Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 32
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anne No exaggeration! This machine has saved my life!
I am a 68-year-old small woman of 5'2" who, over 7 years, landscaped my 2 acre steep yard on a hill with beautiful flower beds which I maintained. But when my husband died suddenly, leaving ME with ALL the yard mowing as well, the yard became a JUNGLE overnight from so much rain in East Tennessee. Being left with huge debt and NO income from my husband's 2 years of inactivity (except for his mowing on the riding John Deere), I am not able to hire anyone to mow for me, so I was trying to do it myself with an 8-yr-old Troybilt walk-behind Field Trimmer to trim around all my flower beds and whack off the shoulder-high grass and weeds that covered my property. I never learned to ride the John Deere and won't do it now, being so lightweight and living alone on such a steep hill. A neighbor gave me his old HEAVY self-propelled lawnmower but with my tiny hands, keeping the self-propelled clutch clinched caused such a painful cramp that I was losing the use of my hands. Having to push down on the HEAVY mower to turn it caused my elbows to swell, cutting off the blood supply to my hands. My only reliable income is as a church organist. My arms hurt so much I couldn't sleep. My fingers were numb! My condition was desperate until my Troybilt BROKE and I was forced to find a replacement. I read ALL the reviews here and "charged" this Powermate at Home Depot. I am overwhelmed to the point of tears. EVERYTHING the others say is "TRUE!" It is so lightweight, I can push it with one hand! The large wheels (rear) allow it to ROLL ALONG - nearly without even needing to be pushed! I set the handle at my own hip-level which allows MY center-of-gravity to push with my legs rather than having my elbows bent for too long, also causing tension in my back and neck. It is quiet and smooth cutting - serves beautifully as my lawnmower as well! My old Troybilt, with just a spinning plate, gouged into uneven ground and looked terrible, but this cone-shaped rotar prevents that, and cuts evenly like a lawnmower! When the old self-propelled mower moved over thick grass spots, it would choke up and STOP" for the entire day" (exhausting me from pulling on the rope a dozen times trying to restart it). Now I don't have to worry about WHAT I run into with the Powermate. It keeps on moving and mowing! And it DOES start on the first - or second, at most - Pull ! When I get into grass that is 4-5 feet high, I learned a couple techniques of pushing and pulling so the cut strands don't get too tangled in the spinning rotar - which was easy to clean out when they did wrap around. I have cut down 2 acres of tall grass and weeds and the string is STILL nearly like new! My yard is now under control and looking like NICE people live here again. One small little ole' lady is able to DO IT ALL - without my own body breaking down - thanks to the Powermate. If I were an engineer, I couldn't have designed a BETTER machine myself for all my needs! Thank you Powermate! Anne
June 6, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Gordon Some cheep parts
At first I was very pleased with this machine, until the throttle broke and then others things went wrong. Then the problem came of trying to get parts. Parts are pricey and only one place that I have found carry them. While I love the machine, I would buy a better brand. Too bad the stores that sell it don't stand behind their product.
July 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SunnySouth Powerful
This little machine goes where no one has dared -- slowly whacking my way into a dark forest (who knows what is in there?). It's great to be able to clear land that has been inaccessible up till now. Super easy to use and it isn't very loud. If you have a large plot this is the way to go. I couldn't imagine lugging a traditional trimmer around for hours, but this one on wheels means I can get a lot of work done. Very happy with this purchase.
July 11, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dave GOOD machine for tall grass
I bought this mower mpwf160022e three years ago I have mowed yards with 3ft grass and weeds, it does an excellent job. I have always changed the oil and I use non-ethenol gas ( a must in small engines). It has been a good machine. The wheel are somewhat light duty, I've replace them three times. I hate to admit this but I leave it outside covered well in the winter, I even left some gas in the mower this year-8 primes and two or three pulls and it was running. I was amazed!
June 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TLCOLL561 POWERMATE
I HAD NECK SURGERY ....CAN NO LONGER USE A WEED EATER THAT YOU HAVE TO CARRY...THIS IS THE FIRST WALK BEHIND WEED EATER I HAVE EVER USED....FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS AND AFTER PRIMMING TWICE IT ROARED TO LIFE (IN A MELLOW SORT OF WAY IT RUNS VERY QUITE )....I HAVE FIVE ACRES OF TOUGH AZ BRUSH AND WEEDS I HAVE YET TO FINE ANY THAT CAN STAND UP TO THE .155 LINE...IT STARTS EVERY TIME RUNS QUITE AND GETS VERY GOOD GAS MILEAGE :0) I WOULD SAY YES TO ALL ITS FEATURES...WORKS EVERY TIME ...BEEN USING IT FOR 5 DAYS AND SO FAR NO PROBLEMS....EXCELLENT MACHINE AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT
May 1, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Travelmanxs Again, another home run from Home Depot!
This field mower is tough. Handles wild raspberry brush, poison ivy, other vine type ground cover as well as early poplar seedlings that are clogging up the edges of a field of 10500 square feet.
September 13, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by arkyjill The powermate is a real back saver.
This is so much easier than the hand held weed eaters. No strap around the neck and back. A real back saver.
However, I do have one complaint - I wish the hand bar was a little wider. It would be more comfortable with a little more room.
May 28, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mowbee Great mower
I've only used this for about four hours, but so far it has performed perfectly. I have neglected our fence line and now we have weeds over four feet tall. As long as you take your time it mows them down with ease.
May 19, 2011