YARDMAX 170cc Review

21 in. 3-in-1 Gas Walk Behind Push Lawn Mower with High Rear Wheels


Final Score

3.9 / 5 from 225 users

YARDMAX 170cc | Tools Official
YARDMAX 170cc | Tools Official
YARDMAX 170cc | Tools Official


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We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from customers and experts. In summary, here's what users think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Reviewers have commented on the YARDMAX 170cc mower having a powerful motor capable of cutting through thick grass without bogging down. (14 reviews)

    • “It's got a powerful motor that made its way through thick grass that would bog down my old mower.”

    • “The mower did really well as I was cutting with it in the beginning and it didn’t let much of anything get in the way of it and I was satisfied with it.”

    • “This mower is strong and powerful”

    • “I wanted the most powerful mower I could get without being self-propelled and at a good value.”

    • “Strong motor.”

    • “powerful engine”

    • “The lawn mower has good power”

    • “It is powerful, burns clean and makes an incredible cut.”

    • “great price for powerful engine”

  • Several users have mentioned that the assembly of the mower is straightforward and can be done with ease. (13 reviews)

    • “easy to put together.”

    • “Easy to assemble and started right up”

    • “Need some tools to assemble, but overall very easy assembly”

    • “It was easy to put together and after putting in the oil, it fired right up.”

    • “Mower was easy to assembly”

    • “Easy to assemble”

    • “Easy to assemble. It’s bent on one side the wheel is crooked be of it.”

    • “other then that the mower is easily assembled”

    • “I purchased this a few weeks ago from Home Depot online and it arrived easy to assemble”

    • “It took me only about 20 minutes to assemble.”

    • “Was very easy to assemble.”

    • “Mower was easy to put together”

  • Many users report that the mower starts on the first pull, indicating a reliable starting system. (9 reviews)

    • “After sitting unused in the shed for a while, a couple of pushes on the primer and a quick tug on the starter will get you going pretty easily.”

    • “started right up”

    • “It was easy to put together and after putting in the oil, it fired right up.”

    • “Mower started on first pull”

    • “Just what I needed for a smallish yard, and started on the first pull after I got it out of the box.”

    • “it then started on half a pull”

    • “Starts easily and runs strong.”

    • “I barely pulled on the cord and it fired up with new gas and oil”

    • “Started up on the first pull.”

  • Multiple reviews note that the mower is easy to push, indicating its lightweight and smooth operation while mowing. (8 reviews)

    • “the wheels glide through the lawn as if it were. It is really easy to push and guide.”

    • “Very light weight easy to push”

    • “Mower was light weight and easy to push.”

    • “easy to use with prosthetic leg.”

    • “It is very easy to push while mowing”

    • “Easy to use..”

    • “This is a handy easy to use mower that allows me to quickly keep my front and back yard looking neat and trim.”

    • “Easy to use”

  • The cutting height lever on the YARDMAX 170cc is easy to use according to a review, allowing all wheels to be adjusted at once, which is more convenient than adjusting each wheel individually. (7 reviews)

    • “the lever to adjust the cutting height is extremely easy to use and adjusts the height of all wheels at once.”

    • “I do like the wheel adjustment my yard isn't all the same height so this was nice feature to have without stalling out the mower on the taller thicker grass.”

    • “Handle height adjustment and grass cut length height adjust are incredibly easy to use”

    • “The height adjustment is so quick and easy, only one lever to adjust all four wheels.”

    • “I love the one handle lowers all tires!”

    • “single point height adjustment”

    • “The single handle height adjustment is easy to use.”

  • A number of reviews express satisfaction with the build quality and materials used for the mower. (4 reviews)

  • One reviewer specifically notes the mower does an exceptional job mulching, which can be a significant advantage for those who prefer to mulch rather than bag clippings. (2 reviews)

    • “I use the mower as a mulching mower and it does an exceptional job.”

3 reasons not to buy

  • Customers have raised concerns about the wheels of the YARDMAX 170cc. Specifically, the front right wheel has been reported as bent and unspinnable in one instance, while the right rear wheel has detached for another customer. (8 reviews)

    • “The front right wheel is bent and it won’t even spin”

    • “that was when the right rear wheel came off the bearings and just fell off”

    • “I purchased this mower not long ago and the first time I used it the back wheel broke and fell off. It snapped in the middle which does not surprise me as the wheels are cheap plastic.”

    • “wheel kept falling off on the front right”

    • “It’s bent on one side the wheel is crooked be of it.”

    • “Also one of the front wheels is very crooked and runs the frame at mid height or higher so that you can’t raise the deck.”

    • “Right out of the box the right side wheel is bent and cracked.”

    • “6-7 mows in, the wheel snapped off after relatively moderate use.”

  • There are complaints that the grass bag does not stay attached to the mower, detaching after only a minute of use. (3 reviews)

    • “The grass bag does not stay on the mower for more than a minute, very disappointing.”

    • “The bag is a bit tricky to get on/off and will fall off if the mower's backed up.”

    • “the grass catcher falls off so frequently as to be almost unusable”

  • The mower's grass collection bag is smaller than others, and its position means you can't fill it all the way up. This means you have to empty it more often. (2 reviews)

    • “The first is the bag. It is fairly small compared to other models (about 30% smaller than my previous mower). On top of that, the angle at which it sits makes it hard to utilize the full capacity of the bag (maybe 60-70%). So ultimately, you're only able to store about 50% of a normal bag's capacity before it needs to be emptied.”

    • “Bag is small.”

Bottom Line

The YARDMAX 170cc is a tough mower with a strong motor for thick grass and easy assembly. It starts quickly, is light to push, and has a convenient height lever for all wheels. It's well-built and great for mulching. However, some users had issues with the wheels and the grass bag detaching or not filling up properly. It's a solid choice for workers who need a reliable tool for their lawn care tasks.


Cutting Width (in)21 inch
FeaturesMulching, Bagging
Max Cutting Height3.75"
Min Cutting Height1.25"
Power SourceGas
CategoryPush Mowers
Weight60 pounds

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Special Features

  • Single-lever Deck Adjustment: Change how short you cut the grass with just one quick and easy lever.
  • MAXFlow Deck Technology: The fancy spiral design inside helps the mower chop up the grass better and not leave clumps.
  • Heavy-duty, 16-gauge stamped steel deck: It's made of really strong metal so it lasts a long time and can take a beating.
  • Durable, one-piece seamless steel deck: The whole bottom part is one big piece of metal so it shakes less, which makes it easier on your hands and the mower.
  • Seven cutting heights from 1.25″ to 3.75″: You can pick from lots of different settings to get your lawn the exact height you want, from really short to pretty long.
  • High Rear Wheels: The bigger wheels in the back make it easier to push the mower around, especially in parts of your yard that are bumpy or not flat.


  • Q:

    What is the diameter of the front wheels?

  • A:

    The diameter of the front wheels measures 10.25 inches.

  • Q:

    Is flex fuel compatible with this engine?

  • A:

    Flex fuel can be used in this engine.

  • Q:

    How does one obtain a replacement blade?

  • A:

    Replacement blades can typically be purchased from the manufacturer's website or authorized dealers.

  • Q:

    Are regular oil changes required for this mower?

  • A:

    Regular oil changes are not typically necessary for this mower. One should check the oil level with the dipstick and top it off as needed. However, if the oil appears dirty, you should replace it.

  • Q:

    Where can one find the grass bag available for purchase separately?

  • A:

    Grass bags sold separately can be found on the manufacturer's website or through authorized retailers.

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