Victa Lawn Mower Reviews -
The Overview

Want to spice up your landscaping game? Then maybe upgrading to one of the best lawn mowers is in order.

In today’s Victa lawn mower review we cover everything you need to know about this popular brand. With all their features and models, figuring out if it’s the right choice for your needs will be easy!

  • This iconic Australian brand has been making power tools for 60+ years.
  • They offer petrol, electric and ride on mowers fit for different needs.
  • While there have been some quality control issues, they’re fast to send any replacement needed and their mowers tend to last.

Victa Lawn Mower Review

Victa Lawn Mower Review

Engine & Components

Size

Features & Ease of Use

Warranty, Maintenance & Durability

Price

Engine & Components 5/5

Victa uses Briggs & Stratton engines on all their models, both pushed and ride on. This brand has been making engines for almost a century, and their lawn mower options offer power and low noise at the same time.

In general, Victa mowers tend to have engines on the upper side of average, with most models featuring 140cc to 150cc. This is more powerful than other brands, especially when considering the relatively narrow deck on their push lawn mowers.

Victa’s petrol mowers come in 2-stroke and 4-stroke versions. 2-stroke engines don’t have a dedicated lubrication system, meaning you’ll have to mix the oil and petrol at a specific ratio. In contrast, 4-stroke engines have a lubrication system, so you’ll top up the oil reservoir and the petrol tank as well. Victa 4-stroke lawn mowers tend to be very powerful and perfect for harsh conditions or thick grass.

Overall, smaller 2-stroke engines are more powerful than smaller 4-stroke motors. However, larger 4-stroke engines are more powerful than any 2-stroke option [4]. You’ll have to chose which one fits your mowing needs better based on the power you need and how long you like to let your grass get.

On the other hand, this brand’s electric mowers all use a brushless motor. This type of motor adjusts automatically to the power needed. As such, the engine works harder when the terrain demands it, but if not, it reverts back to a lower-energy mode to save battery life [3]. This is great if you have an unevenly-cut lawn where you might need to deal with tall grass in some spots and a small cut in other areas.

Victa also offers a small variety of ride on mowers. These also use high-quality Briggs & Stratton engines and have steel or alloy chassis.

Considering this brand’s construction and engines are designed to last, we’re giving this brand 5 out of 5.

Size 5/5

Victa push mowers are targeted at city-dwellers, while their ride on options are meant for households with large acres or those living in big suburban homes.

As such, their push mowers all feature relatively narrow decks, standing between 16 and 18 inches. They do, however, have a couple of 21-inch options. This larger push mower is meant to make weekend chores faster, while still considering smaller storage spaces. As such, their larger mower options can be stored upright and have foldable handles to save as much space as possible.

This is a great feature for those that have a smaller city lot without storage space, but would like a larger mower to cut grass faster.

Of course, the ride on mowers don’t have any smart storage solution, as they are meant for larger homes.

In general, we appreciate the size variety this brand offers, so we’re giving it 5 out of 5.

Features & Ease Of Use 4/5

Overall, this brand offers plenty of features to choose from. Many of these make mowing the grass easier, although there are some consistent complaints as well. Here are the main features for their push lawn mowers:

  • Security features: like other brands, Victa packs their mowers with several security features to minimize the risk of accidents. As such, most models have a separate key that stops the engine if it falls, and to start the mower the battery needs to be locked in.
  • Floating blades: most Victa mowers have floating blades instead of fixed. The suspended cutting system can contour the surface of the land to achieve a more uniform cut. In general, most people benefit from suspended blades since yards tend to have small slopes and hills even if we can’t see them.
  • Adjustable cutting heights: most models have at least 5 inches of wiggle room. The lowest setting in most models is between 18 and 20 mm, while the highest tends to stay around 70 to 75 mm in height. Some specific models can go up to 80mm -which would be healthier for your grass- but it isn’t common in this brand.
  • Mulching and side-discharge: while all models from this brand can do side discharge -or use the catcher- not all of them can mulch. Since most people tend to use their clippings to mulch, we feel this is a missed opportunity. However, the models that mulch do so with ease and the clippings tend to be fine and go unnoticed if you cut your lawn medium to high.
  • Wheel size: while nowadays it’s common for rear wheels to be larger in diameter than front wheels, all Victa push mowers have equally sized wheels. According to testers at popular mechanics:

PRO TIP: "The wheels’ increased diameter helps it more easily navigate ruts and rough ground." – Popular Mechanics [2]

  • In spite of this, most of this brand’s mowers use 8-inch wheels, which are on the small-to-average for mowers. If your lawn is very flat, this might not matter. However, if you’re dealing with hilly terrain, you might want to consider a mower with larger wheels.
  • Issues when cutting grass very short: Some customers complain about the deck scratching the soil when mowing on the lower height settings. This is because the lower part of the deck and the blades are at the same height for safety reasons, when it would be more comfortable to mow if the blades were lower. The equal height makes it harder to push around and might also result in uneven, patchy grass in some areas. However, if you mow your lawn at height 3 or higher, this shouldn’t be an issue.

While the features above are common to most Victa lawn mowers, some specific aspects depend on whether the model you choose uses petrol, is electric or is a ride on mower. Here are some of the noteworthy features of Victa mowers, depending on the model:

Victa electric mowers feature fast-charge options. Victa 2.0 ah batteries can reach a full charge in 30 minutes or less, while the more powerful 4.0 ah are done in around 60 minutes. Some customers complain about batteries being difficult to slide in and out of the mower and charger, which might be an issue if you don’t have particularly strong hands.

While with other brands cordless electric mowers can lack in power, most customers feel their battery-powered Victa does the job with ease and without hiccups, even with wet grass. However, keep in mind this brand doesn’t make corded mowers, so if you want one of those you’ll have to look elsewhere.

On the other hand, some of Victa’s petrol mowers are self-propelled. This is exactly what it sounds like: the mower moves on its own. As the spruce team mentions:

PRO TIP: "Self-propelled lawnmowers work on a drive system that requires the operator to squeeze a bar (on the handle to engage the mower. After that, the mower moves forward on its own" – David Beaulieu [1]

This is especially useful if you don’t have the physical power to push around a 40-kg mower every weekend, or if you’d like to make the task easier. In general, when a self-propelled mower works well, your only job is steering the tool to make sure you’re covering the entire lawn. Victa self-propelled lawn mowers have great reviews and customers enjoy the feature. However, this brand only has it available in petrol-powered models.

Victa also makes ride on mowers designed to handle larger areas. If you’re mowing a big lawn, want to cut your grass faster and have the storage space, these might be a good option. In general, Victa ride on mowers have similar features to their push mowers, but they don’t offer electric options. This line has 10+ cutting heights on most models, making it more versatile if you’re looking to cut your grass higher than with a traditional push mower. Finally, they also have several zero-turn ride on mowers that ensure even the tightest corners get a good cut.

We appreciate the security features and consider the electric models a good investment. On the other hand, the petrol models are powerful and tend to last for decades with proper maintenance. We would have liked to see adjustable handles to make it easier for people of different height to manoeuvre the mower. Because of it, we’re giving this brand 4 out of 5 stars.

Warranty, Maintenance & Durability 3/5

In general, customers are happy with their Victa mowers. This Australian brand has a long history and many of their petrol mowers can last 10+ years with proper maintenance.

PRO TIP: Many customers claim their Victa mower has lasted 10+ years

On the flip side, it seems the quality control on Victa mowers in recent years tends to be lacking, to say the least. In fact, it’s easy to find Victa mower reviews complaining about a faulty battery from the get-go, while some buyers have a hard time mowing through taller grass. In spite of this, we found retailers were generally ok with sending a replacement and most customers who replaced theirs were happy with the new one.

Warranty depends on the retailer, and they only offer a limited manufacturer’s warranty. Their engines on 16-inch models have a 2-year to 5-year warranty depending on the specific model, while larger products have a standard 5-year warranty.

Keep in mind you’ll only be able to claim warranty if you’re the original purchaser, and you must provide proof of purchase before getting the mower serviced. On the other hand, only authorised service centres are allowed to fix the mower or your warranty will be void.

While these limitations are common practice, we don’t love that batteries only have a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. Since other brands offer up to 6 years, 2 years is a relatively short time.

Because of these shortcomings with their battery warranty, we’re taking off 2 stars.

Price 4/5

While Victa has some entry-level models, this isn’t a cheap brand. In general, expect to pay between 400 and 1000 dollars for any of their mowers. Of course, you can find occasional deals depending on the retailer, so if you want to save some cash this is a good option.

Given the issues with quality control and the limited warranty, we think many of this brand’s mowers are slightly overpriced. Because of it, we’re taking off 1 star.


Our Top Choices from This Brand

Victa Classic Cut

True to its name, the Victa classic cut is a straightforward push lawn mower that does the job without being fussy. The classic cut features a simple 2-blade system powered by a 4-stroke Briggs & Stratton 500e ohv engine. This mower is on the smaller side, but at 18 inches wide, it’s a comfortable choice to tackle city lots that need precision over power.

Featuring a sturdy steel deck while still being relatively lightweight, it’s no wonder this model is one of the customer’s favourites when looking for a durable mower for medium-sized lawns. If you have a larger area to mow, keep in mind you might have to refill the fuel tank mid-way. This mower also has identical wheels on the front and rear, meaning it might be harder to push around if you have an irregular terrain.

While a majority of people have had great experiences with this model, some customers complain about poor quality control, with oil leaking being the main concern. Since Victa offers a strong warranty, this shouldn’t be an issue for most.

Specs

  • Petrol lawn-mower with quick-start motor
  • 18" Steel deck
  • 4-stroke ohv engine, 140cc
  • Includes rigid catcher

Victa 82V 21" Wide Cut Mower

Looking for a powerful yet quiet mower? If so, the Victa wide cut might be the right choice for you. With a powerful engine and all the benefits of a cordless electric model, this powerhouse fits smaller city lots and suburban living with ease.

This customer favourite features an extra wide 21" chassis that cuts more in less time. Plus, you won’t need to stop mowing to charge the battery since it comes with a spare one so you can mow for up to 90 minutes. Of course, customers mention the battery life depends on the effort you put it through: cutting your lawn shorter, or ploughing through overgrown grass, will drain the battery faster.

We appreciate that it offers a higher cutting height than most, and at 80mm you’ll enjoy a healthier lawn. However, it’s on the heavier side for an electric mower.

Specs

  • Push button start
  • 21" steel deck
  • 1200w brushless motor
  • 2.0 Ah battery. Compatible with 4.0 Ah battery
  • 2-function mower (catching and mulching)

Don’t Buy If…

While this brand is a classic and has a large catalogue with plenty of options, it might not be for everyone. Victa could not be the brand for you if you:

  • Want a self-propelled electric mower: Victa only offers self-propelled functionality for petrol mowers.
  • Are looking for a corded electric mower: corded mowers tend to be more powerful and don’t have battery issues like cordless ones. However, dealing with the cord can be bothersome. If you want the power and don’t mind the cord, Victa isn’t the brand for you.
  • Want a wider push mower: this brand manufactures narrow push mowers intended for city-dwellers. Their widest push mower is their electric 21-inch mower. If you need anything wider than that to cut your lawn faster, but don’t want a ride-on mower, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
  • Have an irregular lawn: all of this brand’s push mowers feature rear and front wheels of the same size. In general, larger rear wheels make it easier to roll the mower over irregular areas, as well as mow small hills. Since this isn’t available with Victa, if you have a hilly backyard this brand might not be the right choice for you.

Victa Mower Review: The Verdict

This is a great option if you’re looking for a high-quality lawn mower from a reputable manufacturer. Keep in mind this brand seems to have some quality control issues, but these can be quickly solved by taking the faulty item to the retailer.

If you’ve had your eye on one of their models, we’d say go for it!

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References
  1. How Do Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers Work? The Spruce. https://www.thespruce.com/how-do-self-propelled-lawn-mowers-work-2130875
  2. The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower. Popular mechanics. https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/lawn-garden/a26431726/types-of-lawn-mower/
  3. What is a Brushless Lawn Mower? | Brushless Vs. Brushed Motor. Patio mowers. https://patiomowers.com/what-is-a-brushless-lawn-mower/
  4. The difference between 2–stroke and 4-stroke engines. Small engine warehouse. https://www.smallenginewarehouse.com.au/blogs/tips/the-difference-between-2-stroke-and-4-stroke-engines

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