Updated 26 Oct 2017

Masport

S18 450AL 567740

Snapshot: This Masport S18 450AL 567740 is a mulch & catch petrol mower that weighs 25.2kg and has a cutting width of 46cm. But is it a smooth operator?

S18 450AL 567740
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$699

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Test results

Overall score
80
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.
  • Very easy to manoeuvre.
  • Little handle vibration.
  • Comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Engine starts easily.

But

  • Height adjustment requires effort.

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
$699

Brand survey results

2018 brand reliability (%)
83%
2018 brand satisfaction (%)
69%

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
67/81
Weight (kg)
25.2
Cutting height range (mm)
10-80
Starter
Pull
Run time (minutes)
n/a
Charge time (minutes)
n/a
Cut width (cm)
46
Handle height (cm)
100
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
130/40/25
Chassis
Steel
Engine
Briggs & Stratton 140cc OHV Series 500E RapidStart
Voltage
n/a
Battery size tested
n/a
Battery cost
n/a
Starter location
Motor

Features

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

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
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