While petrol lawn mowers will require more maintenance than electric options, they typically run for much longer and offer a great deal more power than electric lawn mowers, making them a great investment for larger lawns.
We’ve researched the best petrol lawn mowers that are available to purchase in Australia and we list our picks in a rough cost order.
To explore other types of lawn mowers, take a look at our:
- Broad guide to some of the best models on the market in Australia.
- Our article focussed purely on battery powered lawn mowers
1. The bargain petrol lawn mower under $200
While it's certainly not ideal for very large lawns if you’re looking for a good cut at a bargain price, the Yardking 138cc Cut and Catch Lawn Mower is a decent choice.
With a 138cc 4-stroke engine, it provides sufficient power for small to medium lawns thanks also to its single bar blade. With a lightweight and compact chassis weighing just 21kg and a foldable handle it is ideal for easy transportation. With a cutting width of 400mm it is nice and manoeuvrable around small lawns.
This lawn mower comes with 12 months of domestic use warranty.
The Yardking 138cc Cut and Catch Lawn Mower is available from Bunnings.
2. The best basic petrol lawn mower under $400
The Victa Classic Cut 18” Cut and Catch Lawn Mower is a great value petrol lawn mower for giving uncomplicated lawns a thorough cut. It boasts an easy to start ignition system, a quiet Briggs & Stratton 500E Series USA built OHV engine, and a dual swing-back blade cutting system for strong and steady performance.
With a blade length of 450mm and a cutting width of 457mm, it can cover larger lawns quicker than the model above, although this model is ideal for lawns that are not overgrown, and it doesn’t offer mulching capabilities.
Australian manufactured, the steel chassis is optimised for its catching efficiency, and the model’s comfort grip, foldable handles and ball bearing wheels ensure comfortable and manoeuvrable mowing.
The Victa Classic Cut 18” Cut and Catch Lawn Mower is available to buy from Victa.
3. The bargain mulching petrol lawn mower under $400
The Makita 140CC 4 Stroke Mulch & Catch Lawn Mower (460mm) is a great value investment thanks to its Briggs & Statton 550EX series engine with dual swing back blade system. With a torque indication of 6.8Nm at 3,060RPM and a generous 460mm cutting width, this model can process a lot of grass at a decent rate, there’s a five stage height adjustment to ensure grass of varying levels can be caught and cut.
This mower is reasonably lightweight for easy mobility, and a substantial 60 litre grass catcher means plenty of ground can be covered before emptying is required, this makes it an appropriate model for fairly large area of grass. It comes with a two year domestic use warranty.
The Makita 140CC 4 Stroke Mulch & Catch Lawn Mower (18 inch) is available from Total Tools.
4. The most efficient mulching petrol lawn mower under $400
Masport is well known for offering an excellent quality range of Australian lawn mowers, and so the 470 2n'1 Mulch & Catch Petrol Lawn Mower is no exception. This particular model is well equipped for powering through tough grass in reasonably large lawn areas, and its swing back four stroke blades offer both catching and mulching capabilities no matter whether it's wet or dry grass and the catcher will indicate when it’s full.
With a reinforced, foldable handle with PVC grip, you can expect comfortable usage, and the 460mm blade length and cutting width will mean a much quicker mowing time around the lawn.
It comes with a 4 year warranty on the chassis and the engine has a 2 year warranty.
The Masport 470 2'n1 Petrol Lawn Mower is available to buy from Bunnings.
5. The powerful mulching petrol lawn mower under $460
Featuring an impressive 140cc Rover OHV 480 engine, the Rover Duracut 420 Lawn Mower is a great value mulching model that’s perfect for smaller areas of lawn. With a 46cm (18”) steel deck, it’s robust enough to handle tough conditions of grass, and its 4 swing back blades are perfect for slicing through grass for a thorough cut. The model boasts ball bearing wheels for smooth manoeuvrability, and its catcher with a 45 litre fill indicator is great for either emptying or providing organic fertilisation to the lawn thanks to its mulch plug. There’s also a safe stop engine break for controlled lawn mowing.
Like the Blaxland, the Duracut comes with that huge 5 year domestic use warranty.
The Rover Duracut 420 Lawn Mower is available to buy from your local Rover dealer.
6. The high performing mulching petrol lawn mower under $500
For a powerful petrol lawn mower that won’t break the bank, look to the Ryobi 190cc 18" 4 Stroke Lawn Mower. The greatest feature of this model is its robust Subaru 190cc overhead cam, 4 stroke engine that operates at 11.2Nm of torque at 2500RPM that makes it suitable for tough, overgrown grass.
Foldable, adjustable, and soft grip handles ensure comfort when lawn mowing, and compaction for storage or movement. Up to 50 litres of grass can be caught before the mower needs to be emptied. The machine’s mulching plug also means grass clippings can be used as a natural fertiliser instead of being caught.
Some innovative features include a deck wash garden hose plug adaptor for conveniently cleaning the deck and blades, and a decompression valve that reduces the power required for starting. It comes with a two year replacement warranty.
You can find the full specifications on the Ryobi 190cc 18" 4 Stroke Lawn Mower from Ryobi.
7. The cross-over self propelled mulching lawn mower under $800
At this price point we are starting to look at models that could be used seriously by professional lawn mowing services.
The Honda 21” (530mm) Self Propelling Lawn Mower with Clip Director Mulching is a silent yet efficient model from a top brand. Its key features include Honda’s impressive Mow-Safe engine brake technology, low fuel consumption, and whisper quiet operation that’s ideal for residential usage. The model’s powerful 160cc engine and MicroCut twin bar blades allow for a thorough cut.
A generous 66 litre fabric grass catcher allows for an extended mow without stopping and mulching capabilities enable lawn fertilisation at the same time if desired. Shortened mowing times can also be achieved thanks to the wide 530mm blade length and cutting width. This lawn mower comes with a 2 year domestic warranty.
The Honda 21” (530mm) Self Propelling Lawn Mower with Clip Director Mulching is available from Bunnings.
However while some professionals do use this model, it is still classed as domestic grade mower, you can check out the professional grade mowers below.
8. The Professional Grade petrol lawn mower under $825
Well the RRP of this model is $949, however you can pick it up for $799 plus $25 postage.
The Masport 19" Contractor is a professional's mower, just like the 21" models, this model features a commercial grade Kawasaki 179cc OHV Series FJ 180V IC 4 stroke engine. This mower is designed for tough going conditions and regular mowing. The high arch heavy duty steel chassis is able to withstand sandblasting and hard impacts and combined with the 4 blade cutting system results in supreme cutting, mulching and catching performance. The cast alloy wheels are extremely tough and are designed to operate under commercial conditions limiting possible down time for repairs. It has an open rear chute to allow great grass flow and catcher full performance in a hard HDPE catcher.
- Cut, Catch & Mulch
- Powered by Kawasaki 179cc OHV Series FJ 180V IC 4 stroke engine
- Cast iron sleeve in cylinder
- 485mm (19") deep draw heavy duty steel chassis
- Steel front bumper and engine guard offer protection to the cutting chassis
- Bolt in front axle with steel bearing plates bolted directly to the chassis
- Masport Quadcut 4 Blade Disc System for superior catching due to increased airflow
- Large wide diameter professional grade heavy duty cast aluminium Front 200mm (8") and Rear 200mm (8") wheels with synthetic rubber tyres and precision 6202 sealed ball bearings
- Comfortable and sturdy upturned upper handle with soft grip, large diameter and heavier gauge steel tube
- Robust lower handle with additional bracing for extra durability
- 3 position handle locking system for different height settings
- HDPE Plastic Catcher with 'full' indicator
- Steel rear flap
- Zone start for comfortable starting position
9. The Professional Grade self propelled petrol lawn mower under $1,550
One of the most powerful self propelled mowers in Australia, the professional Victa 19" GXV160 Petrol Lawn Mower is suitable for the toughest types of grass and large lawn areas. With a durable Die-Cast Alloy Chassis with Commercial Warranty and four stroke blades, it’s able to take a lot less time to get the job done – powered by a robust Honda GXV160 OHV commercial grade engine.
The 8 inch double ball bearing Pro wheels allow for a very convenient mowing experience, and the self-propelled variable speed gearbox makes mowing effortless. Additional bonus features include a foldable handle for compact transportation and storage, the commercial grade mulching ensures a much quicker job of natural lawn fertilisation.
This lawn mower comes with a 4 year commerical product warranty
The Victa 19" GXV160 Mulch Mater Petrol Lawn Mower is available from victa dealers.
Hopefully you’ve been able to choose your perfect petrol lawn mower from our comprehensive guide to the best models available in Australia. Once you’ve purchased your ideal petrol mower see the maintenance guide from bunnings below.