Mower is just over 2 years old and this happened. Just built so cheaply- would not recommend. Frustrating to spend a lot of money and it is not reliable and breaks down so easily.
Purchased in February 2017 for $550.00.
Always starts - no worries at all
I am a definite mistreater of mowers. I don't like gardening but I live in the suburbs so I have no choice!! This means that there are long period where this mower doesn't get used until my wife makes me (lol). It always starts, usually first time too. Its solid but still easy to move around and has a plastic bumper bar at the front which does a good job of absorbing impacts. I cant really fault this at all. The only improvements I can think of would be to do away with the run saftey bar - it just annoys me and perhaps a better catcher design because i always end up with fine grass blown on me with the present one.
Great Mower Cuts Nicely
I have had this coming on a year now and get a little kick out of using it every time. It always starts easily and runs very smoothly. Apart from changing the oil I have done no maintenance at all to it. I get a lovey clean cut with this and it feels like it could run all day. The catcher works well and all in all lawn day is easy with this mower.
Very Reliable Mower
This always starts no matter what. I am extremely impressed with it. It runs at fixed revs which I don't love but it works OK. I get a good consistent cut from it and it chomps through overly long grass without too many problems too. I occasionally have to manually clear the chute to the catcher but thats it for issues. It is a reliable workhorse and I am pleased with it.
Good mower - Need One Or Two Improvements
This mower has been a reliable since they day we got it. Starts first time every time and consistently does just what I expect. I am careful to use fuel stabiliser though as petrol sitting in a mower's tank is the biggest cause of problems.
One thing that disappointed me from day one and that was the catcher. I can't believe they use these cheaply constructed versions compared to the solid old Victa style I grew up with.
Its about three years old and I do get a puff of oil smoke when starting if left sitting for a long time but it always starts. It cuts well although I would like to be able to set it one step lower than available.
This is a reliable, well built mower that just needs a few improvements to be excellent
Robust, but does have some shortfalls
I originally purchased this mower when I had a lawn mowing business and one of my main ones was awaiting parts. Was only ever planned to be a temporary addition and stopgap but this model surprised me. Even though I no longer mow lawns for a living I still own it.
Good: Stupidly simple mechanically, reliable and easily maintained engine. Starts easily and effortlessly. Four blades give a very nice cut. Mulching plug is a nice option. Spares readily available.
Bad: Plastic cowling deteriorates quickly. Annoying safety bar, can't empty catcher while on unless you override the mechanism (I've modified the throttle). Extremely heavy for its size and engine output that makes mowing sloping blocks challenging.
Rover Mulch & Catch - easy start and lots of power
We are very happy with this pull start mower - lots of power, easy starting and burns very little petrol compared to my old Victa 2 stroke! I like the mulch feature which works well. Still very happy after 2 years of using it, we've had no problems at all.
Early days had for 3 months , so far great mover , no key start but has self propelled feature, happ
Great so far had 3 months purchased new here in Adelaide for $599 no key start just self propelled, great size catcher and happy with warranty offered on mower ..
Happy with cut , mower easy enough to manoeuvre, and of course self propelled makes life mowing easy as ... Would recommend....
I purchased this mower to help me continue to mow my own lawns and nature strip in my retirement instead I now have bilateral shoulder pain much worse than my previous "pull start shoulder". I am upset with myself for being so stupid to believe that this mower would be a breeze to use and I could expect to mow my lawns for many years to come. Wrong! I will have to retire and maybe pay someone to use the mower but it surely won't be me.
Have had 3 rovers before, bought key start. mulcher 800.
A very badly balanced mower, too much weight on rear wheels so if you mow up very slight incline you bust your back pushing. Also no adjustment on push handle key start switch is crap as they are so flimsy (cheap). Purchased mower from Days mowers NOWRA, they said they needed 3 days to fix under warranty, to drop off and pick up required 120 km return trip bought new switch fitted in 5 mins that lasted 3 weeks. No more rovers for me!
absolute rubbish really not happy.
i picked up my brand new rover regal keystart self propelled mower today, bought it home and yes it wont propel. now I am stuck with it and you have to pump the air into it just to start the mower. at 750 dollars is just not worth the money, starting to wish I bought the dearer Honda. Oh and rover why don't you advertise it was made in china.
The key start has never operated from new. Each time I have tried to use it the fuse blows. The mower is 12 months old and I would replace tomorrow if I could afford to in addition it has a hose connector fitted which allows a hose to be used to wash the underside after use. However you cannot fit a standard hose connector to it as it is too close to the fuel tank. The drive cable has now broken at the control end where it has worn through so back to the agents for repair. My advice, get a different brand.
Started good, but after 7 months it wont start.
Felt like a quality lawnmower when I bought it. Now after about 7 months it wont start. Still trying to figure out what is wrong with it. If it was just a little problem that is easy to fix like a spark plug I would recommend it . But I think I am going to have to take the whole thing apart.
Best mower ever.
I was searching for a mower with specific features and build quality, after months of searching in all price brackets/stores I finally found the perfect mower in the great Rover Regal.
I wanted a mower with a 4 blade deck for the superior cut..this mower has it.
I wanted an alloy body and ball bearing wheels ..it has both these too.
I also wanted a true mulching function and it has this too.
This mower is easy to start and feels very solid, a high quality feel in every way.
The cut is just great, plastic catcher is easy to empty and of course the traditional Rover air filter is high on the push bar where the clean ,dust free air is found...bravo!
Worth every cent, couldn't find a better mower even for more dollars.
I highly recommend this mower it's a real beauty!.
PS:The safety bar is a pain but is easily overcome using ziploc cables.
The Radar King
Rover Regal - Catch-N-Mulch, throttle controlled - unlike most versions
Bought this mower from the Mower Superstore about 2 months ago and use weekly. Cannot state how good this mower is to use compared to my old Victa Commando, easy to start, fantastic at mulching the clippings, you cannot even see any traces or signs that no catcher was used and the clippings have made the lawn look so healthy. My model is the latest Regal which has the throttle control on the handle unlike every other Regal model I've seen (all others are constant throttle) and that is one of the main things that sold me on it, another is the fact that the air filter is on the handles as well (I still don't understand why the manufacturers insist on the new models having the filters down low - where 99% of the dust and dirt is??????). It has the new Rover cast iron sleeve engine unlike the early versions which had the cheap Chinese import engines that regularly failed, heaps of torque. Got an excellent deal ($489) and have peace of mind with the service support with the Mower Superstore being an authorised Rover service centre. 5-3 warranty, I mean really, what more can you ask for???? The only negative I have is the stupid safety handle that needs to be held in or the engine stops (yes, I know this is regulation now, but still stupid) however a quick knock-up of a 'clip' from a coat hanger allowing it to be held in place or released easily with a flick of the thumb has eased this negative somewhat. Best value for money mower out there, Go and get one you won't regret it one bit.
Rover 800 self propelled key start
Bought this mower recently after my last excellent experience with a Rover Mower which I did have for 15 years
Only cut the grass twice but very happy with it
Bought key start as I can't start conventional type. After less than 6 months key start won't start. Dealer reports long delay in sourcing parts. Had I known this I would have bought another brand. Can't use it as is- useless! I would be happy to return it with refund.
Cuts well when it goes
Avoid at all costs - Don't buy new or second hand.
Bought in Feb 09 from Bunnings. First major fault three months in - wouldn't start!!! Repaired under warranty and learnt from repair centre that engine was Chinese made and of poor quality. Given that I had bought it foolishly thinking it would last as long (16 years) as my previous indestructible Rover I was a little annoyed at myself. Still, I thought it may have been repair centre sour grapes? Wrong. Little more than a year before the pulley cord and starter spring assembly broke. More costs. Now, barely three years old it has completed it's tour of duty and I have learnt two huge lessons. Brand names count for nothing anymore. Always do your research before buying and never buy a Chinese made product if it requires anything more than less than frequent use!!! Would like to know if others who initially extolled the virtues of this terrible product have suffered a similar fate.
Limited life span
The best mower I've ever had. Cuts evenly & cleanly. Economical. Not too heavy.
Worth the little extra I paid for it.
I've had this mower for 4 years & it has never let me down.Used on big lawn weekly. Easy to start & still on original battery. $ stroke so no mixing.
This was the best $400 that I could have invested. It has done 3 acreage blocks, it has done 1 acre blocks and now it currently does 1/2 acre blocks. It has seen the bottom of dams, been into the thickest of grasses when I didnt have a ride on, it has done me proud.
It has never missed a beat. I have replaced the blades three times in 14 years but and repaired the handlebars twice due to wear and tear. It just does not want to die. Its great. I would not be without my rover....
Built to outlast all others. The first thing to go on my 14 yr old mower was the handles. It still goes first time....
Nothing. It is heavy if you have to lift it over steps to get to the grass.
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