Updated 29 Sep 2016

Makita

DLM431

Snapshot: The Makita DLM431 is a catcher-only petrol mower that weighs 15.6kg and has a cutting width of 43cm. But is it a smooth operator?

DLM431
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$799

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Test results

Overall score
80
Catcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good catcher cutting.
  • Good long grass cutting.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Very easy to push and manoeuvre.
  • Little handle vibration.
  • Very comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Easy height adjustment.
  • Reasonable battery life (28 minutes).

But

  • Kit includes (and mower requires) two batteries, but only one charger is included, meaning a long wait between runs.

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
$799

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
66/82
Weight (kg)
15.6
Cutting height range (mm)
15-75
Starter
Electric
Run time (minutes)
28
Charge time (minutes)
60
Cut width (cm)
43
Handle height (cm)
101/105
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
135/15/15
Chassis
Plastic
Engine
n/a
Voltage
36
Battery size tested
6.0
Battery cost
$188 (1 x 5.0Ah, two required)
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
$599
Self-propelled drive
×

More Info

Notes
Kit is called DLM431PT2, console is DLM431Z