Mountfield Princess 38 Review 4 Wheel Rear Roller Electric Lawnmower, 1600 W
The Mountfield Princess 38 is a 1600 watt electric corded lawn mower that has a 38cm cutting deck and 3-in-1 cutting system including collect, mulch and rear discharge of the grass cuttings. This mower is designed for medium sized lawns, has 6 height positions from 25mm to 75mm and a very respectable rigid 40 litre grass collection box. It is fitted with a rear roller for a luxury striped appearance and is supplied with a 15 metre cable.
These mowers are identical in build quality and functionality, the only variation is with the deck size, grass collection box size and the power of the motor.
The Mountfield Princess 38 is more suited to those that have medium sized lawns up to 250m². Mountfield has provided this mower with a respectable 40 litre grass collection box to ensure less stops for emptying. They have also supplied this mower with a 1600 Watt motor that is what you will need for this size of lawn. As we mentioned earlier this is the middle brother of this range of Mountfield brothers, and therefore has a 38cm deck, which is 4cm larger than its smaller brother and 4cm smaller than its bigger brother. In my opinion the 38cm deck size on this Mountfield Princess mower hits the sweet spot as it feels just right in terms of manoeuvrability without compromising on size. The combination of these features really make this a great mower for medium sized and challenging lawns. Having said that, it performs equally well on tendered lawns with its range of 6 cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm and its rear roller.
This Mountfield Princess 38 mower is competing very well with the likes of Bosch and others in terms of features and value for money. You get so much with this mower such as the ability to mulch the lawn out of the box (this is an optional extra with some other brands), an integrated rear roller for striped lawn appearance and a rear discharge option. So truly a 3-in-1 lawn mower.
Although this mower is not self-propelled, the larger rear wheels, the dual grip starter handles and its lightweight make it a pleasure to work with.
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.
The Mountfield Princess 38 has a 15 metre cable which is longer than average and saves the inconvenience of having to use an extension cord.
Main features of the Mountfield Princess 38:
- 3-in-1 lawn mower – mulching included + collect + rear discharge
- Rear Roller for striped lawn appearance
- Blade length 38cm
- Grass box capacity 40 litre
- Front anti-scalping plate
- Recommended for lawns over 250m²
- Easy to manoeuvre
- Grass box vision window
- Ergonomic left and right handles
- Foldable handles for easy transport and storage
The blades on this Mountfield Princess 38 are hardened steel and are designed to provide a sharp cut and the ability to mulch your lawn.
Steel blades can always be sharpened when they become blunt. Anyone with basic DIY skills and a few tools, such as a metal file, will be able to sharpen the blade. Alternatively, you could always purchase a new blade for your Mountfield. Blades are readily available from DIY stores or from Amazon and will cost less than £20.
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Now some mowers only have 3 cutting heights, but that is not the case with this Mountfield. You have the choice of 6 height positions that range from 25mm to 75mm. The height adjustment lever is mounted to the rear of the mower and will adjust all four wheels simultaneously.
I do prefer the height lever to be mounted more central to the mower as it makes it easier to adjust. Mountfield provide a unique grip on the handle to make it easier for this rear adjustment lever to be operated, and seems to work well. Please see my video review to see the height adjustment in action.
It is not the easiest height lever I have used, however as you are not going to be using it that often it is not a big issue.
As the name suggests Mountfield Princess 38 has a 38cm deck size that is designed for lawns sized up to 250m², this is around the size of a tennis court. As mentioned above, Mountfield offer three size options with the electric Princess range, and this model is the middle brother.
The trick is to choose the deck size that best suits your lawn shape and size. Remember, the larger the deck size (and grass box) the quicker you will get the job done. But remember, the larger mowers are heavier, especially when the grass collection box becomes full, and less manoeuvrable around flower beds and slopes.
The great thing about the 38cm deck is that it seems to hit that middle ground, especially for medium sized lawns. A large enough deck to get the job done quickly without compromising on manoeuvrability and weight. The comparison chart below shows the differences between these three Mountfield electric mowers.
Grass Box Capacity
The grass collection box on the Mountfield Princess 38 is an all solid construction and can be easily fitted and removed from the mower. Many mowers have a semi rigid construction with a cloth mesh middle and the benefits of this are: less storage as the grass box folds flat, and better grass collection as there is increased air circulation.
So why did Mountfield choose to have a rigid collection box? Well the problem with cloth collection boxes is that they are prone to damage. This is particularly true if you have thorny shrubs or wire fences around the lawn as these will catch on the cloth sides causing tears and damage. Mountfield pride themselves on producing quality products that last, so I believe this is the reason they chose to supply this mower with this type of collection box.
Please note that solid grass collection boxes always come in two parts and need to be assembled. This is never an easy task, as it is with a cloth collection bag, but once it’s done, it’s done!
The whole range of Mountfield Princess electric mowers are fantastically practical. You are getting 3-in-1 cutting options as explained above, this means you can cut the lawn whatever the conditions and weather. Mulching is a fantastic way to save time and help the environment at the same time.
Having larger rear wheels for easier manoeuvrability and stability, foldable handles at two points on the bars to reduce storage space, and a central carry handle, all go to making this a versatile and practical mower.
This is a well built mower and the strong ergonomic handles give this mower a high quality and durable feel. I will of course update this blog should I notice any long term quality issues. However my first impressions after my first few cuts lead me to believe this will not be the case.
Good news! This Mountfield Princess 38 comes with a built in integrated rear roller for that traditional striped lawn finish. This is a fantastic additional feature for gardeners here in the UK. This combined with the 3-in-1 cutting options means that this mower has it all. Well done Mountfield.
Mountfield Princess 38 Video
To give you a visual representation of the Mountfield Princess 38 please watch the video below:
The Mountfield Princess 38 is supplied with a two year manufactures warranty. This is standard across the range of mowers at this price point.
Mountfield Princess 38 Safety Features
The Mountfield Princess 38 comes with a standard central starter button that must be pressed simultaneously 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.
There are also some safety procedures that the user should always follow when using an electric lawn mower –
- if possible avoid mowing wet grass
- as with all wheeled lawn mowers, cut across a slope, never up and down
- ensure you keep your hands and feet away from the rotating blade
- always carry out a visual inspection of your mower before use (nuts and screws are tightened)
- always ensure the mower is disconnected from the mains when cleaning the underside of the deck
- store indoors in a dry place when not in use
The Mountfield Princess 38 has the ability to mulch the grass cuttings as it comes supplied with a mulching plug. This really is a nice touch from Mountfield as most electric mowers do not have a mulching ability and a rear roller.
The mulching plug can be fitted and removed very easily with no obstructions. It is not always suitable to mulch the lawn, for example when the lawn is too wet, so being able to switch to collection makes this mower versatile in all conditions.
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.
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Mountfield Princess 38 User Manual
What’s Included in the box?
- Mountfield Princess 38 Lawn Mower
- Large 40 litres rigid grass collection box
- Mulching Plug
- Instruction Manual
- Weight: 14.2 kg
- Motor: 1600 watts
- Cord Length: 15 metres
- Blade Length: 38cm
- Cutting Heights: 6 options from 25mm to 75mm
- Grass Box Capacity: 40 litre with a window for easy viewing to know when the box is full and needs emptying
Pros and Cons
This Mountfield Princess 38 is ideal for those that:
- People with medium sized gardens around 250m² (size of 1 tennis count).
- People that require the option to mulch the lawn cuttings.
- Those that would like a rear roller for a striped lawn finish.
- Those that require a medium sized 38cm cutting width for good manoeuvrability.
- Requires a powerful 1600W motor for longer/thicker grass.
- People that would like a good sized grass collection box (40 L) with a vision window.
- Those that require a large range of cutting heights (6 heights from 25mm to 75mm).
As mentioned above this mower really is competing well with the other well known lawn mower brands in terms of both durability, quality of cut, functionality and value for money. The 1600 watt motor has enough power to deal with damp or long grass and the steel blades will cut with precision. The Mountfield Princess 38 mower is well priced, weighs 14.2 kg and has additional features normally found in higher priced models.
This mower comes with a good 2 year warranty and the support provided in the UK from Mountfield is excellent and responsive. Spare parts and replacement blades are readily available and reasonably priced.
The only negative I could find with this lawn mower is the design of the grass collection box making it little difficult to assemble. Assembly should be tool free, however this is not the case and a pair of pliers may be needed. Having said that, once the box is assembled this naturally is no longer an issue.
All in all, you will not be disappointing with this Mountfield Princess 38 mower or its almost identical smaller or bigger brother (see my comparison table below). As this mower is the middle sized brother in this range, and is designed to get the job done quickly whilst remaining small enough to be nimble to manoeuvre easily around narrow strips and flower beds.
Remember this mower has myriad of features such as powerful motor, many easily adjustable cutting heights, the roller, mulching ability, dual left and right starter handles and overall good build quality.
The only challenge you will have with this mower is deciding which size of the Mountfield Princess electric mower to choose. They are all packed with the same features mentioned above, it is really down to the size of your lawn, and the small difference we mentioned earlier.
Where should I purchase this Mountfield Princess 38?
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MowDirect are the leading UK garden machinery online store, will provide all the support and backup should you need it and have some great discounts. You will receive a two year warranty and delivery within 2-4 days.
FAQs – Mountfield Princess 38
What is the power of motor in the Mountfield Princess 38?
What is the deck size of the Mountfield Princess 38?
How many cutting heights are there on the Mountfield Princess 38?
6 cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm.
How long is the power cable on the Mountfield Princess 38?
Is the Mountfield Princess 38 self-propelled?
No, this is an electric push mower.
Can the Mountfield Princess 38 side discharge the grass cuttings?
No, this mower will only rear discharge the grass cuttings.
Does the Mountfield Princess 38 have a rear roller for a striped lawn?
Yes, there is a rear roller on this mower for a striped lawn appearance.
Can the Mountfield Princess 38 mulch the grass cuttings?
Yes, this mower comes with a mulching plug.
How big is the grass collection box on the Mountfield Princess 38?
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