Updated 28 Oct 2016

Victa

VRX17533 HC

Snapshot: The Victa VRX17533 HC is a tractor-type ride-on mower with a single cylinder engine and a 33/84 cutting deck. But how does it perform?

VRX17533 HC
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$4499

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Test results

Overall score
78
Mowing
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good catcher mowing.
  • Good handling and decent ride comfort.
  • Good controls (apart from handbrake).
  • Reverse override allows you to mow in reverse.
  • Alarm sounds when catcher’s full.
  • Relatively tight turning circle for a tractor-type.

But

  • Not enough power or a high-enough maximum cut to handle long grass.
  • Very narrow cutting width means more passes to cut the same area as bigger models.
  • Clunky parking brake mechanism and difficult to work out if it’s engaged as pedal doesn’t move far. * Difficult to convert from catcher to mulch.
  • No cruise control.
  • All-plastic body panels.
  • Awkward to attach hose to wash port.

How we test

Overall score is made up of:

Performance (50%), including side-discharge mowing tests where we assess engine power, evenness of cut and spreading the discharged grass. For mowers where a mulching kit is standard, we also run mulching tests looking at the evenness of cut and how evenly the mulch is spread back onto the turf.

Ease of use (50%), which looks at handling, ride comfort, ease of controlling speed, starter mechanism, ease of engaging the mower blade drive, changing cutting height and checking fuel level.

We also measured the noise of each mower and the minimum mowable diameter (effective turning circle) for tractor models. To verify each mower’s safety, we assessed the instructions, warning stickers and labels, pulley and belt coverings, and automatic safety cut-outs. All mowers in our database passed the safety assessment.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$4499
Type
Tractor

Specifications

Deck width (mm/inches)
33/84
Engine power (HP) / capacity (cc)
17.5/500
Engine make / cylinders
B&S/1
L x W (m)
1.73/0.84
Noise (dBA)
89
Fuel capacity (litres)
Not stated
Transmission type
Hydrostatic (automatic)

Features

Cruise control
×
Blade engagement
Electric
Mulching kit
Standard
Rear catcher bag
Standard
Mow in reverse
Cutting-height range (mm)
78/28
Cutting-height positions
8
Top speed (forward / reverse) (km/h)
7.3/4.5
Minimum mowable circle (mm)
1400
Electric starter
Headlights
Cupholder
Washing port

Reliability

Of the 289 Consumer members who owned a ride-on and participated in our reliability survey, almost two in five reported their mower had needed repair, making them by far the least reliable product we survey.

Unfortunately, only two ride-on brands had sufficient respondents to give a margin of error narrow enough that we could comment on their results. John Deere ride-ons returned better reliability than average, with only 25% needing repair, while 39% of Husqvarna owners reported an issue with their ride-on, a shade over the average of 38%. John Deere were the most satisfied ride-on owners, with 75% very satisfied with their purchase.