Mountfield Princess 34 Review Electric 4 Wheel Rear Roller Lawnmower, 1400 W
The Mountfield Princess 34 is a 1400 watt electric corded lawn mower that has a 34cm cutting deck and 6 height adjustments from 25mm to 75mm. It has a very respectable solid 35 litre collection box and is supplied with a 15 metre cable. The Mountfield Princess has an ergonomic and durable design and is fitted with a rear roller for a striped lawn finish and supplied with the ability to mulch the lawn.
I’ve received so many great comments and emails from satisfied Mountfield owners, it was great to finally get my hands on a Mountfield Princess lawn mower and see for myself just how good this mower is.
I took delivery of my Mountfield Princess 34 in early March, and was eager for the weather to improve to allow me to use the mower and write a review for my readers so they can see if this is a suitable option to be considered.
In summary, if you are looking for a powerful electric corded lawn mower with a fair sized cutting blade, rear roller and mulching option then the Mountfield Princess may be the perfect option for you and your lawn. It sports a 1400 watt motor and is robust and agile. This model is good for medium or small gardens. Although not self-propelled, it is light and a pleasure to work with.
It has enough power to deal with wet or long grass and will cut with precision. It is well priced and really user-friendly. The Mountfield Princess 34 weighs a mere 13kg but has amazing power from the powerful 1400 watt motor. This make it easy to move around the garden. It is a great option for those that find mowing a lawn hard work. The Mountfield Princess 34 makes it a breeze.
The 6 cutting heights will allow you to get the perfect look for your lawn with options from 25mm to 75mm. You can have precise control throughout the year according to your requirements. It is easy to change the height settings via a single and easy to use lever mounted at the rear of the mower. It also has a respectable solid 35 litre grass collection box with a very handy vision window. This will save you having to rush to empty it all the time (when guessing it is full) and make for faster work. Another option the Mountfield has is the ability to mulch. This is an eco-friendly option that will not only save you a bit of time but also return nutrients to the soil and enrich your lawn.
The Mountfield Princess 34 has a 15 metre cable which is a bit longer than average and saves a bit of hassle with extension cords for many. As a safety feature, the blade will stop spinning a few seconds after you release the switch. The rear roller adds stability and will let you create that perfect striped lawn, if you wish.
There are three different Princess size models to choose from, the Princess 34, 38 and 42. There is a handy comparison table below to show the differences between them.
Well, it can’t all be good, can it? Well in my review below you will find out about all the features and functions and the pros and cons of this popular lawn mower.
Main features of the Mountfield Princess 34:
- Blade length 34cm
- Powered by a 1400W motor
- Grass box capacity 35 litre
- Rear Roller for striped lawn
- Front anti-scalping plate
- Recommended for lawns up to 200m²
- Easy to manoeuvre
- Mulching feature included
The Mountfield Princess 34 is fitted with 1400 watt motor that is more than adequate for a 34cm deck size, and competes well with the competition. The same size Bosch Rotak 34R electric mower is supplied with only a 1300 watt motor, and I found the Princess 34 had no problem cutting my rather damp mid-March lawn. Just remember to set the height setting to a higher level and work your way down for really long and neglected lawns.
The motor seemed to be quiet, starting was smooth and the motor stopped within 3 seconds of me releasing the starter handle.
Overall, I was very impressed with the power and cut quality of the mower, it has all the benefits of owning an electric mower i.e. no batteries to charge, no fuel and oil to worry about to name a few.
This mower comes with a very respectable 15 metre power cord. Even Bosch only give you 10 metres on some of their larger mowers, so well done Mountfield for this!
The cable is of good quality and is bright yellow, so you can’t miss it.
Blades & Cutting Diameter
The Mountfield Princess 34 has a 34cm good quality steel blade that is specially designed to support the mulching option. The Princess range has 3 different cutting widths (34cm, 38cm and the biggest brother the Mountfield Princess 42 with a 42cm deck) that are designed for varied sized gardens. I really liked the 34cm deck, it’s so compact making it easy to manoeuvre around the garden and small enough for easy storage and transportation.
I would say that this 34cm blade is suitable for lawns up to 200m², and naturally anything bigger would be better suited to the larger models – 38cm, or even the 42cm Princess mowers.
The steel blade can easily be sharpened using basic DIY skills or easily replaced. Blades are readily available and reasonably priced.
Grass Box Capacity
The Mountfield Princess 34 has a 35 litre solid grass collection box. This is about right for a mower of this size and compares well with that of other mower brands.
Most grass collection boxes will come with either a flap or vision window to see when the box needs to be emptied (some mowers have nothing at all). On the range of Princess mowers, Mountfield have decided to include a vision window on their grass collection boxes. I do prefer vision windows over the flap system, as on some mowers I have tested, the flap does not always work so well where the circulation is poor.
Good circulation is crucial if the mower is going to collect most of the grass cuttings, and Mountfield have achieved this by ensuring there are adequate vents all around the collection box. I did my first cut at the end of March after a very wet period and the Mountfield Princess 34 had no issues collecting the rather damp and longer cuttings.
The only negative about the collection box on this mower is, that it does not fold flat like the cloth ones do. Yes, the cloth collection bags are more prone to damage, but they are such good space savers. I would suggest that you could dismantle the solid box each time, but that’s just not practical and believe me, this is not the easiest grass box to assemble! (if you are doing this only once than that is not an issue)
The grass collection box is easy to fix and remove (see video), and does not constantly fall off the mower whilst mowing, like some others I have tested.
Good news! This Mountfield Princess 34 comes with a built in integrated rear roller. Your lawn will be the envy of all your neighbours with a beautiful traditional striped lawn finish, well done Mountfield for including this. (with most mowers this is an optional extra)
The roller does seem to be in two halves clipped together, as opposed to a single moulded roller, however it feels very strong and secure.
The height adjustment on this Mountfield Princess 34 is fantastic and beats the competition hands down. There are 6 height options from 25mm to 75mm and that will be all you need to adjust the mower for the changing seasons and grass conditions.
The adjustment is just so easy and smooth to use (see my video below). The lever is mounted to the rear of the mower, but will adjust all 4 wheels simultaneously. Normally I prefer the lever to be mounted more central to the mower as they are normally easier to adjust, however the rear height adjustment on the Princess 34 works perfectly.
Mountfield Princess 34 Video
To give you a visual representation of the Mountfield 294340063/M13 Princess please watch my video review below:
This compact but powerful Mountfield mower is so practical as it meets the requirements of so many situations out-of-the-box. The 1400 watt motor on a 34cm deck will not disappoint on all but the toughest lawns, the 6 height adjustments, the inclusion of a mulching plug, the rear roller, the ergonomic handles, 15 metre of cable and the great value make this a very practical option when choosing your next mower.
The inclusion of a well positioned central carry handle and the ability to fold the handles will help with storage and transportation. It is a shame the handles do not also fold at the lower point as well as this would have reduced storage even more. I understand that this can add a weak point to the mower and as Mountfield pride themselves on quality may be the reason they did not include this.
The 35 litre grass box is more than adequate for the 34cm deck, and remember you always have the option of mulching the lawn, saving more time and improving the condition of your lawn.
If you want a mower that you can simply pull out of the shed or garage, get the lawn mowed quickly and efficiently, then this may well be the mower for you.
The Mountfield Princess 34 comes with a two year manufactures warranty.
Mountfield Princess 34 Safety Features
This mower comes with a standard central starter button that must be pressed in order to start this mower. The mower also has a quick stop safety brake feature that stops the blade spinning within three seconds of the operator releasing the switch.
The Mountfield Princess does have the ability to mulch the grass cuttings as it comes supplied with a mulch plug. This really is a nice touch from Mountfield as most electric mowers do not have a mulching ability and a rear roller.
To learn more about the benefits of a mower that has the ability to mulch the lawn, please see my article “The Benefits of Mulching Grass – Complete Guide with Pros & Cons“.
Mountfield Princess Comparison Table
There are three varying sizes of Mountfield Princess lawn mowers, the Princess 34, 38 and 42. Below is a comparison table to highlight the differences between them.
Last update on 2020-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Mountfield Princess 34 User Manual
What’s Included in the box?
- Mountfield Princess 34 Mower
- 35 L grass box
- Mulching Plug
- Instruction Manual
- Weight: 13kg
- Wattage 1400 watts
- Cord Length 15 metres
- Blade length 34cm
- Cutting heights 6 heights from 25mm to 75mm
- Grass box capacity 35 litre with vision window
Pros & Cons
Should You Buy This Model?
Absolutely! This mower is packed with features as standard, has great “Mountfield” build quality, comes with a two year warranty, has a powerful motor with a compact deck, and above all is great value for money.
The only issue you may have is, these mowers are so popular, they can be out of stock during spring and unavailable due to high demand. If they are in stock, grab it as it will not be around for long.
This Mountfield Princess 34 is ideal for those that:
- People with small to medium sized gardens (200m² or less).
- People that require the option to mulch the lawn cuttings.
- Those that would like a rear roller for a striped lawn appearance.
- Those that requires a smaller 34cm cutting width.
- Requires a powerful 1400W motor for longer/thicker lawns.
- People that would like a good size grass collection box (35L) with a vision window.
- Those that require a large range of cutting heights (6 heights from 25mm to 75mm).
Where should I purchase this Mountfield Princess 34?
- Hand propelled rear roller mains electric lawnmower for that striped effect finish
- 35 litre grass collector with vision window
- Mulching plug Included
- Integral rear roller and front anti-scalping plate
- Ideal for lawns up to 10 metre by 10 metre
Last update on 2020-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
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