Updated 29 Sep 2016

Victa

VLM4018 Vforce + Lithium

Snapshot: The Victa VLM4018 Vforce + Lithium is a battery-powered mulch & catch mower that weighs 18.4kg and has a cutting width of 45cm. But is it the sharpest tool in the shed?

VLM4018 Vforce + Lithium
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.
  • Very good long-grass cutting.
  • Easy to use overall.
  • Catcher is OK to use.
  • Very easy to manoeuvre.

But

  • Handle height isn’t adjustable.
  • Short running time.
  • Mesh catcher lets small clippings and dust through.

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
$799

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
63/78
Weight (kg)
18.4
Cutting height range (mm)
15-65
Starter
Electric
Run time (minutes)
23
Charge time (minutes)
120
Cut width (cm)
45
Handle height (cm)
106
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
130 / 10 / 10
Chassis
Steel
Engine
n/a
Voltage
40
Battery size tested
4.0
Battery cost
ns
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
ns
Self-propelled drive
×

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
-

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