Updated 28 Oct 2016

Victa

VRX19542

Snapshot: The Victa VRX19542 is a tractor-type ride-on mower with a single cylinder engine and a 42/107 cutting deck. But how does it perform?

VRX19542
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$4199

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Test results

Overall score
76
Mowing
?/10
Mulching
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good mowing.
  • Very good mulching.
  • Easy to use.
  • Very good safety rating.
  • Comes with mulching blade and plug – and the mulching plug is easy to install.
  • Easy to drive (has hydrostatic transmission) and to steer.
  • Seat is comfortable.
  • Relatively quiet.

But

  • No reverse cut-off over-ride (this is safe but inconvenient).
  • The seat isn’t easy to adjust for leg room.
  • Slightly under-powered.

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
$4199
Type
Tractor

Specifications

Deck width (mm/inches)
42/107
Engine power (HP) / capacity (cc)
19.5/500
Engine make / cylinders
B&S/1
L x W (m)
1.83/1.31
Noise (dBA)
84
Fuel capacity (litres)
6.6
Transmission type
Hydrostatic (automatic)

Features

Cruise control
×
Blade engagement
Electric
Mulching kit
Standard
Rear catcher bag
No
Mow in reverse
×
Cutting-height range (mm)
95/36
Cutting-height positions
7
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.