Honda MPE 's Power Equipment's four-stroke Buffalo lawnmower has topped a list compiled by an Australian consumer advocacy group.
According to Honda Power Equipment Manager, Ray Briffa, the independent test results confirm Honda's position in the market as a quality manufacturer.
"Honda is the only power equipment manufacturer to offer a complete range of four-stroke power products, and one of the very few to still manufacture its lawnmower range locally in Australia, ensuring the product is well suited to withstand the rigours of our demanding conditions," he said.
"Our advanced four-stroke technology offers lower noise and exhaust emissions while maintaining strong power and torque characteristics, providing exceptional cutting performance combined with user friendliness and comfort. In addition, our mowers offer exceptional fuel efficiency and reduced environmental impact, as there is no need for oil and fuel mixing unlike two-stroke power products."
"It is also welcoming to see that the independent tester does not recommend two-stroke engines due to the excessive pollution produced, noting that four-stroke products emit half the carbon monoxide and one-tenth the hydrocarbons of a comparable two-stroke product," he added.
Testing included an assessment of the various lawnmowers' cutting ability on all length grasses, as well as the finished appearance of the lawn, while the ease of use criteria rated the mowers on vibration and comfort of the handle bar, ease of movement, convenience of controls and cutting height adjustment, as well as ease of starting. Noise emissions were also measured and safety was assessed by checking the blade stopping time and conducting a foot probe test.
According to Mr Briffa, Honda lawnmowers are one of the few brands that meet the Australian Mower Standards. "Honda's current HRU Series mowers have passed all Australian Standard requirements, which includes the foot probe test, in addition to tests covering impact, thrown objects, structural integrity, unbalance, and reverse torque test, just to name a few," he said.
Features of the Honda Buffalo range include:
- height adjustable and handle controls
- starter cord
- multi-height cut positions
- dual catcher handles for carrying and emptying
- light wheels and frame
The tested Buffalo Buck is available in either standard (HRU19R) or mulch and catch (HRU19D) models. These models feature the fuel efficient GCV160 engine and light 19" aluminium deck eliminating rust. The Honda Buffalo lawnmower range extends to cover both domestic and commercial applications, with 11 models on offer, from the Buck right through to the heavy-duty HRC216 Commercial mower and HUT216 Utility, popular with garden-care contractors. Honda MPE also offers a range of other four-stroke power equipment covering products including generators, brushcutters, tillers, and the four-stroke blower and hedgecutter.