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.
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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.
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Great little machine
I've had my mini rider for 9 months now and am very happy with it. Super reliable, comfortable to drive. I'm on a 1500m2 block with some tight places and long runs all of which it handles perfectly. It's mulching feature is fantastic. the only thing I'm not happy with is the forward/reverse lever is quite stiff. Next time I'm going with the hydro version instead.
does the job but a few very small issues
Just bought one, to paint the scene since its a little outside the recommended usage - had a 750 sq m block to slash (grass about 1 m high)...
Initial impressions: generally good value for money, just adequate power, starts easily, good fuel economy, comfortable to drive, and gets the job gone without too much difficulty.
However, a few short comings too: compared to my old Victa 3010 it has worse traction - very easy to spin rear wheel on relatively small humps; the output shute clogs up very easily in longer grass and since it doesn't fli...
Good value for money
Purchased Hydro drive and the mulch kit is essential. Excellent value and cuts as good as a self propelled mower... faster with less effort!
Don't expect John Deere quality but just like them, everything is now plastic!
Made in China, assembled in the US, but it does have a "rover" label and 5 year warranty?
love this little beaut mower, I can also now reverse while in use and get pretty much very close to the edge of the lawn. What i love about it, is how quickly i can get my lawn mowed both the front block and the back yard. What use to make me hours, takes about an hour all up if that.
Good MOWER . Questionable agent ???
I find this mini Mower good ,my section is small with some tight corners which are difficult to negotiate. The agent who I purchased the mower from will not honour two year warranty unless I pay for an oil change & service within 3 months of purchase. ( approx NZ $ 175). Has anyone else
heard of such a rort. ?
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Best buy I have made in a decade
I bought the Hydo model and it has taken all the effort out of mowing many of the yards I manage. I mulch and you have to be sure the deck isn't too low or it won't "vanish" the clippings into the grass. Also you have to keep the speed down or it simply won't mow all the grass but miss bits. These are inherent limitations and not negative points. All in all I'm very impressed, especially with the 860mm wide wheel base that goes through even the smallest of gates. The 5 year warranty ads peace of mind.
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Perfect for my small acreage
My place is 2.5 acres and this is the perfect machine to breeze over my block. I have an undulating block with some long grass and also manicured lawns out front. The cutters are able to go from a nice short haircut up to a slash for the more unruly stuff.
Handling is pretty good once you get used to the gears. It jumps out of the gate with a bit of a start, but settles down quickly into whatever speed you've selected. My 75 year old dad uses it without any trouble. I'm also not the most co-ordinated person, and I haven't mowed over the cat ...yet. The turning circle is good, being a small machine. I looked at the Micro, and it's probably not robust enough to tackle an acre+ This machine is a great budget option that handles the big block, has the manoeuvrability of a small ride-on and is good build quality. The cutting deck is also large enough to do the job in good time. I've had this mower since January and it's started with no fuss every time, even after a couple of months hibernating in the shed. I bought this one from Chris at www.acaciamowercentre.com.au and I can honestly say that his customer service was exemplary. Delivery was very reasonable and he did me a super deal. I can't fault either Acacia Mower Centre or my cracker of a ride-on.
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Wouldn't waste money on this model.
This mower has spent more time in garage than mowing. There has been a problem with fuel supply from purchase. Fuel is gravity fed to motor but they are almost level which on my machine leads to short mowing or no mowing when fuel empties from the fuel line even when fuel tank is over half full. I have only been able to mow approx one acre in one go about 6 times in past 5 years! Many times it cuts out after 10 minutes, leave it for 10 - 15 minutes and it goes for another 10 minutes. Sometimes it doesn't start! It is comfortable to ride when it goes and cuts fairly well. I don't believe it is very reliable. Several mechanics have looked at it and still not reliable! Model MT13A226JD333
so far so good..............
From out of the crate from Bunnings was OK. The mower does not come with a charged battery, for transporting. We thought it would come with a charger -WRONG... We checked with Bunnings they don't even sell a suitable charger, so we had to sort that. We blew a fuse in that process but finally got it going. Cuts fine, starts each time without any issues. Its really a push mower with a seat- that's all fine if you don't have too high expectations.
I found ear protection with ear gear is required as you sit on the engine and can be noisy.
For what we need on a 1200 sqm block which is fairly level this is ideal and also rolls under the deck for protection.
Happy mowing... G
Brilliant for larger residential lawns.
This Rover Mini rider has made mowing my large 1200m2 block a breeze. My back yard has a slope, and the lower part of the lawn gets very thick. The Rover Mini powers through it beautifully. The only negative feedback would be, that the centre of gravity feels a little rearward, so on non level ground the steering can be a little tricky. But otherwise, very impressed. Mulches the grass very finely also and very economical on petrol.
Happy with it
I am very happy with the Mini rider. Does my house yard really well. I love it can go through normal house gates. The only thing I had a problem with is my yard is pretty rough and has some old veggie patch mounds. And the blades would dig into the ground as they just followed the height of the front wheels. I added some small wheels on each corner of the mowing deck to let the deck move to the contour of the yard. It works a treat.
rover mini rider
Makes the job easy is fairly comfortable and cheap to run mulches shorter grass so well I don't need to rake afterwards i do mine and my neighbors yard as he is in his eightys I have only had it a few months but i am extremely happy with this machine only downside is messy to do oil change but i will use a vacuum sucker next time
money well spent
We bought this mower 2 months ago and love it.We also bought the grass catcher and it works really well,though it is expensive compared to the price of the mower.We mow lawn(about 1/2 acre) not jungle and it picks up grass 2 inchs long very well,as long as its not wet. It also mulches very well We have a partly sloping block and it goes everywhere easily even up a short steep incline.It seems thirsty compared to our Honda self propelled but its a small price to pay to be able to sit on instead of walking behind.I changed the oil after the running in period,a bit messy, but i will use a syringe next time like the bloke in the mower shop does.I'm 70 and we both like our lawn looking nice so it has made the job a lot easier.
mini rider best on the market
just over 2 years since i purchased my mini rider to cut my 1 1/2 acre house block . previously had a mtd 38" cut which constantly struggled to cut anything more than 4" high , and cost a fortune in blades and repairs until the techumsi engine exploded .
enter the mini rider . will cut 12" high grass without protesting , and the lowest position is perfect for a smooth finish to the finer parts of my block .
takes around 3 hours to mow my block , and the mini rider has not missed a beat in 2 years , the blades are brilliant just changed for f...
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Awesome machine! Perfect!!
Buying this Machine has been the best thing I've ever done. I have a disability so I had to find am alternative method of cutting the lawn instead of using a push mower with my bad leg.
It's small, light weight. Doesn't take much room in the garage. Easy to lift onto a 6x4 trailer, with 2 people you can even lift it into the back of a twin cab ute. It slightly sticks out in a twin cab. Will fit perfectly in the back of a extra or single cab ute.
Starts 1st time, every time. It is very comfortable to drive considering the look of the sea...t that doesn't look crash hot but I can sit on it for hours without any issues. Engine is a Rover engine and is very easy to maintain. Easy to change oil. Has an external screw off oil filter. I cut my 850sq meter block of land and still have over half a tank of petrol when finished. Fuel economy is great I think.
Not a bad mower, does not cut low enough for me and the cheap knock off engine worries me, but has not let go yet. Has a single cutter bar, so not good for chopping through rough grass that may contain rocks and bend it if hit.The tyres are best filled with slime to stop leaks from the start.
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Questions & Answers
My 18 month old mini hydro with 40 hours on the clock and had 2 oil changes, runs for 15 to 20 minutes then sounds like its running out of fuel. But it's not. I turn off & wait for 15 minutes or so and away I go again for another 15 minutes before it sounds like it's starved of fuel and stops. Fuel filter seems fine as fuel flow is good when disconnected on carby side and drained into a bottle. iIve drained float bowl in case of water (don't usually hose mower anyway). It runs fine when going so don't think its float needle but there is some sort of solenoid on the side of the bowl which i've tapped lightly with engine running rough but no difference. Any ideas ?
How do I disengage the reverse safety cut out please
Hi Steve, I assume you have the 2-pedal 'Hydro' model like mine. If not - it may be different.
On the 'Hydro' reverse-cutting is prevented unless the key is back in the second position, mower in mowing mode, then press the flush button near the ignition key, red LED goes on.
You are now free to cut (slower) in reverse.
If in cutting mode (seated) and you do not do this - the engine will splutter and refuse to pull/cut. [Of course if NOT in 'mowing/cutting' mode the reverse/forward gears work as usual.]
To get out of the reverse-cutting mode, turn the key to '3rd' position (electrics on, starter not engaged) or vacate the seat....or simply turn off the engine with key and then - you can start the procedure again when desired.
[I have heard that some owners have by-passed this 'safety' feature particularly on lower models of MRs, but this is not recommended by Rover.]
Cheers - Rob.
Can you fit a catcher
Yes Daryl, there is a detachable ducted catcher on special order for around $680 (2016 price quote).
It is pretty complicated and bulky piece of kit. It has to be convoluted too, as it has to go around to the rear behind the seat after exiting via the chute opening.
Not a popular choice IMHO, as the included Rover chute extension is used for thick grass - the mulcher for all others. Mulching is probably better for your lawn overall, but there can be spotting/mould problems if the grass is wet/humid. This can affect some new growth immediately underneath this "mush".
My advice is that this catcher is bulky, expensive & un-popular....[irrelevant for most owners ?]
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