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First Review (After 2 days of ownership). (Took six weeks to obtain via Mitchell Mowers; note - delays were expected, but delays got a little long). This exact same machine is also sold under the Parklander badge, slightly more cheaply (for Sydneysiders).
My needs were: push-mower, side-eject, broad cut, powerful enough for thick grass.
I chose this because it is robust and simple (and relatively cheap); side-eject was essential for medical/injury avoidance issues. I also picked the brains of some repairmen "only thing that size with a r...
Purchased in at Mitchell Lawnmower Centre, Mitchell, ACT for $680.
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Was just given this by an old relative that doesn't use it anymore. It had sat idle for years...I cleaned it, replaced the sparkplug, checked the oil, and it started after a few pulls. At low revs it is very quiet (compared to my Rover) but at higher revs it is about the same. Sparkplug is a PITA to get access to though...buried up under the pull starter and the lead doesn't clear the cowling so it is fiddly to get access...definitely need a long tube spanner! Side eject so not really ideal for urban yards...aimed more at acreages where clippings not important...she who must be obeyed doesn't want grass clipping walked into the house!
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- Big Bob 653KP
Supaswift Big Bob with Kohler XTX Series Engine
EDIT: It is now running rich when the snorkel is attached. Apparently a spacer for the air filter will help with this. The original spark plug also snapped off in the motor after I cleaned it, not sure where the spark plug was made, but the engine was made in china. Champion has spark plugs that will fit it that are american made. Not going to bring it down to 3 stars just yet, unless something else nasty goes wrong with it.
I just bough this machine a few days ago for my mowing business. I bought it from Nowa Power Products in Bundaberg. I st...Read morearted it off by running it in first on a well maintained lawn, and then on some thick grass at the end of my street. It nearly stalled twice on the thick grass, but I recon it faired better than my old mower would have (and I cleared some wild blocks with that machine). The only problem appears to be that it struggles for fuel, presumably a carby issue. I deduced this after it sounded like it was chocking, then coming back. The choking got worse when the air filter cover was taken off, so i doubt its an air flow issue. Nevertheless, it seems to cut thick grass well. It came with a 2 year commercial warranty, so i don't see how i've gone wrong. The motor states that it does not require oil changes, but I have my doubts about that. Personally, I'll be changing the oil regularly. Its also worth noting that my father stands by the Big Bob series of mower. He bought himself one 20-30 years ago after he destroyed his old mower clearing the block he built his house on. It lasted him 8 years before he had to remotor it, and the chassis is still going strong after all this time. Its worth noting that dads was only used on thick grass briefly during its life, as it was mostly used on his well maintained lawn.
Purchased in for $699.
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Makes mowing a breeze!
For larger lawns, the BigBob with the Honda GXV160 engine is superb. Do install 2 sets of blades to make cutting easier and faster (1 pair flat and one pair 'low lift' to assist discharge). No catcher means you just keep going and the clippings mulch into the turf. The trick with utility mowers (side discharge) is to cut the grass a little higher and more often so you are not trying to cut down more than 3-5cm at a time. That way there is no trail of clippings and you get great results. The large ball bearing wheels and light weight deck make mowing a stroll in the park. It even works well on damp grass subject to the above operating style. I can do my 1/2 acre lot plus street front in 40 minutes.
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Strong, reliable mower
When looking for a new mower a couple of years ago, specialist shop recommended the SupaSwift Big Bob for my size garden (1/2 acre). The area is also known for a lot of exposed limestone which damages blades. So I bought one with a fairly wide deck (21" cut) and Kohler XT series 7.75 torque motor (173cc). Well, what a fantastic motor. Starts first pull EVERY time. It's powerful to charge through long and wet grass. The only negative issue is that I bought one with a deck too wide; I have some very uneven ground which requires going over the sam...Read moree patch 2 or 3 times in different directions as the wide deck bridges low spots. This was my fault and not a reflection of the mower. In every other respect it really performs as promised. Highly recommend, but make sure you get the right size deck for your patch.
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JUST RESTORING BIG BOB
Picked up BIG BOB with other mowers on EBAY it has a BRIGGS STRATTON MOTOR..I cleaned carby maneto and adjusted changed plug.....took a while but final started let it run for awhile it struggled rattles etc final came good now running nice and smooth ..has 2 flat blades can take 8 blades it has a green base and red brown colured motor...has a sticker saying width 5 on it the rest is missing on front super swift on side plate saying made by Jetfast Industries would anybody know how old this mower is?..chappo
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Big Bob is definetly up to the Big Job!
Purchased the latest Big Bob from Geelong Mowers and am absolutely wrapped in it! I have gotten the Honda powered model, this is the GXV160. It has the black Honda cover not the traditional red one. Machine is great, I put it straight to use all weekend, cutting everything from knee high paddock (did go a bit slower), manicured lawn backyard, and some rough stuff around my trees. The GXV160 is very quiet, and I was blown away by how much mowing I got done for the very small amount of fuel I had to put in it. The front skirt of the mower deck si...Read morets higher than the blades and this did catch me of guard a couple of times, but I was quick to adjust my mowing style to suit. I like how when I mow up against my fence line, it gets nice and close the the fence with the cut, and doesn't leave a huge strip like some mowers. Also there is very minimal things hanging of the handles to get caught on things like my previous mower. The quality of the mower absolutely blew me away also. The handles are extremely solid, having reinforcing in them, and the overall mower body is finished to an incredibly high standard. If you are in the market for a Utility Mower, the Big Bob will surely not disappoint you!
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Bloody awesome old mower
I have an old Supaswift lawnmower I picked up on Ebay for $26...not sure how old but pretty old....It goes like a trooper...handle broke about 3 years ago as it had previously been welded back on...Just got it out of the shed put another handle on it, cleaned up the jets and carby and off she goes again....starts first pull...I got on to this site as I was looking for a new push mower...read come of the Supaswift reviews and thought "stuff it" I'll get this old thing out again....not gonna bother with getting another one now...If they still make em as well as they did back then, they are excellent mowers
Money Making Machine
I have used the Big Bob commercially since 2008 and it is easily the best, most versatile lawn mower I have used. It's a basic side discharge unit, so there is no catcher. The frame feels a little flimsy though but this machine makes up for it by powering through tall weeds. I have used more expensive machines, some twice the cost, but they don't match the Big Bob. I use it for slashing tall grass and for regular cuts of rough lawns and it does a very good job of it.
Blades and disc may give problems.
I bought the latest model Superswift Big Bob earlier this year. It came with disc and blades that were "upgraded" from the previous model to a lighter weight system with the bolts securing the blades to the disc protruding downwards where they whizz around at 2000 or more rpm looking for rocks and branches hidden in the grass.
A few days afterwards the bolt hit something, cracked the boss and sheared the disc off the drive shaft. The drive shaft fortunately did not bend. (great engine)
No answers from the dealer or distributor but an o...Read morenline after-market parts supplier responded immediately to my enquiry and the problem was sorted quickly. I fitted the disc and blades that were on the previous model (heavier and with nothing protruding to snag on hidden rocks) for less than a $100. Weeks later and still no more problems. Great machine – easy start – few stalls in long grass. The dealer rang me back weeks after I contacted him, to say he had replacement parts – (another set of the original blades). When I tried to explain the problem he laughed and hung up on me in mid sentence. The distributor (Allpower) was pretty relaxed about it as well. They didn't answer my initial online enquiry and politely refused compensation or replacement after I rang and sent photos.
Chassis is cheap and nasty
Years ago we had a little bob lawnmower which seemed to go for ever. Years later when we needed to buy a new mower we decided on a big bob, thinking it would be like the little bob we had. We have had it for about 4 years now, but probably after 2 years the frame started to fall to bits. Every time we mow the lawn lately part of the frame snaps. It has been welded everywhere, one welder said it was real cheap steel, which was useless and definitely inferior. Next thing is to see if we can pickup a frame to take the motor. The place where we bought the mower does not deal with them anymore, seems like cutting costs has really ruined what once were good mowers, avoid
The chassis is made from cheap junk
After three years of mowing my acre Big Bob hasn't missed a beat. I just changed the blades today - well overdue - they were each at least 1 cm shorter so i have been making work for myself - only cutting 19 cm.
Big Bob is so easy to start and light on for maintainance.
Little bit fragile on some items. Bent the throttle cable and broke the throttle handle.
Best mower I have ever purchased
I purchased my Big Bob in 1992 from Rex at Wauchope mowers NSW. It is now 20 years young and it is still the best mower I have ever owned. I am up to my second set of wheels, second grass exhaust cover, and numerous blades as it has tamed a few bush blocks and only just had the rope pull thingy replaced. That's it and to be honest it may only have been serviced every second year. Admittedly it is looking tired but so does the owner.
When it does finally die (it or me) I would not even hesitate to purchase the latest model.
Reliable every time and light weight.
Maybe some soft padding on the handles for some comfort.
Just what's needed for the job, but chassie not robust enough
Honda motor one of the best smooth and quite, but chassie is not robust enough, lower handles crack and brake at first rear mount point on chassie, weak wheel axles bend easy poor quailty wheels, we run 4 mowers and all are the same disappointed for the money, need to improve.
GYC and Allpower have been very helpful and has repaired under warranty
Part of the family.! Still with us well after 30 years of loyal service.
My ol'man bought our Big Bob around 1980. Originally marketed under the Vulcan label in Australia. Green body, black handles with a white 4 horse powerhead. She's had a new pull starter, fuel tank, cylinder head, cutter disk and the odd wheel replaced over the years. Pushed that ol'girl up and down Dads bush block from the age of 12. She was given to me upon leavin home. Can't bring myself to toss the ol'girl and it is my intention to restore her to her former glory. Hope i can find the parts i need! Irreplacable is how i'd describe her. Cant buy that kinda quality these days...
Tough and dependable with a gauranteed smooth cut everytime, wet or dry, grass or scrub.
Sticky throttle cable. Sticky height adjustment. (age related)
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How do I replace a front wheel? Axle is broken. I can replace the the front axle assembly,but need to get rthe wheels on?
I am looking for service and parts information for a Big Bob mower with 13 hp Honda motor and about 26” cut. It has a 4 speed forward/ neutral/ reverse motion system with what appears to be large coil springs enclosing the rear (driving) axle. There is a drum-like enclosure against the rhs of the chassis. The drive motion appears to be slipping; it drives weakly in low gear but nothing in the higher gear selections.
Les, 1. yours is a different 'Big Bob' to the 21" Supaswift push-mower reviewed here.
2. (Sounds like it was a great mower in the past, enviable Honda motor [if it's been cared for])
3. I think yo...
Thanks for your reply. Further investigation shows that the travel drive has a rubber lined wheel contacting a flat plate rotating under the blade drive pulley on the motor output shaft. The forward a...Read morend reverse speeds are achieved by moving the rubber lined wheel laterally across the flat plate. What looked to be springs are actually sewn bellows protecting the drive shaft/ rear axle. Maybe this unit dates back to the 60 or 70’s but there must have been some service literature in existence? The mower is red in colour and the stickers on it say Supaswift Big Bob brUte and resembles a Deutscher in appearance.
what spark plug to use?
If you go here and pick the one that matches yours you can then download the manual. Once you have the manual you can google "spark plug equivalents" and find all the spark plugs that are equivalent ...Read moreto the plug in the manual: https://bwmachinery.com.au/product-category/lawn-mowers/supaswift-lawn-mowers/ And here is a cross reference site as an example: https://www.sparkplug-crossreference.com/
In my experience, most mowers and brushcutters take a generic spark plug available from most mower stores. If you have a copy of the manual, it may give you a specific spark plug to use in it.
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|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Cutting Deck Material||Steel|
|Cutting Width||533 mm||533 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
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|Engine Name||4.2hp Kohler XT-7||Honda|
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