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Non Existent Assembly Instructions
Bought the Victa 881889 from Bunnings today. Assembly instructions badly lacking. Handle bolt sheared off.
M8 screw for handlebar folding not long enough. I consider myself a reasonable handyman with a good set of tools.
Spent 3 hours struggling to install the handle assembly. Not good enough for $600. Will have to get bolts & nuts custom made to fix.
Managed to start it though.
Purchased in September 2020 for A$599.00.
- Verified purchase
Made In China
Scratched/damaged straight out of the box with undercoat and raw steel showing through paintwork on every part that has paint.
No oil in unit/none provided, means more time and $$ spent.... not advertised as needing oil.
Vague and inaccurate/misleading instructions to assemble with crucial steps missing, leaving it a total guesswork project and possibly dangerous.
No reply from Victa on inquiry = they don't give a damn.
For over $550 dollars, I'd expect a NEW item, not one so scratched and chipped and not one I need a degree to assemble.
Would you buy a car/caravan/bike that's all scratched/chipped to hell? Of course not, so why peddle obvious seconds...?...Just plastic, flimsy rubbish and the LAST time I buy 'Australian' anything or shop at Bunnings (Actual motor 'made in 'USA'...?) Briggs & stratton have a large Chinese manufacturing base, so work it out. Motor has printed 'Made in USA from global and US parts...' Oh, stickers peeling off as well straight out of the box. Just total crap. If I'd have known I would not have bought this Chinese junk, could have the same from Paramount Browns for $160 and they're upfront about it's origins. But I'd prefer not to fund a totalitarian regime if I can help it. Shame on you Victa, your grandads would hang their heads in bloody shame. About as Un-Australian as you can get!
Purchased in August 2020 at bunnings woodvile for A$550.00.
Briggs and Stratton not what they used to be
So, the lawn mower body is awesome, sturdy, comfortable to use.
The engine however.... after 5 x 40 minute lawn mowing sessions I have:
- The plastic butterfly of the carby in two pieces, one in the air filter, one trying to get into the bore.
- The nut holding the lifter to the rocker arm was nearly off allowing the rocker to bounce all over the place.
Needles to say, the single backfire cased by the rocker not closing or opening the valve properly probably nuked the butterfly value.
If the mower struggles or powers down, stop it and take it to a mechanic.
Briggs and Stratton may need to check their torque wrench or procedure for tightening their valve train.
I have only used it 2 times but it has been fantastic, filled it up with fuel and oil and started first time as advertised. It comes with all the tools you need to assemble it but you are required to purchase your own oil so don't forget that.
The mulching is great, cut the grass up nice and fine with no clumping or trails of grass, I walked around on my lawn after and there was no grass sticking to my feet so I will never need to use the catcher again.
I bought this mower for the mulching and it has not disappointed, the sales person was try...ing to get me to buy electric but batteries only last 4 years then your up for a new one which is 3/4 the cost of a new mower, my last green Victa Sprinter lasted me 13 years and was still in great running condition which is why I chose a Victa again. I will do another review in 12 months time to report back how it has been.
|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Catcher Capacity||22 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Steel|
|Cutting Width||457 mm|
|Height of Cut||11 mm to 70 mm|
|Number of Blades||4|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Briggs & Stratton OHV 163cc 675EXi Series with QPT|
|Engine Type||4-Stroke and OHV (Overhead Valve)|
|Brand||Briggs & Stratton|
|Engine Displacement||163 cc|
- MPN: 881889
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