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Sovereign 150cc self propelled mower £99.99 @ Homebase
Sovereign 150cc self propelled mower £99.99 @ Homebase

Sovereign 150cc self propelled mower £99.99 @ Homebase

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Seems like a good deal. 40cm self propelled mower with 150cc engine. Not much more to say apart from BARGAIN!!!

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I'll add my tuppence worth. I bought an unbranded Chinese lawnmower a few years ago from Homebase or B&Q or somewhere similar. I got a couple or three years out of it and then got problems-a carburetter problem I think, I rang around, put the mower into the car and drove around, long story short, no-one wanted to touch it. Parts were ungettable (is that a word?).

I spoke to a local garden machinery/agricultural dealer. In short if it wasn't Mountfield or Briggs & Stratton powered then people were loath to have a look at it due to unavailability of parts. I bought a Mountfield powered mower that day and since then the missus hasn't had a moment's trouble with it (she loves mowing the lawn, it's like Hoovering but outside in the sun), the difference is that I've got the word of a local reputable dealer that all parts are available should I require them in the event of things going wrong.

I'm not slagging unbranded generic Chinese mowers, I certainly got my money's worth over the two or three summers before it went wrong, I'm saying build my experience into your purchase decision-if it last longer than it should then brilliant, if it doesn't last too long you have your guarantee to fall back on, just don't expect too much from the price point.

I hope that helps.
Edited by: "Gordinho" 9th Jul

kashavsehra

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Not the best lawnmower in the world - but hey - IT'S £99 !!!

Decent for self propelled.

I'll add my tuppence worth. I bought an unbranded Chinese lawnmower a few years ago from Homebase or B&Q or somewhere similar. I got a couple or three years out of it and then got problems-a carburetter problem I think, I rang around, put the mower into the car and drove around, long story short, no-one wanted to touch it. Parts were ungettable (is that a word?).

I spoke to a local garden machinery/agricultural dealer. In short if it wasn't Mountfield or Briggs & Stratton powered then people were loath to have a look at it due to unavailability of parts. I bought a Mountfield powered mower that day and since then the missus hasn't had a moment's trouble with it (she loves mowing the lawn, it's like Hoovering but outside in the sun), the difference is that I've got the word of a local reputable dealer that all parts are available should I require them in the event of things going wrong.

I'm not slagging unbranded generic Chinese mowers, I certainly got my money's worth over the two or three summers before it went wrong, I'm saying build my experience into your purchase decision-if it last longer than it should then brilliant, if it doesn't last too long you have your guarantee to fall back on, just don't expect too much from the price point.

I hope that helps.
Edited by: "Gordinho" 9th Jul

kashavsehra

self propelled mower


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Gordinho

I'll add my tuppence worth. I bought an unbranded Chinese lawnmower a … I'll add my tuppence worth. I bought an unbranded Chinese lawnmower a few years ago from Homebase or B&Q or somewhere similar. I got a couple or three years out of it and then got problems-a carburetter problem I think, I rang around, put the mower into the car and drove around, long story short, no-one wanted to touch it. Parts were ungetable (is that a word?).I spoke to a local garden machinery/agricultural dealer. In short if it wasn't Mountfield or Briggs & Stratton powered then people were loath to have a look at it due to unavailability of parts. I bought a Mountfield powered mower that day and since then the missus hasn't had a moment's trouble with it (she loves mowing the lawn, it's like Hoovering but outside in the sun), the difference is that I've got the word of a local reputable dealer that all parts are available should I require them in the event of things going wrong.I'm not slagging unbranded generic Chinese mowers, I certainly got my money's worth over the two or three summers before it went wrong, I'm saying build my experience into your purchase decision-if it last longer than it should then brilliant, if it doesn't last too long you have your guarantee to fall back on, just don't expect too much from the price point.I hope that helps.


The trouble is, a lawnmower mechanic is likely to charge £60+ to service a mower, it almost doesn't seem worth it. I bought a cheap mower 15 odd years ago, it still runs fine think I've changed the oil about 3 times max and apart from replacing some fuel hose which had perished I've done very little other maintenance. I'd quite like a new mower but this one shows no sign of giving up yet.

Gordinho

Parts were ungetable (is that a word?).\x0d


Yes you just missed a t.

Looks like a good price to me, you could probably use this engine to make your own go cart lol

Good price I purchased a Sovereign lawnmower 5years ago and no issues at all.

Aldi one at £179.99 a few months ago ...3 year warranty on it.....like the man said its like the missus hoovering but in the sun she's a happy one ....and its a decent build quality ...The mower that is....

SFconvert

The trouble is, a lawnmower mechanic is likely to charge £60+ to service … The trouble is, a lawnmower mechanic is likely to charge £60+ to service a mower, it almost doesn't seem worth it. I bought a cheap mower 15 odd years ago, it still runs fine think I've changed the oil about 3 times max and apart from replacing some fuel hose which had perished I've done very little other maintenance. I'd quite like a new mower but this one shows no sign of giving up yet.


I think the carb had gone on mine, sourcing an unbranded equivalent carb from China was never going to be straightforward.

The downside of something proving ultra reliable is that you find it's harder to find excuses to treat yourself to a newer, flashier model.

guitarman1

Yes you just missed a t.


Thank you! Fixed.
Edited by: "Gordinho" 9th Jul

Did anybody on here actually buy one of these?

Was thinking about picking one up to replace my temperamental 1980's Petrol Flymo that has a problem with the governor vane not keeping the revs up high enough.

I read a few reviews abotu Soevereign lawn mowers and it appears that some of them came with Mountfield or Briggs & Stratton engines?

Do this one have a generic unbranded Chinese engine?

Have had a sovereign Mower 15 years and it's just started playing up its never been serviced never had a oil change no nothing it's just started cutting out and not starting easily. It's been fantastic and I bet if it gets a service it will be fine again.

Great deal, my normal mower hasn't given up the ghost yet, but tempted by a self propelled one!

Gordinho7th Jul

I'll add my tuppence worth. I bought an unbranded Chinese lawnmower a few …I'll add my tuppence worth. I bought an unbranded Chinese lawnmower a few years ago from Homebase or B&Q or somewhere similar. I got a couple or three years out of it and then got problems-a carburetter problem I think, I rang around, put the mower into the car and drove around, long story short, no-one wanted to touch it. Parts were ungettable (is that a word?).I spoke to a local garden machinery/agricultural dealer. In short if it wasn't Mountfield or Briggs & Stratton powered then people were loath to have a look at it due to unavailability of parts. I bought a Mountfield powered mower that day and since then the missus hasn't had a moment's trouble with it (she loves mowing the lawn, it's like Hoovering but outside in the sun), the difference is that I've got the word of a local reputable dealer that all parts are available should I require them in the event of things going wrong.I'm not slagging unbranded generic Chinese mowers, I certainly got my money's worth over the two or three summers before it went wrong, I'm saying build my experience into your purchase decision-if it last longer than it should then brilliant, if it doesn't last too long you have your guarantee to fall back on, just don't expect too much from the price point.I hope that helps.


Good point, but you pays your money and you takes your pick. I replaced a 10 year old Briggs & Stratton powered mower 3 years ago with a Wilco branded one - which had a generic Chinese engine. The coil pack had failed on the B&S, and that would have cost about £80 for the parts (if I'd fitted it myself), whereas the Wilco mower was £40 in the end of season sale.

The Wilco mower's engine is a copy of a Honda OHV model (I dare say some Honda parts might fit) and is much more advanced than the SV B&S engine that has not changed much in 50 years. The Wilco has run faultlessly for 2 summers (I suppose about 25 hours run in total) with just an oil change (600cc I think) each spring. If it went wrong I'm handy enough to fix it with cheap and widely available parts (not available from UK garden machinery dealers, but no problem direct from China via eBay &c) whereas whilst being widely available in the UK Briggs and Stratton parts are very expensive.

I suppose the moral of this story is: if one needs a good guarantee, spares and service back up then go to the Honda dealer (Honda are the best made lawnmowers) and pay £400 to £600. The machine will come with a 3 year warranty and last 15 years but the annual service will be £80. If one needs a cheap machine that will do the same job for perhaps 3 years (maybe much longer) but may need some fettling after that, then wait for the end of summer sales and pick up a generic Chinese mower for about £50 (or buy the one in this advertisement for £100).

Is a good choice for the price for house, thanks op!

You usually find that the chinese stuff these days is a direct knockoff of branded items and the spares are interchangeable if you can identify which brand they copied.

EmilyLowes2 h, 39 m ago

Is a good choice for the price for house, thanks op!

I read that as for the price of a house

150cc, might get one for going to work

Got the 'push' version of the mower last season, paid £100 then, it has been up to £120 since then, so this is a great deal if you need a self-propelled mower.

Had no problems with mine, plastic deck is sturdy, lightweight rustproof. It is light enough for me to lift and push around. This version, self-propelled will be a bit heavier. If you have a small, flat garden, consider the 'push' version as the design is simpler as well being much lighter, unfortunately there is no commensurate reduction in the price, it stands at £100 too, still good value.

As it is pull start four stroke, you do need a bit of oomph to turn it over, but when you do, it fires up okay....

Some of you are deriding the fact that it is a Chinese made design and parts probably unsourceable, maybe true...

But, buy a Honda or a Honda engined mower, £400 or a cheaper Briggs and Stratton at say £200 and get it serviced...
Let's do the math...

New carb = £50 labour another £50 = The cost of the wee mower above.
New Mageto = £50 labour another £100 = MORE than the cost of the wee mower.

You won't get pro-performance out of this mower, but it beats any electric hands down and it can be a lot safer. Service it properly and follow the handbook, drain the petrol at the end of the season from the carb and you will get brilliant value...

Buy one.
Edited by: "scottswaha" 4th Aug

I'm uncertain as to why you would need as big an engine as this for a self propelled lawn mower, I base my thoughts on the fact that I use an Honda GX35 to propel my bicycle. Please fel free to enlighten me.
Edited by: "soldierboy001" 4th Aug

soldierboy0017 h, 52 m ago

I'm uncertain as to why you would need as big an engine as this for a self …I'm uncertain as to why you would need as big an engine as this for a self propelled lawn mower, I base my thoughts on the fact that I use an Honda GX35 to propel my bicycle. Please fel free to enlighten me.


These are not four valves per cylinder, fuel injected horsepower monsters, think more agricultural tech from 100 years ago... plodders that can take a bit of abuse.

SFconvert8th Jul

The trouble is, a lawnmower mechanic is likely to charge £60+ to service a …The trouble is, a lawnmower mechanic is likely to charge £60+ to service a mower, it almost doesn't seem worth it. I bought a cheap mower 15 odd years ago, it still runs fine think I've changed the oil about 3 times max and apart from replacing some fuel hose which had perished I've done very little other maintenance. I'd quite like a new mower but this one shows no sign of giving up yet.



More like £100 for a self propelled, may as well buy one of these every year and save the hassle :
Edited by: "Helgrr" 5th Aug

Can't argue with that price just picked one up thanks
Edited by: "costanza" 5th Aug

scottswaha4th Aug

These are not four valves per cylinder, fuel injected horsepower monsters, …These are not four valves per cylinder, fuel injected horsepower monsters, think more agricultural tech from 100 years ago... plodders that can take a bit of abuse.



So cheap to make and maintain donkey engines then, OK I'll go with thatas a GX does cost more than this on it's own.
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