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Viking mb4 rtp

Quick one, is it just mine or do none of them go in a straight line? Presume it's to do with the front wheels being powered?


im trying to attach a rubber mat or similar to create stripes, but even if I manage that, it still doesn't want to go in a straight line.


any munchers out there that stripe? 21" preferably, I may end up going down the turfmaster route, but that's another story.

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  • Andrew, we use Honda HRX 537'S, not dedicated mulcher will collect also, they are used as mulchers nearly all the time and leave a flawless finish with a stripe as have rubber flap at rear. You won't better the finish, we've had virtually every mulcher on the market over the years and the Honda is without question the best, hydrostatic variable speed and BBC, get the HY not the VY - price around £1250, hope that helps.

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      My Viking has a tendency to pull to the right on long lawns 

      I never line the mower with the edge of the lawn to do the first stripe . 

      i start in the middle and work the left side of the lawn first . 

      another method is to do wider stripes but takes practice 

      Honda izy with rubber stripe mat gives better control and goes in a straight line from my ezperience .

      • What Viking is it John? I have a 17" with rear roller think it's 545, which is spot on, I also have a stihl 655rs 21" rear roller, which is a fantastic machine, neither of these are a problem for straight lines, it's the Viking mulching mower that won't go in a straight line, I'm just trying to cut my time down by mulching if possible, but needs to leave a good finish, like my stihl does.



    • Hi Peter, that definitely helps! the Honda sounds spot on, very expensive though, I will look into them second hand, don't suppose you have any pictures of the finish it leaves have you?



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        Hi Andrew My Viking is 545 rear roller but always wanders to the right on very long lawns but excellent on medium size lawns and on curves . 

        My mulching mower doesn't stripe  Toro but does cut in a straight line and an excellent mulching mower , have cut some very big lawns with it in no time . 

        the only cut grass you see left on top annoyingly is what the wheels have picked up but a quick blow takes care of that .

        • Same viking as me, great little mower,  mines took some abuse over the last 4 years!


          Which toro do you have? My viking woukd leave a good finish, now it has a new blade on it, but has a mind if its own. 

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      Agree,these are great mowers although we've always found the VY to be superior over the HY and have experienced less break downs with these. Curious to know what your experience has been?

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        Do you refer to Viking v Honda Steven ? 

        Personally never had a single problem with the viking mower mechanically although heard they can be problematic but i never push any machine beyond its limits and work with the height adjustment to suit the lawn . 

        Reason i try to avoid cutting lawns these days is i grew weary of customers insisting their lawns got cut on the lowest settings and basically churning moss or scalping good lawns with high spots alot of the time to cut out low growing clover and not wanting to pay for a treatment programme . 

        Honda mower i use is borrowed but its never had a problem and always available unless its getting a service . 

        Previous Honda's have had gear box problems but always worth getting repaired 

        My Toro is old , rusting , paint bubbling but never needed a new part , starts first pull , done years of hard work within its limits , leaves a flawless mulching finish .

        Horses for courses though i feel you have to match the machine to the finish required , size of lawn , access , conditions and your budget .


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          Hi John - I thought I was replying to Peter in regards to the Honda.

      • Whats the difference between the two? 

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