Updated 29 Sep 2016

Victa

Ultimate MKD488

Snapshot: The Victa Ultimate MKD488 is a self-propelled mulch & catch petrol mower that weighs 36.3kg and has a cutting width of 48cm. But is it a smooth operator?

Ultimate MKD488
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1199

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Test results

Overall score
83
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.
  • Some handle vibration.
  • Self-propelled (extremely easy to push).
  • Comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Electric (key) start works well.

But

  • Height adjustment requires effort.
  • Front heavy so some may find turning difficult.

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
$1199

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
70/85
Weight (kg)
36.3
Cutting height range (mm)
5-65
Starter
Electric
Run time (minutes)
n/a
Charge time (minutes)
n/a
Cut width (cm)
48
Handle height (cm)
102
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
130/20/20
Chassis
Alloy
Engine
Briggs & Stratton 775 IS Series. 161cc Instant.
Voltage
n/a
Battery size tested
n/a
Battery cost
n/a
Starter location
Handle (electric start)

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
n/a
Self-propelled drive

More Info

Notes
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Availability
Victa specialist dealers only.

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