Murray EQ400 Review – 18″/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower

Murray EQ400

9.7

Performance/Quality

9.8/10

Features

9.8/10

Design

9.6/10

Practicalities

9.6/10

Warranty/Support

9.6/10

Pros

  • Reliable, powerful and easy to start Briggs & Stratton Engine
  • Large 60 Litre grass catcher
  • Steel Cowling
  • Easy Start

Cons

  • No Mulching (can be purchased as add on feature)

Murray EQ400 18″/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower Review

Summary of Murray EQ400

The Murray EQ400 Review

Murray’s EQ400 is aimed at owners looking to mow medium sized gardens (650m2) in a quick and simple fashion. The Murray EQ400 has the US-built Briggs and Stratton engine, and Murray has kept the weight low (25Kg) to make it light enough for the user to push it. The Murray EQ400 has a medium sized 46cm steel deck and a large 60 litre grass collection box.

Main Features

  • Weight: 25 Kg (55lb)
  • Product Dimensions: 91×54.5×33.6 Centimetres (35.8×21.5×13.2in)
  • Grass Collection Box: 60 L
  • Colour: Grey/Black
  • Material: Steel
  • Blade Length: 46 Centimetres (18in)
  • Coverage: 650m2 (7,000ft2)
  • Material: Steel
  • Fuel Tank: 0.75 Litre (26imp fl oz)

Engine

Murray has used a dependable, powerful, and easy to start Briggs & Stratton 450E series petrol engine. All the petrol lawn mower reviews look to the brand as a leader in their game. This is designed as an easy to start aluminium engine, prime with fuel, and then pull the recoil cord to get it started.

Briggs & Stratton bought Murray garden tools in 2015, so it makes sense for them to be using there own trusted engines.

This Murray EQ400 produces 6.1 Nm of peak torque that powers the blades only. Towards the back of the engine is a mounted fuel tank. The 125CC OHV motor follows the latest EU regulations for noise and air pollution, through its Lo-Tone muffler. The OHV improves the longevity and economy of the mechanics.

Self-Propelled Drive

This Murray EQ400 is a push mower, and the engine only needs to supply power to the blade. This is fine for long and level lawns, but it may become a little hard to push the 25 Kg mower up a steep hill unassisted. And that is the weight unloaded and unfuelled; if you are looking to mow a hillier lawn, it is advisable to look at one of the self-propelled models.

If you are look for a self propelled version of this lawn mower, then the Murray EQ500 or Murray EQ500X would be a better choice. All have the same 46cm deck size and only vary in wheel size and starter type apart from them being self propelled. I have created a handy comparison table below to show the difference between these models.

Murray EQ400
Murray EQ 400 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower with Briggs & Stratton...
Murray EQ500
Murray EQ 500 18"/46 cm self-propelled Petrol Lawnmower with Briggs &...
Murray EQ500X
Murray EQ500X - 18 Inch/46 cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with...
Product
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Murray EQ 500 18"/46 cm self-propelled Petrol Lawnmower with Briggs &...
Murray EQ500X - 18 Inch/46 cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with...
Engine
Briggs & Stratton 450E Series
Briggs & Stratton 500E Series
Briggs & Stratton 575EX Series
Starting
Recoil Start
Recoil Start
Recoil / ReadyStart
Drive System
Push Mower
Self Propelled - Single Speed 3,6 km/h
Self-Propelled - Single Speed 3,6 km/h
Cutting Width
46 cm/18"
46 cm/18"
46 cm/18"
Height of Cut
Two lever, 6 positions, 28 - 92mm
Two lever, 6 positions, 28 - 92mm
Single lever, 6 positions, 28 - 92mm
Discharge Options
2-in-1: Rear Discharge / Collecting
4-in-1: Rear Discharge / Collecting / Mulching / Side Discharge
4-in-1: Rear Discharge / Collecting / Mulching / Side Discharge
Wheel Size
Front: 18cm / Rear: 18cm
Front: 18cm / Rear: 20cm
Front: 18cm / Rear: 28cm
Wash Port
Customer Rating
-
637 Reviews
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Price
£229.29
£299.00
£319.12
Prime Benefits
Murray EQ400
Murray EQ 400 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower with Briggs & Stratton...
Product
Murray EQ 400 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower with Briggs & Stratton...
Engine
Briggs & Stratton 450E Series
Starting
Recoil Start
Drive System
Push Mower
Cutting Width
46 cm/18"
Height of Cut
Two lever, 6 positions, 28 - 92mm
Discharge Options
2-in-1: Rear Discharge / Collecting
Wheel Size
Front: 18cm / Rear: 18cm
Wash Port
Customer Rating
-
Price
£229.29
Prime Benefits
More Information
Murray EQ500
Murray EQ 500 18"/46 cm self-propelled Petrol Lawnmower with Briggs &...
Product
Murray EQ 500 18"/46 cm self-propelled Petrol Lawnmower with Briggs &...
Engine
Briggs & Stratton 500E Series
Starting
Recoil Start
Drive System
Self Propelled - Single Speed 3,6 km/h
Cutting Width
46 cm/18"
Height of Cut
Two lever, 6 positions, 28 - 92mm
Discharge Options
4-in-1: Rear Discharge / Collecting / Mulching / Side Discharge
Wheel Size
Front: 18cm / Rear: 20cm
Wash Port
Customer Rating
637 Reviews
Price
£299.00
Prime Benefits
More Information
Murray EQ500X
Murray EQ500X - 18 Inch/46 cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with...
Product
Murray EQ500X - 18 Inch/46 cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with...
Engine
Briggs & Stratton 575EX Series
Starting
Recoil / ReadyStart
Drive System
Self-Propelled - Single Speed 3,6 km/h
Cutting Width
46 cm/18"
Height of Cut
Single lever, 6 positions, 28 - 92mm
Discharge Options
4-in-1: Rear Discharge / Collecting / Mulching / Side Discharge
Wheel Size
Front: 18cm / Rear: 28cm
Wash Port
Customer Rating
-
Price
£319.12
Prime Benefits
More Information

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Height Adjustment

Each wheel is 18cm high, with plastic hubs covered with a separate airless tire. There are 6 height positions to choose from that range from 28mm to 92mm, in 6 positions for both the front and rear wheels. Both height levers are on the right-hand side of the machine, and each lever controls two wheels at a time.

Cutting Diameter and Features

The deck is 46 centimetres (18in) wide and made from robust steel. The deck covers and shields the high lift blades that help pride better grass flow. The height and curved edge of the blade increase suction and reduce the likelihood of grass clumping on the blade.

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Roller (Stripes)

There is no roller or stripe maker on this version of the Murray EQ400. If you are willing to break out your tool kit and take the rear wheels off, Murray does make a roller that needs to be bought alongside a rear wheel kit. There are also other aftermarket roller kits that have universal fittings that attach to the rear wheels.

Murray EQ400 Video

To give you a visual representation of the Murray EQ400 please watch the video below:

Grass Box Capacity

The 60 litre grass catching bag that comes with the kit requires light assembly. Putting the frame together is not hard, and the completed bag slots onto the back of the mower. This is a large bag, and there is a solid lifting handle on top of the bag to give something grab hold of. The bag also has a plastic cover that keeps the grass in when carrying until you reach a place where you can empty it.

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Practicalities

The main handle and collection bag fold in on themselves for convenient storage on a shelf. The 25 kilo total weight on the Murray EQ400 is about the most anyone could pick up off the floor to put on a shelf anyway. When unfolded, the handle has 3 positions that you can raise or lower it too.

Murray EQ400 Safety Features

A 46 centimetre (18in) wide steel deck increases protection against small stones and twigs trying to break through. The steel is also corrosion resistant and adds an extra level of safety from the spinning blade. The brake is deactivated by pulling on the handle and is automatically activated on its release.

Mulching

The Murray 450E engine uses a high lift blade, not common in mulching mowers, and this model does not mulch. But there is an optional mulching plug on the grass chute; if the owner wishes to install such a device. High lift blades do work well on tall and wet grass, as they prevent clumping to the underside of the hood and the chute.

Murray 400E Push Lawnmower User Manual Download

Click here to download the Murray 400E user manual.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Murray EQ 400 Mower
  • User Manual
  • 60 L Grass Collection Bag
  • Handlebar
The Murray EQ400 Review

Pros:

  • Steel Cowling
  • Large Volume Bag
  • Easy Start
  • Easy Storage

Cons:

  • No Mulching (can be purchased as add on feature)

Should You Buy this Model?

Another good model that will make short work of a large garden. And thanks to a large collection bag, it is possible to mow a whole garden in one go. The mulching capability would be a good add-on to get.

Murray has not installed a device that not everyone wants and would bump the price up. If you have a garden up to 1000m2 and have no interest in mulching, then this is the mower for you.

The Murray EQ400 Review

Conclusion

The small issue some older operators may have is the fact that it is not self-propelled. Pushing a mower is not a big deal for a small garden, but it is hard work for a 1000m2 garden. And when it comes to the added weight of fuel and wet grass, it may get to the point where pushing it for too long may become tiresome for less able users.

The engine has a good reputation, as does the manufacturer, and in some ways having less strain on the engine may prolong its lifespan. Briggs and Stratton are a big and reputable US company that makes their engine in-house, but of course nothing lasts forever.

Self-propelled mechanisms are potential weak points; complications of using a drive system. This model puts all its efforts into cutting the grass, and it will keep on cutting as fast as you can push it.

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Murray EQ 400 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower with Briggs & Stratton...
  • Reliable, powerful and easy to start Briggs & Stratton 125CC 450E Series petrol engine
  • 18 Inch/46 cm Durable steel deck for increased protection against damage and corrosion
  • High lift blade type, easily adjustable cutting height ranging from 28 mm to 92 mm in 6 positions
  • 2-in-1 functionality: Bagging and rear discharge
  • Large 60 Litre grass catcher
  • All Murray petrol lawn mowers are supported by the extensive network of Briggs & Stratton authorized dealers

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