The Hyundai is an incredibly tough and rugged petrol lawnmower. What makes it so suitable for cutting large gardens, is that it is self-propelling. You don’t need to push and pull this mower around, it will mow and move forward of its own volition.
Cutting grass then becomes a guiding operation, not a full-on workout. There are four different drive speeds, which will let you skim quickly through or slow down and chug through the longer stuff.
When looking at the cutting specs, the Hyundai has some great features. To start, what do you do with the clippings?
You can either have them fly into the 70 litre grass bag, which comes with the mower. Or you can have the cuttings discharge through the side, useless if you’re cutting far away from where you usually leave your clippings. Finally, there is a mulching plug which, with the correct additional extra, allows you to mulch the grass as you cut and leave it behind as a natural fertiliser.
The cut width is 51cm, and you can change the height through five different options – the height ranges available are 25mm to 75mm.
When you’re done, the mower is easy to store without taking up lots of space. You can shrink the footprint by folding away the handles – these handles are also nicely padded to keep your hands from chapping and chafing.
For a petrol mower, the Hyundai is incredibly easy to start, no priming and pulling a cord. Instead, you simply use the electric push-button to get things going instantly. Although it doesn’t ship ready to mow, assembly completely tools free and adequately explained through the instruction manual.VIEW PRICE HERE
McCulloch’s self-propelled lawnmower is a 4×4, single-speed beast. The quality of the components and the drive of the engine make the M53 perfect for those tackling large, undulating gardens without the help of a ride-on lawnmower.
The mower has a sturdy welded steel cutting deck and handle set up. On the handles lie the FlexiSpeed controls. These speed controls can be made with either hand, left or right, and, when unleashed, will let the mower pull like a damn train when going uphill.
When going downhill the motor won’t run away with you either, the speed control keeps things steady and stable. Hills become very easy.
As the power is 4×4, all wheels can pull. When tackling tough and bumpy ground this is incredibly useful, it keeps pulling regardless of whether you’ve got one or two wheels spinning in the air.
When you’re cutting, the grass clipping are fired through the rear-mounted discharge chute. This chute has a very nicely designed profile which keep the mower sleek and keeps its mobility in tight spaces.
The AutoPrime feature means you don’t have to press the squidgy button, however you do still have to pull the starter cord.
All in all, it is a fantastic mower for covering large areas. The power is superb and will likely take you by surprise.VIEW PRICE HERE
The GC-PM mower is a self-propelled mower made by the versatile and affordable toolmaker, Einhell. It has a beefy four-stroke engine, the GC-PM has an electric start and a rear wheel drive.
The mower is a rugged and performs to a high standard. The motor dishes out high torque from its back wheels, perfect for climbing hills. You can also disengage the back wheels, should you feel the pull is getting to your arms, or you need to do some fine work.
Cutting heights can be adjusted through six different settings, a minimum cutting height of 30mm and a maximum of 70mm is possible. People across a range of heights too, will be comfortable using the GC-PM as the handles can be extended or shortened through three settings.
Another neat touch is the battery, which is used for electrically priming and starting the engine, this will recharge whilst mowing, through the use of a dynamo. This mower also comes with a charger for getting the battery going if it is completely dead.
With a cutting width of 46cm, the mower is perfect for mid-sized gardens, but could handle larger gardens at a push. The fuel tank is 1.3 litres and, again, the engine is primed electrically. This E-Start feature just requires you to turn a key to start the engine, no more straining whilst yanking the ripcord.VIEW PRICE HERE
Honda Izy HRG 466
Honda don’t just make cars and motorbikes, like a good multinational conglomerate, they do lawnmowers too. The Izy is a four-wheel drive self-propelled petrol mower, the 466 is an upgraded version of their 465 mower. It has all of the attention to detail you’d expect from Honda, so let’s have a look-see.
The self-propelled nature means this is perfect for mowing large areas, and the four-wheel drive means you can get over lumps and bumps without all wheels touching the ground.
The cutting deck is made from a tough steel, it has been treated to prevent corrosion, rust or sun-damage from taking hold. The longevity of the mower means you’ll be using this for years to come. The inital one-year warranty covers all defects in the materials and any craftsman-related faults. Parts and servicing are easy to access too.
When it comes down to the mowing, the Honda has great capacity and range. The cutting width is the standard industry 46cm. The lowest cutting height is a very trim 10mm, and a lush 74mm in height.
The mower has a grass collecting bag with a 55 litre capacity, this isn’t super large and means you will be emptying it semi-frequently if you’re cutting a 2,000 square meter garden. Grass is flung into the bag by diverting the airflow generated from the blades. What’s really happening is a pocket of low pressure is created and a vacuum effect snorts the clippings back into the bag.
There’s not a side-release option for funnelling grass straight out which does mean you’re semi-limited to the bag size. The mower ships with a 55 litre bag, but Honda have a range of compatible sizes from 50 litres up to 73 litres.
An alternative option is to use the mulching feature, which closes the back door to the bag, and forces the mower to mow the grass down to a finer size. This is then dropped straight down and onto the lawn as natural fertiliser.
The engine is a GCV160, meaning it is 160cc and pull like 4.4 horses. The engine and body design are curved which prevents grass from collecting in any crevices, a real pain when it comes to cleaning.
Strong handles are essential on a self-propelled mower, and the Honda Izy doesn’t skimp in this department. They don’t bend and they don’t flex, they provide a sturdy anchor to mow from. What’s great too is that they can be neatly folded away to prevent the lawnmower from completely taking over your garage or garden shed.VIEW PRICE HERE
The Murray EQ500 is the bigger version of the EQ400. Murray’s mowers use the powerful and well-regarded Briggs & Stratton motors, in this model it is 140cc 500E series engine which takes petrol. This engine has been designed with low-emissions in mind, which is better for both you and the planet.
The mower is self-propelled and has a 46cm steel cutting deck. The bag size is 60 litres, it’s got a soft bag too, not a hard one which I tend to find are detrimental to manoeuvrability. Cutting heights come in six different settings. They range from 28mm up to 92mm, making it perfect for those larger gardens which have a wilder feel to them.
The top speed is 3.6km/h, and the torque is enough to make hills easy to climb. It isn’t four-wheel drive, unlike some of the other mowers we’ve tried, but the power is enough to compensate for this shortcoming.
What’s also lacking a bit of sophistication is the start mechanism. You have to prime and pull yourself, this can be hardwork for some and is worth considering if you’re looking for an all round energy saving lawnmower.
Although you might not have heard of Murray, they’ve been making mowers and power tools for almost 100 years. They’re closely affiliated with the Briggs & Stratton motor makers and offer good value for money, if not full and expansive features.VIEW PRICE HERE
The Mountfield 464 TR-B is a motor with a very modest footprint and a decent cutting width. The motor is an upgraded version of Mountfield’s 394 P-B, it’s got a better motor, bigger collection abilities and a greater range of cutting heights to choose from.
The 464 is a great option for those looking to escape the prime-and-pull motor. It has a lithium-ion battery powered InStart system, which makes for reliable starts. There’s no need to prime or choke, it’s very smooth and smart. Simply push the button on the handle and you’re mowing.
Mountfield’s grass collector is also very nicely designed, it’s got a canvas bag and a plastic hood and lid. This combination is lighter and more durable than hard-case plastic alternatives.
Cutting height is centralised, you only have to adjust one lever on one wheel to choose the height you want. The heights range from 20mm up to 70mm.
Although the recommended lawn size is 40 meters by 40 meters, the 464 has a side discharge option. We really like this feature as it means you can cut for longer and cover large areas without stopping to empty the bag.
Unfortunately there is no mulching option, however, side-discharge is essentially a low-key version of this feature anyway.
Under the hood the 464 has a Briggs & Stratton motor. The EXI Series engine never requires you to change the oil. You only have to check the oil level and top it up. No fiddling around draining and bleeding, just glug it up to the correct level. The oil and the fuel filling ports are designed to minimise spillages and are easy to clean.
It isn’t just the engine that’s easy to maintain. The Mountfield design means there are some parts which can be replaced without any tools. For instance, the air filters need to spanners or wrenches to change.
Mountfield have a wide range of support and aftercare available, they’ve been making quality lawnmowers in the UK since 1962. In that time they’ve built up a portfolio including a call-centre, well-stocked FAQ and manual-replacing website, as well as a service network across the nation to keep things ticking over nicely.VIEW PRICE HERE
Yard Force GMB41
One of the most reasonably priced lawnmowers we’ve checked out, the Yard Force is a push-based, not self-propelled, petrol lawnmower.
It features a 125cc Briggs and Stratton engine, which is part of the E Series, meaning you’ll never have to change the oil. The start system is a prime and pull mechanism, but this has been tweaked and built to be easier to get going – on colder days too.
The mower has a 41cm cutting deck, which is not super large, we would recommend 46cm, or a ride-on, if you’ve got a truly huge garden. The deck is made from steel and is powder coated to protect it from the elements.
Once you’re away and cutting the Yard Force has a 45 litre grass collection bag. The bag is soft, not hard, and is easy to shift around even when full. There’s an indicator which will let you know when it is time to empty.
The design has been styled to leave no gaps between the mower and bag. This allows the grass clippings to be compacted down, increasing mowing times and reducing the frequency of emptying that has to occur.
Cutting heights range from 25mm to 75mm and they have a centrally controlled mechanism for altering those heights, with five levels to choose from.
Some design flaws you might find annoying – the handles do not fold down. Creating quite a large footprint for what is essentially quite a small lawnmower. The engine is good, but this isn’t a self-propelled motor. So you’ll need to consider whether you’ve got the muscle and stamina to push a 23.5kg mower around your grounds.VIEW PRICE HERE
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