If only the battery didn't die after 8 months
Initially I loved this mower as it was light with a steel chassis. After 8 months the battery wouldn't fully charge. It would charge to 3 blue lights on the battery indicator only giving me 5 minutes mowing time. A replacement battery costs between $250-$370 according to whether you go the 2 or 4 amp version which I was not willing to risk spending more money and getting the same problem so I took it back to Bunnings and swapped it for a petrol lawn mower.
This transformed lawn care for me!
I love, love, love this mower. I used to absolutely detest mowing - I hated the noise, petrol hassles and smell, smoke, trying to start the damn thing without having a heart attack from a ripcord designed for longer, stronger arms - and this mower has completely transformed lawn care for me. I researched extensively to find a mower to suit my needs as I was planting a new lawn and wanted a good result. I wanted clean, quiet, hassle free, and because I am a slender 5'4" female I needed it to be lightweight. I also wanted the steel base rather th...an plastic like other brands because I'm a chick who likes tools that last the distance! And this is a long term investment. It's a lot lighter than a petrol steel mower. I wanted double blades for a better, smoother cut. So this is perfect. I have 2 lawns - one is small 40m2 Sir Walter Buffalo which I mow short on second lowest setting to get rid of those ugly summer seed heads; the other is a 100m2 Rye/Fescue blend that I sowed recently which I mow on 3rd highest setting and it looks sooooo lush. It's a beautiful neat finish on both lawns. Battery still has 2 lights after mowing both. It's so easy to use even on a hilly part of my lawn, turns well without pulling up the new blades and doesn't get away from me on the down slope and easy enough to push on the up slope. The mulcher works so well on the Sir Walter lawn that I can't even see any mulched grass on the surface. I use the catcher on the Rye/Fescue lawn and it works fine - I'm not sure why some people have issues - and it's a breeze to load and empty, unlike complaints I read for other brands, which put me off them. I mow before it gets too long - especially the new lawn - so I never fill the catcher even halfway - probably because it's still a fairly new lawn. I only mow when the grass is quite dry. I like that the front and back wheels are aligned so I don't get those extra wheel marks like some other brands, also it mows close to edge. The battery clip for removal was very stiff to press down on first time, I had trouble working out how to remove the battery and the instructions weren't clear, but once I figured it out it all was fine after that. The Victa brand on the steel base was covered with contact (for packaging purposes I assume) that had stronger adhesive than necessary and pulled a couple of the vinyl letters loose when I removed it but they stuck back on easily enough. I only noticed and removed the contact when I saw fine bits of grass getting stuck under it. I think it would be better to have a solid aluminium logo instead to represent this classic Aussie brand, but that doesn't affect the usability of the product. I read the manual and there were a couple of things to bear in mind that were really handy for me: don't go too fast or the mower speed slows down and it's not as effective; there is a 3 second delay on start - push button and hold for a couple of seconds before squeezing bar; it won't start over long grass (in case anyone is trying to troubleshoot starts); if grass is too long - mow on a higher setting first, then a lower setting. I would never have thought of that last one, who wants to mow twice? But I'm sure it's way quicker than battling the jungle in one hit. Anyway...now I love my lawn and lawn care is a breeze - about 20 mins. Years of mowing hell to sheer bliss, what can I say? I now live in a place of zero pollution so for me battery is the only way to go. No more breathing foul fumes. Attached pic was taken today after mowing yesterday. My li'l pooch is wondering why on earth I'm sprawled on the grass, trying to get that low shot but doesn't that grass look great!!
Really good alternative to my petrol mower
I've had my 82 Volt mower for a couple of months, and I think it's great, very light weight, batteries last a long time, I mow my grass on the 3rd setting as I like to keep my grass thicker during the summer months, it mulches very well too. It's extremely quiet too. The only thing is it does not cut as finely as my old mower, but it had a quad cut blade system, so you have to expect a bit of difference there I suppose. Overall I'm very happy with it, we will have to see how it goes for the long term.
Poor quality, already falling apart
Its now just a "Vic"...because the "ta" fell off.
Runs well enough but doesn't pick up the grass and bogs down easily.
We live in Nth QLD, it was great in winter when the grass grew slowly but now in summer it can't get through the lawn, even on a high cut setting, I hade to break out my 23 year old Honda to get the job done so its a "winter only" Mower.
Disappointing from a Aussie product, but when you see the "made in China" stickers on the mower itself you understand why its cheap and rubbish.
Should have bought a Stihl :(
Very good, with one flaw.
The complaints about the skirt dragging on the ground/grass on the lowest 2 settings are valid and they make the mower heavy to push at those settings especially if the grass is 'spongy'. It doesn't happen if you don't cut the grass short but it would affect most people at the height they mow a nice lawn. I fixed it by altering the blade mount to induce a slight bend in the blade to lower the blade tips by about 1/2". This isn't good for the public to do because of possible safety risk of messing with blade mount.
Other than that its a fantasti...
A fearsome beast but heavy for older folk.
Owned my new Victa battery powered lawnmower 21'' for under a week. Got off to a bad start, figuratively speaking, because one of the batteries was a complete dud that not even Bunnings could get to charge. Bunnings replaced it.
Mower seems to have power in abundance especially compared to my Victa enviromower. But I found the mower heavy especially with a heavier longer-charge battery so it means using the lighter shorter-charge battery on the hilly bits.
Big catcher. Battery re-charge time seems under 30 mins (haven't calculated) which giv...es me enormous flexibility over the environmower's overnight charge and a bit battery. So ... so far so good. Biggest thing the mower seems to have going for it is the power. PS it's much noisier than the environmower.
Never again sorry
Had high hope for this mower but was greatly disappointed. The positives are plenty of power, light weight, good battery run time. The negatives are the lowest setting the mower drags on the ground making pushing very demanding. The next setting the cut is to high. The worst of all is the refusal to pick up clippings even when very dry, just leaves it behind like with a mulching plug in. You would think the manufacturer would have done a bit more field research before releasing a dud. No way I be tempted to buy another electric mower again
Because of stage 4 lockdowns my gardener hadn't been able to come & mow my lawns. Being a widow i needed something that was easy to use. After extensive research & lawn getting worse i decided on the Victa 82V, 21" wide cut. Bought it from bunnings which inc 2 2AH batteries & charger for $929.00. From opening the box to assembly, to completely mowing the backyard lawn it took me 2.5 hrs. Being unfamiliar within this area, as my partner mowed while i gardened, the Manual for assembly could've been more detailed but otherwise i highly recommended this product. Am now looking at buying the Victa whipper snipper.
Good quality, very satisfied
Setup was a breeze. Cuts well. I like the metal deck, the quality is good. Battery charges fast and so far it lasts well enough. I won’t be going back to petrol after this.
Pretty good. better than expected.
We've had ours about 2 years. The missus loves the fact that she doesn't have to be a 2 stroke whisperer to get it started. Mows our tough Queensland lawn pretty well. Will do about 120m2 before it conks out. That's most of our lawn. Have a cold drink and finish it off later. We'll invest in the whipper snipper one day, but the batteries are expensive. Batteries + electric motor are definitely the future. They'll only get better.
- Verified purchase
Good battery powered mower
I bought the 18" cutting area so the battery wouldn't be overloaded trying to cut too much grass in one run. I use a 50% overlap of the previous mowed area. The engine definitely picks up pace when the going gets heavy and then reverts to a slower pace when not required, very clever! The metal cutting rim is much better than the previous plastic rim of the old mower, cut grass doesn't stick to it as much. I have very large grassed areas so need to do a recharge to finish. Recharging is very fast and only needs an hour before I can do the second...half. Time for a cup of tea and a biscuit. My biggest gripe is the round safety handle and it still feels uncomfortable after 6 months of use. Basic design rules would say to have an inset into the sponge wrap around the handle or have the safety handle flat where it requires you to hold it. The mulching does so well I don't use the catcher at all. Like someone reported earlier, it could do with a lower height notch.
Replaced an old Enviromower, which required two batteries to get around the lawn, this does front & back (about 350sq,m) on one charge. We mulch always so catcher not used ever. No probs with cutting height but we do use the lowest. Noisier than the old one, but more powerful and maybe 30% wider cut? so faster. Build quality is average, handle flexes a bit but doesn't really affect it in use.
Love the battery power
Love the concept and the battery life. Does a good mow but I find it hard to push through lush buffalo that is fairly short. Also the height adjustment seemed to be reversed so there was little adjustment at the lower end with multiples at the top end. I had to file a notch for the preferred height. All in all good exercise.
I have been thinking about purchasing the 21inch 82v Victa mower over the past 18months as I have the hedger, blower and line timmer which I like. But I have good 21 inch petrol mower and so have been hesitant about buying it. Any way the day before I bought it, I had mowed all of my lawn, impulse buy. But after getting it home I still wanted to test it as some of the reviews stated that the mower did not mow lower enough and I also wanted to see how much of my lawn I could mow on one battery. Putting the mower together did not take much and as...I had batteries already charged, I tested it on a day old mowed lawn. As it is summer now I never mow to low anyway. My lawn is approximately 400 sqm and a combination of buffalo, couch, kikuyu and weeds, quite thick in some places. So I placed a fully charged battery in the mower, and firstly mowed with a height setting of 3. This just took the tips off my day old mowed lawn. So that surprised me from what I heard from some of the other reviews of not mowing low enough. Height setting 2, mowed a little too low for me but I re did the whole lawn again to test the battery time, hoping we would not get a blast of hot weather for the next few days. I did not test the catcher of this mower. I have sandy soil so I mulch. Findings; When removing the battery out of any of the victa 82v appliances, pushing the battery in against the springs in the battery compartment and then pushing the battery retaining switch in, releases the holding pressure on the switch, so makes it easier to push the battery retaining switch in. One Battery lasted about 20 minutes. I did my whole lawn using two batteries. On height setting 2, the mower body does scrap the lawn and so makes it harder to push, but I will be probably using height setting 3 most of the time. As mentioned by other reviewers, the blade height needs to be made lower when compared to the lower body of the mower. The mower does not mulch very well compared to my petrol mower, but I will be able to compare this once my lawn grows again and I recut. My lawn was dry at the time of mowing but the mower had to deal with the clippings cut the day before and the new clippings cut. The mower is lighter than my petrol but when using the lower height settings, the mower is just as hard to push as my petrol mower. The mower is quieter than my petrol mower. At this point in time I will not be getting rid of my petrol mower. More testing is needed.
Purchased in January 2020 for $849.00.
This may rival a petrol mower.
This replaced my Victa Enviromower, which is no longer available. This has a very similar chassis, handle, wheels, height adjustment to most petrol mowers. It is rated at 82 volts. The standard batteries are 2 amp/hour and I usually get my modest (130 square meters) lawn done on one or two batteries. It has all of the usual safety features . Separate key, battery needs to be locked in, dead mans type control. The catcher looks flimsy, so have never used it, but it works well as a mulching mower. The blades are floating, not fixed, so that redu...ces the chances of damaging the blades. The charger really does charge in about twenty minutes. I did contemplate getting bigger batteries, but ended up with three 2 A/H batteries from other purchases. I don't know why people complain about the cutting height. Any lower and the lawn is being scalped. The only step up would be a robot mower!
One year on!
First review of this mower - see Feb 2018...
Still very pleased with this mower, but had an issue with it starting this morning! It has been standing for six months unused due to the drought taking it's toll and not having much grass to cut.
I decided to give it a run in any case, but it would not tick over when I tried to start it. The battery was fully charged and I soon discovered the problem was the 'KEY' - which required it to be wriggled a little it more than I had been doing - to make a better connection in the terminal chamber......A ...simple answer to the problem it would appear and this review may help others who experience a similar issue.. It probably means the key terminals both inside and out need cleaning off somewhat if the mower is left standing for an extended period of time. Better still - remove the key altogether, but don't forget where you store it!
- Verified purchase
Going back to petrol
The Good: The battery life and charge time are impressive. It's very quiet and easy to use. It does an acceptable job if your lawn is short, dry and doesn't have too many bumps. I'm in Melbourne and it worked OK during summer when I bought it.
The Bad: As other reviewers have already stated the lowest blade height is WAY too high. It barely cuts any grass unless it's really long. The front of the mower is also too low which might be okay for a golf green, but it gets stuck on bumps if your lawn is not perfectly flat. The biggest flaw is ...that the catcher doesn't work if the grass is very lush or slightly moist. Grass builds up around the blade and causes the motor to trip out under the load. The same thing happens when the mulcher is installed. This makes it impossible to mow during autumn to spring in Melbourne. Spring growth is the most difficult. I'd like to take the mower back for a refund but I don't think it's faulty, it's just very poorly designed. It's time to get my old petrol Victa serviced and pressed back into action.
Didn't get as far as mowing
Returned the first to Bunnings due to broken wheel, before using it. Returned 2nd with broken height lever noticed while assembling. Not sure if this delivery got dropped or something considering the positive reviews, didn't risk a 3rd, got my money back.
Works well enough, but it needs tweaks and improvements
The electric Victa 80v mower model number 1696788, my old was Victa petrol.
I hate the smell of petrol, mixing two stroke, check the oil, noise, pull start. And with all the things I don't like about the petrol mower I did expect some things not to be as good as I would like. And I was right.
Issues with it
1. the front of the mover is way to low, therefore gets stack on the grass in front of it, (they trying to make it too safe I think, C'mon Victa give us some credit)
2. the blades do not flick the cut grass hard enough to get to the catcher...
Purchased in October 2018 at ebay tandem_lawnmowers for $470.00.
Wow, It works! So surprised!
I was so hesitant with purchasing the mower. But I gave it a try anyway. I have buffalo grass which most know its pretty thick. I was very concern it would not have enough power to cut through. Nevertheless, I ended up purchasing the 82V 21Inch and the edge trimmer at the same time.
1. Charging the battery took 30 mins as advertised.
2. The Mower is light as I have a funky shoulder. (love this)
3. I didn't use the catcher at all and used the mulch feature (OMG I Loved that)! No clippings!
4. I did roughly 130 Sqm Lawn (small-ish) and did NO...
Questions & Answers
How do I make the mower stay on the high speed setting, it doesn't pick up the grass on the lower speed
There's no manual speed control. Speed changes are automatic as you go into thicker grass. I've never tested the catcher as on our lawn I find ours is quite good at mulching so without the catcher it's not leaving visible grass on the surface.
Agree with Jeff. Not sure why it's not picking up the grass on low speed. I guess the only way you could make the mower stay on high speed is to lower the height setting as the lawn tends to be thicker at the roots and the mower may need to work harder but this wouldn't be ideal for your mower or your lawn.
Not all the lights on the battery are blue when battery is fully charged. The last one isn’t lit at all. Is this normal ? Thanks
No, I don't think it is but that might not mean the battery isn't fully charged - could be an issue only with the light. FYI when I bought my mower one of the batteries didn't work at all but Bunnings replaced it. With your issue, if the battery seems to have a run-time for as long as expected - small battery 30 mins; large battery 60 mins - no problem!
I’m very happy with the mower except it keeps leaving lines of grass clippings when I mow. The catcher is definitely not full. Any ideas?
mmm. That's odd. Perhaps experiment with putting the mulcher plug in? I've yet to use it but my understanding is it simply sends the grass back on the blades for a second cutting so...be interesting if you still got lines of grass clippings.
Yes had the same problem. Very poor pick up, doesn’t have enough angle on the blades to creat enough air to throw clipping in the bag. It amaze me victa could market these mower without throughly testing them. Have sold mind and gone to a disc with 4 blades, couldn’t believe the difference in the two
|Category||Battery Lawn Mowers|
|Power Source||Battery (Removable)|
|Features||Foldable Handle and Mulching Capability|
|Cutting Deck Material||Steel|
|Cutting Width||533 mm|
|Height of Cut||17 mm to 80 mm|
|Number of Blades||1|
|Noise Level||60 dB|
|Running Time||90 min|
|Charging Time||0.5 hours|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Briggs & Stratton Nexcel 1200W Brushless Motor|
|Engine Type||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Brand||Briggs & Stratton|
- MPN: 1687892
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