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Written on: 19/05/2013
Bought the Mountfield SP474 because of the Mountfield reputation. Probably the worst thing I have ever bought. Due to constant problems trying to start it I took it to a lawnmower dealer and service agent who advised me that the engine was Chinese and notoriously troublesome. I mistakenly thought the engine was British. Having injured my shoulder trying to start it I have decided enough is enough and I am looking for a reliable replacement. If I could award it 0 stars I would. In my opinion… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/05/2012
Had one for less than 2 months third time of using it the machine died on me halfway through the lawn checked for petrol a ok went to restart it & the pullcord recoil mechanism broke took it back to B&Q they did not want to know directing me to a service centre, after sending £270 pounds with them there was no hint of custormer service only got your money don't want to know. when I arrived @ the service centre response was "bought @ B&Q good job we get paid to fix warranty work Lesson learnt… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/09/2011 by bj_cardiff (1 review written)
I've had my mower for about 2 years, I thought mountfield were a well known and good manufacturer, however, its been nothing but trouble. Petrol cap has split, starter handle is in two and the gaskit has blown.. I think the gaskit is on its way out again as the motor is very uneven and its cutting out regularly.. I hate it! If the grass is slightly too long it won't cut and the engine keeps cutting out and you get a really awful cut. The grass box only half fills before the vent from the… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/08/2010
I would like to eco the sentiments of many contributors. The SP474 is quite frankly rubbish. I had a Moutfield for more than 15 years with a Brigs and Stratton engine and if work fine until the day the deck rusted though.
The new machine purchased 2 years ago has been nothing but trouble and has been in for repair twice and to cap it all the drive belt to the clutch has now gone.
Talking to the service centre which when I took mine in last time they (surrounded by broken Moutfiled) suggested… Read Full Review
Written on: 23/07/2010
Bought this mower from B&Q one month ago and thought it looked brilliant. However,the second time I used it something snapped when I pulled the starting cord, a bit of plastic flew out, and would then not start (the starting cord would not turn the engine round)
I rang Mountfield and wasn't impressed when they said they would send some parts to do the repair myself so I took it to a repair centre who said 'not another B&Q one' It would appear these are made in China especially for B&Q.
Knowing… Read Full Review
Written on: 17/05/2010 by stu172 (1 review written)
I bought one of these mowers last summer and to date it hasn't let me down once.
It does struggle on the lowest setting, but i find the next setting up is short enough for me. That said i have used it on the lowest setting and it works OK, just struggles a bit on rougher terrain.
Mine has started first time every time and has coped with pretty much everything i've thrown at it (even plouging through fallen apples, on my mother in laws 130ft garden). The build quality seems fine to me.
Before… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/04/2010
Bought my Mountfield SP474 lawnmower 2 years ago of B&Q - after the motor of my electric mower had caught fire. It starts well, cuts even damp grass, nothing has broke so far and after customizing the basket I manage to cut the grass of my medium-large sized garden with no problem. It took my daughter and me a few go's to start it yesterday after a winter in the garage, but that's normal, I guess. Once the motor was warm it re-started straight away. And yes, as a woman I would recommend it… Read Full Review
Written on: 23/01/2010
Machine body will flex and allow drive shaft to shift. Result cutting height mechanism fails and drops to lowest cutting level position. Solution from Mountfield 5 plastic washers sent in post. Don't try to fit these yourself! Take out extended warranty you'll need it.
Owned now 3 years bought @ £140 new from B&Q. First machine returned same day with fault, should have guessed design was poor - they did not want to take it back. SP474. Will bin when clutch goes!… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/11/2009 by borderer (1 review written)
Contrary to other reviews I have found this mower to be reliable and to produce a good result, easy starting and cuts in most conditoons. I have fairly large garden and it copes well. I would recomend, if you have not had a petrol mower read the instruction booklet before use.
reliable, easy starter
grass box fills rapidly
Find local dealer if you are going to have it serviced and find out cost.
Service is about 25% of cost of mower, so if you are thinking about changing plug and oil… Read Full Review
Written on: 18/10/2009
I have had this mower for over 2 years, it's never gone wrong or broken anything, it cuts damp and even wet grass up to 5 inches high. My lawn isn't flat but the power drive works very well pulls along nicely. Would say my Lawn areas constitute a large garden and this mower is just about right as a full tank does more than enough cutting. Starts very easily even after 2 years, Pull Start cord and handle still original. Mine is a Briggs and Stratton engine, runs very well. Engine has only… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/04/2009 by Zakdogblue (1 review written)
I too thought Mountfield was a decent make.
The plastic block that retains the cable outer sleeves for the self-propel and deadman's handle cables has simply shattered as the effort involved to lift the lower handle is quite excessive.
The started cord snapped after about two weeks.
Previous lawn mower lasted 10 years (Honda engine) but the body rusted away.
Totally unimpressed with this effort… Read Full Review
Written on: 08/03/2009 by treborc (1 review written)
Poor quality product, the only good point about a Mountfield mower is the Briggs and stratton engine. As for the rest of the mower it will not mow if the grass is slightly damp. … Read Full Review
Written on: 29/09/2008 by clairebutler (1 review written)
I bought this mower from B & Q 5 months ago for over £200, thinking that Mountfield was a decent make and that B & Q were a reputable retailer, how wrong I was. The first time it was used the plastic starter handle broke, then the pull cord guide and hand wheel broke and now the accelerator has stopped working. B & Q have referred us to Mountfield. Mountfield have referred us to B & Q because that's where I bought it. On 2 separate occasions Mountfield have sent replacement parts for the… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/07/2008 by Basildon006 (1 review written)
I bought this Mountfield SP474 because I had had a similar mountfield model for the last 10 years.
I don't know what has happened but this one is nothing like as good.
I have had it now for 2 months.
I have had two plastic starter handles break and am now told that "it must be the way you start it". Yet the one I have had for 10 years still has it's original handle!
B&Q say it's nothing to do with them (they won't take it back) and to contact the manufacturer, who says that I will have to buy a… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/07/2008 by CaptJack (1 review written)
Bought this Mountfield mower 8 months ago from B&Q. Had problems with the cutting height dropping down to lowest level after going over a bump. Today it did the same thing when I was going over a concrete inspection cover set into my lawn. The blade 'snicked' the edge of the cover causing the engine to stop. Couldn't start the engine, couldn't even pull the starting cord. I dismantled the engine to find that the main shaft that goes through the engine to the blade was bent beyond repair. The… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/07/2008 by Pascall (1 review written)
B&Q were most reluctant to take the machine back. Were told to take it to different Mountfield repair centres to be looked at. As machine was bought the day before, I didn't feel that the machine was worth keeping. Avoid this machine at all costs… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/06/2008
First cut the engine on my Mountfield SP474 started making a funny noise and cut out and now wont start at all!… Read Full Review
Written on: 10/06/2008 by gesson (1 review written)
I am replacing my Mountfield SP474 before the warranty runs out because of the hassle I've had so far. Was told it was a Honda engine - turns out to be chinese unit that is hopeless on all but the neatest grass.
Not very reliable - 1st 6 months faults so far are -
Faulty starter had to be replaced
Engine detuned itself and kept cutting out, returned to local dealer to fix.
Plastic wheel bearings replaced by local dealer.
Squeaky annoying wheels need constant WD40 applied.
My advice: a stay… Read Full Review
Written on: 04/06/2008
If your thinking of going to B& Q to buy a Mountfield SP474 petrol lawn mower, don't! Unless like me you want to spend hours on the phone and writing letters of complaint. Save yourself a lot of bother and don't bother! Go somewhere else. If you can, save up a bit more and buy a better quality mower off someone else. The customer service I received from B&Q was dreadful. Recommend to a friend? You're having a laugh!… Read Full Review
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