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Top-Rated Self Propelled Lawn Mowers in Australia for 2024

A self-propelled mower can save you valuable time and energy. This is especially helpful if you have a large lawn or steep terrain to mow.

If you’re tired of pushing a regular mower around your yard, you may have considered investing in a self-propelled model.

These mowers work in a similar way to regular mowers but they also feature a drive shaft that provides power to the wheels as well as the spinning blade.

There are a few important factors to keep in mind when choosing a mower. These include engine size and deck size (width of the mower). These days, you also have the option of both petrol and battery-powered models.

To help you find the right lawn mower for your specific needs, we’ve listed our picks for the best self-propelled mowers currently on the market in Australia.

After that, we run through the key things to keep in mind when making your selection.

Best value: Baumr-AG 840SX 20″ Self-Propelled Lawnmower

Baumr AG 840SX 2022 Self Propelled Lawnmower | Power Tools
Edisons

Engine: 220cc 4-stroke
Weight: 37 kg
Deck size: 51 cm
Wheel size: 20 cm front, 25 cm rear

Despite the low price, the Baumr-AG 840SX not only features a powerful 220cc motor but also comes with many of the features found on higher-end machines.

For example, it has variable speed control so you can choose how fast or slow it goes depending on your needs. It also comes with four blades in contrast to the two blades with the Honda mower below.

The 20″ deck size is perfect for medium-sized lawns, and the 7-stage central height adjustment allows you to easily trim your grass to the desired length. Meanwhile, the CrossCut 4 swing blade system ensures that you won’t have to worry about clogging or uneven cuts.

The mower features oversized wheels (8” front, 10″ rear) for increased stability when cutting uneven terrain. It also comes with the options of catching, mulching, and direct side or rear discharge.

The biggest downside of this mower is that the brand isn’t as well known as some other brands so it may not be as easy to get serviced and replacement parts may be harder to find.

However, if you’re willing to take the time to learn how to use it and maintain it properly then we think it’s a great option.

Upgrade pick: Honda HRN216VKU Self Propelled Mower

Honda HRN216VKU Self Propelled Mower | Power Tools
Honda

Engine: 170cc 4-stroke
Weight: 36 kg
Deck size: 53 cm
Wheel size: 20 cm

If you’re looking for a high-quality mower that will last you for many years, then the Honda HRN216VKU is a good choice.

It’s powered by a 170cc 4-stroke engine and features 8″ wheels and a 66 Litre Fabric Grass Catcher. Like the Baumr-AG above, this Honda self propelled mower is rear wheel drive.

In addition to the quality you know you are getting with a Honda mower, we like that this model comes with a 2-year warranty, which adds some peace of mind to your purchase.

The only downside to this mower is that it’s expensive compared to other models on the market. However, if you’re prepared to pay for quality then this machine should serve you well for many years to come.

Best battery powered: Greenworks 60V Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

Greenworks 60V Self Propelled Lawn Mower | Power Tools
Greenworks

Engine: 60V
Weight: 32.5 kg
Deck size: 51 cm

Greenworks are fast proving themselves to be a leader in battery-powered garden tools.

The reason we chose this model over similar battery-powered models is the impressive 60V of power that it has on board. One of the biggest criticisms of battery mowers is that they simply don’t have the power to get through even average-height grass.

The 60V system is powerful enough to cut through thick grass and weeds. But, it doesn’t weigh as much as a gas-powered mower, which makes it easier to maneuver.

The rear wheel self-propelled drive system makes it easy to maneuver the mower across uneven terrain, while the variable speed control allows you to adjust the speed on the go.

It is a high-quality cordless mower that boasts a lot of features, including a brushless motor and dual battery port with auto switch over.

It can mulch, bag and side discharge your clippings, and there are 7 cutting heights available so that you can customise your mowing height as desired.

The main downsides of this model are that it has a much higher price tag than entry-level cordless mowers and that it does still come with the drawbacks of battery-powered tools, including the risk of them running out before you’re done mowing.

Battery vs petrol mowers

More and more tools are moving to battery power. It may seem like a no-brainer: no need for fuel or oil, less weight and vibration, and less noise.

However, if you want power that is similar to that of a petrol-powered machine, you’ll need to be looking at the top-of-the-line battery models.

And even then, you may run out of battery before you’ve finished the job, depending on the size of your lawn.

However, if you have a small lawn with short grass, you may be better off with a battery-powered mower.

These machines tend to be more lightweight and compact than petrol equivalents. They also don’t require fuel, so there are no fumes or emissions from using them.

And because of their lower noise output, they’re better suited to urban environments.

Other things to consider

Engine size and power

The first thing to look at is the engine size, which is measured in cc. Typically, the bigger the engine, the more powerful it is.

This is important because more power means you can cut through thicker grass without having to make multiple passes across your lawn.

Mowers generally fall in the range of 140cc – 190cc. The lower end of the scale will work fine for regular mowing while something in the 170cc range will do a better job with thicker grass and weeds.

Mower width

During your mower research, you may have seen a number measured in inches or centimetres in the model name.

The number represents the width of the mower. It’s also called the “deck size”.

The deck size can range from 16″ all the way up to 30″ on commercial mowers.

This number is important because it can impact how long it takes you to cut your lawn. The larger the mower, the more grass you’ll cut with each pass.

However, a larger mower is also more expensive, heavier, harder to maneuver, and takes up more space in storage.

Around the 18″ – 22″ mark is about right for most Australian backyards.

Wheel size

Look for wheels that are at least 7″ (20cm) in diameter. Larger wheels mean the mower will be able to roll over uneven ground more easily.

Note that some mowers will have larger wheels on the rear only.

Electric start

An electric start saves you the hassle of manually pulling the cord each time you want to power up your mower.

However, you should have no trouble starting a modern mower with a pull start mechanism so long it is maintained properly.

Speed control

Most good quality self propelled mowers will come with variable speed control. This is important because it allows you to adjust the mower’s speed according to your needs.

Some users of single-speed mowers find that the speed is too slow. This means they need to also use force to push the mower forward, which somewhat defeats the purpose of a self-propelled mower.

Height settings

Height control allows you to adjust the height of the mower’s cutting blade according to your needs.

The range of height settings will typically be between 10cm and 30cm.

Remember, more height settings means more options to customise your cutting height.

Mulching, bagging, and discharge

Most mowers will come with mulching and bagging capabilities, while side discharge functionality is usually only found on more premium machines.

While it does have its drawbacks, side discharging comes with the benefits of increased blade speed and cleaner cutting.

Replacement blades

Replacement blades can be purchased separately, but they’re usually quite expensive. It can also be a hassle to track down blades that fit your specific model.

Look for a mower that comes with replacement blades in the package.

Why buy a self propelled mower?

A self-propelled mower can save you valuable time and energy. This is especially helpful if you have a large lawn or steep terrain to mow.

To operate, you simply need to squeeze the bar on the handle and the motor will engage and propel the machine forward. All you need to do is change the direction as required.

The downsides of self propelled lawn mowers include the fact that they are generally more expensive, heavier, and can be harder to store.

How does a self propelled mower work?

Self propelled lawn mowers have a drive shaft that is similar to that found in a car. Once engaged, the engine will provide power to the wheels as well as the spinning blade.

Depending on the model, the engine can provide power to all or some of the wheels.

These types of mowers come in three main types:

  • All-wheel drive: Although uncommon, AWD mowers provide the best traction so are the best option on uneven terrain.
  • Front-wheel drive: FWD mowers are easy to operate and easy to turn by lifting the front wheel off the ground. They are also generally the most affordable.
  • Rear-wheel drive: This is the most common type of the three. RWD mowers have the best traction because they retain power when the front wheels come off the ground for turning or when they hit a bump. RWD mowers work better on hilly terrain than FWD.
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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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2 thoughts on “Top-Rated Self Propelled Lawn Mowers in Australia for 2024”

  1. Hi Steve,

    Will Honda mowers be an issue going forward given that Honda are dropping their mower production in September 2023?
    I am considering buying a Honda HNR216VKU. Should I perhaps consider not going for Honda?
    Many Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Chris

      Even though Honda won’t be manufacturing any new models, the part manufacturers will still continue to produce parts for existing models. Most aftermarket parts are made by large manufacturers who produce parts for a range of different brands. As long as there’s a demand for the parts in the market, they will continue to produce them.

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