Push Mowers Buying Guide
Our buying guide will explain which type of push mower would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.
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Very good and reliable
It is a very good and reliable lawn mower. Easy to start no Lake's I love her you can plug your hose in to it and start it up and it washes underneath it.
Purchased in April 2019 for $300.00.
The Subaru engine is powerful, starts easily and is easy to service. the major problem I see is the air intake. This is clearly designed so the dust stirred up is inhaled directly into the air cleaner element. Why there is no snorkel is beyond my comprehension. I think this engine will have a short life.
Purchased in April 2017.
Great Lawn Mower
Had the mower for 3 years now and still going strong. Starts first time and cuts through grass easy.'
Build quality could be a little better, but overall very happy with the mower.
Purchased in July 2017 for $500.00.
Great Engine. Bad mower
As other's have mentioned the engine is great. My mower before this was a Honda and I'd say this Subaru engine is better.
The rest, however, is rubbish.
- The wheels are different sizes, so you fight it when it tracks along edges.
- The Handle is too long, so you fight it in tight spaces and getting it into a garden shed. You'd have to be 7 foot tall to need handles this long. Even on the lowest setting.
- the height adjustment is pretty course.
- You need three hands to get the catcher on
- the catcher is small and you can only fill it about 3/4 full otherwise you lose 1/4 of the load when you pull it off.
- and given the engine is so large it could have been a bigger diameter cut.
Purchased in October 2017.
Overall good, but
This is easily the most powerful mower I have ever owned and rarely has there been anything I've encountered that will stall the engine. Long wet grass will stall the mower, even at full speed, but where I live this isn't too much of a problem. The motor starts easily most times and has been reliable with just topping up the oil and cleaning the air filter and spark plug occasionally. The fuel tank and fuel consumption is good, I can do my entire yard on one fill. I use mulching plug only and the clippings could be finer but it's okay. It's not...the lightest, quietest, or easiest to maneuver mower I've owned but it's acceptable. The problems, not much; a metal part of the grass guide broke the welds and fell off. To my eye this appears to be poorly designed and very flimsy and only being held on by 4 spot-welds it's not surprising it fell off. I welded it back on but that only lasted about a year so now left it off as the mower appears to work without it (and the blades chewed it up extensively when it fell off). The mulch plug doesn't seal very well and a lot of grass and dust blows past the plug. The hose fitting is in an awkward position but apart from these there's not been anything major. I have a standard 1/4 acre suburban lot so the mower doesn't get a huge amount of use, about weekly or fortnightly during the spring/summer and early autumn.
Starts first time pretty much every time
Had this lawn mower for about 4 years , never did anything to it and it starts most times first time no problem . Subaru engine is fantastic . Might look at replacing it only cause its a pain to push up and down my back yard hill but that's not the mowers fault i just need a self propelled mower
November 21st 2019 Update: Not 5 stars but not bad
I have had this mower for 6 years. Always starts first or second pull . Never serviced it and its still going strong . The only thing I would say is that the air filter is not in a good position . Other than that the mower is reliable and does what a mower should with minimum of fuss
Not worth it
Do not be fooled this product is hopeless. I got this mower less than 2 months ago and already it is failing. It does not cut the grass properly, does not know the meaning of the word straight.....front wheel bar is bent a bit....my daughter is sick of raking after mowing as the mower does not pick up the grass.
Waste of Money
My Ryobi has only had light use every 3-4 weeks for about 12 months and has now failed. Thats only about a dozen or so times ! It is impossible to start despite new plug and service. Given the cost of labour and parts these days, it will probably not be economic to have it repaired.
The only way this mower can now be useful is as a boat anchor. No more doing things on the cheap. Back to Honda for me.
very easy to manoeuvre and operate. Its very smooth to drive. Good for grass and lawns.
Sharp blades for increased cut and safety.Powerful 190cc 4-stroke Subaru engine does make it very powerful. Does make a lot of noice .
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
I've put it thru some tough work, keep the blades updated, oil check. Has never given me any trouble. Clean the air filter etc . Don't use the catcher much, the mulched works fine.
Purchased in November 2016 at Bunnings for $450.00.
Looks great on paper but the engine doesn't make up for the terrible quality
The engine is powerful and quiet but all the other bits made by Ryobi are poorly designed and manufactured from low quality materials.
Using mower for the first time I found the design to be pretty bad. It doesn't properly catch the grass because the self-propelling transmission takes up half the chute. The self propelling feature is a gimmick. It's only needed because the engine is so damn heavy. The catcher attachment is terrible, very difficult to take on and off and grass goes everywhere. The one thing is does well is cutting thick tall ...grass because the engine is so powerful. Then the problems started... the hub caps started falling off the wheels. The side chute developed a crack. The wheels actually fell off after the hubs developed cracks around the axle. Nasty ABS plastic! If they're going to use plastic at least make sure it's a durable type of plastic like nylon. I have found Ryobi products to be rubbish in general. Store brands like Bunnings' Ozito are the same quality for cheaper.
bought from bunnings.empty catcher twice.powerful to do an average yard,700sq meter.no issues yet fingers crossed.i checked other reviews before purchase.starts on first pull, not to loud.frame feels ok to me ,rolls well .
always keep receipts ,you never know. uses regular fuel, the mower comes shipped without oil. It requires 10 w 30 oil which is standard lawn mower oil.
For the price it is not worth the value for money
I recently purchased this lawnmower from bunnings and have had issues with the wheel rubbing on the chassie. Because i dont have the receipt i dont have warranty. For the price i paid for the lawnmower $500 .you think they would help me out. Should of just got a Honda for an extra $100 .very disappointing from ryobi and bunnings
Bought this about 18 months ago and vary happy with it. Our old Honda was still going well but now we have a smaller yard we needed something lighter and easier to empty. The catcher works well and it's good to start and cuts beautifully. Feels sturdy with good grunt and even cuts wet grass.
Not too bad
I use this mower commercially and on a daily basis (It is my second one). It lasts about 9 months doing this before the frame starts to fall apart. The engine however is very good. Starts reliably and I will probably buy again as I no longer like the Rover mowers.
Piece of rubbish
After paying $500.00 for a mower, I expect it to at least, pick up the grass. The catcher is useless as it leaves clumps of grass and doesn't pick it up. I have gone over the same patch of grass 3 times and it still leaves all the clippings behind.
Just another company charging ridiculous prices for something that doesn't do the job....
Useless..... Would not recommend.
Make this your first choice, leaves a Honda for dead
I purchased this mower after dissolution with a Honda mower that I had purchased ( fortunately I got my money back)
This mower with a 190cc Subaru motor is great, starts with ease, has plenty of height adjustment and can lower enough to cut a nice height lawn. The 4 blade system gives a great smooth cut, the controls are straight forward and simple, if I had to be critical it could do with a better bolt pivot system on the folding handle.
At $499 was a great buy with a top quality motor
And can highly recommended.
The Japanese automotive giant has more than 60 years of experience, and that is evident with this engine. It is as powerful as it is durable, and definitely one of the strongest selling points of the mower. We should also mention the versatile cutting mechanics. The Ryobi RLM4619SMB has all the current cutting methods down to a T, including cutting, catching and mulching.
The mulching function is supported by a side and a rear discharger, which is relatively rare. This allows you to recycle the mowed grass with great efficiency. The catcher ...bag is almost 2 cubic feet in capacity, providing plenty of space to mow down a medium-sized lawn without having to empty it half way. Thanks to the large rear wheels, this Subaru lawn mower is also easily maneuverable. You can choose between seven different cutting lengths ranging from 0.7 to 3 inches, and if you happen to get thirsty while using the Ryobi on a hot summer afternoon, you will love the cup holder. This Subaru lawn mower review would not be complete without mentioning the potential downsides. At about 77 pounds, the mower is a bit on the heavy side, and not as fast as some other mowers. The engine is still excellent and cuts the grass really well, so these are probably minor flaws rather than real problems.
excellent mower for the price.
EXCELLENT lawn mover without any cable problem and distance problem.
Cutting of grass is also perfect. Quality of blade is superb which cuts in an angle and make smooth finishing on the lawn. it uses very less petrol while in operation.
Easily cleaned with its hose attachment_the excellent mower for the price.
Service and repair problems
I sought a service for my Ryobi 190 cc Subaru powered lawn mower in my local area. There are multiple local mower service and repair providers. None were keen to assist and some wouldn't. All said getting parts is a significant problem. I had a Briggs and Stratton mower for over 20 years that was great. I'll never buy or recommend this Ryobi/Subaru combination again. I may have to dump this mower at a loss and buy a proper one.
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Questions & Answers
Why my rear wheel not turning
This may sound silly, but, "Is the wheel actually touching the ground?" If the axle is twisted, one arm, and thus wheel, will be out of alignment with the other. Does the wheel spin if you spin it by hand while the mower is tilted. This would indicate a seized bearing.
Why does mine vibrate hell of alot when going
My mower is not collecting the grass in the catcher, it sits in the body or spreading all over the grass, what do i do the mower is only 1 year old
Has the mower ever collected the grass or is this a recent problem?
If it's been like this from day one then I know this sound like a silly question but do you have the mulching plug fitted? If you have the mulching plug fitted then remove and it should be okay.
If the problem has only just recently appeared then check your blades. Ensure they're the correct ones for the model, aren't worn out, and that they're free to swing out when the mower is running.
When you're mowing, go in a clockwise direction or have the uncut grass on the right hand of the mower.
The blade spin clockwise (when viewed from above) and the grass chute in on the right side of the mower.
Could also be wet grass that does clump but there should still be some grass going into the catcher.
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