Thanks for taking your time to read our review on the Mountfield SP164 Petrol Mower. This is a self propelled mower that is ideal for mowing the lawns on small to medium sized gardens. (20metres x 20metres) It has a tough and robust steel chassis which is built to last. For ease of storage the handles fold away which is always a good thing.
It is powered by a STIGA ST120 OVH Autochoke engine and it has a 39 cm cutting width and uses a simple lever system to pick one of 5 heights ranging from 25-70 mm. It also has a 40 litre grass box.
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How Online Buyers Rate this Model
- On average over online buyers rate this lawn mower with a 88% buyer satisfaction
- 72% of those same buyers gave this a full 5 star review
- 7% of all buyers have given this a low review.
This is based on 50+ online buyer reviews
What Online Buyers Say - Pros & Cons
Just below we have summarised what online buyers had to say about this petrol lawnmower, once they had bought and used it. This information provides a good insight into the quality of any product.
Suitable for lawns up to 20 metres by 20 metres
Up to 20m x 20m
Cutting Width - 39cm
Cutting Heights- 25-70 mm
Grass Box- 40 litres
- The model number is SP164
- Measures 131.5 x 48.6 x 103.3 cm and weighs 20 Kilograms
- It has a STIGA ST120 OHV 123cc engine with a power output of 1.90 kW at 2,900 RPM and uses a recoil drive start system
- The fuel tank capacity is 0.75 Litres
- Oil capacity is 0.5 litres
- It has a steel chassis
- 5 adjustable height settings from 25-70 mm using a single lever system
- A 40 litre grass box with a hard top and canvas body
- The arms fold for easier storage
- 2 year warranty on the mower
SP164 Main Review
We have completed a full review just below, and we have concentrated on the key features that you should consider before buying this model.
Why Pick this Mower?
It's a Petrol Option from a British brand.
By owning a petrol lawnmower of any type or brand you instantly get a few clear benefits:
- There are no trailing leads to worry about and no extension leads either
- You don't have to worry about a battery running out when using a cordless mower
- They will work anywhere as they are driven by an engine so much more portable
- They are a good choice for anyone with a larger garden or who need a good, strong, reliable, powerful mower.
Reliable Strong Engine
The SP164 model uses ST120 OHV engine (123cc) with a power output of 1.90 kW at 2,900 RPM and uses a recoil drive start system. This system works by holding the OPC lever against the handle and then pulling the starter cord with a strong smooth pull.
STIGA petrol engines are the power behind a whole range of machines – from lawn mowers and tractors to swift-to-start sweepers.
The fuel tank capacity is 0.75 litres and the oil capacity is 0.5 litres
Always use clean, fresh petrol - stale fuel may contain deposits that will clog the carburettor. (Unleaded fuel can start to go stale after just 28 days.)
Never overfill as the petrol level should be below the bottom of the fuel tank neck.
Good Sized Grass Box
The SP164 model has a 40 litre grass box which is easy to attach and remove. The bag is made of canvas and has a hard top which folds down. This is an entry level, self propelling model and is an excellent choice as a first lawnmower.
Good Range of Cutting Heights
This model has a choice of 5 heights ranging from 25 - 70 mm. The height level is very simple to adjust using a single lever to drop or raise the height on all 4 wheels.
The height that you select really depends on the climate and the type of grass that your have on your lawns. As a general guide:
1.5" for the first Spring cut and the last couple of cuts in the year and if there are long dry spells
3/4" at all other times leaves a nice looking lawn, and also allows for healthy grass roots.
The SP164 model is a sel propelled model. As such, it is easier to use as it takes very little effort. I found this is particularly good if your garden has any kind of slope on it. The self drive really takes the hard work out of cutting the grass.
High Quality Chassis
The SP164 model has a robust and tough steel chassis unlike many mowers which use a hard plastic chassis. These mowers are really built to last and will take quite a bit of wear and tear. Although this is the entry level, self drive model, it has great build quality and you would expect to get many years use out of it, if you treat it well.
Petrol mowers vary in price from £200- £900. That will depend on the brand, the features and the quality of the build. Mowers with wider cutting widths are more expensive. Self propelled are more expensive than manual mowers, and the overall build quality, engine type and engine size will all impact the price point.
This Mountfield model sits at around £220-250 depending on where you buy it.
The Size of your Lawn
It doesn't take long to work out the size of your lawn. You just simply pace it out. A good stride is about a metre long so when we did our front garden it was about 6 metres x 6 metres, and the back garden was 5 metres by 20 metres.
A simple multiplication tells us that the front garden is (6x6) 36 square metres and the rear is (5x20) 100 square metres. So we need a mower that can mow up to around 136 square metres with a single charged battery.
This model can handle small to medium sized gardens with ease. (20 x 20 metres)
It is all too easy to forget when purchasing something new to think carefully about the warranty/guarantee.
The Mountfield brand offer a 2 year warranty on this SP164 model
Their technical team is also available on 0800 669 6325
Our Verdict on the Mountfield SP164 Petrol Lawnmower
88% customer satisfaction based on 50+ online buyer reviews
This Mountfield model sells fairly well online and is a good choice for most garden sizes except larger gardens.
.Buyers say this is just a very good quality mower that is well constructed and looks great.
Having a choice of easy to use cutting heights does make life easier and especially with such a simple adjustment.
UK buyers like this model and it does make a great choice for any UK buyer wanting to own a good quality petrol mower that is at the lower end of the price point for this type of mower.
If this is not the petrol mower for you, then check our full list of Mountfield mowers by clicking here.
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The Mountfield Brand
The Mountfield brand are based in Maidenhead in Kent. They started off making rotary lawnmower in 1962, so they have been around since then. They are now based in Plymouth in the UK, and they make a range of gardening tools that include lawnmowers, tillers, blowers, brush cutters, hedge trimmers and chainsaws.
The company is part of the STIGA Group and their warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship. Qualifying Mountfield lawnmowers will carry a 3-year or 5-year conditional warranty from the date of purchase when used domestically.
Phone Number: 0800 6696 325