Updated 29 Sep 2016

Honda

HRU19K1 Buffalo Buck

Snapshot: The HRU19K1 Buck is a catcher-only petrol mower that weighs 33kg and has a cutting width of 47cm. But is it a smooth operator?

HRU19K1 Buffalo Buck
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1048

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Test results

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

Good points

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

But

  • Somewhat difficult to manoeuvre.
  • Handle too low for some.
  • Safety lever must be held against the handle at all times (this becomes uncomfortable with extended use).
  • Fuel tap must be turned off after mowing.
  • 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 the following:

  • Cutting short (30mm) grass to 15mm.
  • Cutting medium-length (approx. 75-100mm) grass to 30mm.
  • Cutting 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%)

Key data

Model

Type
Catcher-only
Avg price
$1048

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
70/84
Weight (kg)
33
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 160cc
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
×

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
-