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Load of rubbish
Yes was great the first few times but then the choke cable broke which I have managed to bypass but this morning I put fuel in to use it and it's pouring out underneath, I think it's terminally ill, grrrrr very unreliable and now is going to cost $ to fix it. I'm rather sick of this throwaway mentality but by the time I lug it into the repair shop and find out it's going to cost heaps to fix it I may as well throw it on the heap with the rest of all the crappy products I have purchased, bring back the good old reliable fridges washers tv's and lawn mowers cos I'm rather sick of the poor quality overpriced items that we need for everyday life available these days!
What else is going to fall off
I purchased another Victor mower after my old Victor died, and I was very disappointed with the quality of the mower and the cut. Plastic hub caps keep falling off, doesn't throw the grass to the back of the catcher (loads the front of the catcher) the wheels are just a blown plastic (not solid like the old ones) the crappy trim on the catcher didn't fit properly (required the flash trimming (excess plastic from moulding process)) I have to mow the grass at a snails pace to get a reasonable cut (old mower I could almost jog (well walk fairly quickly)). The build quality just doesn't seem to be there anymore for such an iconic mower.
For a budget/mid range mower all is well so far
Put in handle, assemble catcher, add oil, add fuel. Started first pull. It mowed the lawn effortlessly. What more do you need from a mower in this category. I can't say whether it will last for over 20 years like the last Victa 2 stroke it's replacing but we are off to a good start. This machine is well finished and quiet. So far so good.
Same thing I've taken ownership of a victa classic cut. Every time I have used it something has gone wrong. 1/ there was no oil in it. 2/ spark plug was stuffed. 3/ then the throttle fell off. Took it to the Victa dealer in Cranbourne who proceeded to tell me none of the above items were covered by warranty $120.00 later I get it back and the new throttle cable he put in will not turn off. I had always bought Victa Mowers, NEVER AGAIN.
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Not a Good Start
Had a Victa for mower for 15 years and it has been indestructible. So purchased the classic cut from Bunnings today. Put it together filled with oil, started first time, great. After about 10 minutes of light use, oil is being pushed out of the side of the engine. Obviously the engine hadn't been torqued enough and not sure it had been tested by quality control, very disappointing!
Every time I have started this mower something else rattles offered it's embarrassing to think that
I just took ownership of a 410 dollar Victa classic cut mower and every time I have used it something has fallen off wild the cut of the lawn is fine and it does start with these. I am left feeling as if instead of buying a Hyundai I should have bought a BMW
Very Fuel Efficient, Works Great
I have had for about 5 months now and it always start's first pull, I changed the oil yesterday and cleaned the filter and it still works. I used the Briggs and Stratton Oil that was recommended. I use the 91 octane fuel and have no problems. I can mow my whole lawn which takes about 3 hours on 1 and a bit tanks, so very fuel efficient.
It cut's the grass great, including after rain, after I use it in the wet, I turn it backwards and put the handlebars on the ground and wash the underside with a hose.
The Briggs & Stratton 158cc motor coupled with assembled in Australia won me over on the Bunnings we
Three and a half years on My mums tough Talon sure fire 400 failed with a combination of sequential failures. It all began with my tilting of the unit to inspect the worn original blades and the consequences that resulted,
A number off problems resulted combined with the unrelated accelerator cable not properly moving and finally ending with the pull rope breaking.
Rather than getting it repaired and serviced, new blades, pull rope and cleaning the air filter, oil and perhaps inlet manifold cleaned that may result in an $200 plus bill we t...hought it may be better to buy either the Bunnings offered Makita 140cc unit or the promotional Black Victa classic 158cc catch or mulch. Upon inspecting the range offered by my local Bunnings, I did notice the solid heavy slightly more expensive, Ryobi rotary as a tempting option worth considering.! I settled for the Black promotional Victa 158cc Classic, as my mum was never happy with the weak smaller capacity motor of the Talon surefire 400, hence our reluctant inclination to invest money involved in a pending required major service. The Black Victa classic 158cc unit requires a strong pull due to the compression of this significant motor.
A good little mower
I have had this mower for approximately four-five years and have used it on average once a week in summer and once every 2-3 weeks in winter. I picked it up on special for $299. For that price, it has served me well and is a good piece of kit.
I have changed the oil and air filter every twelve months and regularly cleaned the chassis after use. The engine has never missed a beat. It starts on the first pull most days and doesn't require a lot of strength to pull. At most, it'll start after 2-3 pulls. For those complaining about Briggs and St...ratton engines, take it with a grain of salt. Everyone should service their mower appropiately before they complain on these review sites and I would argue most don't and thus, experience problems. It mows the lawn very well and throws the grass into the catcher really well (no clumps left behind). The throttle is sensitive to input and the engine is powerful enough to chew through occassions when grass has been damp and long, without the engine faltering. It is also extremely fuel efficient as I could mow an average 800sqm block twice before topping up. The only caution I would offer is that the anchoring system Victa use for the handle (single-bolt to chassis) can loosen over time resulting in handle sway. This is fairly normal although I think Victa should consider using a side anchor point or use two bolts to spread the load. The reason for this feedback is that this can lead to the area around the bolt weakening due to metal fatigue. Unfortunately, this happened recently and a fairly sizeable weakening in the chassis resulted in the handle falling off. A quote from the repairman involved welding a plate onto the chassis at a cost of around $240 so it now makes more sense to buy a new one. I am unconvinced this is a unique problem with Victa's as I've seen a number of mentions on forums regarding this issue, however, I don't think it's a common problem either. All things will ultimately break and that is a fact. Were I to buy another Victa again, I would pay extra attention to the handle bolt and make sure it doesn't wiggle around too much. The mower repairman I spoke to said he replaced the seat and used an extra set of washers to stop this from happening.
Cheap, reliable mower
Our lawn is quite small - can be edges and mown in 40 minutes, so when our old mower expired I did not want to spend a lot. Picked this up on special for $329, so figured I couldn't go wrong. Engine is Briggs & Stratton and starts 1st time. It is a budget mower, and you can see how they get to this price figure - wheels are hollow and feel sightly flimsy compared to my previous mower with solid ball bearing wheels. Base plate feels lightweight. Height adjustment mechanism also could be more robust, but it works fine. Overall a good mower for the price.
Questions & Answers
What petrol do u use
I have a 500m2 grass and that is usually just under one tank full of fuel. I use the cheap stuff from the fuel station. If you only have a small yard and it would be sitting in the mower tank or petrol can. I would suggest going with 95 petrol. It has a much longer shelf life when sitting for long periods of time. For me the cheap stuff works because I use it straight away. I mow my yard one to two times a week. Love the mower and it never fails me.
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