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.
A 'Victary' for Battery Power
A lawn mower is quite a large investment and as such, this will be an in-depth review from a Bunnings employee who owns not one, but two of these fantastic mowers.
First of all, this is the future of garden care. The power and torque from Briggs and Stratton's 82v 1500w brushless motor is beyond belief, and unlike a traditional petrol engine, the torque is absolutely instant from the word go. Putting the key into the slot in the battery compartment, holding down the starter button and pulling the child-proof safety bar starts the mower into a ...low-rpm cruise. The power delivery is completely automatic and uses a load sensor in the motor to detect the thickness of the grass and adjusts the motors output accordingly. I've found this greatly increases battery life as it simply cruises along the easy sections of my lawn, and ramps up on the thicker patches on its own. Battery life is wonderful, I generally get 40 minutes on the included 2ah battery, come inside for a cup of coffee, put the battery on charge, and 30 minutes later it's ready to go again. Briggs and Stratton have spaced the cells apart within the battery housing, and alongside the fan in the charger, lets it reach 100% in just half an hour, similar products from competing brands take 2-2.5 hours to get a full charge. Expect 30-40 minutes of life depending on your grass type, and whether you want to mulch or catch - mulching will use more energy as is re-cuts the grass under the deck before dropping it onto the lawn. These 82V batteries, like all modern tool batteries are Lithium-Ion, meaning they do not suffer from the 'memory-effect' like older Ni-Cad batteries, and you should expect 500-1000 charges before there is a noticeable decrease in battery life. You can also upgrade to a 4ah battery if you have a really large lawn (>600 sq. meters) so you can get the whole lot done in one go with ease. Cut quality is lovely, and this is where the 'Victa-ness' begins to shine through. Underneath the fully steel deck, you'll find two swing-back blades attached to a plate, ensuring the safety of the motor and blades if you hit a rock or tree stump while mowing, they simply swing out of the way, and flip out again. Both blades are made of high-carbon steel and can be easily sharpened from home after a year or so's use. There are 6 cutting heights on a spring loaded lever to make changing cut length a simple thing to do on-the-fly. I recently compared the Victa with a Masport 490 on grass that was about 30cm in length and seriously thick - both set to their highest cut setting, I was expecting the Victa to stall like the Masport, but to my surprise, it chugged through with little hesitance. These mowers are the same price, one petrol and one battery, and there was a clear winner here. This unit is very easy to clean, and the motor housing is IPX7 rated, meaning it can handle being left out in the rain (can confirm) and a light under-deck hosing down.
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Best mower I have ever owned, clean and efficient.
After doing a lot of research I decided to stick with Victa mowers and was delighted when they put this model out. I injured my shoulder on my last mower from the cord breaking and was tired of the maintenance costs. Electric is so fantastic, quiet, no smell and simple start system. Easy to push around, and we have an uneven lawn but does the job well, you have a choice of several levels so you can adjust the cut. Charging is easy and lasts long enough, usually you are glad it has run out so you can have a cup of tea and a rest! Does quite a bi...g area before it needs charging again. I don't use the catcher mainly because I don't need to and the grass gets caught in the material, this would be the only thing they need to improve. I bought if from a smaller dealer who ordered it in for me and put is all together and checked it over before I picked it up.
Purchased in December 2017 for $499.00.
It's a real lawnmower!
Batteries are the future of lawn and garden care, if this is anything to go by. Wifey loves the fact that she doesn't have to kill herself trying to pull start a petrol motor. The steel deck is good'n'tough. It gets through the bulk of our 150m2 Queensland lawn in 1 shift, then a 30 min drinks break whilst it recharges, and then a nice finish off cut. I'd give it 5 stars if the battery went for longer.
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Perfect mower for ease of use
This mower is easy to manoeuvre especially for someone with a small build like myself. I especially love that no petrol is needed and so it is environmentally sound with no bad fumes being inhaled. Leaves grass looking well manicured.....our land isn’t the easiest land to mow and yet we do with ease with this one.
This is a useful mower
We selected this model because it has the steel deck, brushless motor, battery life 30 mins, fast charging and Victas reputation.
Of course we tried it out as soon as we got it home. The battery took about 30 mins to charge from 50% to full charge.
Assembly of the mower was an easy task although the instructions were poor.
The test lawn is 100 sqm of Kikuyu grass of varying height. Unsurprisingly, We found this mower as hard to push as its petrol predecessor. It made a good job of cutting the grass although we found we needed to adjust the h...eight upward in thicker sections of the lawn. The mower is quiet and there were no issues. The catcher is pretty flimsy. The instruction manual seems overly cautious, wanting the user to take out the key and remove the battery for tasks such as height adjustment and emptying the grass catcher. Removal of the battery from the mower isn't easy. At the end of the test mow the remaining battery capacity was 50%. This indicates the capacity of this mower will be enough for a 200 sqm lawn, good enough for our need. I have taken a star off because of the crappy manual.
High quality and good value
Well built and has a far superior power output compared to most other electric mowers on the market. The base is steel not plastic. This, together with the powerful battery, really distinguish this mower from the plastic toy alternatives. I know because I had a plastic junk mower (Baume) prior to buying the Victa. The battery lasts long enough to get a good sized lawn done and the mower doesn't conk out in heavy grass.
The catcher is large and easy to use.
Battery charges quickly as well.
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How does this mower get 5 star reviews??!!
I bought this mower after talking to the Victa rep at Bunnings. I decided I wanted battery model after owning a corded Ozito which after 2 Years finally died. I have had an immaculate lawn for 2 years running the cheapest plastic mower but the cut quality on this mower is aweful in comparison. I payed $500 to be cord free but now suffer a terrible cut. Complained to Victa through their website but absolutely no response. One star from me and that’s for being cordless sorry really doesn’t deserve more.
I’m converted. This is the future of lawn care.
What a cracking mower. When making my decision at Bunnings I looked at all their options. Most looked like little kids toys, it came down to 3 brands AEG, Dewalt and Victa. These 3 all looked like would do the job, I wanted a metal base over the plastic it just sits better across the terrain. Motor power and battery performance was the next consideration, the Victa at $499 was atleast $250 cheaper and seemed to be on par. First use I was super impressed with performance and how quiet it was. I’m so glad I’m converted to cordless rather than a smelly petrol mower. I’d highly recommend this product for anyone looking for a cordless mower.
Great Mower. Better than Petrol
Wow! So happy I made the decision to buy this mower. For under 500 bucks it’s the best value battery operated mower out there imo. Like all other reviewers I can’t say much more about how good it is and how simple to use and operate. Mowing used to be a chore, now it’s as simple as doing the vacuuming. If you’re considering buying this mower...just do it, you’ll be impressed!
Exceeded my expectations. Mowed with ease and less noise
I love this mower. Looked at other battery-operated mowers and they're very narrow and flimsy, as if they just chucked a motor with a toy casing.
This Victa has a metal 18" deck, I think that's generous for a mower at this price point with an 82V battery. Did 90 sqm Buffalo lawn at the 2nd lowest setting. Had extra battery juice left, tried to mow a few more thick patches at the lowest setting. That's when the battery depleted.
Just a reminder on the folding mechanism of the lower handle. I had a tough time convincing myself (and the sta...ff at Bunnings) that the lower handle can be folded for storage. When I explained to the staff, he said it's designed not to be folded at the lower handle hinge. Not satisfied, I went and bought another unit to compare. Sure enough, my lower handle wasn't "bent" enough at the hinge, causing it not to move freely in order to unlatch and fold it. If you're behind the mower pushing it, the hinge is at the bottom left. I looked at the 2nd unit I bought, the latch has some chips as if the handle was forced into it. That is the only flaw I see with the design/manufacturing of this model. Other than that, it's just a minor issue with storage. I'm really fussy with it because I don't have much storage room in the shed.
I am Super happy with this cordless mulcher mower! It is so very lightweight very easy to maneuver, battery lasts the distance, even the battery doesn't take long to fully charge up again either .... mulcher is fantastic ! couldn't even tell I was mowing without the catcher! I truly am super impressed, didn't expect this outcome at all!
Excellent value for money
I have had the 21 inch version for about 18 months as well as all the other tools. I continue to be impressed with the performance of all the tools but the 21 inch mower does drag badly on thick lawn. The smaller and lighter 18 inch version has a lot less drag so it better for our thicker buffalo lawn and the tighter areas. It is also more "Victa-like" with swinging blades so better for tough mowing.
This gear deserves to sell a lot better than it does.
Used this mower was last weekend. First impressions are that the mower is
1) Wheels are a good size and give good grip even when on a slope.
2) Battery lasted for large backyard. Only 1/2 hour charge and did front including large nature strip.
3) Mower changed up when it encountered long / tough grass but took a while to realise the extra load. But more powerful when it is needed.
4) Catcher fitted in really well compared to my old (petrol) mower which was a bulky unit with a narrow throat which blocked up a lot of the time
5) Build quality looks excellent
6) Easier to operate than petro - it's lighter, easier to start and quieter when running.
Would recommend to anyone.
Early days but very impressive machinery
I bought the Victa 18" 82V mulch and catch mower, and the line trimmer with battery from Bunnings. I'm very impressed with both tools. Super simple to assemble and more than enough power for my needs. I used the mulch plug and it works as expected.
I probably swapped the 2aH batteries once for all mowing and snipping (approx. 350m2 of couch).
Batteries charge in 30 mins and the range is roughly 45 mins. This means you always have one on charge ready to go.
If you're in two minds about going cordless, I can strongly recommend the Victa ...82V range. No heading down to the servo to fill up a jerry can, stopping to add petrol mid-mow and worrying about it going stale in the shed. The mower runs really quietly, too. Trimmer is light, but feels sturdy - well balanced I guess you'd say. There is a harness included if needed.
This is a quality unit. As previously mentioned the 18” model actually makes better sense @ $499 because it has a 1500w brushless motor. The larger 21” model @ $799 only has 1200w.
No more fuel, oil or hard starts.
Also a 5 yr replacement warranty. Can’t fault the mower to date.
Perfect for small blocks
I've had Honda 4 stroke equipment for years. After moving to a smaller block, I wasn't using petrol fast enough, and it was going off before I'd use it, meaning I'd spend about 5-10 minutes getting the mower (+trimmer and blower) started. That, and the fact petrol equipment needs to be serviced, and the other ongoing costs, made me contemplate cordless options.
I wasn't certain about which battery mower to go with, but after running the numbers on battery Ah's, Voltage, warranty etc, the Victa was a smart choice. I also liked that the mower on...
The best buy, Victor 82V mower
Was sad to see my old Battery enviro mower finally gave up , Went to Bunnings and found a grate buy, Victor 82V Lawn Mower , comes with a catch and it will Mulch, the first thing that got my eye was it had a .460mm metal base , not plastic ,this size base makes it easy to manoeuvre , it also comes with a 82V 2.0AH battery and 30 minute Rapid Charger , all for $490 It cuts my thick Sir Walter with ease ,it has 5 Year warranty
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Victa 82-V Range cordless 18" lithium ion Battery
First use of new 18" 82v cordless mower very pleased.
Steel deck, essay to adjust cutting height, the grass catcher is easily slotted into place and stays put even over bumpy ground.
The battery lasted the back and front garden , two nature strips out front and two nature strips at side of house.
This was two catchers full of clippings (Catcher is 50 litres capacity)
My old Victa petrol mower took one tank full of for the above cut.
The battery still had two green lights on it after cut so plenty of capacity. The battery charged in 30 min...
Questions & Answers
First how do you assemble the handle and then how do you fold it down ?
mower has been sitting over winter not used. Now it won't start. Have checked battery is fully charged and start key free of dust and fully inserted. An advice appreciated. Thank you.
Just bought a Victa 82v lawn mower ... replacing my Victa Enviromower (8 years old).
The Enviromower didn't vibrate at all, the Victa 82v has way more power, but does vibrate a bit.
So my question: The Victa 82v vibrates, how do I know if the blades are balanced, or there is excessive vibration?