Very decent mower
This is a fantastic mower. Professional gardener and have been using it for two years now about 3 to 4 days a week. I also use a larger/ heavier Honda mower for certain flat areas and a more refined cut.
I feel with this mower it is a close to perfect balance between power/ cut and weight. I use this mower where I have some hills though will still give a good cut on flat area.
It is quite a versatile mower too as I often mulch up garden waste with it to help before I put it on the compost.
This mower gets thrown in and out of my van multip...le times a day, so the chassis build quality is very good too. In the two years of use I have one broken wheel clip ($2 from mower shop to replace) and one of the plastic clips on the catcher broke (which I fixed with a small piece of wire). I do a full service of it about once a year. Use of full synthetic oil and occasionally use 98 fuel makes it run really clean.
Purchased in May 2017 for A$519.00.
This mower has no grunt. I had been using a rover that was about 20 years old. I didn't even buy it, I was given it by a neighbour that was moving away. I used it for 6 years, no problems at all but then the pull string broke and I thought it was time for an upgrade. The lawn was getting out of control so I bought the P2000 without too much research. I have since come to the conclusion that the 2 extremely positive reviews on this website are by sales reps.
I admit that I was expecting issues with the first now considering the length of the ...lawn. The mow shut off regularly but I cleaned out the catcher and restarted (it is easy to start, I'll admit that) but a week later, I mow again, and the same issue. The grass isn't too long but the mower is not powerful enough to shoot the trimmings to the back of the catcher. The result, the carch gets 1/3 to 1/2 full, then the mower shuts down and needs emptying and clearing the blades. I only have a small area to mow and it took me 3 times as long as it took with the rover because I was constantly clearing the blades. For $450 I was expecting a lot more. I will be returning and looking into the river models around the $700 mark.
The President series is the same price as Masport's and Makita's in Bunning's, however, the build quality of the chassis is heads and shoulders above their offerings.
Visually, the President series looks great and the green is a throwback to old-style mowers.
The engine is a plucky B&S mower and is very fuel efficient. I get 2.5 mows of the lawn from a 750 sqm block. It's extraordinarily easy to start - I got my 4 year old to pull the starter cord and it fired immediately. It is also much quieter than other mowers I have had in the past...- the engine note is not your typical roaring mower motor. It is easy to push as the handle is at a comfortably height (I'm 6'4") and the single handle to raise or lower the cutting level is robust and very easy to use. I picked mine up for $450 at a local mower store ready-made. The 4-blade assembly cuts the grass beautifully and is noticeably better than my previous mid-level Victa. So far, I have used both the catcher and mulcher. The mulcher is particularly impressive as it cuts, mulches and pushes the clippings down into the lawn as long as you aren't taking more than around 1/3 of your grass height. I got a real kick out of the fact that it simply didn't leave any grass behind. That said, don't push the mower too fast as you won't give it enough time to mulch properly and you'll leave barely noticeable trails to the side. Already, the lawn looks greener and is softer to walk on after two months. It's also suppressed the bindi's really well.
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