Updated 29 Sep 2016

Honda

HRU197M1 Buffalo Bull

Snapshot: The HRU197M1 Bull is a mulch & catch petrol mower that weighs 34kg and has a cutting width of 47cm. But is it a smooth operator?

HRU197M1 Buffalo Bull
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1399

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Test results

Overall score
79
Catcher cutting
?/10
Mulcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent catcher cutting.
  • Excellent mulching.
  • Excellent long-grass cutting
  • OK to use.
  • Little handle vibration.
  • Comfortable handle.
  • Height adjustment is easy.
  • Engine starts easily.
  • Catcher is easy to fit, remove and empty.
  • Mulching adaptor-plug is easy to fit and remove.

But

  • Speed-control lever is a little stiff to operate.
  • Somewhat difficult to manoeuvre.
  • Handle too low for some.
  • The safety lever (which must be held against the handle at all times) becomes uncomfortable with extended use.
  • Mesh catcher lets some clippings and dust through.
  • Catcher is uncomfortable to carry.

How we test

Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).

Performance scores are based on cutting:

Short (30mm) grass to 15mm
Medium-length (approx. 75-100mm) grass to 30mm
Long (approx. 300-400mm) grass on the highest cut setting

We run the short and medium-length grass tests with the mower in both catcher and mulching modes where applicable. Neither the catcher nor the mulcher is used for the long grass test.

Ease of use is assessed on:

Vibration (20%)
Pushing/manoeuvring (20%)
Handle comfort (20%)
Controls (10%)
Cutting height adjustment (10%)
Catcher convenience (10%)
Ease of starting** (10%)

Noise is measured at 7.5 metres away/at user’s ear.
Weight is measured without the catcher or mulcher plug, or battery for cordless models.

Key data

Model

Type
Mulch & catch
Avg price
$1399

Brand survey results

2018 brand reliability (%)
n/a
2018 brand satisfaction (%)
n/a

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
70/82
Weight (kg)
34
Cutting height range (mm)
15-70
Starter
Pull
Run time (minutes)
n/a
Charge time (minutes)
n/a
Cut width (cm)
47
Handle height (cm)
97
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
140 / 18 / 18
Chassis
Alloy
Engine
Honda 190cc
Voltage
n/a
Battery size tested
n/a
Battery cost
n/a
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
n/a
Self-propelled drive
No

More Info

Notes
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Availability
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