Written on: 15/01/2013 by tinysandra (1 review written)
Purchased a Mountfield front cut ride on mulching lawn mower model 1125m in July 2008 for £1249.00 from R.H. Crawford of Firthville Boston Lincolnshire. Over the next 18 months the machine was a nightmare broke down many times cant remember how many on a couple of occasions I even had to ring R.H. Crawfords to come and take it out of my garden as could not get it back to my garage. Did not keep records as did not realise would have reason to do so as Crawfords did repairs under guarantee.... (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2012
brilliant mower had it for about 9 10 years never been serviced or anything and just gets fuel put in it everytime it runs out never has had an oil change or anything only topped up and runs fine use it about 2 times a week dureing the summer to cut all our lawns approx 100 foot long and 20 foot wide plus front lawns plus nans lawns also picks up brilliantly in the wet and wet leaves too starts 1st to 3rd pull everytime has the odd sputter when cold now but brilliant for the money (read more)
Written on: 10/10/2012 by Breezer88
Two years old and it will just not start. Clean petrol, new plug, new oil, stripped carb and cleaned, great spark and fuel going in. Air filter replaced, still dead. It is going to council dump this afternoon. I am getting an Atco electric start. (read more)
Written on: 18/09/2012
If u use this mower without the grass box or in grass with cuttings on it the grass gets stuck in the wheels and locks the wheels up. The mower then gets harder and harder to push until u pick the grass out which is very difficult and annoying. Find a mower with proper wheels. (read more)
Written on: 28/02/2012 by retaylor
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... (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2010
I have owned this mower for many many years and have only had it serviced once. Starts on the button every time. Easy to use, and in my opinion well put together. I'd thoroughly recommend this mower to anybody. (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2010
Had mine (470) for 7 years following 2 or 3 other ones from different makes which were unreliable. It has gone on for 7 years and still going fine without a single problem except that the self-drive cable stretched and needed adjustment. Reading the other reviews there is clearly a quality control problem as they're either unltra-reliable from day one or utterly unreliable form day one.
Personally, I'm moving to the Channel Islands and I;ve bought another one from B&Q there and will leave... (read more)
Written on: 26/08/2010
Reliable hard working lawnmower, have used on my own lawn and also on 10 other lawns as I set up lawn mowing business.
Simple to start and operate, light enough to lift in and out of van.
Maintenance straight forward, manual not very comprehensive suspect they want you to take it to a dealer for service, but changing oils, cleaning air filter straight forward. Spares readily available. (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2010
Our SP470 is 7 years old and never faltered until this morning, when it has started to splutter, petrol and oil fine. Will book it in for its first ever service. This mower has been through a lot and until today it has been nothing but excellent. (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2010 by lickleweed (1 review written)
bought my mountfield from b&q £229,wheel fell off and pull start broke in first week,took it back and got a replacement,wheels fell off,nuts and bolts work loose,drive shaft slips,handle works loose,plastic engine cover fell off and wont go back on,engine and blade vibrated itself loose from housing(Extremely Dangerouse),after 14 months iv had enough of it(fed up of picking up the peices and screwing back on)iv finaly got a mower that does exactly what its supposed to (weibang).
mountfields... (read more)
Written on: 29/07/2010
I bought my SP470 second hand when it was a year old but like new. I have had it for over 2 years now and am impressed with it. Not only does it cut my garden but I also have do 6 others that I do regularly. It has never missed a beat, gives a good finish and can cope with quite long grass.It is nice and light so is easy to lift in and out of my van. However the front wheels are starting to turn in and look as if they could come off soon. Reliable and easy to use machine comes highly... (read more)
Written on: 26/07/2010 by ratherbesculling (1 review written)
Crappy product, front wheel fell off after 2 hrs, drive failed after 10 hrs, was fixed and failed immediately - aviod like the plague, engine appears strong (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2010
What a dreadful mower! The pull starter handle broke after a couple of days. The plastic top cover fell off a week or so later, and won't fit back on. After 12 months, the front wheels have splayed out. And then the push bar/handle broke. Mountfield now won't replace the mower because it's over 12 months old (even though it's still in warranty), and won't fix the splayed front wheels (saying I've caused this myself somehow!) Their customer services are apalling ... they don't reply to... (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2010
I have found the engine starts very well but the construction is flimsy with wheels woobly after a few uses. The pull cord has snapped and the mechanism appears to be riveted to the engine. If you ring up the maintenance phone line they are worse than useless - apparently replacing a pull cord is too complicated for them to deal with, they promise to give you a number for Briggs and Stratton (engine makers) and then they hang up. (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2010
dont ever buy one of these mowers as soon as the warrenty runs out they go bang? and the comlaints depatment are just plain arrogant (read more)
Written on: 16/06/2010 by SarahTT (2 reviews written)
My previous Mountfield died after 20 years of great service, so no shock that I replaced it with another similar machine. But what a disappointment this machine is. It needs constant maintenance. In particular, the self propelled drive belt comes off too easily - you can fix by removing the battery, then the battery housing (there's a screw to remove, then lift and pull) and then you have access to the pulley. The build quality is poor. The engine is good. After 2 years the machine looks... (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2010
bougth my mountfield 474 at B&Q thought the name said it all, got one cut and the pull cord system broke currently on my fourth replacement pull cord in two years . apparently a common fauly (dealer says) when it breaks down again
i will buy honda (read more)
Written on: 08/05/2010 by ajkillick (1 review written)
I've had my 470 for 8 years and has given me no trouble. I change the oil and spark plug every 2 or 3 years and sharpen the blade. This year the engine started to hunt and sounded like it was misfiring. I changed the worn carbuettor diaphragm (£1.75) which is a common fault and now it runs like new again. (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2010
I would not recommend Mountfield to anyone. I bought my 1st Mountfield in 2006 . Had to send it back before I ever used it. Parts missing. 2nd one arrived lasted 7 weeks (4 cuts) Brought it to be repaired 9 times. Total rubbish. I wouldn't take one if I was getting it for nothing. Never experienced worse................
Bought a Honda. A real mower. 3 years on still running like clockwork...... (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2010
5 years ago I bought a Mountfield SP460 roller from B&Q. My father had had a mountfield in the 1970s and I recall it giving 25 years of reliable service. In short it was a good quality hard wearing lawn mower. Not so now. Looking at the SP460 roller you'd think I'd had it 25 years not 5. I have looked after it well, kept it serviced and dry stored in the garage. The Briggs and Stratton engine is fine, although the rest is really flimsy and has not weathered well with my light garden... (read more)
Written on: 04/09/2009
The Mountfield SP470 is easy to start,reliable, efficient grass cutting (read more)
Written on: 24/08/2009
Mountfield SP470 is a dependable machine which if maintained yearly puts more expensive mowers to shame. Can cope with wet grass, is v frugal with fuel and gives a great finish. I wouldnt bother buying a pro machine unless using every day all day. But- front Wheels have started to wooble after 4 years of pro use- once replaces shouldt be a prob. (read more)
Written on: 23/08/2009
I've read the other reviews on the Mountfield SP470 and feel genuinely sorry for those who have experienced problems - perhaps they were from the Friday afternoon/Monday morning assembly. If I'd had the same problems I'd probably say the same BUT ... this is my 7th consecutive summer using my SP470 on a large undulating garden with no problems other than the odd bit falling off which never seems to impact on its perfomance! I'm now loathe to have it serviced in case it starts off a... (read more)
Written on: 16/08/2009 by Circa1950
Bought my Mountfield SP470 from B&Q and now 4 yrs old, I realy can't grumble. It starts easily, the height adjustment is relatively easy despite one plastic adjuster snapping off and it cuts the grass. The broken adjuster, together with the broken belt cowling above the blade were both caused by misuse. A common problem with the B&S engine is "hunting", commonly solved by replacing the carbs gasket & diaphragm set (£5.50), though in my case it simply required the jets to be blown through... (read more)
Written on: 15/08/2009
Bought this Mountfield SP470 mower from B&Q last year, the drive belt falls off every time I use it, the starter toggle has snapped off, the grass box doesn't work properly and I get showered in grass cuttings, the petrol cap has broken and most other nuts and bolts have worked loose. Only buy this mower if you intend to use it only once. (read more)
Written on: 06/08/2009
The Briggs & Stratton engine is the best make you can get, and anyone having problems is obviously mis-treating it or not following the service shedule! While the belt drive isn't the best method of all time, with proper adjustment it's perfectly capable. The wheels do tend to get a little loose after a LOT of use, but this doesn't make it unusable by any means! This is a great lawnmower, and as long as you know how to use and look after your tools, you can't go wrong! (read more)
Written on: 13/07/2009
bought our mountfield sp470 from b&q .started off ok. now 2 summers on it sounds like a bag of spanners....hunting on and off ,cuts out. Rubbish in my opinion....save your pennies and get something with a honda engine. (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2009
this Mountfield SP470 mower serves me and my large garden well. no real problems with it in 3 years. the clutch spring is loose but mower still works well. (read more)
Written on: 21/05/2009
The Mountfield SP470 is flimsy...front wheel is broken, handle sheared, not enough power to move of its own accord...self-propelled?...engine is fine...after one and a half seasons (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2009
Don't buy this Mountfield SP470 mower. I wish I had read the other reviews on this site before buying the sp470. It looks like my problems are not unique. (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2009
Motor has come loose from base, total pain to bolt back on, starter cable snapped simple to replace? why have they riveted the starter mechanism to the body when it is bound to need replacing at some point. Ever heard of nuts and bolts, oh yea you have and they keep coming lose
And I had to rebuild the throttle as the person who put it together did it in such a way as it could not possible work.
Mountfield SP470 is an awful mower from a lousy company. (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2009 by hasa (1 review written)
I use our Mountfield SP470 on a regular basis and i have had it for at least 4 years and it still works like its brand new, not only that but if its 4 years old and is still working, when you compare it to most other lawn mowers they have often stopped working by now. So in my opinion the SP470 is a truly reliable machine. (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2009 by gardenservices
i am a pro gardener so the Mountfield SP470 mower gets much more sustained use than it is intended for.overall i'm pleased,the engine is sound(oil changed regularly) and starting reliable.the chassis build quality is poor.the front wheels have started to wobble,and the red plastic start handle recently snapped off.the engine is only 3.5bhp,so will not push long/wet grass through to the box very efficiently.i'm upgrading to a honda,husqvarna or hayter.i reckon its fair value for money,if you... (read more)
Written on: 21/09/2008
Bought Mountfield SP470 at B+Q cheap, starts first time every time even after winter layup.
No problems with anything ever coming loose.
Grass box is fine, have a very hilly garden and the clutch is starting to slip after approx 6 years.
Good for the money. (read more)
Written on: 11/08/2008
Satisfactory for the work it has done. The Mountfield has lasted well over 4 years. The arm has fallen off and I can't find a spare (read more)
Written on: 07/08/2008
This Mountfield SP470 has served me well for 3 years with no problems, still starts first time. My only complaints are the build quality, flimsy and nowhere near as good as my previous Mountfield and the cutting height is not low enough, have tried to see if blade spacers were available with no joy. Have had my money's worth but will not buy a Mountfield again. (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2008 by Gaz7 (1 review written)
I paid what I consider a premium to purchase this Mountfield SP470 mower from B&Q for peace of mind - what a mistake. After 12 weeks the starter broke (destroyed); the cheap and nasty plastic wheel bearings always squeak and the grass box is terrible. It is held together at the front with little plastic clips that always come undone - totally unsuitable. Both B&Q and Mountfield don't want to know - I have wasted my money and the two year warranty appears to be useless. I now have to buy a... (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2008
The guarantee on my Mountfield SP470 was for three years but I gave up on it after 2.
Even if I got it fixed it would have been hassle. I lost money on it but it was a good move buying another one. (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2008
Bought Mountfield SP470 at B & Q . Wheel dropped off at first use. Tried to get refund. B & Q refused. Managed to fix wheel on but grass and dirt got in between wheel case and clogged up eventually stopping wheels from going round. Back wheel height adjusters broke. Ended up sledging mower round garden. Don't buy a mower from B & Q and don't buy a Mountfield. Total rubbish! (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2008 by trelawney73
As a landscaper, I have frequently purchased Mountfield mowers, including the SP470. They are cheap and you get what you pay for. We use them constantly for about 2-3 years until they are fit for spares or a skip! Reliable engines and relatively cheap parts (dont go to B&Q- a waste of time). (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2008 by lauren123
One of the wheels has now come off so often I always carry spanners around with me when I mow.
Every time I now mow at least one screw will work its way loose and I get to spend many happy hours rummaging in the garden looking for them.
Its latest trick is to sound like a wailing banshee and cut out while I am mowing. It also has the standard feature of the throttle cable (which i assume must be made out of kryptonite) managing to wear through the high quality plastic.
I decided that maybe... (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2008 by tjohndavies (1 review written)
The Mountfield SP470 is a good if basic mower with a straightforward and proven Briggs engine. The main drawback on these is that the carburettor diaphragms need replacing every few years - less if you completely empty the tank each winter! (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2008 by Bayleaf
Don't think for a moment that paying a premium for a Mountfield gets you a better quality machine than the bargain priced brands from China. Grass box seems designed to last 5 minutes. It's held together with brittle plastic clips and the customer has to finish the building process. It took me an hour just to save Mountfield a couple of pence in logistic costs.
Instructions are poor- a bit like the whole Mountfield experience really. Save up and buy a Honda. (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2008
The SP470 is not good value for money, money would be better spent on a more expensive brand, not mountfield. (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2008
Overall, good value for money, not as good as my other Mountfield, easy to use, economical, a bit slow on revs, fixed speed. Awful to service.
Can any one tell me how to adjust the clutch? (read more)
Written on: 10/12/2007
It cuts well. Cuts out a lot quicker then you would expect. (read more)
Written on: 10/10/2007 by roy peebles
I would not recommend this make of mower to anyone based on my experience. I bought the machine from B&Q and would have expected to have no problem on any subsequent spares needed. This is not the case and prospective purchasers need to be aware that the machine itself (not the engine) is manufactured in Italy. The supply chain from my experience is hopeless. (read more)
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