Updated 29 Sep 2016

Makita

PLM4624NP

Snapshot: The Makita PLM4624NP is a mulch & catch petrol mower that weighs 25kg and has a cutting width of 46cm. But is it a smooth operator?

PLM4624NP
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$575

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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.
  • Good long-grass cutting.
  • Easy to use.
  • OK to manoeuvre.
  • Some handle vibration.
  • Very comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Engine starts easily.

But

  • Height adjustment requires effort.
  • Mesh catcher lets some clippings and dust through.

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
Mulch & catch
Avg price
$575

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
68/83
Weight (kg)
25
Cutting height range (mm)
25-75
Starter
Pull
Run time (minutes)
n/a
Charge time (minutes)
n/a
Cut width (cm)
46
Handle height (cm)
90/100/108
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
135 / 18 / 8
Chassis
Steel
Engine
Briggs & Stratton 140cc
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
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Availability
-
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