I bought this mower to replace an 11 year old McCulloch that had finally given up the ghost after sterling service. I have had good Qualcast garden tools before and this mower had 25% off so what could go wrong? Firstly the mower was very easy to assemble, so a good start. After filling with oil and petrol the motor fired first time - so far so good. then the problems started as soon as I started mowing the grass. Even with the cut height on maximum the mower persisted in chewing up the grass and stalling the engine. The only way to keep it going was to push hard and not rely on self - propelling, very hard work! Although described as being suitable for large lawns this machine does not cope with roughish terrain. I guess if you`ve got a bowling green it would be fine. I took it back to Homebase and swopped it for another McCullough (M53) with no problem. This was about £100 more but is like a Rolls Royce compared to a Ford
My Product Recommendations
McCulloch M53-140WF - Self Drive 2 in 1 Petrol Wheeled Mower
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Response from Homebase:By David, Garden Maintenance Team, 13 November 2014
Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback and apologies for any inconvenience caused. Customer reviews are an essential tool to help us establish any common themes as part of our product development. With that in mind we have shared your comments with our suppliers and they have assured us this will be looked in to as part of their quality control process. We are confident that significant improvements have already been made to this model which will deliver the desired results with minimum effort. The Qualcast Petrol Lawnmower for 2015 is now fitted with a new Briggs & Stratton ready start engine, which is now more efficient and easier to start. We also improved the quality of the wheels and addressed the robustness of the springs to help improve the experience using this tool.
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Review 2 for Qualcast - Self-Propelled Petrol Rotary Mower - 190cc - 51cm
Byman in a van .
27 August 2013.
having used it for 6 mths I found it to be very poorly made. a spring on the height adjustment broke, a hole wore in the grass box, the drive was inadequate on the rear wheels and a wheel on the front snapped off. A very poor product from what I thought a reputable company. Thank you Homebase they gave me a full refund.
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Written by: jack ,
Posted 15 July 2014
As with all the other people I have to say this is the worst mower I could have bought. Engine lacks power and chokes up with the slightest height of dry grass. Cannot do a fine cut as chassis grounds so blade is still to high. Cannot pull mower back as body grounds out. Grass collection is pathetic, fills front of catcher, then blocks up ( dry short grass !! ) Removal of collection basket could be easier. The whole thing is not built to last..
Written by: Anonymous ,
Posted 22 May 2014
bought ower in november 2013 , used it a couple of times , all ok . started useing it this year and so far both front wheels have broke, hav had to sharpen blade twice and have had to straighten the blade mounting plat as well . have been unable to get through to the spares centre , luckeiy homebase had a returned mower in store so swopped the wheels . not impressed .
Written by: joey ,
qualcast self propelled mower
Posted 20 April 2014
not a bad machine but have already gone throught 2 front wheels very cheaply made a slight bang on something and they snap i also have a push model which the front wheels are very solid why didnt they fit the same ones
Review 3 for Qualcast - Self-Propelled Petrol Rotary Mower - 190cc - 51cm
Poor on drive power
13 August 2013.
Have had this mower for a couple of months, It is well made and starts easily, My one problem is that it does not have a strong enough drive on the rear wheels and I have to push to keep it going.
12 of 13 found this review helpful.
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Review 4 for Qualcast - Self-Propelled Petrol Rotary Mower - 190cc - 51cm
24 June 2013.
Bought this last year and was immediately troubled by poor starting -esp when hot...really annoying and got worse. faced with the fuss of taking the thing back, decided to have a look at engine - the coil was about 5mm away from the flywheel ignition sensor. Adjusted this to much closer, and has started first time ever since! Poor quality control from Briggs & Stratton - not good. Also, found the cutting height a bit longer than I like - simply cut another notch in the adjustment bar with a hacksaw, and now it cuts 1/2inch shorter with no probs - why the ... didn't Qualcast do this???? Otherwise - effective, strong, but heavy, and with big wheels and one hand height adjust which help when wheeling it over steps etc - too heavy to lift over!
15 of 17 found this review helpful.
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Written by: Hoffmanthenoo ,
Posted 23 May 2014
I bought the 48cm model last year and from the outset it wasn't very good. I knew that if I took it back to Homebase they would offer me a like for like but the 48cm was discontinued so I looked at 51cm. The reviews put me off but I decided to go for it. My garden is a difficult one with all of the challenges the other reviews mention but it went through it without a cough or splutter. Early days but this is like night and day to the 48cm and a great bargain if you get it with the 15% discount.
Review 5 for Qualcast - Self-Propelled Petrol Rotary Mower - 190cc - 51cm
ByUnhappy mower .
12 May 2013.
I wanted a reasonable size mower my old champion had lasted 6/7 years and needed replacing, I had a good look around and as much as i would have liked ,i could not afford a more expensive make better quality etc .so i plumbed for a reasonable priced alternative. The first mower i assembled would not start. I spoke to the help line who went through different checks and they finally agreed no spark needs repairing. I took it back to Homebase who replaced it straight away no problem, i got the new one home assembled the handle etc 10 minutes and it started first ampull and cut the grass great. The third time i used it to cut a small area of rough grass the drive belt came off, after some fiddling around i managed to get it back on took me nearly a hour probably a 10/15 minute job if you know how. So at the moment i am not over happy!! The mower starts, is powerful, cuts the grass well, collects well, height adjustment easy to operate. I just hope the belt stays on otherwise its going back!!