- Positive with a few suggestions.
Positive with a few suggestions. Excellent ordering & delivery service from MowDirect.
I was influenced by the 'Mountfield' brand. Price seems to be competitive. Assembly is pretty easy and was achieved without much use of the lengthy instructions.
I do think Mountfield could issue simpler instructions in English on one piece of paper for those who need them, make the grass box easier to assemble and perhaps make the handle height adjustable. Also, attaching the handle is a bit fiddly with the Allen key. The inclusion of a bottle of oil was a big plus..
Reading the reviews, I'm not sure everyone realises you need to press the pre-start button to prime the engine - it then starts first time every time.
I'm very satisfied with the Mountfield mower, it replaces a 'Wolf' machine which was finally scrapped after too many faults developed over 10 years!
- Quality Product and Good Value
Quality Product and Good Value I wanted to buy a self-propelled mower for my new house which has medium-sized lawned gardens. I was aware of Mountfield as a quality lawnmower manufacturer.
This special edition model is superb. The feel is of a robust, well engineered mower. It starts easily and the motor is superbly powerful for the job. The mowing result is a nice evenly cut lawn with no scraping and with a 45cm deck, it takes no time at all to complete the job.
- Very Good Lawnmower
Very Good Lawnmower Very good product, good value and easy to assemble.
- Easy to Order.
Easy to Order. Mower arrived quickly by courier. Easy to assemble. Oil supplied - very good. Simple to operate. Easy "cut length" setting - one lever.
Certainly powerful enough for duty, I used it on way overgrown (10 inch) grass (wet also - ughh!) and it gradually chowed through it, lots of grass container changes required though. Once grass cut to normal length the mower worked fine. I have two garden lawns, quite large - very suitable for this duty. I would recommend this product.
- Excellent Price, Easyish Assembly, Prompt Start, Good Cut
Excellent Price, Easyish Assembly, Prompt Start, Good Cut I had a Mountfield HP164 which was excellent for several years but died last week. At 79, I decided I need a Self-Propelled mower for my neat middle sized lawn. I did my homework, re price, reviews etc of several makes and chose a Mountfield SP180 from MowDirect. £100 under list price, ordered on a Saturday, delivered Tuesday am.
Manuals are confusing and generic, in 28 languages, so assembly was a bit slow at 45 minutes; provision of oil was greatly appreciated; 0.44 litre to full. Engine fired on third pull, then on first pull.
Mowed lawn on second highest setting, pace manageable stripe OK; I quickly learned to de-clutch a yard before turning
Altogether I am delighted; excellent value for money, I would recommend it.
- Excellent Product with One Small Issue
Excellent Product with One Small Issue Overall very satisfied. It does what it says on the tin. However, I did find that the change from manual to automatic running is a bit fierce, but no doubt I will get accustomed to it
- Badly Designed
Badly Designed This is my first Mountfield and to be honest I am not that impressed, built quality seems good although there are no instructions on putting the grass collector together which is fiddly if you don't have young hands.
It starts well it cuts short grass well but who cuts short grass? My lawn is about 20 by 20 foot my previous mower needed to be emptied twice this one requires five times. If the grass is longish the grass cuttings start to come out on the rear wheels. Also if the grass is damp or again longer than two inches it will clog up and stop. My old mower had no problems but was slightly more powerful.
Now to the ridiculous design flaw. To empty the grass collector you have to lift the flap with one hand and manoeuvre the collector under the handle. The old mower was a one handed operation and easy.
As you have probably guessed I would not buy this model again.
However the positive over my old mower is the weight makes it a lot easier to manoeuvre and one of my considerations when buying. Also it's easier to start but it's new so long term who knows. But the extra work involved in keep emptying it and raking the lawn after cutting means it's going on eBay after the summer and I will purchase another lawn mower.
If your lawn is about 10 foot square and you like to mow it every week this is probably a good buy for you. Any bigger it's not worth the hassle.
- Not a Good Replacement
Not a Good Replacement I bought this mower to replace a rather aged Mountfield which gave excellent service but was push along. I now need a driven mower and thought this would be a good replacement. As mowers go it does the job but in competition with my old one it loses hands down.
The handle is 44" from the ground and high for a 'short' person like me at 5ft 4ins and I find I am reaching up and, with having to hold 2 controls, finding it very uncomfortable . With my old mower the handle is at 39" above ground and perfect for me and no controls to hold either. I find the speed when power driven much too fast and beyond slow walking pace.
On my old mower you unhook the grass box and lift it up through the handles in one movement, this mower you unhook the grassbox put it on the ground and the lift it from behind the handles in two movements.
- Average Machine
Average Machine Easy to assembly, although it already had a few cosmetic scratches. That aside, off I went to discover that's it's merely a mediocre piece of machinery.
As mentioned in other reviews used also found the height lever has a tendency to jump out of position.
That will teach me to look for a low cost mower. So it's probably going to end up with my daughter and I will purchase a better quality machine. If you're looking for a mower my recommendation would be to look at another make
However cannot fault MowDirect with a very swift delivery.
- First Petrol Mower, Good Choice
First Petrol Mower, Good Choice Purchased the Mountfield SP180 after recommendations from 2 neighbours. I was very pleased with this mower right from delivery. It was easy to set up [30 min including filling with petrol and oil] and I was ready to cut my lawns.
The self-propelling function makes the mower ride over the grass effortlessly. On the advice of my neighbour I pull the clutch in about 2 foot from the lawn edge and just push it before turning to go back [this stops you going into the border too far if your late stopping the self-propelling clutch]
Also three cheers to MowDirect for their service, communication and choice of efficient courier.