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.
VICTA Classic Cut Lawnmower
Bought this VICTA Classic Cut Lawnmower 2ndHand which would probably be around 1-2 years old and was told that it wasn't really used that often since the first owner had a small yard and I will tell you this straight out I do not know why there are so many negative reviews on here for it but this machine is bloody awesome I have a fairly large backyard and I changed the blades not to the ones they recommend but a pair of Victa 18" Mower Swing Blade & Bolt Set
Model Number CA09434B and they fit on Blade Plate no worries and I purchased them from...
Purchased in August 2021 for $200.00.
Another happy camper
I’m now 72 and been using Victa lawn mowers since a teenager. This one is the best ever. Lightweight, easy start, quiet, excellent easy to remove and attach catcher. Well priced. Ideal for my 200m2 sloping buffalo lawn. Clean cut. Comfortable grips. Simple controls and easy to manoeuvre. Thanks Victa.
Purchased in May 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores for $399.00.
This actually works really well with taller grass and decent sized lawns
I don't know what old mate in the past review was talking about, maybe they tried the mow straight after rain?
I have a pretty big yard and the grass was getting fairly unruly as well when I first used this mower and it did a very commendable job!
It didn't chug through the fuel quickly, it didn't conk out with the taller grass, the catcher only had to be emptied a couple of times on the mow, and it was really easy to use.
If you have acreage you might want to pick up a more expensive lawn mower/ride-on mower, but for most anything else that can be done with a lawn mower, this one will be more than acceptable!
I even bought this second hand too so it was a real score on my part!
Purchased for $200.00.
This is a great mower light easy to manouver and catcher or mulch is great to. Excellent mower for 400.00
Classic cut is light easy to manouver and start. Great allround mower. 5year warranty is best mower for 400.00. Easy to assemble and choice to mulch or catch is incredible.
Purchased in January 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores for $399.00.
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
Purchased in May 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
Not bad eh
Bought from bunnings. Paid $399 for it. I have a 800 square meter block that's almost all yard/lawn. I can do both front and back yard on one tank. Happy with that. Quality so far is very good. Starts first pull every time for me. well worth the money paid.
Purchased 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.
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!
Purchased in August 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Great machine very easy to manoervure and simple to operate
Great for a flat land or gentle slops not so good on a very high slop
Battery isn’t as good as i was told by the sales person
Cather is a decent size for a residential home use
next time i would buy same brand but the petrol one
Very happy with it
Purchased in September 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $499.00.
We got this victa lawn mower the other week. And we are loving it. For a smaller size it goes really well. There is a peep hole, to see how far the grass is in the catcher, which is really convenient. Also it is nice a light, a starts instantly. We are really happy with this purchase.
I bought the Victa classic cut lawnmower from Bunnings two years ago after having experienced breakdown twice with Ryobi mowers and I couldn't be happier. It's super reliable in all conditions with very little maintenance required except oil change every few months, it starts in one or two attempts every time and catcher does a brilliant job. Highly recommended!
Great Lawn Mower
Having used cheaper lawn mowers in the past few years, they all ended up having issues. It was about time I paid a bit more and I wish I did sooner. This victa lawn mower is well built, the quality is excellent, i love the plastic catcher and its great on fuel. Would buy victa again!
You can't beat a victa
Have only had this mower a short time but it works perfectly. Starts first go and it's a lot quieter then my last mower although it was about 15 years old. Would have preferred 4 blades but 2 is sufficient. The throttle cable could be somewhat shorter then it is & the oil cap could have been placed elsewhere instead of under the starter cord handle although that is just a very minor problem. Also, you can not drain the oil without tipping the mower on its side as there is no drain valve underneath like there is with my old mower. Overall tho, this is a great mower & worth the money.
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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