Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S Review

Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S Briggs 450e Side Discharge Push Mower in 20-Inch Deck

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Features

  • 450E 125cc Briggs & Stratton primer engine
  • 20-Inch deck push mower
  • Side discharge only. Speed forward maximum: 3 mph, air filter type: foam
  • 4-Quick height adjusters with 5 positions
  • 7-Inch Front and Rear Wheels

Our Verdict

The Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S is a great entry-level lawn mower, which is ideal for homeowners with small to average-sized yards.

Pros

  • It comes fully assembled, so you can start mowing your lawn with it as soon as you get this lawn mower.
  • It has a 20 inch wide cutting deck.
  • It is considerably lightweight and compact – which makes it easy to push around.
  • You can adjust this lawn mower to 5 different height positions.
  • It enables you to side discharge.
  • It comes with a two year warranty.
  • It has an easy cord-pull start which generally starts in one pull.

Cons

  • It is not self-propelled. Therefore, you need to be continuously pushing this mower around your yard by yourself.
  • No padding or protection is provided around the mower in its box.
  • It is a gas-powered lawn mower – which is not environmental friendly and can be quite noisy when in use.

Poulan Pro is a respected brand worldwide – renowned for producing lightweight, yet highly durable lawn mowers. This brand stands by the legacy of durability, quality, and high performance. Moreover, Poulan Pro focuses on creating powerful and innovative products – at a reasonable price. The 961120130 PR450N20S is one of the lawn mowers of Poulan Pro which has made it amongst some of the most in-demand lawn mowers in the market.

Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S Review

1. Performance and cut quality

Different kinds of terrains

According to my findings, the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S is at its best performance in flat yards, which are of size small to average. However, its motor is still strong enough to be used on uneven, rough terrains and still produce decent quality cuts.

Wet conditions

The Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20Scomes with aBriggs & Stratton 450e 125cc engine – which aids in producing a 4.5 feet pound gross torque. As a result, this lawn mower is strong enough to provide high quality performance and cuts even on wet conditions and when the grasses are difficult-to-cut, such as wet grasses.

Types of grasses

This lawn mower generates enough power which allows you to produce quality cutson all types of grasses – whether they are easy-to-cut, such as thin or short grasses, or difficult-to-cut, such as thick or tall grasses.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

 

2. Ease of use

Pushing around

The Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20Sis considerably somewhat heavy in weight, with a total weight of 71 pounds. Despite its weight, this mower is still quite easy to push around if you have a flat yard. However, if your yard contains steep grades, hills, or uneven terrain – pushing this big boy around might not be that easy for everyone as this mower is not even self-propelled.

Cutting deck

The Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S comes with a 20 inch wide cutting deck. This aids in economizing the amount of time required in order to finish mowing your lawn – by letting you cut more grass in fewer passes. Therefore, the wide cutting deck definitely gains plus points from me, in terms of ease of use.

Gas-powered mower

As the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S is a gas-powered mower, you need to ensure the availability of the engine oil as well as gasoline – in order to use this lawn mower. This feature calls for a minus point as it can be a hassle to go to the store and get the oil and gasoline before you can start mowing your yard. Moreover, investing money on buying the engine oil and gasoline can be costly in the long run.

Overall Point: 9 out of 10.

 

3. Special features

Adjusting height

This lawn mower comes with 5 different height positions for you to choose from and figure out which position you find comfort in mowing. If you come across a lot of resistance while mowing, you can easily adjust the height setting until you fix the mower to a position you find comfort in pushing around. If you set the mower at a lower level than the grass, it may get more resistant for you to move the mower around. In that case, you can just increase the height setting till you experience no resistance.

Handlebar

Another special feature I would love to point out regarding this lawn mower is the safety feature of its handlebar. As a safety feature, when you release the handle of the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S, the mower as well as its blades will automatically shut off. I find this to be a remarkable feature which ensures the prevention of some major safety hazards.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

 

4. Design

Appearance

At first glance, the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S appears to be a simple lawn mower – which is, in fact, true. The steel cutting deck of this lawn mower gives a bold and smooth, yet simple look to this lawn mower. Poulan Pro kept both the designs as well as functionalities of this lawn mower simple and straightforward – which I absolutely love. Even if you do not have much prior experience regarding lawn mowers, you will find the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S pretty easy to operate.

Build quality

I find that Poulan Pro ensured that every single part of this lawn mower is well thought of and made by using high quality products – so that this lawn mower is able to provide high quality performance in the long run. The cutting deck is made from a sturdy steel – which not only ensures durability in the long run, but also strength when cutting through any types of grasses or rough terrains.  As it is made from tough materials, the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20Sis meant to be a durable lawn mower in the long run, under normal circumstances. Moreover, the mower blades are made of sturdy steel which makes them durable through cutting all types of grasses, including the ones that are difficult-to-cut as well.

Handlebar

I personally am not a fan of the design of the handlebar of the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S – it is somewhat convenient, but could use some improvements. It is comfortable to hold onto when you are mowing. However, its handle type is a straight handle – which you are unable to fold if you would like this lawn mower to be more compact for storage.

Overall Point: 9 out of 10.

 

5. Cost-effectiveness

Warranty

The kind folks of Poulan Pro give their word that they will replace or fix any of their supplied products if they are found defective or get ruined during shipment – provided that you can show a proof of purchase. The warranty period that covers for the mower is for 2 years. I personally think that the warranty period ensures you a high quality product to use for the money you invest, making this a cost-effective lawn mower.

Durability

The cutting deck as well as the blades of this lawn mower are all made up of sturdy steel. As a result, the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20Sis a strong enough lawn mower to mow through rough terrains or difficult-to-cut grasses in high performance. Therefore, the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S is expected to be a durable lawn mower in the long run – under normal circumstances.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

 

6. Grass collection and discharge

Side discharge

The Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S comes with great side discharging capabilities. The steel cutting deck of this lawn mower enables you to produce steady trims and expel the mowed grass from the side of the mower. As a result, you are able to use the expelled grasses in order to mulch and provide nutrients to your yard.

No bagging option

One of the major downsides of the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S is that it does not come with a grass catcher bag or have a grass collection feature. The lack of this option gets minus points from me – as not everyone might be willing to mulch their yard every time. Some people might find convenience in collecting the grass and simply disposing it.

Overall Point: 8 out of 10.

 

7. Manoeuvrability

Weight

The Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S has a weight of 71 pounds. Although I have previously used lighter lawn mowers than 71 pounds, this lawn mower is easy to manoeuvre on flat lawns. However, if your yard consists of hills, steep grades, or rough terrains, pushing this 71 pounds lawn mower could drain you off of your energy.

Not self-propelled

Having mentioned about the weight of this mower, the fact that this 71 pounds lawn mower is not self-propelled gains minus points from me. You need to be constantly pushing this lawn mower around your yard by yourself. As a result, if your yard consists of uneven terrain or steep grades, it might take you more time to manoeuvre this mower and finish mowing your whole yard – as compared to a self-propelled lawn mower. Moreover, if you are an elderly citizen or you experience back pains, this lawn mower might not ease the task for you.

Cordless

As Poulan Pro made their lawn mower gas-powered, it is a cordless lawn mower – which definitely eases its usage by the users. As a result, you are not limited to only mowing around areas where there is a power source nearby. To add on, this feature is also a plus point for people that have bushes, trees, benches, or any other objects in their yards – that a corded mower could get entangled with. Therefore, with the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S lawn mower being cordless, you do not need to worry about cord management at all.

Overall Point: 8 out of 10.

 

8. Maintenance

Air cleaner

Poulan Pro suggests to service the air cleaner at least once each season. They suggest to service the air cleaner more often in dusty conditions. For best outcomes, they recommend using Briggs & Stratton air filters. I personally think this is a hassle-free maintenance requirement in order to ensure durability of the lawn mower.

Mower blades

The Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S arrives as a ready to use lawn mower and the blades do not require any sharpening in order to produce high quality cuts during its initial stages of usage. However, the blades could become dull and not produce as much of a high quality cut after a long period of mowing without sharpening them. Therefore, for optimum results in the long run, I would recommend that it is best to sharpen the mower blades seasonally or replace them if needed. The mower blades can easily be taken off and replaced, so it should not be an issue.

Overall Point: 10 out of 10.

Last updated on February 24, 2020 6:23 pm

What is in the box?

1 x Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S Briggs 450e Push Mower.

1 x Premium 4 cycle lawn mower motor oil.

1 x Instruction manual.

Some common FAQs

Can this mower be used for mulching? Does it come with a mulching blade?

Answer:No, the Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20Sis not capable of mulching. This model is only capable of side discharging.

What is the warranty on this mower?

Answer: The Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S comes with a 2 year limited warranty period. Within this warranty period, Poulan Pro gives their word to replace or fix any of their supplied products if they are found defective or get ruined during shipment – provided that you can show a proof of purchase.

What engine oil is required to be put in it and what is the drain interval?

Answer:The Poulan Pro 961120130 PR450N20S arrives with a 16-ounce bottle of SAE 30. According to the instructions manual, it is recommended to use SAE 30 in warmer outdoor temperatures of 40° F and higher (5° C and higher). Use SAE 10W-30 for a varying temperature range of 0 to 100° F (-18 to 38° C).A synthetic oil SAE 5W-30 is the best for very cold temperatures of -20° F to as high as 120° F (-30 to 40° C) providing the best protection at all temperatures as well as improved starting with less oil consumption.