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Hmmm - might have known
I proffered a review on this model 883241 about two years ago (maybe longer) after I purchased it from Bunnings.
I was pleasantly surprised by it's performance overall at the time and gave it a good wrap. Unfortunately, this review is no longer evident on this site, (or at least, I can't find it) but I do recall I put Victor on notice for future comment if I subsequently discovered faults with it.
The mower has not had a great deal of use since it's purchase, but it still performs well as a grass cutting machine; no dramas with the battery...and it has been housed inside a maintenance shed during it's down time. This morning I noticed that both the rear wheels had all of a sudden developed a buckle on the tread section of the wheels. I suspect that before too long the tread partitions are likely to part company from the wheels themselves. How we proceed from there is anyone's guess! Typical of things made from cheap plastic by the look of things. It's disappointing to think that what may have been a good machine once, has again been let down by a manufacturers ideology of trying to produce something for nothing, then on-selling it for the highest price the market will bare. Good value? Perhaps not so good after all.
Purchased in October 2021 at Bunnings for $480.00.
We are very happy with our Vitca electric lawn mover. It is easy to use, quite and is better than my mums petrol mover. We find the battery lasts about 30 minutes. We charge the batteries during off peak. We have since bought a wipper snipper which included a second battery and a leaf blower without out a battery. These are also great products. We find having the two batteries is perfect.
Purchased in November 2021.
Electrifying the Back Yard with a First Class Mower
What a treat and beats all 2 and 4 stroke petrol predecessors by a mile - quiet, simple to use, well designed and rugged, energy efficient, and provides an excellent cut to our buffalo lawn. For a back and front yard and a nature strip, plenty of energy in the battery. Complements a solar powered home magnificently as it costs me nothing to charge the battery during the day.
Not as good as I had hoped
Lawn mower is great on absolutely dry grass but not great on grass that is the slightest bit damp. The schute through to the catcher blocks very quickly. I would probably get 10m and have to unblock then another 10m.....
The motor is certainly nowhere near as powerful as a petrol engine, so in summary, it's ok but not a star performer which is a shame for Victa.
Having moved into a house with approx: 700sqm of yard. I remembered growing up with a Victa 4 stroke mower and its great reliability. It never quit on our large 1/4 acre block with buffalo grass. I went over sticks and small rocks and it just kept on going. I wanted the same toughness and reliability. I looked around, and and read many reviews of battery powered lawn mowers of other well known brands. I started with the 18V then looked 36V mowers from well known brands but didn't think they would be able to take the large area I had. I settled...on the 82V, 18inch lawn mower kit and 82V blower,(no battery). By the time I was ready to start mowing the lawn for the first time I was looking at wet grass/weeds at heights above my knee. I set the mower on its highest setting and started going through with a catcher attached. I couldn't see if there where sticks or stones in my path. But there sure was, I could here the blades smashing against the obstacles hidden in the grass/weeds. I could also here the motor increase the revs as I went through the tallest of the weeds and then slow down through shorter grass. I got through 65-75% of the yard before I had to recharge the battery. It took 30mins to get 4 bars on the battery while I cooled down with a cold drink. I started through the yard again and finished with 1 bar left on the battery. I used that to blow the grass debris away. I doubt whether a 18V or 36V mower would have handled it. So far I am extremely happy with this mower.
An upgrade on the Enviromower
After the theft of my trusty Enviromower (good luck finding a key to start it, creeps) it was time for an upgrade. Considered DeWalt and Masport before settling on another Victa for my small lawn area. Bunnings managed to up the price by $20 between me falling asleep at 3am with the iPad on my chest, and the trip to the warehouse later that morning.
Reasonably heavy box for one person to handle (~28kg), and the mower itself comes wrapped in a good deal of plastic. Manuals (mower & battery) reasonably brief and to the point. Lithium-ion battery...charges quickly and is a monumental advance on the old Yellow Peril chemical battery that came with the Enviromower, which required planning a day in advance while it charged. What sold me on this mower was the metal base, which seemed an improvement on the light plastic of the Enviromower, however the battery compartment has a similarly flimsy feel. Money has been saved on the key, a small red plastic thingy that comes attached to the mower by a string. I chose to detach this and keep it inside the house on the key rack, but its small size could make it very annoying to locate if misplaced. Assembly and starting are straightforward. First thing noticed is the additional grunt - this is a significantly more powerful mower than the Enviro. My grass in places had grown to approx a foot long and the 82V didn't hesitate. (The plan from here is to adhere to the manual and not ask it to do too much.) Noted before purchase that this mower is rated at 56 dbA compared with the Enviromower's 90 db; note that these units are not interchangeable and that to my ears the 82V seemed significantly louder (without being a loud mower per se). Clearly, the price of the extra power is extra noise. As this is a new mower I'm not in a position to comment on durability, however if it gives me a decade like the Enviromower I expect I'll be well satisfied. First impressions are of a good product with sound design in light of Victa's past experience with such mowers, and notable improvements in battery technology and torque. Ticks a lot of boxes without being perfect.
Good So Far
Bought the 18 inch Victa 82V Battery Mower from Bunnings on Sunday morning after only having petrol mowers before. The mower is much lighter than our old petrol mower but heavy enough that it doesn't bounce around. The mower was easy to set up and as stated the battery charged in 30 minutes. I managed to get both the front and backyard finished and had one light still left of the charge. Our yard is an average size I guess, 800sq block with 4 bed house and pool. The back yard has thick grass which it cut well. The grass was also still slightly...damp after a 100ml of rain the night before. The cutting height I found was fine. If I had used the lowest setting it would have scalped the back lawn so used the 3rd lowest. The front yard I used the lowest as it is thin and wispy weeds. I can't comment on the longevity of the mower as yet but am happy with it so far.
A 'Victary' for Battery Power
A lawn mower is quite a large investment and as such, this will be an in-depth review from a Bunnings employee who owns not one, but two of these fantastic mowers.
First of all, this is the future of garden care. The power and torque from Briggs and Stratton's 82v 1500w brushless motor is beyond belief, and unlike a traditional petrol engine, the torque is absolutely instant from the word go. Putting the key into the slot in the battery compartment, holding down the starter button and pulling the child-proof safety bar starts the mower into a ...low-rpm cruise. The power delivery is completely automatic and uses a load sensor in the motor to detect the thickness of the grass and adjusts the motors output accordingly. I've found this greatly increases battery life as it simply cruises along the easy sections of my lawn, and ramps up on the thicker patches on its own. Battery life is wonderful, I generally get 40 minutes on the included 2ah battery, come inside for a cup of coffee, put the battery on charge, and 30 minutes later it's ready to go again. Briggs and Stratton have spaced the cells apart within the battery housing, and alongside the fan in the charger, lets it reach 100% in just half an hour, similar products from competing brands take 2-2.5 hours to get a full charge. Expect 30-40 minutes of life depending on your grass type, and whether you want to mulch or catch - mulching will use more energy as is re-cuts the grass under the deck before dropping it onto the lawn. These 82V batteries, like all modern tool batteries are Lithium-Ion, meaning they do not suffer from the 'memory-effect' like older Ni-Cad batteries, and you should expect 500-1000 charges before there is a noticeable decrease in battery life. You can also upgrade to a 4ah battery if you have a really large lawn (>600 sq. meters) so you can get the whole lot done in one go with ease. Cut quality is lovely, and this is where the 'Victa-ness' begins to shine through. Underneath the fully steel deck, you'll find two swing-back blades attached to a plate, ensuring the safety of the motor and blades if you hit a rock or tree stump while mowing, they simply swing out of the way, and flip out again. Both blades are made of high-carbon steel and can be easily sharpened from home after a year or so's use. There are 6 cutting heights on a spring loaded lever to make changing cut length a simple thing to do on-the-fly. I recently compared the Victa with a Masport 490 on grass that was about 30cm in length and seriously thick - both set to their highest cut setting, I was expecting the Victa to stall like the Masport, but to my surprise, it chugged through with little hesitance. These mowers are the same price, one petrol and one battery, and there was a clear winner here. This unit is very easy to clean, and the motor housing is IPX7 rated, meaning it can handle being left out in the rain (can confirm) and a light under-deck hosing down.
- Verified purchase
Best mower I have ever owned, clean and efficient.
After doing a lot of research I decided to stick with Victa mowers and was delighted when they put this model out. I injured my shoulder on my last mower from the cord breaking and was tired of the maintenance costs. Electric is so fantastic, quiet, no smell and simple start system. Easy to push around, and we have an uneven lawn but does the job well, you have a choice of several levels so you can adjust the cut. Charging is easy and lasts long enough, usually you are glad it has run out so you can have a cup of tea and a rest! Does quite a bi...g area before it needs charging again. I don't use the catcher mainly because I don't need to and the grass gets caught in the material, this would be the only thing they need to improve. I bought if from a smaller dealer who ordered it in for me and put is all together and checked it over before I picked it up.
Purchased in December 2021 for $499.00.
It's a real lawnmower!
Batteries are the future of lawn and garden care, if this is anything to go by. Wifey loves the fact that she doesn't have to kill herself trying to pull start a petrol motor. The steel deck is good'n'tough. It gets through the bulk of our 150m2 Queensland lawn in 1 shift, then a 30 min drinks break whilst it recharges, and then a nice finish off cut. I'd give it 5 stars if the battery went for longer.
- Verified purchase
Perfect mower for ease of use
This mower is easy to manoeuvre especially for someone with a small build like myself. I especially love that no petrol is needed and so it is environmentally sound with no bad fumes being inhaled. Leaves grass looking well manicured.....our land isn’t the easiest land to mow and yet we do with ease with this one.
This is a useful mower
We selected this model because it has the steel deck, brushless motor, battery life 30 mins, fast charging and Victas reputation.
Of course we tried it out as soon as we got it home. The battery took about 30 mins to charge from 50% to full charge.
Assembly of the mower was an easy task although the instructions were poor.
The test lawn is 100 sqm of Kikuyu grass of varying height. Unsurprisingly, We found this mower as hard to push as its petrol predecessor. It made a good job of cutting the grass although we found we needed to adjust the h...eight upward in thicker sections of the lawn. The mower is quiet and there were no issues. The catcher is pretty flimsy. The instruction manual seems overly cautious, wanting the user to take out the key and remove the battery for tasks such as height adjustment and emptying the grass catcher. Removal of the battery from the mower isn't easy. At the end of the test mow the remaining battery capacity was 50%. This indicates the capacity of this mower will be enough for a 200 sqm lawn, good enough for our need. I have taken a star off because of the crappy manual.
High quality and good value
Well built and has a far superior power output compared to most other electric mowers on the market. The base is steel not plastic. This, together with the powerful battery, really distinguish this mower from the plastic toy alternatives. I know because I had a plastic junk mower (Baume) prior to buying the Victa. The battery lasts long enough to get a good sized lawn done and the mower doesn't conk out in heavy grass.
The catcher is large and easy to use.
Battery charges quickly as well.
- Verified purchase
How does this mower get 5 star reviews??!!
I bought this mower after talking to the Victa rep at Bunnings. I decided I wanted battery model after owning a corded Ozito which after 2 Years finally died. I have had an immaculate lawn for 2 years running the cheapest plastic mower but the cut quality on this mower is aweful in comparison. I payed $500 to be cord free but now suffer a terrible cut. Complained to Victa through their website but absolutely no response. One star from me and that’s for being cordless sorry really doesn’t deserve more.
I’m converted. This is the future of lawn care.
What a cracking mower. When making my decision at Bunnings I looked at all their options. Most looked like little kids toys, it came down to 3 brands AEG, Dewalt and Victa. These 3 all looked like would do the job, I wanted a metal base over the plastic it just sits better across the terrain. Motor power and battery performance was the next consideration, the Victa at $499 was atleast $250 cheaper and seemed to be on par. First use I was super impressed with performance and how quiet it was. I’m so glad I’m converted to cordless rather than a smelly petrol mower. I’d highly recommend this product for anyone looking for a cordless mower.
Great Mower. Better than Petrol
Wow! So happy I made the decision to buy this mower. For under 500 bucks it’s the best value battery operated mower out there imo. Like all other reviewers I can’t say much more about how good it is and how simple to use and operate. Mowing used to be a chore, now it’s as simple as doing the vacuuming. If you’re considering buying this mower...just do it, you’ll be impressed!
Exceeded my expectations. Mowed with ease and less noise
I love this mower. Looked at other battery-operated mowers and they're very narrow and flimsy, as if they just chucked a motor with a toy casing.
This Victa has a metal 18" deck, I think that's generous for a mower at this price point with an 82V battery. Did 90 sqm Buffalo lawn at the 2nd lowest setting. Had extra battery juice left, tried to mow a few more thick patches at the lowest setting. That's when the battery depleted.
Just a reminder on the folding mechanism of the lower handle. I had a tough time convincing myself (and the sta...ff at Bunnings) that the lower handle can be folded for storage. When I explained to the staff, he said it's designed not to be folded at the lower handle hinge. Not satisfied, I went and bought another unit to compare. Sure enough, my lower handle wasn't "bent" enough at the hinge, causing it not to move freely in order to unlatch and fold it. If you're behind the mower pushing it, the hinge is at the bottom left. I looked at the 2nd unit I bought, the latch has some chips as if the handle was forced into it. That is the only flaw I see with the design/manufacturing of this model. Other than that, it's just a minor issue with storage. I'm really fussy with it because I don't have much storage room in the shed.
I am Super happy with this cordless mulcher mower! It is so very lightweight very easy to maneuver, battery lasts the distance, even the battery doesn't take long to fully charge up again either .... mulcher is fantastic ! couldn't even tell I was mowing without the catcher! I truly am super impressed, didn't expect this outcome at all!
Excellent value for money
I have had the 21 inch version for about 18 months as well as all the other tools. I continue to be impressed with the performance of all the tools but the 21 inch mower does drag badly on thick lawn. The smaller and lighter 18 inch version has a lot less drag so it better for our thicker buffalo lawn and the tighter areas. It is also more "Victa-like" with swinging blades so better for tough mowing.
This gear deserves to sell a lot better than it does.
Used this mower was last weekend. First impressions are that the mower is
1) Wheels are a good size and give good grip even when on a slope.
2) Battery lasted for large backyard. Only 1/2 hour charge and did front including large nature strip.
3) Mower changed up when it encountered long / tough grass but took a while to realise the extra load. But more powerful when it is needed.
4) Catcher fitted in really well compared to my old (petrol) mower which was a bulky unit with a narrow throat which blocked up a lot of the time
5) Build quality looks excellent
6) Easier to operate than petro - it's lighter, easier to start and quieter when running.
Would recommend to anyone.
Questions & Answers
Why has Bunnings pulled the victa 82v electric mower from sale?
Peter, hopefully the Briggs and Stratton team (owners of the Victa brand) can answer this question directly, but my understanding is that has been some problems with a recent batch of batteries. I have been advised that those existing customers with fully operating units have no reason for concern. My mower is working perfectly with no battery issues whatsoever.
Should I still want one after not being able to buy one at Bunnings as I was told it had been recalled ?
I have personally contacted the manufacturer at 1800 356 632 today to inquire what might be the problem and have been informed that there is a batch problem with some of the batteries. I was also informed that if my mower is working ok, the battery is fine and I have no reason to be concerned. This product is truly well worth purchasing (has exceeded my expectations) and if you can continue liaising with the manufacturer and/or your local Bunnings store, it would be worth waiting (hopefully only for a short while) until you are able to purchase a product with the battery working 100% ok
I probably have a different view to Angus. I am a bit disappointed with the Victa because the exit shot blocks quickly with even slightly damp grass so would be inclined to try another brand. Ryobi seems to be liked by a friend but I haven't tried it
When I went to pick one up from Bunnings they gave my money back and said it had been recalled ..... knowing that should I try and find one somewhere or pick another ?
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