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Gents, I'm after a mower to suit the following criteria. I need some recommendations.

 

I mainly do gardens so it doesn't need to run all day, everyday, but does need to be reliable.

 

My current mowers:

Victa LawnKeeper - Lightweight 18" Home owner model for going up stairs/tight areas.

Honda HRU196 L/R

Victa Mulchmaster with Victa VEX60 (Self Propelled)

 

I'm looking for a mower that fits the following criteria:

- Folding handle (Quick and Easy like the victa handles, willing to modify the honda handles)

- Relatively Lightweight

- Both catching and mulching capabilities

- Self propelled


Posted 22 September 2018 - 05:19 PM

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https://www.victa.co...fpropelled.html


Posted 22 September 2018 - 05:36 PM

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217.


Posted 25 September 2018 - 05:56 PM

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Hi Alex,

You are like all of us, wishing for mower heaven. You forgot to mention that the ideal mower would have an air-conditioning unit that bathed the operator in a cool breeze on a 30+ day..

Taking one thing at a time, handles that are hard or slow to fold down are a great problem. I use Honda HRU216's because they are so boring and reliable, but they have many faults, including the handles. Victa used to have, maybe still do, cam-like levers at each side that locked the handles in the extended position very quickly. The problem with that is that the plastic cam surface wears and soon you have to tighten the nut. Then after some episodes of tightening, the nut gets loose on the thread, and begins to loosen itself. So you have to tighten it more and more often. Honda's answer is to have big knurled nuts that you tighten directly onto a threaded stud to force the upper and lower handles together. The problem is that it takes a lot of time to release or tighten these nuts each time. (Not to mention that sometimes they work loose, fall unnoticed, get run over and destroyed by the mower.) I eventually worked out a way of securing the mower on the trailer without folding the handles, saving time.

So there's lots of scope for wannabe engineers to improve mower handles.

Another thing that would be nice - if the handlebar was one sided, a single super-strong bar down one side, allowing us to remove/replace the catcher without anything in the road.


Posted 04 October 2018 - 11:35 PM

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I'm going with the 19" Victa Vanguard SP. It's the most suitable for what I need it for.
Posted 05 October 2018 - 04:18 PM

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This is what l do when the victa cam-locks get sloppy.....took a while to search it out lol

 

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works like a charm p.s. its upside down in the photo, so it slides down not up


Posted 05 October 2018 - 09:30 PM

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Problem with cams (apart from getting the spread thing happening) or screw type is they tend to apply pressure that's centered which in turn curls the end of the upper handle. You can alleviate this nonsense by using victa lower handle braces ? the curved thing that holds the victa lower handle to the base (the thick one like on the old ally base victa's) it my require a longer bolt allowing you to spread the load (the handle locks of the old masport premiers are i deal for this to replace the bolt & as they're like a long wing nut except the wings run parallel with the handles) .

 

1st url to img of premier wing nut. Close up makes it appear farther out than it is

http://tinypic.com/u...xc#.W71kkJJSq9I

 

2nd url is the victa clamps

http://tinypic.com/u...xc#.W71mzpJSq9I

 

 

edit: i don't require folding of handles hence hose clamps in use in 2nd pik. The honda has the wing nut on upper handles & i have yet to put the victa clamps on inner & outer sides with hose clamps,i'm getting old i keep forgetting too


Posted 10 October 2018 - 12:43 PM




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