Written on: 28/02/2012 by retaylor (1 review written)
This is a review of the old mower about 2003 model. It's red.
Good stuff... Very forgiving and easy for anyone to get a great finish every time, and really easy to cut up to walls/edges because of the deck setup and the position of the wheels. Very simple to use. Lightweight, at only around 25kg it's about the lightest self-propelled, petrol mower there is. Has a Briggs and Stratton classic engine which is very well supported by any service centre and generally lasts longer than the rest of the mower. Can handle wet grass better than most mowers i've used. A mulch plug is available and works very well (although might be hard to find one).
Bad stuff... Handles are not set up very ergonomically. After prolonged use, gripping one handle in each hand it becomes painful. Wheels can be a problem after a couple of years as the plastic is maybe not as strong as it could be, it can cost a bit to replace these parts too. Engine is not really powerful enough to cut long grass effectively, but you shouldn't really be mowing less than once a fortnight anyway. Height adjustment levers are plastic and not much cop.
Other stuff worth noting... Old ones had Briggs and stratton engines that were of good quality. New ones have chinese engines that can be fine, but sometimes they just don't work or are assembled badly. New ones have better wheels and single lever height adjustment.
Summary... I would buy "at least" one (to use professionally) if they still had Briggs engines and the handles were better. They are value for money if they work but you do take a risk as B&Q don't like accepting returns as much as they used to (you would have to argue and wait a lot).