McGregor Lawn Mower Review – Detailed Compilation & FAQ’s

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Hello and welcome to this McGregor Lawn Mower Review which will cover several models under this brand so at least you have more than one choice when it comes to making a final decision. The range of Lawn mower models under is brand is excellent as they have over 12 to choose from be it Hover lawn mowers, Corded, Cordless, Petrol and even a Reel Cylinder mower. Our focus for this review will be to outline the range that is currently on offer, the main features, pros and cons that you need to be aware off plus we have included several frequently asked questions that will be of interest to you.

Please note though that guide prices can only be presented at the time of this review as prices can change from week to week depending on discount activities so please make sure to view the price checkers outlined below to ensure you have the most accurate up to date price information.

This review will be split into 6 parts so feel free to skip to the part that will be of interest you the most…

  1. Overview of this Review and the Range
  2. McGregor Hover Lawn Mower Review (4 models available)
  3. McGregor Corded Rotary Lawn Mower Review (4 models available)
  4. McGregor Cordless Rotary Lawn Mower Review (2 models available)
  5. McGregor Petrol Rotary Lawn Mower Quick Summary (2 models available)
  6. Price Comparison Suggestions / Alternatives to Consider

Part 1, Lawn Mower Review Overview

Brand:McGregor
Models:Hover, Corded, Cordless, Petrol
Warranty:2-year duration
Orders Online:Yes, with hassle free home delivery
Cheap Place to Buy:Argos UK – View Stock Availability Here
Support:Helpline is available at 0345 6052063 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm

Overview of Lawn Mowers Available:

  • McGregor Hover Lawn Mower Review – 4 models to choose from and the price range tends to be £30 up to £100
  • McGregor Corded Rotary Lawn Mower - 4 models to choose from and the price range tends to be £55 up to £130
  • McGregor Cordless Rotary Lawn Mower - 2 models to choose from and the price range tends to be £140 up to £180
  • McGregor Petrol Rotary Lawn Mower – 2 to 3 models to choose from and the price range tends to be £200 up to £280 (sometimes can be promoted at much lower levels than this)
  • McGregor Reel Cylinder Lawn Mower – 1 model available and the price range tends to be £40 up to £60

Part 2: McGregor Hover Lawn Mower Review

If you are interested in a Hover Lawn mower under the McGregor brand, then take a closer look at the 4 options provided below which tend to be priced from £30 up as far as £100...

McGregor 30cm Hover Collect Lawnmower 1450W

McGregor 33cm Hover Lawnmower 1500W

McGregor 33cm Hover Lawnmower 1500W Trimmer

McGregor 35cm Hover Collect Lawnmower 1700W

Some of the features available from these Hover Lawn Mowers are outlined below:

  • McGregor Hover Collect Lawnmowers

 

Main Features Available:

  • Mow width blades range from 30cm to 35cm
  • Power available ranges from 1450W to 1700W
  • Grass box capacity collection ranges from 20L to 26L
  • Includes the Torque Drive system for extra power with denser and tougher grasses
  • Suitable for small and medium size gardens
  • Front roller wheels are available when not in use
  • Spacers can be added when needed to adjust the mow heights
  • Soft grip handles are included to reduce fatigue levels in your hands as you work
  • Safety switch is included as standard
  • Quick release folding handles for easier storage
  • Mulching feature available with the 33cm 1500W model
  • Cable with the trimmer option is interchangeable
  • Includes a 2 year warranty guarantee

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. How does it operate?
A. It operates on a cushion of air
Q. Can they be folded away when not in use?
A. Yes they can be folded away when not in use.
Q. Does it operate as good as the Flymo?
A. Yes, every bit as good if not better
Q. What is the height of the 30cm when upright?
A. The height is 80.5cm when extended out
Q. How are the handles folded?
A. You need to unlock the quick release knobs
Q. Can you adjust the mow heights?
A. It can be done by removing the blade bolt and adding a spacer between the impeller and blade
Q. Is there a mulching feature?
A. It is available with the 1500W 33cm model which cuts the grass into ting pieces for composting the soil

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Main Pros or Positives:

  • Great set of prices to choose from and one option can be discounted heavily from time to time
  • Good range of mowing widths available also that start from 30cm up as far as 35cm
  • The Trimmer is also available in conjunction with the Hover 33cm which is a great addition for the garden
  • Environmentally friendly option with no hazardous gas fumes or additional fuel or oil costs.
  • No maintenance costs to deal with as you would have with petrol lawn mowers
  • The hover system and technology will allow you to cut steep banks and slopes where needed
  • Provides a quick and simple way to fold the handle when not in use and the front transport wheel helps when not in use
  • The 30cm model is the lightest in the range and comes in at less than 6kg which makes portability easy
  • Compacts the grass cutting which reduces the amount of time you spend emptying
  • The 33cm model was being promoted at the time of this review for less than £40 which is fantastic value with a price tag that is hard to beat.
  • You can choose the mulching option if needed to reduce grass cutting collections afterwards
  • Handles are height adjustable to reduce the strain on your lower back

 

Main Cons or Negatives:

  • No wheels like the Rotary Mowers but it does have the front roller to assist you when not in use
  • Not suitable larger type gardens such as half acre sites as it will take far too long, but perfect for small gardens which take up to 30 minutes work
  • Struggles with wet or damp grass as it tends to clump up a bit – works much better with dry grass
  • Folding it down can be a bit of a challenge at first but very easy once you get the hang of it
  • Grass collection has been poor on occasions causing grass to fly into the air due to faulty parts
  • Adjusting the mow heights is a bit tricky and takes a bit of getting used to
  • The first cut of the season will be very difficult but subsequent cuts thereafter will be a lot easier
  • The lowest mowing setting is not low enough for some gardeners
  • Additional work can be needed collecting or raking the grass cuttings after (choose the mulching 33cm to reduce this)
  • Limited to a mow range of 10m from the cable and a bit lightweight for the medium type gardens
  • The Trimmer included with the 33cm is a bit lightweight and not suitable for denser grass.
  • You need to master the technique of manually moving the cord away from the cutting path as you mow

A short summary table outlining the main features for each of the Hover Lawn mowers are summarised below:

Feature:McGregor 30cm HoverMcGregor 33cm HoverMcGregor 33cm Hover & TrimmerMcGregor 35cm Hover
Mow Width:30cm Blade33cm Blade33cm Blade35cm Blade
Power:1450W1500W1500W & 320W1700W
Mow Height settings:4444
Mow Height range:1.2cm to 3.3cm1.2cm to 3.3cm1.2cm to 3.3cm1.2cm to 3.3cm
Grass Collector:Yes, 20L CapacityNoneYes, 26L CapacityYes, 26L Capacity
Power Cable:Yes, 10m longYes, 10m longYes, 10m longYes, 10m long
Mulching ability:NoYesNoNo
Trimmer:NoneNoneIncludedNone
Safety Switch:IncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Rear roller:NoneNoneNoneNone
Warranty:2 years2 years2 years2 years
Weight:5.88kg5.88kg5.88kg & 2.5kg8.4kg

Part 3: McGregor Corded Lawn Mower Review

If you are interested in a Corded Lawn mower under the McGregor brand, then take a closer look at the 4 options provided below which tend to be priced from £55 up as far as £130

McGregor 32cm Corded Rotary Lawnmower 1200W

McGregor 34cm Corded Rotary Lawnmower 1400W

McGregor 37cm Corded Rotary Lawnmower 1600W

McGregor 40cm Corded Rotary Lawnmower 1900W

Some of the features available from these Corded Lawn Mowers are outlined below:

  • Starter & Height Adjustor

 

Main Features Available:

  • 4 models available to choose from that tend to have a price level of £55 up to £130 and power from 1200W to 1900W
  • Good selection of mow width options to choose from of 32cm, 34cm, 37cm or 40cm available
  • Includes the Torque Drive system to tackle denser and thicker grasses
  • Blade is made from carbon steel
  • Grass collection boxes range from 30L to 42L
  • Single lever height adjustors with 5 to 6 settings
  • Grass bags are collapsible saving more space in your shed
  • Handles are foldable for easier storage
  • Rear rollers are included for the striped effect
  • Gras bag indicators are available when it’s full and time to empty
  • Mulching capability is available on the larger models 37cm and the 40cm (not on the 32cm or 34cm)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Can the handles be folded and how?
A. Yes, they can be folded by unlocking the knobs
Q. Can the cord be detached?
A. No, the cord must stay in place at all times
Q. Can you attach the cord to an extension cord?
A. Yes, you can connect the cable to an extension cord
Q. Can they cut to the very edge?
A. They will cut very close to the edge but not 100%
Q. What are the folded dimension of the 32cm model?
A. The folded dimensions are 58 by 37.5 by 39.5cm
Q. What tools are needed for assembly?
A. No tools are needed for assembly
Q. How noisy are the electric mowers?
A. On average, the noise level is 94dB
Q. Can you mow without the striped option?
A. Yes, you can simply raise the lever

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Main Pros or Positives:

  • You are not limited to just one model as you have the flexibility on both prices and mow widths to choose
  • Larger grass collection capacity than the hover mowers that tend to be 20L to 26L only
  • 4 wheels unlike the hover to get to your desired destination and noise level is significantly lower than petrol versions
  • Much easier to adjust the mow heights than the hover as it operates from a single lever adjustor
  • Soft grip handles are included to reduce hand fatigue as your work
  • The 32cm model is seriously lightweight coming in at less than 10kg which makes it simple to work with
  • There is no charging of batteries, replacing batteries, fuel costs or maintenance to worry about
  • Provides more power than one would expect from a mower of this size and folds easily away when not in use
  • If your grass is too long, you can start at the higher setting of 6cm and then do a second cut at a lower level
  • Can leave nice stripes from the rear rollers and the grass bag full indicator is very useful to have
  • Great customer feedback and a great bargain especially the 32cm model which has the best available price and is hard to beat elsewhere

Main Cons or Negatives:

  • Not suitable for larger lawns at all as it can only be used for small lawns (and small to medium)
  • Limited to a mow length of the power cord which is 10m or an extension cord
  • Doesn’t cut as low as the Hover mowers which cut as low as 1.2cm
  • Grass bag is a bit flimsy and could be sturdier which may not stand the test of time - handle with care!
  • You need to master a technique of avoiding the cord across your mow paths but gets easier once you get used to it.
  • Some of the grass boxes especially the 32cm are quite small and require frequent emptying
  • Some find the assembly instruction difficult to follow but we found it very easy to put together
  • Additional trimming will be required around the edges which is additional work that can be expected
  • Performs poorly with wet or damp thick grass where a petrol mower works much better with more power
  • The lowest mow height of 2cm is not low enough for some gardeners
  • Wheel attachments could be stronger and more sturdier and the grass box on occasions could be attached better and line up closer together

A short summary table outlining the main features for each of the Corded Lawn mowers are summarised below:

Feature:McGregor 32cm CordedMcGregor 34cm CordedMcGregor 37cm CordedMcGregor 40cm Corded
Mow Width:32cm34cm37cm40cm
Garden TypeSmallSmallSmall & MediumSmall & Medium
Power:1200W1400W1600W1900W
Mow Height settings:5666
Mow Height range:2cm to 6cm2cm to 7cm2cm to 7cm2cm to 7cm
Grass Collector:Yes, 30L capacityYes, 35L capacityYes, 40L capacityYes, 42L capacity
Power Cable:Yes, 10m longYes, 10m longYes, 10m longYes, 10m long
Mulching ability:NoNoYesYes
Safety Switch:IncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Rear Roller:Yes for stripesYes for stripesYes for stripesYes for stripes
Warranty:2 years2 years2 years2 years
Weight:9.67kg9.67kg14.7kg15kg

Part 4: McGregor Cordless Lawn Mower Review

If you are interested in a Cordless Lawn mower under the McGregor brand, then take a closer look at the 2 options provided below which tend to be priced from £140 up as far as £180

McGregor 33cm Cordless Rotary Lawnmower 24V

McGregor 34cm Cordless Rotary Lawnmower 36V

Some of the features available from these Cordless Lawn Mowers are outlined below:

  • Push Start & Foldable

 

Main Features Available:

  • Mow width options range from 33cm to 34cm
  • 5 to 6 mowing height settings controlled with a single lever that range from 2.5cm up to 7.5cm
  • Battery charge indicator included
  • Rear rollers for stripes are included on both
  • Handles are height adjustable and includes the safety switch
  • Both the handles and the bag are collapsible for easier storage
  • Grass collection bags have a capacity of 33L to 35L
  • Batteries and chargers included for both
  • Battery power ranges from 24V for the 33cm and 36V for the 34cm wide model
  • Includes the soft grip power handle for improved comfort and grip and reduces hand fatigue
  • Price range tends to range from £140 up to £180 which can be double checked below

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. How long does it take to recharge the batteries?
A. It takes 1 hour only to recharge the battery
Q. How long will the charged battery operate?
A. It will operate between 30 and 35 minutes average
Q. Can the rear roller be removed?
A. It cannot be removed but the lever can be raised
Q. Is the 24V battery interchangeable with other McGregor Tools
A. Only for select models, please call the number outlined above for specific details
Q, Can you buy a 36V spare battery?
A. Yes, you can buy a spare 36V battery if needed
Q, How big are the 33cm boxed dimensions?
A. The boxed dimensions for the 33cm is 60L by 37W by 29cm H
Q. Can they be used without the grass collector?
A. Yes, they can be used without the grass collector

Main Pros or Positives:

  • Price competes extremely well against various other cordless lawn mower brands and is hard to beat.
  • No cords or cables to worry about across your lawn as you work and mow so it is a much safe option
  • No petrol, oil, nasty fumes or maintenance costs to worry about and the noise level is a lot lower than the petrol mowers.
  • All the mow heights can be controlled, changed and adjusted with a single lever.
  • Useful battery charge indicator is included so you always know how much you have left.
  • If you have limited space, it is ideal as both the grass collector and the handles are collapsible and it can be stored away neatly.
  • You can also get stripes across your lawn with the rear roller provided.
  • Grass collectors are not the largest we have seen but are generally adequate for small type lawns.
  • As the mow height is slightly higher than the corded at 2.5cm, it makes cutting that slight bit easier to do
  • The biggest attraction again is the fact that there are no cords across the lawn and no fuel and the higher price is well warranted from this

Main Cons or Negatives:

  • Limited mow width options available with only a 1cm variable between the 2 options. Must be either a 33cm width or a 34cm width
  • Price on the cordless tends to be a lot higher due to the batteries and chargers
  • Additional batteries can be needed as back up which is more expensive that you think (over £50)
  • Limited mow time is available based on the run time on the charged battery
  • You always need to remember to have the battery charged in advance of mowing work
  • Thicker and denser grass will diminish the battery charge a lot quicker so the mow time can be reduced by 5 minutes or more.
  • The lowest mow height is 2.5cm which is 0.5cm higher than the corded which may not be low enough for some gardeners.
  • Grass bag has a lower capacity of 33L/35L where the corded versions have 40L/42L options available
  • Assembly and the instructions will be difficult for some and could be laid out a little better
  • If you have extremely high grass, you will need to start looking elsewhere as the power will not suffice

A short summary table outlining the main features for each of the Cordless Lawn mowers are summarised below:

Feature:McGregor 33cm Cordless 24VMcGregor 34cm Cordless 36V
Mow Width:33cm34cm
Garden Type:Small & MediumSmall & Medium
Battery Power:24V36V
Mow Height settings:56
Mow Height range:2.5cm to 6.5cm2.5cm to 7.5cm
Grass Collector:Yes, 33L capacityYes, 35L capacity
Battery Run time:32 minutes35 minutes
Battery Recharge Time:1 hour1 hour
Mulching ability:N/AN/A
Safety Switch:IncludedIncluded
Rear Roller:Yes, for stripesYes, for stripes
Warranty:2 years2 years
Weight:11kg11.43kg

Part 5: McGregor Petrol Lawn Mower Quick Summary

If you wish to look beyond an Electric Lawn mower and if you are interested in a Petrol Lawn mower under the McGregor brand instead, then take a closer look at the 2 options provided below which tend to be priced from £200 up as far as £280 (sometimes they get heavily discounted also providing additional value)

McGregor 41cm Self Propelled Rotary Lawnmower 129cc

Main Features:

  • Rear Wheel Self propelled
  • 129cc 4-stroke petrol engine
  • Larger Grass collector 50L
  • 6 heights 2.5cm to 7.5cm
  • Metal Deck & weighs 24.5kg

McGregor 41cm Hand Push Petrol Rotary Lawnmower 129cc

Main Features:

  • Push Petrol
  • 129cc 4-stroke petrol engine
  • Heights x 6 & 2.5cm - 7.5cm
  • Grass collector 50L capacity
  • Metal Deck & weighs 22kg

A short summary table outlining the main features for each of the Petrol Lawn mowers are summarised below:

Feature:McGregor 41cm Petrol Self PropelledMcGregor 41cm Push Petrol
Mow Width:41cm41cm
Garden Type:Medium & LargeMedium & Large
Power:129cc 4 stroke129cc 4 stroke
Mow Height settings:66
Mow Height range:2.5cm to 7.5cm2.5cm to 7.5cm
Grass Collector:50L50L
Fuel Needed:Unleaded Fuel & SAE30 engine oil 400mlUnleaded Fuel & SAE30 engine oil 400ml
Mulching ability:N/AN/A
Safety Switch:IncludedIncluded
Rear Roller:N/AN/A
Warranty:2 years2 years
Weight:24.5kg22kg

Part 6: Price Comparison options and Alternatives to Consider

If you would like to compare prices elsewhere, then check out the options provided below...

While you are here and if you are still undecided – take a look at further reviews outlined as follows:

  1. Spear & Jackson Lawn Mower Review – Take a Look Here
  2. Flymo Lawn Mower Review – Take a Look Here
  3. Bosch Lawn Mower Review – Take a Look Here

Have you any previous experience of using a McGregor Lawnmower? If so, please educate the UK community by leaving your feedback in the comment section provided below – So that they can learn also!

Finally, many thanks for taking the time to read this review and best of luck with your final decision

Kind Regards

Paul

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9 Comments

  1. This review is one of the best I have seen with so many included on one page which makes is so much easier to compare them. It certainly has helped me make a much quicker and easier decision – definite preference for me is the corded 1400W 34cm rotary model – price is way lower than I anticipated so hopefully I will get a lot of use from it. Cheers for doing all the review work – it certainly has benefited me

    • Many thanks – you are more than welcome and thanks also for taking the time to stop by and leave your feedback. It is greatly appreciated. Regards, Paul

  2. Nice review on the McGregor Lawn mowers as we have been using a Webb lawn mower for the past 6 years and it finally gave up on us but served us well especially all the long thick weeds we get season after season. Handy to know that McGregor stock such a wide range and the advantages and disadvantages for each – cheers for pointing these all out as it certainly made it easier when it comes to picking one out which for me will be the Hover 33cm 1500W model that has the trimmer included, that’s my opinion anyway

  3. Thank you for this very interesting review about McGregor. I am an experienced gardener working with a very large front, back and side gardens. I have been looking to get a good quality mower as my previous lawnmower broke down after 5 years of hardship and tough graft.. The mower we have is also too old and out of use now and I have heard  lots of good reports about these McGregor Lawn mowers so coming across your review came to me at the appropriate time. I have checked the various collections of McGregor lawn mowers here and I am particularly interested in the 41cm self propelled rotary lawn mower. I love the features and the price is good and you cant go wrong with added support of self propelling with large gardens in my view.

    • Yes, you are right. The self propelled feature is so helpful with larger gardens and they are especially good around steep hills or uneven ground. Many thanks for expressing your feedback and best of luck with it!

  4. Hi Paul, I have heard lots of good reports about these McGregor lawn mowers and its great to be able to compare so many here all on one page instead of having to skip and jump from one page to the next. I have a very busy worklife where i work from at my home office, so when i feel stressed out i go and mow the lawn but I need a piece of kit that will stand the test of time year in and year out. The one that stands out for me is the 1600W Corded rotary with 37cm mow path here so cheers for your assistance in making my decision ahead of the spring and summer time. Thanks, Dahay

    • Hi Dahay, many thanks for your feedback from our review and best of luck with the Corded Rotary 37cm 1600W model In the years ahead. Thanks also for taking the time to stop by and leave your feedback – it is greatly appreciated.

  5. Hi Paul, thanks for keeping this website updated. I recently bought a McGregor 41cm self-propelled mower. Great price and cuts well. BUT I could NOT recommend it to anyone else. Now I have had a suffolk punch mower for years but at 50+ years old time for a new girl? I thought. Maybe its because I have never used a modern mower before but this McGregor model doesn’t have a throttle! Engine is ON or OFF. So at the end of each strip across I release engine lever and it STOPS – no idle setting, so I can empty the collection bag. Then I have to restart it with loads of priming and pulling the cord. By the end of 4 strips I am knackered and I haven’t done a tenth of my lawn. Also with no throttle I can’t go faster when I have a clear run and slow it as I near a flower bed. Are all mowers like this???

    • Once you need to stop to empty the grass collector, for safety reasons the lawnmowers shut down to prevent any accidents that may occur. Usually the lawn mower should only be primed on the first go when cold. After that it should start on the first pull of the cord without any hassle. It is a while ago since I reviewed these lawn mowers but I certainly didn’t come across this problem – it should start easily after you empty the grass collector after the first pull once you give it a strong robust pull. If it continues, I suggest bringing it to your local service agent to take a closer look at it. When operating around tight corners or flower beds, you should disengage the self propelling feature and operate it manually – that is what I normally do anyway for any self-propelled lawn mower. Hope that helps and many thanks for taking the time to stop by

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