sick of it
Bought the rover lawnmower from bunnings warehouse in north Wollongong . at first it was alright then next thing is known the bolts get loose then the air filter top fell off - about a year lately the air filter broke down the lower end and now the thing that changes the level is broken which likely going to cost too much money to fix
Conclusion : my advice is to buy a better mower
Great when its working ....
I purchased the old version 560 in 2016 with the Briggs & Stratton engine.
Right from the outset the unit was difficult to start, and despite returning it to the dealer and servicing it regularly, this problem has never been overcome.
Add this to the list of multiple other items:
- Throttle Cord Snapped (replaced Under Warranty)
- Drive wheels broke off - the plastic that holds them on is so thin, despite the mechanism being held within the wheel. Very poor design.
- Broken Rip Cords (may be a result of trying to taking 10-20 pulls every ...
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Mine's OK But.....
I had a Kubota 21" self-propelled commercial mower for 25 years and when I sold it, I thought mowers would have improved. Boy was I wrong. Nothing compares to that mighty Kubota and I wish they sold their walk-behind mowers in Australia again. Anyway - I got the Australian-made Pro 560 with the B&S 650 motor. It's great! Starts first time every time. The extra 1" of cutting width does save time. Mine doesn't have that stupid shaft/blade brake which is a blessing. The snorkel air-cleaner is better than the engine-mounted type on the Kubo...ta. Keeps it out of the dirt. It has one handle height adjustment - Hallelujah! Mine mows wet grass no problems, just as well as dry grass in fact. Now for the bad bits. It's heavy. It has a plastic catcher which is low slung, hard to mount sometimes and prone to damage (mine's ok at the moment though), the mulcher is a pain to mount and I threw it away. Build quality seems good but, I can't see it lasting 25 years. Price for mine was $850 which was good compared to the $1300 they wanted for a top of the line Honda - which didn't seem to have great quality either. What we need is BMW to make good cheap commercial mowers. Mows wet grass easy, easy height adjustment, easy starting, powerful B&S 650 motor. Can't comment on the new Kohler motor. Don't particularly like plastic catcher. Heavy.
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Everything is garbage these days
I have owned many Rovers over the years, used in contractor environment. I remember running these mowers into the ground. I had one that was consistently used for 10 years or more before it started blowing oil smoke. I then owned 2 of these pro cuts and under pressure they both died. I than went to the more expensive Honda HRU216, to which i am extremely satified with the motor and gearbox but everything else is garbage.
Downtime is a major problem, when you have spent more then a $1000 and up to $1700 for these mowers. My ultimate would be...a Rover base, with a Honda motor and gearbox. Wheels on both are weak for contractor mowers, Handlebars on ther Honda have snapped 3 times in a couple years. While on the job this is very annoying time consuming, frustrating and costly. Very thin metal, Honda catch chutes are pitiful, when mowing heavy grass, Rover excel in this area by far. Catching grass is what the customer wants. The Honda blades are pathetic and very costly, with down time. The clutch on the Rover is bad and the motor can kill your arm if you need to start it, compared to the Honda, that just starts, mostly with one pull. The drive cable for the Honda breaks all the time. The disc blade D spacers on the Honda need to be the same as the Rover and stamped to the bolt shape. Have replaced disc already because of wear from bolts. Overall the rover cuts nicely but in heavy conditions, there is no way to keep revs up but slow speed, unless you push. Both being heavy mowers, this would be backbreaking for a lot of people. Handlebars on the Rover, to me sat nicely when you got used to the height. Honda sit far too low in my opinion. The mulch plug on the Honda is far superior. I haven't used the new Rovers but can imagine that they a cheaply made now. I paid more then $1200 for mine and now they are $800 to $900 depending on motor. I like the idea of 8hp Kohler but whether it actually is and can handle being bogged down is another story. The drive belt on the Rovers is a poor design and gets caught up with grass. In the old days it was brilliant but because of the poor quality stuff we get these days, i imagine this belt would just slip all the time. I don't know about anyone else here but i would rather pay a bit more than to have to go to the repair shop all the time. I am sick of faults that you have no choice but to repair, leaving half a yard etc. Good deck air flow and chute Poor clutch, no avenue for keeping revs up while slowing speed. Poor motors but have put a Honda motor on one before, which takes care of that dilenma. Drive system for wheels is poor design.
Going back to the honda
Have owned it for 7 months, been in shop 3 times.All with problems wiyh the drive belt. Which is not good for a contractor. Would not buy another rover.Stay away from belt driven self propelleds.With the money you spend it's not worth it, would rather spend the few hundred dollars more and get a reliable mower.
Good cut. Good in wet weather as grass goes into catcher but that's it
Belt drive is no good
Works well but let down by poor quality. I understand the are built in Australia and China. Mine was built in China.....
Does a great job, nice finish to the lawn
Poor quality. Within 6 months of ownership, drive cable broke, catcher handle broke, rear wheels spin inside tyres, roll pin through drive axle broke, rear wheel bearings collapsed, original star washers which hold the wheels on kept working loose - replacements hold good, and blades are expensive
|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Features||Mulching Capability, Self-Propelled and Side Discharge|
|Cutting Deck Material||Aluminium Alloy|
|Cutting Width||560 mm|
|Number of Blades||4|
|Manufacturer Warranty||4 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Rover OHV 910|
|Engine Type||OHV (Overhead Valve)|
- GTIN12: 931328110790
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