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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    Quote Originally Posted by Redeye View Post
    the reason virtually every council in Australia has used 550's for the last 30+ years is because they're tough as nails - the only downside is they're heavy, being a true commercial mower....the 560 is great (does 90% of my lawns) but exxy at $1100-1400. The early big bobs were also pretty tough, don't know where they're sourced from these days, the kawa proscapes look good weight-wise and look at the supaswifts too ( I haven't looked at either of them in person)
    Hey Redeye, which 560 do you have, self propelled or not, also which engine VEX60 or the B&S 850?

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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    s/p, 850
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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    Anyone use the Proscape utility mower with the Kawasaki motor? Can buy on Ebay for around $720. Never seen one so don't know. Might be good.
    Cheers
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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    I looked around on various selling sites and just picked this up $130,very little use but was kept outside and got some rust.

    Rover Super ute
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    Good little mowers. I got one from a clearing sale years ago for $70. Engine on mine is a little underpowered but that can easily be swapped. Also have a Honda utility mower.

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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    What do you use them on, i'm assuming crappy clean up mow and go type work?
    Quote Originally Posted by PaulG View Post
    Good little mowers. I got one from a clearing sale years ago for $70. Engine on mine is a little underpowered but that can easily be swapped. Also have a Honda utility mower.

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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    Quote Originally Posted by BSD View Post
    What do you use them on, i'm assuming crappy clean up mow and go type work?
    Yep. Don't do many jobs with them but they are just another option to have. I have Deutscher H660 for the really long and thick overgrown stuff but the little ones are good for a backyard where someone wants a quick slash job.

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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    If you do find a Rover Super ute make sure it's pre 2005.The newer models are crap in the new design.
    The exit chute is smaller and clogs up with wet grass

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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    Mate, whatever you do, stay right away from Masport, I've been stung with them along with other contractors.

    The Proscape so far seems to be ok, (runs rings around the Crapsport)

    Again, anything but the Masport, they're warranty and after sales service is non-existent and play games (It's the dealers problem, go to the dealer, it's Masport's problem)

    DO NOT BUY A MASPORT - Made in China as well

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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    Bought a masport Sp mulcher a few weeks ago. Mulches very well but plenty of negatives. Front wheel drive is weird and PITA. Not much choice in the SP dedicated mulch mower range. Chose this over the victa mulchmaster only because of deck shape. Took a gamble so only time will tell.

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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    Hi
    Anyone used a Bushman utility mower? Look to have a different side discharge then most.
    Cheers
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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    Big fan of Big Bob. Simple, sturdy, efficient. Only drawback is spineless Honda Motor which was rectified by B/S 850 transplant (an almost cost neutral exercise owing to the multitude of Honda fans prepared to pay through the nose for as new engine).

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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    Any dramas with mounting holes, spindle, blade carrier etc when you added the B&S?

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    Default Re: Masport utility mowers 850 series

    Fairly straightforward. Whole operation performed one rainy Sunday arvo over drinks!!

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