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10 Best Petrol Lawn Mowers UK – A Helpful Buyers Guide and Reviews

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Best Petrol Lawn Mowers 2022

Best Petrol Lawn MowersUnless you have a tiny postage stamp sized garden, chances are you need a petrol lawn mower. It is all very well to nip around the garden with an electric mower, but a petrol mower gives you much more power and freedom. This is especially true when you have a medium to a large area of lawn, and essential if you have banks or slopes. That is why I have created this “Best Petrol Lawn Mower Guide” to share what I believe are the best petrol lawn mowers available in the UK. Before we look at specific models of petrol mower, you need to make a decision with regards to 3 initial choices to narrow down your selection.

Step 1. Self-Propelled OR Push Petrol Mower?

Firstly, you will need to decide if you want a petrol mower that propels itself or one you need to push. A self-propelled mower will naturally be easier to manoeuvre and work with, but does add additional cost.

Step 2. Size Of Your Lawn & Appropriate Deck Size?

Petrol mowers come in a wide variety of decks and grass collection box sizes. You need to consider the size of your lawn and purchase the appropriate sized deck or cutting width. To assist with choosing the best deck size for your lawn, I have created this handy table below to guide you in making the right choice.

Petrol Lawn Sizes to Lawn Mower Deck Guide

Size of lawnSquare metres (Square Feet)Deck Size
Small lawnUp to 500m² (5,400 Sq. Ft.)Up to 42cm (16.5")
Medium lawn500m² to 1000m² (5,400 to 10,800 Sq. Ft.)39cm to 45cm (16" to 18")
Large lawn1000m² to 1500m² (10,800 to 16,200 Sq. Ft.)45cm to 53cm (18"to 21")

Step 3. Four Wheels OR Rear Roller?

Another initial decision you will need to make is if you want a standard 4 wheel petrol mower or one that has 2 front wheels and a rear roller for a striped lawn appearance.


In a Hurry?

Before we jump into the reviews, I understand that some of you could be pushed for time. If you don’t have time to read my in-depth petrol lawn mower reviews, I have listed my top selections below, for your convenience.

Best Overall/Engine
Murray EQ 400 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower with Briggs & Stratton...
Best Value Self Propelled
Webb WER410SP 16”/41cm Self Propelled Rotary Petrol Lawnmower, 132cc...
Best Rear Roller Stripes
Hyundai 19" 48cm / 480mm Self Propelled Electric Start 139cc Petrol...
Best Push/Value
Mountfield HP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Hand-propelled, 39cm cutting width,...
Murray EQ 400 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower with Briggs & Stratton...
Webb WER410SP 16”/41cm Self Propelled Rotary Petrol Lawnmower, 132cc...
Hyundai 19" 48cm / 480mm Self Propelled Electric Start 139cc Petrol...
Mountfield HP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Hand-propelled, 39cm cutting width,...
£269.00
£249.95
£566.99
£179.00
Best Overall/Engine
Murray EQ 400 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower with Briggs & Stratton...
Murray EQ 400 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower with Briggs & Stratton...
£269.00
Best Value Self Propelled
Webb WER410SP 16”/41cm Self Propelled Rotary Petrol Lawnmower, 132cc...
Webb WER410SP 16”/41cm Self Propelled Rotary Petrol Lawnmower, 132cc...
£249.95
Best Rear Roller Stripes
Hyundai 19" 48cm / 480mm Self Propelled Electric Start 139cc Petrol...
Hyundai 19" 48cm / 480mm Self Propelled Electric Start 139cc Petrol...
£566.99
Best Push/Value
Mountfield HP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Hand-propelled, 39cm cutting width,...
Mountfield HP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Hand-propelled, 39cm cutting width,...
£179.00

Last update on 2022-07-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Best E Start Variable Speed
Hyundai 20"/51cm 196cc Electric-Start Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower...
Best for Smaller Lawns
Einhell 3404821 Petrol Lawn Mower (1.2 kW, 1 Cylinder 4-Stroke Engine...
Best for Medium Lawns
Webb WER460SP 18"/46cm Self Propelled Rotary Petrol Lawnmower, 141cc...
Best for Large Lawns
Hyundai 196cc Petrol Lawnmower, 20" 51cm 4 Stroke, Self Propelled...
Hyundai 20"/51cm 196cc Electric-Start Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower...
Einhell 3404821 Petrol Lawn Mower (1.2 kW, 1 Cylinder 4-Stroke Engine...
Webb WER460SP 18"/46cm Self Propelled Rotary Petrol Lawnmower, 141cc...
Hyundai 196cc Petrol Lawnmower, 20" 51cm 4 Stroke, Self Propelled...
£426.49
£199.99
Price not available
£439.99
Best E Start Variable Speed
Hyundai 20"/51cm 196cc Electric-Start Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower...
Hyundai 20"/51cm 196cc Electric-Start Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower...
£426.49
Best for Smaller Lawns
Einhell 3404821 Petrol Lawn Mower (1.2 kW, 1 Cylinder 4-Stroke Engine...
Einhell 3404821 Petrol Lawn Mower (1.2 kW, 1 Cylinder 4-Stroke Engine...
£199.99
Best for Medium Lawns
Webb WER460SP 18"/46cm Self Propelled Rotary Petrol Lawnmower, 141cc...
Webb WER460SP 18"/46cm Self Propelled Rotary Petrol Lawnmower, 141cc...
Price not available
Best for Large Lawns
Hyundai 196cc Petrol Lawnmower, 20" 51cm 4 Stroke, Self Propelled...
Hyundai 196cc Petrol Lawnmower, 20" 51cm 4 Stroke, Self Propelled...
£439.99

Last update on 2022-07-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Last update on 2022-07-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Choose The Best Petrol Mower

Once you have made the above decisions, you can then start to look at specific petrol mowers and the features they offer such as power, variable speed, performance, mulching, zero turn, electric start, hose wash port, side discharge etc.

To help you choose, below I have divided the best petrol mowers available on the market in the UK into the initial options. I have also included the best petrol mowers with the most popular features to help speed up the selection process and ensure you get a petrol mower that will serve you well for years to come.

MEDIUM LAWNS

Self-Propelled
4-Wheel Petrol Mowers

LARGE LAWNS

Self-Propelled
4-Wheel Petrol Mowers

MEDIUM & LARGE LAWNS

Push
4-Wheel Petrol Mowers

MEDIUM & LARGE LAWNS

Rear Roller
Petrol Mowers

BEST MULCHING

Best Mulching
Petrol Mower

BEST ELECTRIC START

Best Electric Start
Petrol Mower

BEST REAR ROLLER

Best Rear Roller
Petrol Mower

BEST SELF-PROPELLED

Best Self-Propelled
Petrol Mower

 


Best Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mowers For A Medium Lawn (Up to 1000m²)

Select your requirements by ticking the applicable boxes below; so I can help you pick the perfect petrol lawn mower for a medium sized lawn.

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
Webb Classic WER410SP 41cm Review

Webb Classic WER410SP 41cm Review

41Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
4189132
Cobra MX484SPCE Review - 48cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

Cobra MX484SPCE Review - 48cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

48Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
4888173
Murray EQ500X Review - 18 Inch/46cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

Murray EQ500X Review - 18 Inch/46cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
4691140
Hyundai HYM460SPE Review (HYM460SP) - Self Propelled

Hyundai HYM460SPE Review (HYM460SP) - Self Propelled

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
4690139
Einhell GC-PM 56/2 S HW Review

Einhell GC-PM 56/2 S HW Review

56Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 70mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
5683173
Einhell GC-PM 46/2 S HW-E Review

Einhell GC-PM 46/2 S HW-E Review

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect6 (30mm - 80mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
4684139
Webb R18SP Supreme Review (R18HW R18HP) Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

Webb R18SP Supreme Review (R18HW R18HP) Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Self Propelled
4688125
Webb Classic WER460ES 46cm Review

Webb Classic WER460ES 46cm Review

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Self Propelled
4688173
Einhell GC-PM 46 S HW-T Review

Einhell GC-PM 46 S HW-T Review

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
8 (30mm - 80mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Zero Turn
4687139
Webb Classic WER460SP 46cm Review (WER460ES)

Webb Classic WER460SP 46cm Review (WER460ES)

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Self Propelled
4690141
Sprint 460SP Review - (460P & 46SPX) Petrol Lawn Mower

Sprint 460SP Review - (460P & 46SPX) Petrol Lawn Mower

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)Folding Handles
Self Propelled
4688140
Einhell GC-PM 40 S Review - Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower

Einhell GC-PM 40 S Review - Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower

40Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (25mm - 60mm)Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
408499
Cobra M40SPC Review

Cobra M40SPC Review

40Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect10 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
4084134
Einhell GC-PM 46/3 S Review

Einhell GC-PM 46/3 S Review

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (30mm - 70mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
4688139
BMC Lawn Racer Review

BMC Lawn Racer Review

42Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
5 (25mm - 70mm)Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
4288127
Honda Izy HRG 466 SK Review

Honda Izy HRG 466 SK Review

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
6 (20mm - 74mm)Folding Handles
Self Propelled
4681160
Hyundai HYM430SP Review (HYM430SPE)

Hyundai HYM430SP Review (HYM430SPE)

42Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Self Propelled
4288139

 

Best Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mowers for A Large Lawn (1000m² to 1500m²)

Select your requirements by ticking the applicable boxes below; so I can help you pick the perfect petrol lawn mower for a large sized lawn.

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
Hyundai HYM510SPE Review

Hyundai HYM510SPE Review

51Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
5189173
P1PE P5100SPE Review

P1PE P5100SPE Review

51Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 85mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
5189173
Frisky Fox PLUS 20

Frisky Fox PLUS 20" Review - 5.5hp Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

51Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
8 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
5189173
P1PE P5100SPBS Review

P1PE P5100SPBS Review

51Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
5189163
Hyundai HYM510SP Review with FAQs and Pros & Cons

Hyundai HYM510SP Review with FAQs and Pros & Cons

51Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
5189139
Mountfield SP53 Review - Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

Mountfield SP53 Review - Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

51Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
5 (27mm - 90mm)Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
5187166
AL-KO Highline 51.7 SP Review - Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower

AL-KO Highline 51.7 SP Review - Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower

51Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (30mm - 80mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
5186163
ParkerBrand 21

ParkerBrand 21" (53cm) Petrol Lawnmower Review

53Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
5 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
5390173
Murray EQ700X Review

Murray EQ700X Review

53Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
5391161
Hyundai HYM510SPEZ Review - Self-Propelled ZERO-TURN Lawnmower

Hyundai HYM510SPEZ Review - Self-Propelled ZERO-TURN Lawnmower

51Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
6 (17mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Zero Turn
5187196
Cobra MX534SPH Review - 53cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

Cobra MX534SPH Review - 53cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

53Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
5388166
Honda HRX537HY Review - Hydrostatic Petrol Lawnmower

Honda HRX537HY Review - Hydrostatic Petrol Lawnmower

53Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
7 (20mm - 100mm)Folding Handles
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
5387187
STIGA Combi 55 SQ Review

STIGA Combi 55 SQ Review

53Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
5 (25mm - 80mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
5388166
Titan Pro Zero Turn Review - TPKH822

Titan Pro Zero Turn Review - TPKH822

56Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
5 (20mm - 95mm)Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Zero Turn
5682173
Sprint 530SPX Review - Self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower 2691795

Sprint 530SPX Review - Self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower 2691795

53Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
5391161

 

Best Push Petrol Lawn Mowers – NOT Self-Propelled

Select your requirements by ticking the applicable boxes below; so I can help you pick the perfect push petrol lawn mower.

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
Murray EQ400 Review - 18

Murray EQ400 Review - 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)Folding Handles4688125
Mountfield HP41 Review

Mountfield HP41 Review

39Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect5 (25mm - 70mm)Folding Handles3986123
Mountfield HP185 Review - Petrol Rotary Lawnmower 2L0481023/MC

Mountfield HP185 Review - Petrol Rotary Lawnmower 2L0481023/MC

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
6 (22mm - 65mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
4688125
McCulloch M46-125R Review - Classic+ Petrol Push Collect

McCulloch M46-125R Review - Classic+ Petrol Push Collect

46Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect5 (30mm - 80mm)Folding Handles4684125
Hyundai HYM400P Review (HYM400P-2)

Hyundai HYM400P Review (HYM400P-2)

40Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles408579
Yard Force GM B41 Review - Petrol Lawnmower 125CC Briggs and Stratton

Yard Force GM B41 Review - Petrol Lawnmower 125CC Briggs and Stratton

41Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect5 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles4187125

 

Best Rear Roller (Striped Lawn) Petrol Mower

Select your requirements by ticking the applicable boxes below; so I can help you pick the perfect petrol lawn mower with rear roller for a striped lawn appearance.

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
Cobra RM40SPC Review - 135cc 40cm Self Propelled Petrol Roller Mower

Cobra RM40SPC Review - 135cc 40cm Self Propelled Petrol Roller Mower

40Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect6 (17mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
4087135
Hayter Spirit 41 Review

Hayter Spirit 41 Review

41Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (15mm - 65mm)Folding Handles
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
4186125
Hayter Harrier 56 Review

Hayter Harrier 56 Review

56Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (13mm - 60mm)Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
5687159
Hayter Harrier 48 Review

Hayter Harrier 48 Review

48Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (13mm - 60mm)Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
4887159
Hayter Harrier 41 Review

Hayter Harrier 41 Review

41Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (13mm - 60mm)Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
4187140
Hyundai HYM530SPER Review - 52.5cm Self Propelled Lawnmower with Roller

Hyundai HYM530SPER Review - 52.5cm Self Propelled Lawnmower with Roller

53Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
5 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Safety Key
Self Propelled
5386173
Hyundai HYM480SPR Review (HYM480SPER) Self Propelled

Hyundai HYM480SPR Review (HYM480SPER) Self Propelled

48Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
5 (25mm - 75mm)Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
4887139

10 Best Petrol Lawn Mower Reviews

Select your requirements by ticking the applicable boxes below; so I can help you pick the perfect petrol lawn mower for your requirements.

Lawn Size
Mower Features
Cutting Options

Choose The Right Petrol
Lawn Mower Here

Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 161cc
Deck Size: 53cm
Cut Heights: 6 (28mm - 92mm)
Lawn Size: Large

Features:

Folding Handles Hose Wash Port Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

The Murray EQ700X is a petrol powered cordless self-propelled lawn mower that is fitted with a Briggs & Stratton 750EX engine. It has a large 53cm deck size, a 70 litre grass collection box and 6 cutting heights from 28mm to 92mm. The Murray EQ700X has a 4-in-1 cutting system that features rear discharge, side discharge, collecting and mulching of the grass clippings.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Easy to start especially when compared to other petrol mowers
  • Excellent Briggs & Stratton engine
  • Wide cutting width
  • Varied cutting heights that are easy to adjust
  • Durable steel deck
  • 4 in 1 cutting system (rear discharge, side discharge, collecting and mulching of grass clippings)
Cons
  • Slightly more expensive than some other petrol mowers (thanks to the wealth of features).
  • No roller for striped lawns.
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 140cc
Deck Size: 46cm
Cut Heights: 6 (28mm - 92mm)
Lawn Size: Large, Medium

Features:

Folding Handles Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

The Murray EQ500X is a powerful self propelled petrol lawn mower that is fitted with a 140cc Briggs and Stratton engine (575EX Series). This mower can be started either via a recoil starter with ReadyStart assistance and has a good sized blade and deck size at 46cm and is designed for medium to large gardens. A large 60 litre grass collection box is supplied and the height of the Murray EQ500X can be adjusted to 6 positions from 28mm to 92mm via a central lever.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • A large grass collection bag
  • 4 in 1 mowing options
  • 46cm cutting width for medium or large lawns
  • Higher rear wheel
  • Self-propelled drive
  • Briggs and Stratton engine with ReadyStart
  • Several easy to adjust cutting heights
  • Hose port for deck washing
  • Easy to store
  • Strong steel build
Cons
  • No roller for striped lawn
  • Single speed drive
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 161cc
Deck Size: 53cm
Cut Heights: 6 (28mm - 92mm)
Lawn Size: Large

Features:

Folding Handles Hose Wash Port Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

The Sprint 530SPX is a self-propelled petrol mower fitted with a 161cc Briggs and Stratton engine and has 4-in-1 cutting options. These options include cut and collect, mulching, side discharge and rear discharge. This mower has a 53cm cutting width, steel deck, 6 cutting heights from 28mm to 92mm and a large 70 litre soft mesh grass collection bag.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Excellent Briggs & Stratton 750EX Series DOV Engine
  • 4-in-1 mowing functions
  • Self-propelled drive
  • Suitable for larger gardens
  • Good choice of cutting heights
  • Great Value for money
  • Handle is padded and adjustable
  • Large grass bag (70 litre)
  • Easy to clean with a wash port
  • Superbly powerful and reliable engine
  • Good warranty and support from Sprint
Cons
  • No electric start option (recoil only)
  • No grass box level indicator
  • No oil supplied with mower (SAE30 4-stroke oil is required)
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 139cc
Deck Size: 46cm
Cut Heights: 6 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large, Medium

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Hose Wash Port Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

The Hyundai HYM460SPE is a self propelled petrol lawn mower that has a powerful 2.6kW (3.5hp) Hyundai OHV 4-stroke 139cc engine and a 46cm width of cut using a hardened steel blade designed for medium to large sized lawns. It is equipped with a large 70 litre grass box, has 6 cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm, an easy push button start and comes complete with a 3 year warranty. The Hyundai HYM460SPE has 4-in-1 cutting options including cut and collect, cut and drop, cut and side discharge and mulching.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Effortless thanks to self-propulsion
  • Good size grass box
  • Mulching plug feature
  • Side and rear discharge
  • Durable construction
  • Easy to start
  • Value for money
  • No tools required
  • Great mow height options
  • Good safety features
  • 3-year warranty
Cons
  • No roller for striped lawns
  • Instructions could be better
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 173cc
Deck Size: 53cm
Cut Heights: 5 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Side Discharge

Summary

The ParkerBrand 21 inch (53cm) is a variable speed self-propelled petrol lawn mower with a four stroke 173cc engine. It is supplied with a very large 70 litre grass collection box, side discharge chute and mulching plug as standard. There is a wide range of 5 cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm and is fitted with a steel 53cm deck suitable for medium to large sized lawns.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Variable speed self-propulsion.
  • Cup holders.
  • Giant 70-litre grass box.
  • Side-chute.
Cons
  • You cannot send the mulching’s through the rear chute.
  • There is no striper.
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 141cc
Deck Size: 46cm
Cut Heights: 7 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large, Medium

Features:

Folding Handles Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

The Webb Classic WER460SP is a self-propelled petrol lawn mower designed for larger lawns up to 1,500m² thanks to its good size 46cm cutting width and large 55-litre grass collection box. It offers 4-in-1 cutting functions including cut & collect, mulching, side discharge and rear discharge. There is an excellent choice of 7 cutting heights from 25mm and 75mm.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Great for large gardens with a 46cm cutting width
  • Robust deck
  • Affordable
  • 4-in-1 mowing options - Cut & Collect, Rear Discharge, Side Discharge and Mulch
  • Powerful 141cc engine
  • Larger rear wheels
  • Quiet operation
  • Smooth running
  • Low emissions
  • 7 cutting heights
Cons
  • Less powerful engine than its older brother (WER460ES)
  • No grass box full indicator
  • No hose wash port
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 132cc
Deck Size: 41cm
Cut Heights: 7 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Medium, Small

Features:

Folding Handles Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Rear Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Rear Discharge

Summary

The Webb Classic WER410SP is a self-propelled petrol lawn mower designed for smaller lawns up to 600m² thanks to its 41cm cutting width and large 45-litre grass collection box. It offers 2 cutting functions including cut & collect and rear discharge. There is an excellent choice of 7 cutting heights from 25mm and 75mm.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Excellent value for money
  • Self-propelled drive
  • Great for smaller lawns with a 41cm cutting width
  • Robust steel deck
  • 2-in-1 mowing options - cut & collect & rear discharge
  • Powerful 132cc engine
  • Larger rear wheels
  • Quiet operation
  • Smooth running
  • Low emissions
  • 7 cutting heights
Cons
  • Less powerful engine than its older brother (WER460SP)
  • No mulching or side discharge option
  • No grass box full indicator
  • No hose wash port
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 173cc
Deck Size: 51cm
Cut Heights: 8 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Hose Wash Port Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

Frisky Fox Plus 20” is a self-propelled mower for the mid-range market. It has a larger motor (WOLF ‘DYNAMIC’ 5.5HP), larger diameter cutting circle (50.8cm), and it has a lot of other functions to help improve the look of your lawn. This Frisky Fox Plus 20”model has two-blades mounted to a centrifugal hub and has single lever height adjustment ranging from between 25mm to 75mm.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Self-Propelled Mower - Variable Speed
  • Mulching
  • Striper for Lawn Stripes
  • Large Grass Collection Box of 50 L
  • Large Rear Wheels
  • Side-Discharge
  • Safety Blades
Cons
  • Mat Striper works well but not as effective as a roller
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 173cc
Deck Size: 51cm
Cut Heights: 6 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Hose Wash Port Larger Rear Wheels Safety Key Self Propelled Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

The Hyundai HYM510SPE is a powerful self propelled petrol lawn mower that is fitted with 2019 Hyundai 139cc 4 stroke engine. The HYM510SPE mower can be started either via the electric start or the backup recoil starter. Hyundai HYM510SPE has a large sized blade and deck size at 51cm and is designed for medium to large gardens. A huge 70 litre grass collection box is supplied and the height of the Hyundai HYM510SPE can be adjusted to 6 positions from 25mm to 75mm via a central lever. This mower is packed with cutting options including cut and collect, cut and drop, mulching and side discharge.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Easy to start
  • Rear/side discharge and mulching
  • Choice of 4 self-propulsion speeds
  • Easy cutting height adjustment
  • Low maintenance
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Comfortable, ergonomic and easy to operate
  • Large 70 litregrass box
Cons
  • You will pay extra for the great features
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Engine Power: 163cc
Deck Size: 51cm
Cut Heights: 6 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large

Features:

Folding Handles Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

The P1PE P5100SPBS petrol lawn mower has a wide 51cm cutting width and a large 60 litre grass collection bag. This mower is fitted with the prestigious Briggs and Stratton 675EXi engine that delivers 163cc self propelled performance, low maintenance, easy starting and low noise mowing. The P1PE P5100SPBS has 6 height adjustments from 25mm to 75mm and has the ability to “cut and collect”, “cut and side discharge”, and “cut and mulch” the grass cuttings. The deck is made from steel and can be easily cleaned by attaching a garden hose to the machine’s deck whilst running.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Quality powerful Briggs and Stratton engine
  • Never change the engine oil, just check and top up
  • Super Lo Tone Exhaust Muffler
  • Mulch and side discharge
  • Self-propelled
  • Light on fuel
  • Tough and durable
  • Good customer care
  • OPC (Operator Presence Control) safety control
  • Large 60 L grass collector bag
Cons
  • Could do with a higher 85mm setting for longer grass
  • No rear roller for striped lawn appearance

 

Petrol Mowers Buyers Guide

Why Should You Purchase A Petrol Lawn Mower?

Why Should You Purchase A Petrol Lawn MowerThere is no doubt that a petrol mower is going to be the best option if you have a larger lawn or a lawn with more difficult terrain. Why? For the simple reason that the power of petrol, and features such as a self-propelled variable speed drive, cannot be beaten, even with the advancements in battery technology. Modern petrol mowers are reliable and easy to start, so gone are the days of struggling to get the mower started. Some even have electric start options with a recoil backup, ensuring your petrol mower starts as easy as cordless or electric models.

The initial outlay for a petrol lawn mower is generally more than that of an electric option, and roughly the same as cordless, but the improved power and the convenience of not having to worry about electrical cables, will make it a worthwhile investment. Petrol mowers are also generally more durable, so will last longer compared to most electric and cordless models. This is mainly due to the better build quality, components and steel decks, many if which are designed for commercial use.

As mentioned above, some will claim that battery powered cordless lawn mowers will see the demise of petrol mowers. It is true that cordless lithium-ion batteries have massively improved over the last few years, however they are still many years away from replacing petrol lawn mowers. For larger and more undulating lawns, petrol mowers may still be the best option in terms of power, durability, longer run times and self-propulsion, making cutting your lawn easier and quicker. I have written a free guide called “The Complete Guide to Buying a Lawn Mower” that details in-depth the pros and cons of cordless, petrol, corded and robotic mowers. This guide will help you decide what mower is best suited to you and your lawn, if you are not already fully committed to petrol.

What To Look For When Selecting A Petrol Lawn Mower?

Why Should You Purchase A Petrol Lawn MowerA petrol lawn mower is a fair investment and a good one will last many years if maintained and well looked after. But with so many makes and models on the market, it can be a real headache trying to choose the one that not only best suits your lawn, but also one that best suits you and your requirements. If you have never owned a petrol mower before, then this choice is going to be even more daunting, as there are so many factors to take into account.

Fear not! I have several resources that are going to help you select a petrol mower that will serve you well, give you all the features you are going to need and give you a beautifully cut lawn with the minimum amount of fuss.

The first resource is to read my guide below so you know what is available on the market, and what you should look out for when making your decision.

The second, is to use the tables below to select, by ticking the filter boxes, what you require from your petrol mower to narrow down your selection and then head over to the full product review for more information on a particular petrol mower.

And finally you can use my “Lawn Mower Selection Tool” that again will allow you to select your specific requirements until you are left with a few petrol mowers that meet your exact needs and budget.

What Makes A Perfect Petrol Mower?

Size Of The Lawn Area – Petrol Mowers

What Makes A Perfect Petrol MowerThere are a number of factors to consider when comparing and evaluating the different petrol options available. The first of these should always be the size of your lawn. You have already decided on a petrol lawn mower, but there a number of other things to think about.

  • Cutting Width – Simply put, the larger the cutting width, the larger the area of lawn you will mow with every pass. For larger gardens, go for a petrol lawn mower with a wider cutting width. While it makes manoeuvrability and cutting around corners / edges a bit more tricky, it will make cutting the lawn much faster. Also, don’t forget about the amount of storage you have in your shed or garage. To give you a guide I have included a table above to show what size deck is suitable for various lawn sizes, as they vary from anything between 39cm to 53cm.
  • Grass Collection Box Size – Again, a larger grass box will let you mow the lawn faster as you have to spend less time emptying it out. The more powerful self-propelled lawn mowers will have no problems with the additional weight of carrying a fully loaded grass box, and there will be fewer trips required to empty it out, making your job that much faster. In general, the grass box size will correspond directly to the size of the mower’s deck. Some grass collection boxes have an indicator flap that will let you know when the box needs emptying, this will remove the guesswork out of the process.There are three main types of grass collection boxes/bags, completely solid plastic, cloth/mesh and the third type, my preference, is a hybrid box, whereby you have a solid top and the rest is cloth. The solid top prevents dust and debris flying up into the user’s face, and the cloth sides allow both for good circulation / collection and reduced storage.
  • Power – With a large lawn, the petrol mower will have to work harder and longer. A petrol mower with a more powerful engine will allow you to mow more quickly at a faster pace, especially when the grass is thick and long. When the grass is longer and you are using an underpowered petrol mower, you will be required to cut on a much higher setting and then mow again on a lower / desired height setting. Larger lawns tend to be cut less often, compared to small lawns, and therefore the demand on the petrol mower will be higher due to the condition of the lawn. If you have a smaller less demanding lawn, then something as low as 79cc may well be sufficient, however for more demanding lawns, something more towards the 200cc may be required.
  • Self-Propulsion – With a smaller patch of lawn this is not a major concern, but pushing a big heavy petrol lawn mower around a large or even medium sized garden, can soon become tiring. Self-propelled petrol mowers will remove the physical hard work out of mowing and all you really have to do is just guide it around the garden. Another time you might want to look at self-propulsion, even with a smaller garden, is if the teens or grandparents want to use the petrol mower. They will find it much easier if they do not have to push the full weight of the lawn mower. If the mower is self-propelled and only a single speed, always check that the speed is not too fast or too slow for your needs. There is nothing worse than a self-propelled petrol mower running away from you or simply being too slow for your normal walking pace.
  • Variable Speed – In addition to self-propulsion, there are some petrol mowers that are provided with variable speeds. This feature is extremely handy as you can adjust the speed of the mower to match your desired pace or the speed at which you want to get the job done. You can also reduce the speed especially when mowing up or down a hill / slopes to increase stability and safety. Some higher end petrol mowers even come with sensors that will adjust the speed automatically according to the pace at which you are mowing. Self-propelled variable speed will add to the cost of the mower, but may be worth considering if this is important to you.

Other Considerations

Guide To Buying The Best Petrol Lawn Mower

Apart from factors related to the size of the lawn, there are a few other factors that need to be considered when choosing a new petrol mower.

  • Noise – If you have neighbours that are close by, you don’t want to upset them every time you mow. Some models are considerably quieter than others, so bear this in mind. A petrol mower with a good quality engine will generate a noise value of around (dB(A)) 94.
  • Fuel Consumption – If you are cutting often a large lawn, the cost of fuel can add up quickly, particularly with the current world situation. Look for a model that is economical to operate. Keeping it well looked after and serviced will also help to keep fuel usage down and ensure the mower starts first time, every time. Using an additive to preserve the fuel will also limit the amount of wasted fuel, particularly when the mower is not used for longer periods of time.
  • Mulching – Mulching is a highly beneficial feature that only some petrol models provide. It has a setting or a separate mulching plug that prevents the grass cuttings being collected. Instead, the grass cuttings are cut into small pieces and pushed down into the soil of your cut lawn. As they rot down they return essential nutrients to the soil and improve the health of the grass. Mulching is economical and environmentally friendly, but not everyone is going to use this feature.
  • Rear Roller – If you are wanting that elegant and professional striped effect on your lawn, you want to look for a petrol model with a dedicated rear roller. A good point to look out for is that the roller is the full width of the mower to prevent you from having to overlap on each pass. Also the heavier the petrol mower, the more defined and longer lasting the stripes will be. Some rollers are in two pieces, being split in the middle. This feature allows them to turn on the spot without damaging the grass.
  • Cut Height Options – Depending on the type of lawn, the time of year, weather conditions and a number of other factors, you will want to adjust the cutting height from time to time. If the grass has been left to grow a bit long, you do not want to send it into shock by cutting it right back in one go (not advisable for the health of your lawn). Look for a petrol mower that gives you a range of cutting height options, and that they are fairly easy to adjust. A single height adjustment lever that adjusts all 4 wheels simultaneously is the quickest and easiest option available. A good range of cutting heights would be at least 5 with height settings from 25mm to 70mm. Naturally if you want anything lower or higher than this, you need to ensure that the petrol mower has this capability. In general, cylinder mowers will offer a lower cut, when compared to a rotary model.

Recoil Or Electric Starter Petrol Lawn Mower

  • Recoil Or Electric Starter – While most modern recoil starters are easier and more reliable than they were some years back, it is still a bit of effort and can put a strain on your wrist. If this is a concern, look for a petrol lawn mower with a convenient electric starter. An electric start petrol mower will simply allow you to press a button in order to start the mower. You will always have the back up of the recoil, should the electric start fail. Remember, an electric start petrol mower has a battery that will need to be charged periodically and does add a little weight to the mower.
  • Hose Wash Port – Keeping your petrol lawn mower clean under the deck is essential, not only for the cutting performance but also for ensuing that the grass collection is efficient. The addition of a hose wash port on your petrol mower will allow you to connect your garden hose to the mower’s deck and clean it quickly and efficiently whilst the mower is running. Using this feature after each mow will ensure that the grass doesn’t dry and stick to the mower’s deck, making it really difficult to remove.
  • Handle Comfort – Some models have soft grip handles that are ergonomically designed in order to limit vibrations. This makes the petrol lawn mower much more comfortable and less tiring to use. You also want the handle height to be adjustable, so that it is comfortable and can be adjusted to suit your posture whilst mowing.
  • Storage – If you have limited storage space, look for a more compact model and one that allows the handles to fold down for easy storage. Some petrol mowers will only fold at the central point of their handle, where others will also fold at the lower deck point, allowing reduced storage. Also consider a hybrid grass collection box, where you have the benefit of a solid top and mesh sides allowing it to be folded flat.
  • Budget – A petrol lawn mower is a fair investment and should last you for many years. Whilst it is true that the premium brands are well built and will serve you well for many years, some budget and mid-range models I have tested are comparable in terms of the materials and build quality. Some manufacturers will provide a warranty up to 5 years, if registered, whilst others are not as generous. Just be aware that some warranties are conditional on the mower being serviced annually by an authorised dealership.

Conclusion

After extensive research and careful consideration, I have only included what I believe are to be the best petrol lawn mowers on the market right now. They are all very good in their own right. Having said that, everyone has a different garden and different requirements.

This guide “Best Petrol Lawn Mowers” would have given you some insight into the features and benefits that you need for your specific situation. Give some thought to your garden and your specific requirements as well as your budget. Once you are clear on that, you can make an informed decision and select the best petrol lawn mower for your needs using the resources I have shared above.

If you are still unsure, use the banner at the top of this page that will take you to my lawn mower selection tool. In seconds it will recommend the best petrol mower/s based on your specific requirements. If you are still unsure, feel free to use the comment’s section below to ask any questions you may have, I will be more than happy to assist.

Video Guide To Buying The Best Petrol Lawn Mower

Best Petrol Lawn Mower FAQs

How Long Should A Petrol Lawn Mower Last?

Petrol lawn mowers are durable tools, but they need to be well maintained if they are going to stand the test of time. For the most part, a good petrol lawn mower should last for around ten years. When they’re regularly serviced, they could even exceed this, but if they’re poorly maintained, they might only last 3 to 4 years.

Are Petrol Lawn Mowers Good?

Petrol lawn mowers are elite when it comes to power and many homeowners and commercial users opt for them because of this combined with their freedom of use. This power means that they are far more suitable for larger and more demanding lawns making your workload much lighter. When compared to using a corded or battery mower for this type of work, you’ll find that a petrol mower will save you a lot of time, physical effort and will produce far superior results.

Do Petrol Lawn Mowers Need Oil?

Petrol lawn mowers rely on a combustion engine which has several moving parts. In order for these parts to move smoothly, they need to be lubricated using oil. This is why it is important to include oil checks and top ups as part of your wider mower maintenance schedule. Not only will this help the engine to run more smoothly and efficiently, but it will also ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

Are Petrol Mowers Easy To Use?

Many people are put off the idea of using a petrol mower because they think they will be difficult to use. But unlike many of the older models, newer petrol lawn mowers often come with easy and electric start functions. Moreover, a lot of petrol lawn mowers are self-propelled which makes them much easier to push and manoeuvre around the garden.

How Often Should I Change My Lawn Mower Oil?

It’s important to regularly check the oil level in your petrol mower as not having enough will affect how well the engine performs and starts. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should aim to change the oil completely at the end of every mowing season or for every 50 hours of mowing, whichever comes first.

How Do I Know If My Mower Engine Is 2 or 4 Stroke?

Petrol engines are either two or four stroke and this refers to the number of revolutions the engine goes through to complete a single power stroke. There are pros and cons to each type of engine and you’ll normally find details about your engine on the product listing or packaging. However, if you do not have access to this, you can tell the difference by looking at the fill ports for the engine. If yours has a single port where you can add both oil and petrol, then this is a two-stroke engine. If there are two ports; one for petrol and one for oil then this will be a four stroke engine. It is essential that you NEVER mix oil and petrol in these types of four-stroke engines.

What Happens If You Put The Wrong Oil In Your Lawn Mower?

If you’ve accidentally used the wrong oil in your mower, this could cause a multitude of problems, depending on what oil you have used. For example, using oil that is too heavy for your engine could cause it to become damaged, and using the incorrect viscosity might make the engine run more slowly. In any case, you will typically find that the mower burns through oil much more quickly if it isn’t the correct one. For this reason, it’s important to check with the manufacturer exactly which oil to use.

Why Does My Petrol Lawn Mower Smoke?

There are several reasons that your lawn mower may be blowing out smoke, but one of the most common is that there is not enough air moving through the system compared to the level of fuel. This causes incomplete combustion, and any leftover fuel will turn into smoke which is what you are seeing. The easiest way to correct this problem is to clean or replace the air filters.

Can You Tip A Petrol Lawn Mower On Its Side?

You should avoid tipping your petrol lawn mower onto its side as this may cause fuel or oil to leak into the air filters. If this happens then your mower may begin to smoke or you may find you have difficulty getting it to start up. If you need to tip the mower over to perform maintenance on the blades, for example, you should ensure that it is completely empty of any liquids. Tilting the mower backwards to access the underneath of the deck is also an option, but sometimes doesn’t provide enough clearance.

How Often Should A Petrol Lawn Mower Spark Plug Be Changed?

Your petrol lawn mower will require more maintenance than an electric model, but it’s not so much that it’ll take over your life. Spark plugs should ideally be changed every 25 hours of mowing time or once per mowing season.

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16 thoughts on “10 Best Petrol Lawn Mowers UK – A Helpful Buyers Guide and Reviews

  1. Hello,
    Thanks for a great website packed with useful info.
    I’ve come across a German brand of machines called DeltaFox but I can’t find any reviews on your site. Perhaps they are not sold in the UK? If you know anything about them I’d appreciate your input. They seem to be well-priced with Briggs & Stratton engines.
    Cheers.

    1. Hi Nigel, I do not have any experience of the DeltaFox mowers. They are a brand of the German company Grizzly tools, however I believe that they are manufactured in the far East and China.
      I don’t think they can be purchased here in the UK.
      Hope this helps.

  2. Thanks Mark, I really appreciate the quick reply. Guess I’ll hang on for the Webb. Like you mentioned, a few of the retailers are saying they are expecting stock in Mar/Apr. It also seems to have good reviews.

  3. Hi Mark, I am looking to get a petrol rear roller mower for my small/medium sized lawn (so 16-18 inch deck). I’m thinking that I don’t need self-propelled considering the size of the lawn, plus I have curved flower beds etc. so the manual push control would be better suited. I also would love to have a mulching option, which I know is not normal for roller mowers. The only mower I have found that offers all of this is the Webb ‘Supreme’ RR17P but it seems to be out of stock with most sellers. Do you have any views on this mower? The other mower I love the look of is the Masport RR Push with its beefy engine, but it doesn’t appear to have a mulching option. Any views on this mower and whether it can mulch using an adapter? Or do you know of any other mowers meeting my criteria that can be converted, maybe with an optional mulching plug?
    Many thanks!
    Charlie

    1. Hi Charlie

      Yes, this is going to be a difficult find, mulching with rear roller.

      The only other mower I am aware of is the Honda HRD536 QX where you can purchase and optional mulching kit. But this is a professional mower and is reflected in the price.

      I don’t believe there is a mulching kit for the Masport.

      The Webb has been out of stock for some time now, but normally most manufactures will be replenishing stock around this time (March).

      Thanks
      Mark

  4. Hi Mark

    Would you recommend the Hyundai 51cm mower. I’ve also had a look at Cobra machines with a similar spec and price range. Thought I’d buy a Hayter but mixed reviews on YouTube make me worry whether it is worth extra money. I have a large lawn but will only be mowed once a week, so clearly domestic use. Ideally I don’t want to spend much over £600-£650.

    Thank you
    Manik

    1. Hi Manik,

      The Hyundai mowers are my best-sellers, they are very good value for money, technical and after sales support is good.

      For domestic use the Hyundai may be your best option. If you want a self-propelled model with variable speed, electric start and 4 cutting functions including mulching, the I would go for
      https://easylawnmowing.co.uk/hyundai-hym510spe-review/

      The Hyundai HYM510SPE will cost you around £75 less, but it doesn’t have the electric start option. https://easylawnmowing.co.uk/hyundai-hym510spe-review/

      If you do decide to purchase don’t forget to use my discount code within my review – MOWJO (5% discount)

      As you were considering the Hayters, were you looking for a rear roller too?

      Below I have included a mower selection tool, that will recommend the best mower based on your specific requirements.
      https://easylawnmowing.co.uk/find-the-perfect-lawn-mower/

      Hope this helps

      Kind regards
      Mark

  5. Hi Mark

    You advised me earlier on either a mountfield HP41 or a hyundai hym 400p
    I know they are similar but i just looked at a mountfield 394 – pb briggs & stratton engine, is this one better or all the same really?

    Thanks
    Paula

    1. Hi Paula

      To be honest they are pretty much similar in terms of the mower and its features. In terms of the engine, then yes the Briggs & Stratton 125cc engine is by far more superior than Mountfield’s own engine. Naturally, this is reflected in the purchase price of the mower. You will find that commercial gardeners will choose the Briggs & Stratton engine due to the increased power and longevity as they use them on a far more frequent basis. For domestic use, the Mountfield engine would be completely fine, if looked after and serviced on a regular basis.

      You can see my article on what is involved in maintaining a petrol mower here – https://easylawnmowing.co.uk/10-simple-steps-to-maintaining-your-petrol-lawnmower/

      Hope this helps.
      Mark

  6. Hi, i am looking to get a petrol,self propelled rear roller mower and narrowed it to a stihl rm545v and a honda hrx426qx. Stihl cheaper and lighter by nearly 9kg but i know hondas are reliable and built well. Its for small to medium lawns with flower beds to mow round and wondered how easy the honda is to manoever being heavier. I had a webb rr17sp but first stopped on 2nd use and replacement was useless so looking to step up and wondered what your thoughts are. Cheers tim

    1. Hi Tim,

      To be honest with you I have not used any Stihl petrol mowers, but not heard a bad word against them.

      The Honda petrol mowers are reliable and well built. In terms of the weight you would need at least 35kg for the rear roller to produce longer lasting stripes. So perhaps, the heavier Honda would be advantageous to you if this is important. Remember, a dedicated garden roller filled with water would be around 35kg, and with sand around 55kg.

      Sorry I can’t help with the comparison, I will be testing some used Stihl mowers in the coming months.

      Hope this helps.
      Mark

    1. Hi Jay, thanks for your message. To be honest you really need a heavy mower (petrol or large battery mower) with an integrated roller, so that the mower’s weight is above the roller to compress the turf.

      Universal rollers will produce initial striping effect but they will not last long.

      Hope this helps
      Mark

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