Updated 26 Oct 2017

Victa

Corvette Alloy Self Propelled Mulch or Catch VGMD489

Snapshot: This Victa Corvette Alloy Self Propelled Mulch or Catch VGMD489 is a self-propelled mulch & catch petrol mower that weighs 35.3kg and has a cutting width of 48cm. But is it a smooth operator?

Corvette Alloy Self Propelled Mulch or Catch VGMD489
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1199

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Test results

Overall score
81
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.
  • OK to use.
  • Very easy to manoeuvre.
  • Some handle vibration.
  • Self-propelled (so very easy to push).
  • Comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Engine starts fairly 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%)

Key data

Model

Type
Self-propelled mulch & catch
Avg price
$1199

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
71/86
Weight (kg)
35.3
Cutting height range (mm)
10-65
Starter
Pull
Run time (minutes)
n/a
Charge time (minutes)
n/a
Cut width (cm)
48
Handle height (cm)
100
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
130/20/20
Chassis
Alloy
Engine
Briggs & Stratton 850 190cc OHV
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

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
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