Compact, narrow design
Tight turning circle
Easy to use
Over-regulated child's toy.
Would be the biggest piece of rubbish I have ever bought. When I go to start it, I have a 50/50 chance of mowing the lawns with it. So many safety features that prevent the job getting done I just throw my hands up and grab the push mower.
Just not worth the frustration and grief.
Purchased in February 2021 for $3,000.00.
Very satisfied with mower.
I am happy with my Rover 382, I mow my suburban block two or three times with one tank of fuel. I mow in reverse by turning key anti-clockwise and pressing the triangular button.
Purchased in June 2020.
just purchased 30 inch mini ride on happy with it
just purchased 30 inch mini ride on happy with it lot of people say they have issues with not running after short time I haven't had that happen but I do know its the fuel solenoid when it gets hot shuts off fuel supply have that replaced and no drama after that and not happy with reverse cutting out when cutter ingaged but I put a cable tie around the switch at the lever solved that problem
Purchased in March 2021.
So far very Good
Easy to operate
good for tight areas
Can be unstable on sloppy ground and has a tendency to lift a wheel
Can be a bit under powered but i am comparing against my other mowers which cost 10 times what this one cost
in all good value for money
Purchased in August 2020 for $2,990.00.
Love the Canadian makes life easier.
Fairly easy to manoeuvre but not so with forward and reverse in hindsight should have got the auto model so the cutter works in reverse and perhaps ease of forward and reverse.
Slightly sloping block of Kikeau grass. The little engine works hard at times.
Have to refill the mower after doing the front and back yards the block is a normal 1/4 acre block
Fairly comfortable for what it is.
Purchased in February 2020 at Harvey Norman for $1,999.00.
Best little machine ever , size isn’t everything !!
The best garden machine I’ve purchased
Easy to drive easy to handle cuts great !
Top machine well done Rover , would have liked to have catcher to make it even more
Effective , but the mulch kit seems to work well . Would recommend for sure .
Purchased in August 2020 for $2,800.00.
Keeps running erratic after 10 minutes and finally stops wait 10 minutes then OK for 10 minutes and does same again
Put another fuel tank up higher and good filter and 8mm fuel hose tank is at the rear and problem solved. And drained fuel bowl All to do with gravity fuel feed
Purchased in August 2019 for $2,400.00.
Near new keeps stopping
So is mine. 15hrs use and it's now popping, backfiring, surging then stops. Driving me mad. Mows for 2 minutes then stops. Have flushed fuel. Cleaned tank. Check cap vent, changed plugs, changed coil, changed fuel filter....about to trade this piece of crap
Purchased in June 2020 for $2,499.00.
I love mowing again
Good mower, just what my 1.5 acre yard needed.
Surprised at how well it handled even the worst grass (long and thick) that hadn’t been mowed in years.
Some talk about not being able to mow over undulating areas, it will, but you have to position the mower correctly, you will get wheel spin if turning over bumps or hitting them at the wrong angle.
I see mention of not being able to cut in reverse, my Mini Rider Hydro 382/30 allows you to turn off that safety feature.
Ease of use
Being able to turn some of those features off
5 year warranty ...
Purchased in July 2020 for $2,600.00.
Mini ride er reverse
Can anyone tell me - will this mower cut in reverse and if so how can I get it to do so. One reviewer said he had to tweak it to get it to cut in reverse - how ??? It's a nuisance to have to disengage the cutter everytime I want to go in reverse.
Purchased in May 2020.
- Mini Rider Hydro
Great Mini Ride on But...
I purchased my Rover auto model mini ride on to cut grass around our home about 2 months ago. I live on about 1.5 acres in a rural setting with some moderate slopes. I only have two problems with it and that is you cant wash the mower after mowing and cooled down...it won't start again..and, being suto, you can't push them even using the by-pass lever..I dare you to push it any distance..lol. Anyway, it goes well, cuts well, and mine is fitted with the rear catcher which works surprisingly well, as long as the grass is not wet. Then, it just clogs the shute and you have to manually remove the grass to unclog. But good mower for the price. Hope this helps make your choice..happy hunting..price $3k in Brisbane southside.
Purchased in February 2020 for $3,000.00.
Excellent cut for a small ride-on but.....
Good turning circle, cuts as good as a push mower, ideal for up to an acre but has developed a reluctance to run for more than 15 minutes.
Only 40 hours in 18 months, so not a lot of use, property has a gentle slope and I have replaced the original fuel filter with a clear one. When the engine miss starts starts, I can see the fuel is really low in the filter even when tank is almost full.
Fuel is gravity fed and I have noticed other recent comments along similar lines so am wondering if rover have a fix?
Purchased in July 2018 at Stihl Dealer for $2,500.00.
Great for large blocks
I live on basically half an acre suburban Melbourne. Mowing was done with a mulcher which was OK when I was younger. It was a big job. Took over an hour. Now I'm 58 so I thought I'd get the Rover Mini ride on. I got the manual version, and maybe for the xtra $400, should have got the auto, but the manual is lighter and does the job very well. I had to "tweak up" the mower a bit so I can cut backwards and get off without the engine stopping. Only real negative is that the oil plug and outlet is very, very badly located. Its in a very hard locati...on to get to-absolutely NOT user friendly- very, very dumb place. I had to modify this outlet with an extension so I could easily run the oil out. Apart from that, the mower does a good job. I still have to use the hand mower to get into corners and tight spaces under trees etc. But overall, It was a good purchase for the price of $1800.
Purchased in October 2018 at local Rover dealer for $1,800.00.
- Mini Rider Manual
Great little mower
This is the second Rover mini-rider that I've bought. The first was for a 2 acre property on the Gold Coast that was undulating with some rough grass at the bottom. My new property is a 1 acre property, again fairly steep with a wooded area to the rear. The Rover mini-rider is the best bet for these tricky mini-acreages because it easily navigates around trees and other obstacles with a tight turning circle. It's surprisingly robust and able to take knocks when running over rocks. The engineering is really simple so anyone can operate one of th...ese. Every time I go to use it, the mower starts first time (even after quite a long break). At under $2K it's worth having one of these over a push mower. I manage to do the whole property in an hour. If you had a property that was unimpeded by trees you could cut that time in half.
Purchased in December 2018 at Tandem Lawnmowers for $1,999.00.
Down on power especially in reverse, otherwise a good product.
My Rover Mini Rider Hydro is now around 3 years old - purchased from KC Machinery Co in Lismore NSW 2480. I mow a 780m2 mixed grass block, which is mainly on the level - but also have a 20degree tilted council nature-strip to the road that cannot be mowed by the MIni for safety reasons - [well over 11 degrees.] Have to use my self-propelled Rover 'Personal Pace' for that task. Cuts in reverse and this is a bonus. The M/Rider is quite able to "jump" a 5" path with cutter off/highest deck setting for the front lawn . It will also just fit through...our front gate! Power in reverse is poor even on gentle slopes/paving stone edges. Turning circle is good. I can mow this block x3 times on one fill of 95octane fuel and a bit to spare. Fuel tank "window" is handy. First servicing was relatively expensive at around $340, including $50 for transport around 2km back/forward to this dealer in South Lismore. Overall a good product and not over-priced. The foot-brake is difficult to use as it is too high - needs to be on before being able to start. Reverse/Forward pedal better designed. Recommended for light duty/back-yard use. [Note: I weigh 100Kg - this mover definitely needs a V-twin engine for more power on reverse operation.]
Purchased in October 2017.
Questions & Answers
Just brought a rover mini rider with a stuffed battery have replaced the battery with a good one but it won't even turn over still.have sat on the seat with my foot on the left pedal still nothing its in neutral .Park.and the blade is disengaged.ive even changed the fuse under the ignition switch the one I took out looked fine .still no luck .nothing when I turn the key .have I missed something .thanks nigel
Check solenoid and starter motor.
Rover Mini Hydro. When reverse now is selected and red light is on, will it still cut going forward? Or is that button JUST for reverse mowing? I suppose what I'm asking is it OK to keep that light on and now forwards AND backwards without touching it again? It doesn't seem to mow very well in reverse.....
Yes, once the button is pressed and the red light is on, the mower cuts in forward and reverse. Mine is not a Hydro. The advantage of reverse mowing is that the motor does not stop when you simply want to reverse out of a situation. Cheers.
Thanks buddy - great to know! Doesn't seem to cut as well in reverse though...
Probably not, but makes it easier to mow when reversing is necessary.
Is there a way to wind up the relief to make reverse not so painfully slow. Also I have a ramp I need to reverse up and it’s steep enough that it blows over relief.
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Two models to choose from
The Rover Mini Rider is available in 2 options. The first is the Rover Mini Rider Hydro, which is $3, 199 and powered by a hydrostatic/ automatic transmission. The second option is the Rover Mini Rider Manual, powered by a 6-speed manual transmission. At $2, 699, it’s $500 cheaper than the automatic model.
- A 30-inch cutting deck makes the Rover Mini Rider suitable for gardens that measure half an acre to 1 acre in size.
- 4.9-litre fuel tank, which also makes this mower a less favourable option for larger yards, as you’ll have to stop part-way to fill up the petrol tank.
- The Mini Rider’s compact size makes it ideal for backyards with narrow access, including side access. For a ride-on mower, it also takes up minimal space in a garage.
- The in-built grass disposal method is side discharge. However, the Mini Rider can be fitted with an optional mulch plug, or grass catcher.
Points of praise
- Size was of little importance to reviewers when it came to the Rover Mini Rider. In reviewers’ opinions, this compact ride-on mower effectively tackled everything from lawns that were a quarter of an acre, to 1.5 acres large.
- A tight turning circle allows the Mini Rider to effectively navigate around obstacles with relative ease.
- The Mini Rider is comfortable and easy to drive.
- Reviewers who invested in the Hydro version appreciated that they could cut grass while operating the mower in reverse.
- While some reviewers repoerws that the engine was not as powerful as other larger riding mowers, they also expressed that this mini mower was good value for money, and did its job fairly as promised - for a fraction of the price of a full-sized ride-on.
|Category||Ride-On Mowers||Ride-On Mowers|
|Features||Deck Clean-out Port and Side Discharge||Deck Clean-out Port and Side Discharge|
|Cutting Deck Material||Steel||Steel|
|Cutting Width||760 mm||760 mm|
|Weight||155 kg||128 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Rover 382cc Single OHV||Rover 382cc Single OHV|
|Engine Type||OHV (Overhead Valve)||OHV (Overhead Valve)|
|Engine Displacement||382 cc||382 cc|
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