Cleanly cuts lawn
Lightweight and ergonomic
Economical to run
Awkwardly placed oil port
Product not up to expectation.
In comparison to the fifty year old Victa that this replaces, it is heavier, of poor quality, difficult to operate and does not cut as well in the same conditions. On the plus side, the engine does start easily and runs well.
In hindsight, I should have left it in the shop.
Purchased in November 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $400.00.
Caveat Emptor - one needs to be enterprising, and mechanically orientated in order to operate.
I have used the VICTA Classic Cut 18" lawnmower for about 2 seasons. This lawnmower is fitted with the Briggs & Stratton 500E Series Rapid Start engine. It's a basic lawnmower and from my experience, does the job pretty well. However, there are a few caveats. The VICTA owner's manual, P12 under CLEANING, states the mower can ONLY tilted with the handle down and the FRONT wheels off the ground. And, NEVER to tilt this lawnmower with the REAR wheels off the ground. Doing this can cause the oil to leak out, contaminate the fuel and damage the air ...filter. (I have no idea why VICTA claim engine oil would damage the foam air cleaner as one has to lightly oil with engine oil anyway.) Apparently, engine oil will saturate the foam air filter by flowing through the carburetor / breather pipe. If left tilted the wrong way, oil will eventually drain from the engine. On P15 it tells you NOT to lay the lawnmower (4 stroke models) on its side - probably for the same reasons. The problem for owner/operators is that this makes for tedious removal / replacement of cutting blades, cleaning and servicing. The other issue I have is that VICTA believe they are beyond reproach. While they supply a operator manual, they conveniently or otherwise fail to include basic service component details. There are no spark plug, air filter or even replacement blade specifications in this manual. They then add insult by stating that ONLY genuine VICTA parts are to be used. They also recommend all maintenance, repairs, and inspections are to be carried out by a VICTA Authorized Service Centre, which Bunnings do not do. Yet Bunnings have near-exclusive rights to promote and sell this model lawnmower. Given this scenario, one may as well buy a lawnmower from ALDI - at least they are transparent and unpretentious as to what, and how they sell. It also appears that the genuine VICTA replacement blades, sold by Bunnings, are of poor quality, losing their edge and wearing out a lot faster than the OEM (original) fitted part. While most of the assembly bolts on the lawnmower are METRIC, the blade mounting bolts are an enigma. A metric M13 socket is too small, M14 socket only fits halfway onto the nut while a M15 socket is too big. Correct size is a 9/16 IMPERIAL. Caveat Emptor - one needs to be pretty enterprising, and mechanically orientated in order to operate the VICTA CLASSIC CUT series lawn mower.
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
Feeling quietly optimistic
We bought this mower (881887) 6 months ago, we were skeptical having read reviews about the poor positioning of the air filter etc, but couldn't find another suitable option easily available at the time. We've found the mower generally cuts and mulches as well as we would hope, doesn't seem to chew through fuel, and starts easily first time, every time. We did notice though that after only the first ever use (maybe 20mins of mowing on flat and nearly-flat lawn) that the air filter was indeed full of oil already, this particularly annoyed me a...s I'd raised this issue with the staff member at Bunnings before purchasing the mower and he disregarded it saying it wasn't true. As far as mowers go though if the air filter is the only issue then I am very pleased with our purchase.
Purchased in March 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
Value for Money Cuts Well
Purchased at Bunnings today, nice light and easy to handle. I have a big block with buffalo grass and went straight through no issue. Filled tank up and did entire block still had 1/2 tank left so very reasonable on fuel usage. The mulch option is very nice and works a treat cuts grass very fine. Only fault is does not tell you how much oil to use, so filled up between markers (a quick edit use around Oil: SAE 30 - 440ml Capacity) and let sit for 5 mins. The Oil filler is in a awkward spot. Invest in a oil remover kit ( a Briggs & Stratton one...around $30:00 from Bunnings). This Will save you allot of heart ache as you have to tip mover to do oil change, with the kit you don't and its clean way to do the oil change. A little noisy but started first time every time, after stopping it a few times.
Purchased in February 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $400.00.
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.
Purchased in November 2016 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
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.
Purchased in November 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
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.
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.
Purchased in May 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
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.
Purchased in June 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
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!
Purchased in March 2017 at Bunnings Warehouse for $478.00.
A reasonable petrol lawn mower
I have always preferred electric lawn mowers personally. The power cord can be a challenge though, so I was keen to try a petrol option. The Victa has a good reputation, so I eventually settled on this lawn mower.
I am reasonably happy with the lawn mower and it has served me well over the last 3 years. I am still using the original blades and I am yet to have the engine serviced.
After about 6 months the gasket around the spark plug starting oozing oil. I was not happy about this, but I have managed to control the oozing by tightening th...e retaining bolts. When I get it serviced I will replace the gasket. Fuel consumption is reasonably good and 2 liters of petrol will see me through the mowing season on my 500 square meter block. I don't miss tripping over the power cord of my old electric mower, but I do miss the quieter motor which allowed me to mow the lawn early in the morning without upsetting the neighbors. This lawn mower is a good work horse and I am happy with it.
Motor produced black smoke just after 2 minutes of start. However it appeared that it was my fault because I added more oil than I should do. I typically added 1 liter instead of 450 CL I was given a replacement from Buntings and I can see it work OK now. So far it looks quite efficient.
Really reliable mower
This has been a pretty much flawless run three years in. No issues to report and still running like a clock. I don't love the catcher design compared to the old Victas and it can clog up a bit in the chute if the grass is damp (just takes second to clear) bit apart from that, this is a great mower. Always starts and gets the job done nicely
4.5 yeas still going strong
Purchased the VICTA CLASSIC over 4 years ago
Have changed the oil about 3 times.
Cleaned the air filter about 4 times.
Sharpened the blades twice.
Hose clippings off after use every 2-3 use.
If you tip the mower to the left (blows smoke)
If you tip the mower to the right (leaks fuel)
Servicing can be a pain
I live in north QLD AUS so summer co-ensides with wet season. 6 months of the year i mow the lawn every weekend on an everage size house block.
Only problem i have, when the grass is damp the catcher dosent work very well.
Great for small garden
My partner loves his lawn mower! We only have a small garden so works a treat! Great that we are able to use with or with out the catcher. Very simple and easy to push. Cuts grass at many different lengths! The fact I enjoy using it means it must be pretty good! (I don’t like garden)
Questions & Answers
I have asked many questions and your members do not answer. It is a hoax.
We are not Victa members. Why ask a review site when you can get exact answers from Victa or Bunnings directly ?
Why call it a review site then.
Because this is where people who bought a product can review it and offer their opinion.
It is not a site where people who work for or sell particular products come to answer questions.
Occasionally someone from Victa, or from a retailer who sells Victa might be here but mostly it's just us people who bought one.
Why don't your victa members answer.
Are bunnings victa mowers made in nsw kemps creek,or china. Do they have ballbearing wheels and pressed steel chassis,as victa dealers say they are rubbish and won't touch them.
The one I bought a couple of months ago seems to have been assembled in China. I would guess the actual pressed steel mower body was made in China. It seems to be powder coated. Compared to the Rover I had for the last 20 years, that rusted through after about 5 years and I repaired by bolting on various pieces of steek and aluminium for the next 15 years, I'd guess this one might last about the same (with similar repairs).
The mower handle is not as sturdy as my old Rover, but I guess I could make a new one if it dies.
I'm assuming of course that the little Briggs and Stratton 500e might last 20 years like the B & S Quantum 5 did!
Overall, this one feels like it might, and the Easy Start function works nicely.
Press the primer bulb 3 times to flood the carby.
Set the throttle to half way.
Pull the starter cord Gently, once to get some fuel vapour into the cylinder.
Pull the starter cord Gently again to ignite the fuel vapour.
Very occasionally - I might need to pull the cord Gently a third time, usually if I do something stupid like try to start it with the blade in deepish grass.
Get an answer from our members and Victa representatives
- The Victa Classic Cut Push Mower has a Briggs & Stratton quiet 4-stroke engine and 6.8Nm of torque to power through your lawn.
- It has RapidStart™ technology that makes getting your machine going quick and simple.
- The mower has a dual-blade cutting systems, with 2 swing-back blades that make a clean cut on all types of grass.
- It can make cuts between 11 to 70mm high, letting you easily mow to your desired length.
- Ergonomic soft-grip handles on the mower mean you can manoeuvre it around your lawn comfortably.
- The unit comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
Points of praise:
- Most reviewers found that the Victa Classic Cut could achieve a clean cut on all types of grass - even grass that’s wet, high, or quite thick.
- They also found that it was lightweight, ergonomic, and compact, and so was easy to manoeuvre around their yard. Reviewers particularly enjoyed the comfortable grips on the handle.
- Reviewers also noted that the mower was efficient in its fuel consumption, saying that it was economical to run for a petrol-powered machine.
A point of pain:
- Some reviewers noted that the oil port was in an awkward spot, with reviewers disliking that they had to tip the engine in order to do an oil change.
|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Cutting Deck Material||Steel|
|Cutting Width||457 mm|
|Height of Cut||11 mm to 70 mm|
|Number of Blades||2|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Briggs & Stratton 500E Series|
|Engine Type||4-Stroke and OHV (Overhead Valve)|
|Brand||Briggs & Stratton|
|Engine Displacement||140 cc|
- MPN: 881887 and VCS467
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