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  • I had the MB650 VR 19 inch rear roller by Viking. Amazing collection, terrible reliability. When it worked it was probably the best mower i've used and I've used the majority of them, but it broke constantly and I replaced it very quickly. Not sure if they'll be any better now they're rebadged as Stihl machines but doubt i'd risk it again myself. All the best.

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      I dont cut many lawns but have a little 545 rear roller viking and i always look forward to using it , it does pick up well on early morning wet grass , Cuts well and quick within its limitations . 

      Although it doesn't strike me as a tough mower so far its been very reliable and i would not hesitate to buy another .

       

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    I have used Vikings for the last ten years, in fact one had been used for about a day and a half a week of mowing for ten years and has only just died. The plastic collection boxes are fab in the wet.

  • Hi Chris

    used Viking 19 and 21" roller mower for years. Straight out the box nothing to beat them, wet collection,  speed,  light weight  fantastic. 

    But it doesn't last long. I cut lawns all day everyday but spent a fair bit of time repairing the mowers. Parts were cheap and I became very proficient at replacing them but the final straw was when I purchased a brand new 21" Viking and it didn't last a season, everything went wrong over and over again. 

    I then went and purchased a Weibang 19" non BBC. Doesn't collect wet grass as well, good but not as good,  not as fast, heavy as led. But it just munched through everything, never missed a beat. It was a pleasure to use, backed up with a 3 year conditional warranty..

    Moveing on from the Viking took a long time but glad that I did. 

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    Thanks for the info guys. I’m looking for a decent mower in the wet, I currently run a hayter pro as my main mower for all my domestic work but the wet collection isn’t that great. So the Viking would really only be used  when it’s raining.  Does anyone know of any other mowers which collect wet grass well ?

    • Hi mate I had a Viking 545vr I found it excellent for what I need but it was a 2nd hand machine when I bought it so I decided to buy a new mower and went for the Hayter pro 41....I soon wished I'd gone and bought another Viking 545vr !!! The difference in long wet grass collection abilities between the two is like night and day....I can't ever remember having to clean the shute out on the Viking......the Hayter multiple times in the same garden....in my opinion the Hayter isn't suitable for fortnightly cuts in peak season even more so if the customer has lawn treatment guys in....unless you want to go over it two or three times which isn't the way to maximize profits...as time is money I think that after I've bought one of the Stihl / Viking four wheel mowers I'll go back for another 545!

      • Probably best to get in quick if you're after another 545, while there are still some green ones available. Stihl seem to be charging an extra 50 quid for the privilege of having a coat of orange paint.

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