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#110376 23/01/21 06:20 PM
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Hi all

Saw an ad for this great smart looking mower see attached pic.

I then checked out some reviews and was amazed at the quality of the questions and answer at the attached link.

Think I will stick to my old rover with vertical pull Briggs. But the twin cup holders nearly swayed me ... not.


https://www.productreview.com.au/listings/wesco-ws46ccm/q-and-a

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Not sure about it but it does have a serious 196cc motor so it might be a reasonable mower as far as a Chonda goes

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Hi Mich and NormK,
its obviously geared to average non mower people to make a visual splash with them with all the fancy black plastic fairing c##p to look "cool".
Those cup holders only serve to further confirm what it's about.

Here is a truly smart looking mower I like.
[img]https://images.app.goo.gl/Y6hFgw3GZshywhcC8[/img]


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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I have to agree MF, those V40 power torques do look the nuts.. timeless..!!

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Hi Alan, they're a very futuristic looking motor and love the rough stuff.
The same chassis as the Vortex with conventional engine cover is easy to keep free of debris and is a joy to use and can be had fairly cheaply.
One mower repairer on YouTube actually moved a PT over from a good alloy base with the thumb latch catcher to a steel base because the thumb latch catcher was too fiddly to use. Yes they are a little more difficult than the simple flap over design, but well worth it for the superior performance and feel of the other base. He is crazy in my eyes.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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I agree with you MF but even though Bob Hawke promoted them as you know I found that the mint one I had was of no interest to anybody wanting a mower and I ended up pretty much giving it away to a mate for his collection. I couldn't work it out

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About the only thing there i like, and briggs are doing the same, is using like a battery drill battery to start it. the battery was always the down side to elec start push mowers. only problem I see is it might not charge up as you go, would be fantastic if it did though. I'll stick to my 1970's and earlier rovers still.

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Bit hard to see if it is electric start only and if so I would avoid at all costs

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Originally Posted by NormK
I agree with you MF but even though Bob Hawke promoted them as you know I found that the mint one I had was of no interest to anybody wanting a mower and I ended up pretty much giving it away to a mate for his collection. I couldn't work it out
That was a surreal situation. Just goes to show that the average punter doesn't have a clue what a good mower is when they see one.
We have discussed what a debris trap that cover can be, so it was a good thing it went to a collector rather than an average buyer.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Hi All

I wasn't thinking of looking for one but just did a bit of seeing what the reviews are saying about them,
When i read this set of Q&A's I had a bit of a chuckle to myself.
Worth a look if your a bit bored.

https://www.productreview.com.au/listings/wesco-ws46ccm/q-and-a


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Very low/average sort of questions being thrown around there, I'm surprised anybody bothered asking any questions about those earlier Wesco things, lowest level Chondas about as good as Gardenline

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Originally Posted by NormK
Very low/average sort of questions being thrown around there, I'm surprised anybody bothered asking any questions about those earlier Wesco things, lowest level Chondas about as good as Gardenline
I was recently given one by my neighbour (yes the one who bought an Ozito junker). It's smoking probably due to scoring as it was very low in oil when I serviced it for him.
At least it has swing back blades and they were much easier to replace then the Victa ones.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Nath, come next year, briggs are phasing out the instart removable battery and going with the fully integrated instart used in USA. Presumably cheaper to not have a removable battery; they only have a tiny 2 wire alarm clock styler charger with a plug in end.


The old engineering quote 'We don't make poor quality products; we just have poor quality customers' certainly rings true in those product review questions.

I like the answer regarding changing the oil every 50 cuts;

The little blue wescos are inherently fine for a small lawn; though the catcher is very week. I picked up mine at the tip barely used, took it home, cleaned the carby and adjusted choke, then off it went.

As MF said, they have swing blades and reasonable power to cut lawn - but a bit tinny. The float needles are hopeless and I bet many have been killed by petrol laden oil.

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