Qualcast Self Propelled Petrol Rotary Key Start Lawn Mower Review

Blue loves a bit of long grass…

I am not known for my lawn mowing prowess.
In fact, since The Finger Incident (it’s a long tale … but basically I stuck my hand into a lawnmower. While it was running. Consequently I consider myself lucky to have just one finger that’s a bit shorter now…), there is by common agreement a family injuction preventing me from going within 5 feet of the thing.

But the evil old finger-munching lawnmower was very old, and over the course of the spring it coughed and spluttered its dying breaths. I didn’t try very hard to resurrect it.

The trouble is, when your lawnmower is dead, your grass tends to get a bit out of hand. And while Blue thoroughly enjoyed the new meadow that we sprouted in our back garden, it was soon in desperate need of a haircut.

So when Homebase sent us a Qualcast Key Start Self Propelled Petrol Rotary Lawn Mower, we may have cheered (except Blue. She was a bit miffed).

Let me start by saying I’m not normally one who’ll get excited by garden machinery.
But this mower? I Love.

It’s big, bold, easy and just… good.

It does exactly what it needs to do, in a brisk efficient, no-nonsense manner.


Firstly, the whole key start thing. I didn’t get it.
But look – it really is. It starts just like a car. No more yanking on the cord-pull, no more choking the engine. Just turn… and go. Brilliance.


Want to raise up the wheels for a longer cut? Drop them to get that bowling-green finish (with four kids and a dog, that one’s just in my dreams…)? No problem. There’s a great big easy-to-move handle and a simple five-notch system to always get the cut height you want.


It’s a big mower – worried about the weight? Don’t be. This baby pushes itself. Seriously – the 161cc motor is so good that Mr LittleStuff assures me it’s more a case of holding it back than pushing it on – you need a tight grip to keep control on the bends. You can see it in action if you click here – we GoPro-ed it. Oh yes we did.


And the cut itself? Well, you can see for yourself above. That’s a pretty good level cut in my book – this is the spot Blue’s lying in at the top of the page.
Assembly’s easy too – the box looks big and intimidating, but the instructions are good, and we went from looking like this to ready-to-cut in under 20 minutes.


Here’s the technical lowdown:

  • Features: Briggs and Stratton 775IS engine for instant starting at the turn of a key featuring Lithium Ion technology, powerdrive motor ensures a reliable cut, even in long grass or wet grass. 7 positions central height adjustment, mulching and side discharge and fold down handle for compact storage.
  • Power: 161cc.
  • Weight: 38kg.
  • Cutting width: 53cm.
  • Cutting height: 2.5 – 7.5cm.
  • Collection capacity: 70L.
  • Self-propelled: Yes.

The Qualcast Key Start Self Propelled Petrol Rotary Lawn Mower is available from Homebase for a penny under £500, and we guarantee you’ll love it.

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

Share This Post On

1 Comment

  1. I love my Qualcast but need a new drive cable. How do I get one ?

    Post a Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *