vegetation, I can cut an acre / hour or hectare per two hours.I h...
Not bad at all
Personally i,d like a bit more Horse Power but thats just me i like lots of horses better too many than not enough. I am sure if i tried hard enough i could bend it, break it, bog it cause every machine has limitations get to know what they are and this machine will do most things for you, better than some not as good as others but compare price to what it,ll do. Overall thus far i am happy with machine
Sloping overgrown suburban blocks with very tall grass No probs.
just a personal thing but power steer would be nice :-)
i've had my 4x4 crossjet for 18months and have done 190 hours of what i would consider extremely tough and rugged work. 20 degrees............pfffff, i know it says 20 in the handbook robbo, but i've regularly used mine on up to 40 degrees(yes checked with an inclinometer) and in reverse! in the time i have used it i have had one of the plastic knuckles on the rops break because i hit a tree with the bar, and one of the steering linkage arms broke because my 25 yo son was being too lairy on it! we bent a bit of threaded rod to the same shape, p...ut it in and off we went again. i have used mine to knock down lantana that is 4mtrs high and just as round, with stems up to 40 mm. sometimes it doesnt have the grunt to push through because of the density of the lantana, but usually it actually drags the plant out , roots and all. I have made a cage so i dont get scratched.. the forward reverse lever was too short but that was a simple fix to extend it. i'm only 5'7 and i could see that anyone that was abnormally tall would be cramped behind the wheel. when i bought it, it was raining and the paddock hadnt been slashed for two years. so the crofton weed and setaria were at least 4feet high and very dense. i could not believe the way this machine just cut a swaith through it like it was a neatly manicured lawn! dead set!!!! The issue of rocks..............i have all manner of rocks,(living at the base of a cliff) from small 6inch ones to massive boulders 4feet in diameter. in my experience, the larger ones stop the machine before it hits the blades, and so i go around them, the smaller ones it either hits and keeps going or smashes them up. i have had the misfortune to have driven over one and ended up suspended on it, in which case ive had to winch myself off said rock. (yes i fitted a winch to the rear bumper for such occasions) and also the times when im slashing new areas, cant see ahead and the ground drops away, or the front wheels disappear down a hole. i have noticed white smoke coming out of the engine occasionally, but this was when i had left it parked on a slope of more than 25degrees and i think the oil can get into the top of the engine under this circumstance. after about 60 seconds of running it disappears though. If the oil dipstick isnt screwed down tight it may allow air into the system somehow and cause this smoke. i had that experience with another bs engine on another machine, not this one. tyres going flat......................get yourself some stuff called liquid patch puncture sealant. its green gel stuff that you put in your tyres and if they get a puncturs it seeps through the hole and stops the leak, as you drive along. i was regularly getting punctures from cockspur bushes until i used this stuff. it comes from super cheap auto. i could keep going on and on, i think this is just the best machine around for steep rough terrain. TOUGH AND DEPENDABLE! i dont doubt your experience robbo but i thin unfortunately u did in fact get a lemon. TOUGH,DEPENDABLE, STABLE um...........it doesnt have airconditioning, or a stubbie holder
A Robust and Capable Machine
I bought a Crossjet 4WD in Dec 2012 so I could maintain the area of my bush block that surrounds my house. All this land is sloping, some steeply. It’s about 5 acres in size (though I'm extending it into the surrounding bushland as I find what the Crossjet is capable of). I researched the available options and chose the Crossjet on the advice of two mechanics with hands-on experience with these types of mowers.
My machine has now done 60hrs and I'm very satisfied with its performance. It’s extremely stable on steep slopes and has plenty of ...power to cut through long grass. It’s done an excellent job of slashing steep and rugged areas I’d never been able to maintain before. Its highest cut setting is high for a mower so I’m able to slash rough terrain whilst avoiding stones and branches protruding up to about 100mm. The slasher housing, cutting arm and blades are all robustly constructed and cope with the rough stuff typical of a seriously overgrown bush block. It’s also good for maintaining the established lawn areas I have, though it doesn't cut close if you’re after that manicured lawn look (I'm not). Although at 60 hours it’s far too early to assess long term reliability, so far I've had no problems. I have an engineering background so I examined its construction carefully before I bought it. The machine is well designed and uses proven drive train components such as a Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 23HP engine and Tuff Torq K664 hydrostatic transaxle. Capability, Excellent stability on steep slopes Seating position could be improved to allow more space to swing knee in front of steering wheel when mounting
Strong and efficient
This is a great mower with an engine that is smooth and unstoppable. It eats up bracken and blackberries without missing a beat. Mine has been completely reliable and has held up really well to some pretty tough conditions.
The only thing I can fault is that the seat position is a little cramped for a tall person (I'm 6'1") and the turning circle is a little wide, but maneuverability is so good you soon get used to how to get around.
Strong engine, capable and unstoppable
Slightly cramped seating if you are tall
This is a great mower
This mower is really also a scrub slasher and has amazing abilities for its small size. The four wheel drive version is able to push the mower into brambles or thin scrub that is up to 3m high, lay the bush down and then mulch the material. The you-tube videos do not do justice to the capabilities of this mower. It does a lot more than they show. It does struggle on very lumpy terrain but it can mow big stuff surprisingly fast.
Yes, bits of the mower can get damaged when working large trees, but what would you expect. On larger grass ...areas it can mow reasonably quickly, working up or along slope. The mower is a bit cramped with steering wheel close to knees, but this actually works well when doing close in work in bush and is not an issue in open pasture work. Overall a great machine. The ability to cut large scrub much taller than the mower.
Don't Buy This Mower!
Mower is slow, underpowered, and poorly made (i.e.pieces falling off it). There have been numerous mechanical issues within the first few months of operation. Significant limitations on slopes with poor reversing capabilities especially the 4 wheel drive version. Seating position is cramped and is unsuitable for taller operators; over 5' 10" or so. On average, mowing an acerage block takes a number of days so not the mower for anything larger than an acre or so of flat, unobstructed land. The UTube videos significantly overstate the capabil...ities of this machine - please take note of the speed shown which is always slow for a reason. Not well suited to Australian conditions. In more detail: Slow - supposed to be able to clear about an acre per hour But this is only if the grass is very short. If it's longer, you must reduce speed so as to not rob the blades of power so it takes much longer than stated. Depending upon the length of the grass, 3 and 4 times longer than stated is common. Mechanically it's probably a 5 out of 10 with frequent breakdowns common; i.e. the more you use it, the more it will breakdown. It would suit an owner who is capable of doing a lot of their own maintenance and has spare parts readily available. It has stated slope limitations in the owner’s manual of 20 degrees up slope and 18 degrees cross slope. Your average stair case is 22 degrees so if your land is steeper than this, forget it. It's possible to operate on steeper slopes but you'll be doing so outside manufacturer's recommendations so any liability\injury issue is all yours. In the end, it’s a lawn mower and not a very good one. For acreage blocks, a tractor and slasher package is far better value, more versatile and more robust. Looks good standing still. slow, underpowered, and poorly made
Questions & Answers
I have a MasPort Crossjet here in France and have been trying to obtain a deck drive belt  without success.
I can get one in Australia, but the shipping & duty will make that expensive.
I'm prepared to do this, but first I need to check that I've got the right part, as my user manual gives no belt details.
Can anyone confirm the size of this belt, which I can than compare with the existing snapped one.
I have never, as yet, had to replace one, so had a look in my manual no size mentioned in that either which is pretty slack. Sorry can't help you with the length, but did try. Regards.
Thanks for that. It's a bit of a bummer, 'cos it's otherwise a great machine.
Masport just say 'take it to a dealer' but that's so impractical and I would have thought it's the same in Australia for many people..
It appears to be sold around the world under many differenr names, but all say the same and do not give belt sizes.
Can't find any other manufacturer that does this and don't have this problem with my John Deere.
I have a Crossjet 4x4 mower. Has worked well, but I recently lost weight from about 80 kg to 70 kg and sometimes when eg pushing hard on a pedal, the engine stops because the seat switch turns it off. I've got used to it now and by sitting carefully and "hard" it rarely causes a problem although often nearly cutting out. I now have another operator who weighs only about 55 kg and even just turning a corner makes the engine stop. I've overcome it by adding a bag of sand under the operator, but it is not comfortable. Is there a modification or a fix for this? Can you tell me how the switch works so I could arrange something to make it work with a lighter operator?
I've never had that problem and light people drive mine without issues so I'm at a loss. No doubt you have already checked the wire connector to the seat switch under the seat? With the bag of sand on the seat without the operator does the machine continue to run? I only need hand pressure on mine, with a bit of weight to keep it running. But to answer your question I do not know how the seat switch operates exactly but it sounds like yours may have moved out of it's mountings, become lose or something like that given that turning corners can cut the motor out. Regards
Thanks for the response. I have dismantled the seat enough to get a look and some action at the area between the cushion and the steel base. A bit messy removing the seat covering that is clamped on around the edge of the metal but it actually come off easier than I imagined and even went back on fairly neatly. Inside the foam and sticking out a little under the foam is a switch box. (should have taken a photo but I'm not pulling it apart again yet just for that. There are two compression springs that keep the body of the switch box away from the metal base. With weight on the seat, these compress and allow one side of the switch box to be pushed shut, presumably actuating the switch. I've replaced these spring with weaker ones. Now to refit the seat and try it out. I can see plenty of opportunities for individual seats to react to weight differently. I'm hoping this one is a one off and the lighter springs will fix the problem.
Hello, I have a Masport Crossjet and it does a great job on my very rutty, steep, terrain covered with tall grass, underbrush and saplings - except for one thing. The belts keep falling off. The dealer has been out at least 4 times to put them back, but I think I'd better learn to do it myself - at least the cutter belt as I'm in lockdown right now and I want to mow. (don't worry - should it fall off again, I won't be attempting the transmission belt)
I am oldish, female, ignorant of mechanical things, and of only moderate strength. But, I'm sure I can do it with the right advice. I've given the cutter assembly a preliminary look and see that the belt is too tight to just slide it back. I know there is a tensioner but I don't know where it is. I'm assuming that if I loosen it, I will have enough slack to put the belt back. Anyway, apologies for my ignorance, but if you can detail what I ought to do, or recommend a relevant video, I would be very appreciative. If you have any suggestions as to why it's popping off, I'd like to know as well - is it the way I'm driving? I do hit large roots and rocks from time to time, but nothing catastrophic. When it fell off this time, the blade was up high. I was driving through heavy slick grass - cutting small trees along the fence border on a hill. No idea exactly when it fell off.
Thank you so much for your help.
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