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The Draper 08400 Review

Draper have been producing tools of various descriptions for nigh on a 100 years but does the Draper 08400 petrol lawn mower deliver the goods?

Draper 08400 Petrol Lawn Mower

The Draper 08400 Features

  • Self-Propelled
  • Rear Wheels
  • 4hp Engine
  • 40cm Cutting Width
  • 10 Adjustable Cutting Height Settings
  • 25mm To 75mm Cutting Height
  • 50 Litre Grass Collection Box

3 Star Rating

The Draper 08400 Review

Draper have been producing tools of various descriptions for nigh on a 100 years but does the Draper 08400 petrol lawn mower deliver the goods?

It says in the information supplied by the manufacturer that the Draper 08400 Expert is designed for medium to large gardens, but just looking at the features we’re struggling to see how it could tackle some of the large gardens that we’ve seen. It appears to be a well built and sturdy mower like all Draper tools tend to be but how it functions, well, time will tell so let’s get into the guts of the mower and see how it stacks up.

This is a steel decked petrol lawn mower that weighs in at about 30kg which puts it in the fine and dandy category. Assembly isn’t too bad although with a couple of steps you might need a helping pair of hands and the fold away handles are a good way for the mower to take up less space when putting it away for storage.

As you would expect when you get into this price range, this Draper lawn mower is a self-propelled model which means the engine delivers power to the rear wheels and drives the mower forward at a walking pace when you give it a little throttle. However, if you have small hands, it can be a little difficult to hold onto both the operator bar, use the clutch and steer the mower at the same time which could be annoying for some.

This is a rear wheeled mower and comes without a rear roller, so if you’re looking to get the perfect striped lawn like you see in glossy magazines, then you’ll be best off looking elsewhere such as at the McCulloch M46-140RR which, although slightly more expensive, will do the trick for you.

What I want to know is can the Draper 08400 cut the grass well?

Yes it can, it does give a decent cut to the lawn however it only comes with a 40cm rotary blade underneath which means you won’t be cutting great swathes of the countryside up with it in one go. To be honest, this is quite a small cut – certainly for the price, and there are mowers available of a similar price or cheaper that will produce a wider cut. Though, as said, it does cut well.

There are 10 adjustment settings that you can choose from which will allow you to set the cutting height at between 25mm and 75mm which is pretty standard for most mowers and no more or less than what any home owner would probably need.

On the back of the Draper 08400 there is a 50 litre fabric grass collector that does a reasonable job of doing what it’s supposed to do. You can also remove this and have the mower turn into a rear discharge model quite easy.

There is a 4hp engine tucked away at the heart of this Draper lawn mower and although good enough for most people, it will tend to struggle if you have any particularly deep slopes or inclines that you have to mow. We, personally, would have liked an extra half hp or so just to help out in those situations. Although, with the mower being relatively light, it’s not so much of an issue to place a black mark next to it. It does, however, come with a big 1.5 litre fuel tank which is a very good addition.

So do we like the Draper 08400?

It’s an okay mower. That’s probably the best we can say. There isn’t really much to get excited about as it does everything it’s supposed to do. Again, it’s struggle to work out how this is designed for large gardens in mind as there is much better available for cutting larger areas.

Draper are a company that makes a lot of great tools for a variety of jobs in the garden or around the home, but ultimately, although it the Draper 08400 makes a decent attempt at it, it doesn’t fall into that category.

Draper 08400 Petrol Lawn Mower

Product Features

  • Self-Propelled
  • Rear Wheels
  • 4hp Engine
  • 40cm Cutting Width
  • 10 Adjustable Cutting Height Settings
  • 25mm To 75mm Cutting Height
  • 50 Litre Grass Collection Box

3 Star Rating

Updated: May 29, 2014 — 6:21 am