Updated 29 Sep 2016

Makita

PLM5116P

Snapshot: The Makita PLM5116P is a mulch & catch petrol mower that weighs 33kg and has a cutting width of 51cm. But is it a smooth operator?

PLM5116P
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1039

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Test results

Overall score
72
Catcher cutting
?/10
Mulcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent catcher cutting.
  • OK mulching.
  • Excellent long-grass cutting.
  • OK to use.
  • Very comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Adjustable handle.

But

  • Somewhat difficult to manoeuvre.
  • Some handle vibration.
  • Adjusting the cutting height requires effort.
  • Shoulder strength needed to start engine.

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
$1039

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
71/86
Weight (kg)
33
Cutting height range (mm)
15-55
Starter
Pull
Run time (minutes)
n/a
Charge time (minutes)
n/a
Cut width (cm)
51
Handle height (cm)
111 minimum (adjustable)
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
135 / 18 / 8
Chassis
Alloy
Engine
Briggs & Stratton 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
×

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
-