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The number of these that keep coming up for sale 12 months or so old is a blight on the Victa brand but I guess it doesn't matter any more. These were selling for $499 at Bunnings, I know because a friend bought one and I have had to modify/repair it and they had only used it half a dozen times.
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Victa-Thunder-20-Self-Propelled-Lawnmower/184607221798

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Norm, All they care about is getting the money and it makes it pass the initial warranty.

It is really a shame that many manufactures have taken up this attitude. Briggs products were once known for durability; not any more.

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Hi AVB,
Only way I can see these getting past the initial warranty is if they weren't used.

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NormK, AVB,
that's the lowest asking price for that piece of junk I've seen. Some plainly expect to recover 80% or more what they paid new. BZZZZT! Wrong!


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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MF,
from what I have seen, that seems to be the asking price on all the ones I have seen, haven't seen any under the $100 yet.

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Needs new blade (presumably hit something) + oily residue under carby = cactus engine on these mongrels.

Blow oil out the breather into the air filter, soak/mist it and then chokes it like Norm found previously.

You wont believe me, but I have seen 2x lawn contractors with them in their trailer next to toro timemasters or recyclers. They must use them as disposables.


How bout this one - looks like they put oil in, started it and hit something within 5 seconds

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/wav...a-vantage-for-parts-or-repair/1265201244

$130 with bent shaft - dreaming

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It's basically worthless now, unless someone out there needs a near new base, but very unlikely as they are too recent to have rusted out and this very problem with bent cranks from a rigid bar blade will be the most common reason to fail.
You could get a good 1980s or 90s Victa with more life than one of those.


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MF,
even a 60 year old toe cutter will outlast 60 of these piles of junk, big and impressive but at least they come with a toolbox thingie, at least that is what I think it is on the handelbars, what a joke

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A late 60's Corvette with 160 motor and the old steel catcher would be utopia over one of these badge engineered of the shelf Chinese imports.
I used to see these late 60s Corvettes and Cortinas getting chucked out by the truckload, but not for being bad machines, but to say look at me to the neighbours with a flash new model.


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Not sure what rock this bloke has been hiding under. What a dreamer asking that sort of money
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/hea...awn-mower-ec-healesville-vic-/1266589848

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The use of capitals (shouting) and choice of wording in the ad would have me leery of dealing with that seller.
That's typical of what they're asking for those.
Another one trying to chase a refund on somebody, for their mistake


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I like the bit about not Chinese rubbish

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Hi Tyler,
funny one today when I went to Pack and Send to see how much it would cost to send a set of points and condenser to Tassie. Whe he said about $45 I said they might as well go in the bin he asked me what they were for and I said an early Victa. He then asked me if Victas were a good mower as he had just bought one and I asked if it would be a blue self propelled from Bunnings and his eyes lit up like I was going to tell him they were great. He hasn't even opened the box so I told him to take it straight back and get his money back. He said he paid $550 for it so they stiched him up well and good

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Saw this over the top looking thing at Bunnings. The rear wheels are the same diameter as those of the Victa 24 and 600.

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Same crap different badge MF

Haven't seen a victa fighter before - but it is identical to the hurricane; a thunder without SP; which itself is a copy of the Yardking SP (except with B&S engine)

Though at least that one you have pictured has a bigger 163cc Briggs engine

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They all look like great mowers, it is just the fact that the Briggs just isn't a good motor anymore. The bloke at Pack and Send ( after I told him his new Thunder was rubbish) asked me what was a good mower to buy and all I could say was I don't know apart from the Honda non SP but they are around the $1100 mark as far as I know


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