Utter piece of garbage. Save your time and money.
The first time I used this mower it worked really well and I was very happy. The second time it jammed, so we adjusted it up. It didn't jam very much but also didn't do a particularly good job. We put it down to the grass being short, but it did feel very different to the first time. The next time I used it, it was just okay, but did keep jamming even though there was nothing getting caught in it. Then today, when we tried, it just locked up altogether and it will only go backwards. I thought about trying to adjust it again, but when I read all...the reviews on here that say their mowers are doing exactly the same thing, I decided to just return it. Very, very disappointed. I thought Victa and Bunnings were brands we could trust, but this combination (the Victa 16" push mower) is a disaster for both companies. Don't buy it.
This is junk!
This mower should be taken off the market. I only purchased it yesterday, put it together today and not only is it already jammed, the blades will not move either backwards or forwards! Bunnings should be ashamed of themselves!
I have used this mower for two days now. So not a long term review. I'd say I have a medium sized back and front yard to deal with.
The mower cuts the grass very well. The blades did lock up on the second day after bumping it around a few times. But instead of kicking it and returning it, like a few on this review site did, I read the manual, found the issue being one side of the blade couldn't get around (probably because of the bumps it recieved) and I fixed the issue with an allen key. So the mower is mowing again, just as good as it did at...the start. The people who have given it poor reviews and returned it because it has locked up probably throw everything out once it stops working, instead of fixing things. They probably didn't even read the manual to look for a solution. Look forward to using this mower for many years to come. If my opinion changes I'll post another review.
Blades lock up!
Absolute piece of junk! Blades are so flimsy they bend at the slightest bump or smallest stick getting caught. Mine didn’t last a day then Bunnings queried my ability to adjust the blades. Just returned it and bought another Bosch - last one lasted 5 years with no issues (plastic ratchet does wear out though). I thought Victa was a decent brand - shame!
Locked up after a small part of the lawn mowed
I love how it mowed, but disappointed after a few mows the wheels locked. The bar that is supposed to sharpen the blades slips and then blocks the wheel from turning. Given this seems to be a common trait, it's a bad purchase.
WOW, same happened to mine !
Purchased from Bunnings, and mowed once ( very small area ) and all ok. Second time , after few mins, wheels locked, could not go forward. Took back to bunnings, and was told mowers have been coming back with same problem! ( so gave refund) Now l read this review to see it seems to be flaw with them. Hope Victa can change this, as Victa is known for good products, but please dont purchase it until fixed.
Purchased in September 2019.
Don't buy it!!
Managed to mow half the yard and that was it.
The blades wouldn't rotate at all after that.
I checked there was nothing stuck, still no difference- Back to Bunnings we go....
Impressed after first use
I was a bit hesitant to purchase after seeing the reviews on here, but figured if it’s that bad it can go back to Bunnings. Very pleasantly surprised at how good it is. Nice and light compared to my Rover 4stroke mower and much better suited to my current rented home. Easy to get up the steps to my back lawn and cut down the jungle that was there with relatively little effort. Expect it to be even easier next time as it won’t be so long.
Vista (Unable to) Push Mower
I went with this model because we only have the footpath to mow and I thought (incorrectly) that Victa would produce a quality product. I don’t know if the handles are stable or if the wheels provide traction because the blade immediately jammed against a bar and it seems it cannot be adjusted. Didn’t work at all.
- Verified purchase
I'm relatively satisfied with this mower. Like most hand mowers the cut it provides is much nicer than a petrol mower. My main criticism is the height adjustment has a narrow range - I prefer it to have a higher setting. Also I agree with other reviews that the handles aren't rigid enough and it doesn't allow me to place my hands as widely apart as I'd like.
Purchased in January 2019.
I don’t have any experience in lawn mowing, I brought this as I only have a small lawn. The wheels lock up and won’t turn forward at all. There is no obstruction. It’s very frustrating. I haven’t even used it! I can’t find my receipt, but I will be taking it back to Bunnings for a refund.
Does a good job
Bought this mower 6 months ago and never had a problem with it.
I have about 50sqm couch out the front and 20 buffalo out the back and it works well on both. Takes a bit of work but can't complain for the price.
I had a bit of trouble getting it to turn at first but I attribute that do the thickness and length of the grass. Best to start off on the highest setting and work down. The catcher bag is a bit flimsy, and emptying and attaching it is time consuming. It doesn't catch ALL the clippings, but I only use it if I'm cutting off a lot and ...don't want too many clippings left on the lawn, otherwise I leave it off. It takes a bit of practice to get the right walking speed and angle. I've found that how high or low you hold the handles affects how well it turns The only downside is the wheels get in the way of cutting close to walls/edges. It's worth spraying the rotating parts with crc/wd40 after use. It won't leave your lawn looking like a golf course but for $100 it does a great job. Good for maintaining small to medium sized lawns.
Wheels don’t turn! Absolute garbage. I used it on a perfectly manicured buffalo lawn that was already short.....
Wheels didn’t turn. I could force it along but that just took big chunks of grass and roots out. Worst product ever! I took it back to Bunnings for refund
Did I just get lucky with mine?
I didn't review my mower before buying and if I had, I wouldn't have bought it! Maybe I haven't used mine enough? I used it first time today and thought it was a fantastic little thing, it got jammed at the start but then I realised why, so I just cleared it and it was fine, although I didn't bother fitting the catcher, as I agreed that looked flimsy and bit rubbish, and my lawn was not too long, I thought it was a great little buy and it was really easy to push, I am now however a bit worried my luck will run out after reading this., maybe don't use the catcher?
- Verified purchase
With a minor modification its great for a small lawn
I've read all the reviews and agree that the catcher as supplied is a disaster, it falls apart and you spend half your time reassembling it. But I used superglue to fix it together permanently and now it works perfectly catches most of the grass and leaves a nice clean cut and usable mowings for the compost heap - so much more easy to use that the electric "bover hover" which recently caught fire and couldn't be used for more than 5 minutes without having to scoop out all the congealed grass captured in the top!
The worst. Will ruin your lawn.
All the reviews below aren’t lying. The handles are so flimsy that you can’t apply any pressure to push the mower. The move so much you can’t steer properly. The wheels don’t grip/turn & so then neither does the blades. The blades jam with the smallest amt of grass. The blades don’t so much cut as tear clumps of turf our or leave clumps of uncut grass. And I’m TRYING to cut turf the same as found on cricket gnd & which is 20mm tall. Ryobi here I come. But not via Bunnings. They can’t be trusted to sell something that works
- Verified purchase
I wish I’d looked this page up earlier. After feeling good about buying a reputable Victa sadly my feelings of this mower are exactly as disappointing as others who purchased & persisted in trying to mow my small lawn. Does not work on any length or type of grass! Catcher is flimsy. Handles move regardless of tightening. Just disappointing Victa.
Not happy. Hard to cut grass jams easily. Handle is unable to be tighten enough so it doesn't move. Did read reviews prior to purchase, was sold on self sharpening blades!! It could be that I am of mature age and of very slim build that is the problem. Try it see for yourself, purchase under return conditions.
DON'T BUY THIS VICTA
I bought this Victa because of the brand name reliability. WHAT A MISTAKE.
I took the first one back to Bunnings because it kept locking up - the blades wouldn't turn and was told it had not been correctly tested at the factory.
So back to mowing - it lasted 4 mows. I to adjust the blade setting as per the manual. However it either wouldn't cut properly (gap between blade and sharpener too wide. Or just got blocked - too close to the sharpener. No amount of fiddling with the adjustment would fix it. Bunnings would not replace again.
So - SAVE YOUR $$$$.buy something else. This product should not be on the market. Shame on BUNNINGS for stocking such a faulty product.
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Questions & Answers
First time I used this manual mower it was as it should be. The second time, a few weeks later it will NOT go forward as the blade(S) seem to be locked up and yet I can go backwards! As others have commented the blade seems to be locked up and yet it is almost brand-new! Is it worth my time to keep trying or is it a "white elephant"? Victa was a trusted brand so PLEASE keep the faith.
I tried adjusting the bar that seemed to jam the blades and then the blades rotated freely but still wouldn’t cut. I returned mine and received a full refund. I would advise you to do the same. I agree that it is such a shame coming from Victa
My victa push mower continually locks up on the right hand wheel. The only way I can get it to go is to wind the blades backwards but it is a constant job. There is nothing obstructing the blades and the grass is short. I am not at all mechanical but could it be something within the wheel itself.
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