Mine was bulletproof
I treated mine like rubbish for years. I was always going to get around to changing the oil... next time. I know how to treat a mower and yet time pressures and hassles got in the way. So almost four years in (I have a very large rear lawn and also front lawn) - I checked the dip stick and made a pact with myself I would change the oil next holidays. I must had not secured the oil cap as while I was mowing it came off and it took me a few seconds to figure out what that liquid was spraying on the mower - it was raining oil! Anyway, lots of sear...ching as I had lost the manual, finally this site [link removed] confirmed that I wasn't blind, there was no oil plug to drain the oil. You actually tip the engine to drain. Filled it up with new oil, started right back up. Doesn't even blow any smoke, starts every time. My son has used it too and run right over anything. If some people have trouble it must be a quality control problem because mine is bulletproof. So luck of the draw, I hit on a winner. I would buy it again, got mine from Bunnings.
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Great mower well worth the price! Used on wet high thick grass and cut with no problem at all. Plastic catcher is a great feature, awesome size and easy to empty
Affordable, does the job.
A smooth running mower, it’s our first brand new mower and it’s worth the money. I have a huge amount of lawn and every 60-90 meters I have to empty the catch. Sometimes I just leave it off if the grass isn’t too long.
This takes Petrol. I wish the tank was slightly bigger as I have to fill it every time I mow the lawn, but not a big deal in the scheme of things.
Victa's value compromise
The fact a lot of people think this is a great mower speaks to Australia's low expectations of quality.
It's functional, but obvioulsy very cheaply made - my concern is that Victa have gone below a fit-for-purpose standard in saving cost on this line. For example, the flimsy plastic throttle control that breaks off when you use it - how hard can it be to make a simple part like that?
When using it I heard a lot of rattling and metallic bumping such that it felt like it was going to fly apart; not very confidence inspiring. And no, it didn't cut very well (underpowered) or catch very well.
This mower I bought to replace my 36 year old 2 stroke Victa. I wanted a 4 stroke. This is so much quieter and easier to push. Starts 1st go and cute well. So far very reliable.. it's a Victa!
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So far, so good
Bought a Victa 'Classic Cut' with Briggs and Stratton 4-stroke engine to replace my ~12 y.o. Victa 2-stroke. Needed assembly, and I found the instructions inadequate with no mention of the bottom part of the handle, which I put together by trial and error. I looked for the petrol tap, choke control and petrol injector, all required to start the old 2-stroke, and found none of these. Put in oil according to instructions, and found the dip stick hit the sides of the tube on the way down, such that you needed to let the oil drain in for 30 m...inutes before you could see how much oil is in the sump. The oil port, half under the starter pulley, seems not well placed. Found the mower started on the third pull, and have now used it five times, starting easily each time. The machine purrs, unlike the roar of the old 2-stroke. The catcher is essentially identical to the old 12 y.o. model, so I now have two catchers. The new one still has the annoying pockets on either side of the entry, which catch hard-to empty grass - these would be better if sealed off. The new mower cuts and throws well into the catcher, which I guess is a function of new blades. The plastic tyres on the wheels look like they may not last the distance. I will now have to face up to changing the oil, which does not look to be the easiest with the machine needing upending to drain old oil out of the inlet hole. I would have preferred a 2-stroke, which seemed a more powerful engine, and which had a choke and a petrol injector that you could play with if having trouble getting the engine to start. If the present model won't start, I have no idea what to do.
I've read some pretty nasty reviews of this little mower, but my worries were put to rest after the first use. For a mid-low tier mower it's certainly more capable than I gave it credit for.
I let my lawn get really bad- hadn't mowed it for over a year. The grass is a diabolical mixture of Buffalo and weeds and this little mower cut through even the worst thick grass I've ever seen. It did not stall even once.
After assembly it started on the 2nd pull. The only negative thing I have to say about it is, the throttle cable is too long, as havi...ng the throttle assembly mounted in the top notch makes the controls less accessible. Not a huge deal though, I just have the cable flapping about, as cable-tying it to the struts restricts cable motion.
Lite, Zippy & a cut above
I have a medium size yard and as a single mum try to do most of my own garden maintenance. This mower is easy to start and mows my lawns with easy maneuverability. I usually have to refill in between the 4th & 5th cut so once ever 3 months. It is light & compact and packs neatly away in my small shed. Perhaps a little more expensive than some of the cheaper mowers on the market however the extra dollars are well spent. Love my Victa!
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