Updated 29 Sep 2016

Rover

Challenger Self-propelled MnC (with Rover OHV 880 engine) 12A-H1LE333

Snapshot: The Rover Challenger Self-propelled MnC (with Rover OHV 880 engine) 12A-H1LE333 is a self-propelled mulch & catch petrol mower that weighs 34.4kg and has a cutting width of 45cm. But is it a smooth operator?

Challenger Self-propelled MnC (with Rover OHV 880 engine) 12A-H1LE333
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$799

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Test results

Overall score
84
Catcher cutting
?/10
Mulcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent catcher cutting.
  • Excellent mulching.
  • Excellent long grass cutting.
  • Easy to use.
  • Self-propelled (extremely easy to push).
  • Very comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Adjustable handle.

But

  • Fair amount of handle vibration.
  • Front heavy so some may find turning difficult.
  • Height adjustment requires effort.
  • Shoulder strength needed to start engine.
  • Noisier than average for petrol mowers.

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
Self-propelled mulch & catch
Avg price
$799

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
75/90
Weight (kg)
34.4
Cutting height range (mm)
10-70
Starter
Pull
Run time (minutes)
n/a
Charge time (minutes)
n/a
Cut width (cm)
45
Handle height (cm)
0-115
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
145/20/20
Chassis
Steel
Engine
Rover 880 OHV. High performance. Overhead Valve. 8.85ft/lbs torque. 173cc.
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
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