Terrible at mowing
Have had this mower since 2005 it's been bad since the start. Needs many repairs and like all others the same model cuts crooked. I've adjusted the hell out of it. Went online to find how to fix it and find lots of people all with same problem.... cuts crooked.
Only good part is the Briggs motor. Rest is junk. Don't buy Rover.
This is the worst thing i have ever bought
I bought the Rover Lawn King ride on mower brand new. Second time i went to use it it wouldnt start. Needs new battery. Went to use it the fourth time started let idle for a couple of minutes the thing just stopped. Rang up where i bought it from and was told a month before they could look at it. Not on so i jumped up and down and had it picked up a week and a half later. Rang up to see how it was going was told it was all fixed but they couldnt deliver till tuesday this was on thursday due to the long weekend. Not on so i went and picked it up myself. Also was told that 20 hours was too many hours on it for them to buy back. Very unsatisfied. Bought from The Mower Place Hillcrest Brisbane.
Its lasted 15 years
This mower just keeps on keeping on. Ive been mowing 10 acres for 15 years and apart from the odd belt its been fantastic. Sure its had a few hickups but when i consider what its done its nothng. Ive hit tree stumps run over rabbits ( oopps sorry not my fault) and it just keeps going. Even my services agent is surprised how it just keeps on keeping on. Buy one anyday.
Dont buy this mower
We have the 17HP Lawn King and it is by far the worst thing i have ever bought in my life, i cant tell you the number of things that have gone wrong with this thing. Every time i get on it something breaks. Ive spent 10 times more time fixing things than i have mowing. When it is up and going it it very uneven and you have to mow twice to get an even cut. Just about everything about this machine is poorly designed and manufactured. Please dont make the same mistake as me
B&S 20HP V-twin, 30" cutting deck, hydrostatic transmission.
I bought the Rover new when we bought our 3 Acre property. All was fine to begin with till I went to get it serviced. The authorised Rover dealer said I had to go to the place I bought it from to get service. RT Edwards are only a retailer, not a service supplier. There was a lot of too'ing and frowing but finally I got it serviced. Then the throttle cable became sticky. After a couple of attempts by the service department, they failed to rectify the fault. I ended up fixing the cable by removing it and re-laying and re-bending it to lay proper...ly. The fuel cap seal failed. I got another under warranty however, the service department tried to charge me for it. The front axle was not free to move, the cutting deck slider block came loose and fell out, the chassis cracked and the drive belt dragged on the drive belt tensioner / idler plate. I have welded the crack in the chassis, had the front axle repaired, manufactured a replacement block for the deck slider and removed and adjusted the drive tensioner to prevent the belt dragging on the plate. I have also installed an oil pressure warning light by wiring up to the superfluous (unused) pressure switch on the motor. The type of work that the mower does, it's hardly surprising that the steering comes loose every so often. Annoying, but not worth getting upset about, I just fix it again and again. I have had the steering break completely. the connecting rod from the sector arm to the trunnion snapped. All the rose joints wore very badly too. I have repaired the connecting rod and replaced all the rose (ball) joints with greaseable ones. No more problems. Overall, the machine has given some problems, but nothing too difficult to fix, just not what you'd expect from a new'ish machine. the Briggs and Stratton 20HP motor has been great. No problems. Would I buy another one? No. Not since Rover moved all it's manufacturing off shore to China. The build quality was not that good when they were made in Aus, how much wors can they be from China.....! I have had Rover executives visit me to view the machine after I sent a scathing letter to them about the appalling quality of the product. They informed me that the 20HP Lawn King was the last to be made in Aus. At least I bought Australian made. Pity that buying Australian made is getting harder to do. The next one will probably be a Cox. At least they are still Aussie made. Easy to drive, simple - no gears, foot control - fwd/rev. Looks tough. Turning circle could have been better. Bits falling off, stuff coming loose, cracks in chassis. throttle cable, steering rod broken, steering sector gear comes loose to allow steering to slip, plus many other issues with servicing.
I've abused mine but pamper it as well
I have beaten mine up mainly because I have some big rocks imbedded on my land. Its about an acre and the back paddock (basically divided into 3 plots) is a bit rougher. I got mine second hand on ebay and I cannot complain. 2 small fixes so far and I routinely maintain it.
Simple to fix, runs like a small jeep, 17hp motor has a lot of kick
I thought Australian made for Australian conditions meant something but it seemed to have been cheaply put together. I am buying a new mower but will find an alternative to Rover. Can't entertain the thought of going through that again.
18 hp seemed powerful enough at the time. Wider deck. Headlight.
Had it for 8 years and every year it has needed something new through breaking. steering assembly, front axles, cutting deck realignments, electrical problems and a replacement engine in the first 2 weeks.
Agree with previous review, genuine Rover blades last for 2 mows and then need replacing.
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