Masport may be unknown in the U.S, but they’ve been a mainstay of their New Zealand home market for over 100 years. While they use the same Briggs & Stratton and Honda engines you find on domestic mowers, they’ve taken a different path with the development of their mowers. The result is a set of unique features that make them easier to use and more effective than almost any other walk-behind on the market. If you’re a homeowner looking for a reliable walk-behind mower, or you’re a professional landscaper who needs a walk-behind that can handle professional use, there are plenty of reasons you should consider one of these mowers. Here are just a few of the unique features they offer.
These lock down the handle the same way a quick-release keeps wheels fitted to a bicycle. By flipping up both levers, you can fold the handle forward for storage. Flip them back, and the locks will be at the right tightness to keep the handle from flexing during use.
For years, riding mowers have included wash ports that let you flush out stuck grass by hooking up a garden hose. Masport is one of the few manufacturers to include this feature in a walk-behind deck.
Dual Bearing Wheels
Masport fits their mowers with large, rubber-covered wheels that reduce scrubbing. These ride on ball bearings that sit on threaded mounts. While the wheels of other mowers will get loose after break-in, you can simply tighten the nuts on the end of your Masport’s axles to take up the slack.
Want to use a side discharge, but hate how it leaves clumps behind? If you have a bagging mower, all you have to do is remove the grass bag and pull up on the corner of the chute cover. Grass clippings spray across the opening, spreading out over a wide area. This prevents the formation of clumps without forcing you to walk on fresh clippings like you would with a rear discharge mower.
Mowers with this feature have a deck that extends past the wheels, so you can get closer to fences, buildings, and curbs. If you have a lot of obstacles in your yard, this can cut the amount of trimming you need to do after mowing.
Masport’s 4’N 1 mowers include a chipper chute that can handle branches up to 1 1/3 inches in diameter. Unlike similar mowers and lawn vacuums, this chute is behind the engine, putting it within easy reach of the operator. Limbs are chopped by a blade mounted directly to the engine shaft, making them easier to access and sharpen than the flails found on other machines.
Handle Lift System
Need to remove the bag? Push the foot lever next to the rear wheel, and the handle flips forward, giving you easy access.
All models except 4’N 1 mowers come with a standard, low lift bar blade. If you want better mulching performance you can fit your Masport with a Quickcut blade. It increases lift, giving the blades more time to chop up clippings. 4’N 1 mowers pair a Quickcut blade with a second blade designed for chipping.
The Two/Four blade disc is compatible with MSV mowers. It uses two blades for maximum vacuum, delivering the best finish and mulching performance.
One of the Best Warranties Available
Like any piece of lawn equipment, the engines in these mowers are warrantied by the manufacturer. Masport guarantees everything else on their standard mowers for four years of residential use or 6 months of commercial use. Contractor mowers are covered for 5 years of residential use or one year of commercial use.
For Masports and More, Go to Shank’s
Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped homeowners and commercial operators with their outdoor equipment since 1984. We’re now a Masport dealer, and we’re also an authorized dealer for Briggs & Stratton and Honda Engines. If you’re looking for a better mower or you need parts and service for your Masport, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.
We also ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit our website, www.shankslawn.com.