Get to know the Viking MB 248 (and Viking MB 248T) petrol mower – up close, and personal. First of all, we have tested and used the Viking mower “extensively” for 5 to 10 hours a day over the last 3 years. We’ve now accumulated 2 of these (hint, we really love this mower!) Hence here we have our Viking MB248 Lawn Mower Review 🙂
Are viking mowers any good? Watch our video review below and decide for yourself.
Somewhere in the “real world” offline, we have an established gardening and lawn care business and use a wide range of tools each and every day, even right through winter.
We have two MB 248 models. One is the standard Mb 248, and we also have the Mb 248T model (the viking self propelled lawn mower version).
They cut a 46cm wide cut, are petrol powered and through our own personal use, we believe they’re very reliable.
First of all, we wanted the one with the drive on to make life easier.
What we found is that it slowed us down.
If you are using the mower at your home address for a once a week mow then the added benefit of having “drive” makes it a far more pleasing way to cut the grass. Start the mower, and pull the drive, and life is a breeze as the mower pulls itself along without you having to push it.
Drive is good for almost every situation.. but if you are wanting this mower to go out and cut 20 lawns a day then forget it.. just go for the basic MB 248 model.. it’s more than good enough. You won’t have time for enjoying nice leisurely mows. The drive capability while nice, is not fast enough for my demanding schedule.
So, what’s this Viking lawn mower like?
So, continuing on with our full-hearted Viking MB248 Lawn Mower Review, our overall “In a nutshell” feeling about this mower is:
“Great for heavy extended daily tireless use but you do need to keep emptying the box fairly often..”
It’s a SOLID reliable workhorse that can easily work for 2 years at 40 hours per week for 6 months equating to 12 x 40 equals 480 mows at 1 hour… that equates to a good “10 years of once a week mowing for an hour”.. so if you have a mower that lasts 10 years you should feel pretty happy with that.
As previously mentioned, we own two 248 mowers.
We have one of the earlier engine models and one of the more recent engine models.
Both work flawlessly.
You don’t “really” need to worry about the differences between them but I have been reliably told that the 2nd model came about as a cost cutting exercise by Stihl (the parent company).. so it’s a kind of cheaper version. Still works fine though..
Dishing out HEAVY daily lawn mower abuse!
From April to December both mowers are used 5 days a week for 10 hours a day.
Nothing major has gone wrong.
All we do is once every few months (equates to several years when used once a week) we have to change the pull cord cable that is used to start the engine.
You can pay a garden tools company to do this for around £20, or buy some 3mm rope pull cord yourself online and do it yourself. It’s really easy.
Other than that, that’s it. I think both have had one service each, and blades sharpened a few times.
Price wise we paid around the £270 region for the basic model and closer to £300 for the “t” version, which equates to mere pennies. talking about £10 a month worth of value..
That’s over 300 lawns a month which easily pays for the mower.
So, yeah, we REALLY like this mower.
We continue to use it day in day out.
Many years ago we worked for the council in their gardening teams and their huge budgets allowed us to test out some very expensive mowers (over £1400) which were just so heavy and performed very poorly in wet weather.. they would leave grass cuttings every few inches on the lawn.
The 248 however fares a lot better.. but…
Wet weather cutting is a pain..!
It’s not perfect for cutting wet grass and never will be.
In wet weather the mower cuts well (just remember to keep your blades sharpened though!) but I think the engine doesn’t have enough power to push the wet stuff right to the back of the collection box and so you’ll have to stop each time the box is about a quarter to half full (in wet weather remember…) to empty it.
Whereas by contrast when cutting on a dry day you can go till the box is very full before needing to stop and empty.
Seeing as most folks don’t cut in the wet you’ll not often have to worry about the above problems.
What else has gone wrong with the mb 248?
One other issue we have found (and it is very minor) is after a lot of use you might start to find the box falls off when mowing.
Well there are two metal brackets secured to the left and right of the mower via bolts.
Over time the bolts can work loose (and we are talking about once a year with daily 10 hours a day use), but for most situations, domestic lawns being cut won’t really ever notice this issue.
To fix this issue, you need spanners to tighten the bolts up.
One bolt is in a tight spot up inside the mower body which you have to access from underneath.. so be sure to keep the underside of the mower clean.
This simply means after every use give it a squirt with the hosepipe. You’ll be thankful for this later down the line.
How big is the mower?
Well it’s actually aimed at the domestic market, and therefore is comparable to many similar petrol mowers.
For commercial purposes it’s a bit small.. but we prefer these over bigger heavier mowers out there… and have never been let down!
Hence why our Viking MB248 Lawn Mower Review was produced! We have been there and got the t-shirt.
What’s it like to start and use?
What we do (and it works 99% of the time) is to press the primer bulb (a rubber squeezy kind of nipple filled with fuel at the front of the engine) and it usually starts on the second pull.
Other occasions we have primed it, as above.. then left the mower for a moment (as little as 20 seconds) and then gone to start it, and it fires up on the first pull. This seems more noticeable on dry days.
Once you’ve got it running, you should set your desired cut height. Thankfully there is just one height adjuster to fiddle with and it’s situated just in front of the right rear wheel. I cut most lawns on setting 2 or 3 (where setting 1 is the lowest), but it depends on what my customer wants too.
When you’ve finished mowing it’s good practice to adjust the height to it’s highest setting – helps avoid catching the blade on path edges etc when putting it back in the shed or garage.
On an average lawn mowed every 2 weeks you will probably have to empty the box every 30 to 40 metres.. but this can vary especially if your grass is very long…
I used to cut a certain garden and I knew that I could get 3 full strrips cut before needing to empty the box. It worked like a charm each time, so I would do 3 strips then empty!
What are the cutting heights on the MB 248 mowers?
There are 7 heights you can adjust. These allow you to cut grass to a height of a minimum of 25mm up to a maximum of 75mm. So unless you are after a bowling Green that is scalped to within an inch of it’s life (using a cylinder mower), you will find this mower meets the needs of the vast majority of people who buy one.
Who else wants a striped lawn?
Even though this mower doesn’t have a rear roller, it actually does create some pretty reasonable stripes in the lawn. It always puts a smile on my face when I do my own garden.
Don’t know about you but I do enjoy making things look nice and clean outside ready for the BBQ efforts!
We sometimes get out our pressure washer (here’s some of our favourite pressure washers we reviewed by the way) just to add that nice clean fresh look.
So, in summary I hope you’ve managed to get a bit of sense from this review. If you have any questions please comment below or get in touch – we are here to help.