What Is The Best Self Propelled Lawn Mower 2018 – My Top 5.

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This post is about What Is The Best Self Propelled Lawn Mower.

All 5 Of these lawn mowers are very good and are not in any particular order as I believe you would be happy with either one of the 5 listed.

Self propelled means that the mower pushes itself and you just hold onto the handle and walk behind to give it direction.

There will be a handle you have to push or pull in to start the self-propelled movement. Some mowers have one speed whereby others can have two to three speeds to use depending on the pace you wish to walk.

A Self-Propelled Side Discharging Mower

 

Self propelled mowers are especially good to use for medium to large sized gardens as it can be quite tiring using a push mower on larger gardens.

I use both self-propelled and push mowers as I cut a variety of different sized lawns. Some lawns I mow it would be more hassle than it’s worth trying to take my self-propelled mower into the garden as they’re so small, but some lawns I mow are massive and would be so much more hard work if I was trying to get it done with a push mower.

I will be writing another post about my top 5 choices of push mower, so look out for it in the future.

All 5 of these self-propelled mowers are petrol fuelled mowers as in my opinion you can’t beat petrol operated mowers. That’s not to say you cannot get good electric, battery or even hand operated mowers as you can get some very good ones, some of which I use myself when needs be.

A Front Side View Of A Petrol Lawn Mower

 

 

 

 

 

You can also look out for my future posts on electric, battery and hand operated lawn mowers.

Please note: The 5 mowers listed here are 4-wheel mowers without the roller on the back as I have another post on. Petrol Lawn Mower With Roller 2018 that are also all self-propelled.

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1. Honda Izy 53 Autodrive

Honda are renowned for making brilliant lawn mowers and this Izy 53 Autodrive is no exception.

The engine, for its size and weight is amazing. It sends more power to the blades and has a lot less vibration than other engines of the same size.

This mower really does do a fantastic job of cutting your grass and leaving the lawn looking in great shape.

Honda Izy 53

 

Features & Specifications:

  • Easy pull start
  • 61 litre grass catcher
  • Handle on rear of grass catcher to aid easier emptying
  • Cutting heights from 25-87mm
  • self-propelled movement for ease of use, especially around bigger gardens
  • Steel Deck
  • Better air flow through the cutting deck for better grass collection
  • Foldable handle for easy storage
  • 21″ cutting width
  • Takes unleaded petrol
  • Honda 4-stroke 160cc engine
  • The Weight of this mower is 35.9 kg
  • It comes with a manufacturer’s warranty of 5 years for domestic users. Terms & conditions apply.

All in all this is a very very good lawn mower that I’m more than happy to recommend to anyone, and whoever decides to buy one of these will definitely not be disappointed.

Price: £645.00 with free delivery

Where to Buy: Lawnmowers UK

2. Masport 575AL 18 Inch

This Masport 575AL lawn mower is a combo model, meaning it will cut, collect and mulch.

Mulching is where the grass clippings are chopped up smaller than normal and spread back over the top of the lawn as you’re cutting it. As the mulched clippings break down it provides valuable nutrients to the lawn.

Mulching is especially good on larger lawns and lawns where the grass isn’t cut really short.

Masport 575AL

Features & Specifications:

  • Easy pull start
  • 46 litre plastic grass catcher
  • Cutting heights from 14-53mm
  • Self-propelled movement
  • Aluminium deck
  • Foldable handle for easy storage
  • Pvc handle grip for comfort
  • Side chute for discharging grass clippings while you mow
  • 18″ cutting width
  • Briggs & Stratton 163cc engine
  • The weight of the mower is 37 kg
  • Comes with a manufacturer’s 2 year domestic warranty (90 days commercial warranty)

I have a Masport mower myself at the moment and can tell you that they are very good and reliable mowers. They always leave a nice cut on the lawn and will serve you well for years to come.

Price: £519.00 with free delivery

Where to buy: Lawnmowers UK

3. Hayter R53S E/S

Hayter have been making lawn mowers for over 70 years.

They are probably best known for their rear roller lawn mowers that give the striped effect on lawns. You can see one of their rear roller mowers in another post I will be doing. Petrol Lawn Mower With Roller.

This mower is also a combo model. It will cut, collect and mulch.

Hayter R53S

Features & Specifications:

  • Electric start
  • 55 litre grass catcher
  • Cutting heights from 25-114mm
  • Self-propelled movement. It’s propelled by Sens-a-speed which is a unique variable speed transmission that will automatically adapt to your walking pace up to 4.7mph
  • Steel deck
  • Folding handles for easy storage
  • Side chute for discharging grass cuttings as you mow
  • 21″ cutting width
  • Briggs & Stratton 190cc engine
  • The weight of the mower is 36 kg
  • Manufacturer’s 3 year domestic warranty (90 days commercial warranty)

This is a lovely lawn mower. The electric start feature is a great.

The variable sens-a-speed transmission is brilliant, allowing you to change pace whenever you want and the mower will automatically adapt to the change in pace. And at up to 4.7mph that’s plenty fast enough even for the most impatient of people.

Price: £599.00 with free delivery

Where to buy: Lawnmowers UK

4. Weibang Virtue 53SV

This brilliant mower is billed as a 4in1. That’s because it cuts, collects, mulches and discharges either through the back or side.

It also has a variable speed gearbox which helps greatly in getting the right speed for the ground and cutting conditions.

It is fitted with anti-vibration mounts which reduce the engine vibration you feel in your arms and hands significantly, making it a very comfortable mower to use for long periods of time.

Weibang Virtue 53SV

Features & Specifications:

  • Easy pull start
  • 70 litre grass catcher
  • Cutting heights from 25-80mm
  • Self-propelled movement, variable (0.94 – 1.22 m/s)
  • Powder coated steel deck
  • Folding handle for easy storage
  • Side chute
  • 21″ cutting width
  • Briggs & Stratton 161cc engine (very easy to start engine)
  • The weight of the mower is 48.5 kg
  • Manufacturer’s 5 year domestic warranty (subject to annual service)

Price: £699.00 with free delivery

Where to buy: Lawnmowers UK

5. Cobra M53SPH 21 Inch

The last mower on the list is this lovely one from Cobra.

This mower has a Honda engine and it also has a blade brake clutch which means you can stop the blades turning while keeping the engine running, which is very handy and means you don’t have to stop and start the mower every time you need to empty the grass catcher.

Cobra design and build their lawn mowers specifically for British conditions.

Cobra M53SPH

Features & specifications:

  • Easy pull start
  • 75 litre grass catcher
  • Fan assisted collection which makes mowing in damp conditions a lot easier
  • cutting heights from 16-76mm
  • Self-propelled movement
  • Aluminium deck that is rust resistant
  • Blade brake clutch
  • 21″ cutting width
  • 2 speed gearbox
  • Honda 163cc engine
  • The weight of the mower is 54 kg
  • Manufacturer’s 2 year domestic warranty, 1 year commercial

Price: £1,079.99 with free delivery

Where to buy: Lawnmowers UK

To Finish

I hope this post has helped you to see what really good self-propelled lawn mowers are available.

Any of the 5 lawn mowers I’ve reviewed are in my opinion brilliant machines. They are all very easy to operate and do a great job, giving a fine finish to the lawn.

If your garden is medium to large sized than one of these mowers would be perfect for you. I’m sure that once you use it for the first time you’ll be wishing the grass would grow quicker so you can get back outside to cut it again.

If you have any questions or comments than please leave them below.

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Happy Gardening!

 

9 Replies to “What Is The Best Self Propelled Lawn Mower 2018 – My Top 5.

  1. Hello Michael
    I love gardening and I take care of my garden and I always plant different colorful flowers. That’s why I enjoyed reading your review about the best Self Propelled Lawn Mower. You really explain all the qualifications of each one and your point of view about each one. I have only one question: Could you tell me which is the best among the five machines and why!

    1. Hi Rania,
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great you love gardening. It can be very therapeutic and rewarding. There are many pretty and colourful flowers to plant all year round.
      I couldn’t really say which one of the 5 is the best as they are all very good lawn mowers in their own right and all do a fantastic job. It just comes down to what one you like the look of and checking the specifications against each other.
      Best wishes,
      Michael.

  2. Hi Michael
    My mother has a little green area behind her house and her lawn mower is too old ,and i think about buying a new one for her…your article helped me to learn more about the lawn mower
    Thank you

    1. Hi,
      Please do look out for my future posts on different kinds of lawn mowers that I will be reviewing.
      You may find that a smaller push mower or an electric or cordless mower will be better for the area behind your mum’s house, and probably easier for her to use as well.
      Take care,
      Michael

  3. hello there,
    very informative web site.Im going to buy some new gardening tools soon .I will take your advice on what to buy . thankyou
    laurie

    1. Hi Laurie,
      Thank you for your kind comment. I do hope you will find all the tools you need for your garden by reading the posts on my site.
      I will keep adding and reviewing more tools all the time.
      Best wishes,
      Michael

  4. Very useful, I’ve been looking for a good lawn mower and this list gives me some options. Thanks

    1. Thanks for your comment. I do hope you will be able to pick out a good Lawn Mower from the list. If not I will be reviewing lots more lawn mowers over the coming weeks.
      Thanks
      Michael

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