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    Default Mower recommendations -

    My good old Masport needs a good rest after serving me faithfully for a long 24 years!

    Shall I stick to Masport brand or shall I change to those brands from Bunnings?

    Better to buy from Bunnings /Mitre10 or from those specialised retailers?

    Your views and suggestions, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    My good old Masport needs a good rest after serving me faithfully for a long 24 years!

    Shall I stick to Masport brand or shall I change to those brands from Bunnings?

    Better to buy from Bunnings /Mitre10 or from those specialised retailers?

    Your views and suggestions, please.
    I bought from a specialised retailer about 18 years ago....mostly as the bodies on the cheap ones is cheap steel and rusts.
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    Default Re: Mower recommendations -

    How much do you want to pay, how big is the lawn & what state is it in, how long do you expect it too last

    Get something with an Alu body.
    When I had a steel bodied mower, I went through 3 bodies (rust) . My Alu bodied mower is 20years old & still going strong

    So look at body & brand of motor, rather than brand of Mower.
    I would get something with a Honda engine , wont be cheap though.
    Too much power is better than not enough , if your grass gets long between mows .

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    Default Re: Mower recommendations -

    I went electric and love it, but it's not going to last 24 years, I'd be surprised if it lasts more than 5.
    If it's something you'd consider I have this one https://www.bunnings.co.nz/aeg-58v-b...r-kit_p3381205

    The only issue have with it is the battery release mechanism is poorly designed and requires strong hands.
    Great if your section is under 800m2, not really any good for larger sections. Mine is an 800m2 corner section with road frontage on 2 sides and I can almost mow it all on one battery if I keep it short.

    I've also had a plastic bodied Ryobi and it was better than expected but I'd only recommend that for small sections or for people who struggle to push a normal mower around as they are really light and easily managed.

    Advantages
    no pull cord
    No oil / air cleaner / spark plus
    Can tip in any direction to clean
    Quiet (but maybe not as quiet as you expect)
    No servicing other than blades
    No fumes

    Disadvantages
    Takes a few hours to recharge both batteries once flat
    Battery can be hard to remove (AEG specifically)
    A little less power for really long grass (never been an issue)
    Run time reduces significantly when loaded up with long grass
    Will not be running in 24 years

    Edit: A note on the steel body issue - not going to matter with a battery mower IMHO as the batteries are likely to become an issue long before the body and you'll likely have to replace the mower a lot more often.
    I still love the thing, and although running a mower is cheap anyway these are so sheap it's essetially free. You won't notice a change in your power bill unless you mow daily.
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    Honda! Says both mower repair guys we have used.
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    Default Re: Mower recommendations -

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    Better to buy from Bunnings /Mitre10 or from those specialised retailers?
    Mitre 10. Bunnings is a Aussie company.

    In saying that my rule is, if I need assistance I go to M10. If I know what I'm doing and don't need help then Bunnings.

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    Default Re: Mower recommendations -

    Quote Originally Posted by allblack View Post
    Mitre 10. Bunnings is a Aussie company.

    In saying that my rule is, if I need assistance I go to M10. If I know what I'm doing and don't need help then Bunnings.
    Please explain the logic in your thinking.

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    Aye? What's not clear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by allblack View Post
    Aye? What's not clear?
    Mitre10 are not exactly known for always being helpful and knowing about stuff is probably why....
    Whereever you buy from, I'd ask a mower repair guy before a sales person.
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    Default Re: Mower recommendations -

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Mitre10 are not exactly known for always being helpful and knowing about stuff
    True, but in my experience they are better at it than Bunnings.

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