I also only recently bought my first lawn mower and I have to recommend a cordless battery powered mower. It may not have the same guts as a 4-stroke mower but the convenience of no cords and no petrol is a winner.
I only have a very small area of grass so I was happy with the Ozito - you may be happy with that but you can also get a Victa or Ryobi cordless mower as well. - stupidfish
I recently bought an electric lawn mower from Bunnings. I purchased the Ozito 1400W - and I am happy with the purchase. I no longer need to worry about having petrol on hand, or the hassle of the pull start. I just need to remember to keep the extension cord out of the way! - Deanna
I see plenty of manufacturers are now selling electric mowers with the same interchangeable Lithium battery pack as other tools. This seems like a convenient and smart option. I still have a two-stroke that's about 10 years old but I do like the idea of ditching the petrol mower. It’s messy and can be a little inconvenient having to get petrol in a jerry can, mix it with oil, etc. It is also starting to blow a lot of smoke. I bought a two-stroke because I had heard they were a little easier to maintain in that you don't need to have separate oil and fuel top-ups. - Kermit
I wouldn't recommend getting one if it's the only battery-powered tool you're going to own, because you'll spend half your time waiting for batteries to charge before you can finish the job. I'd only go the battery option if you're planning on buying a few different tools with batteries to share between them. That way, you're always using one battery while you charge another.
If you do decide to go down the battery path, there are a few manufacturers offering the 'one battery for all your tools' type range so I'd shop around and see which one suits your needs the most. - Jackson
I purchased a Ryobi 36V battery mower from Bunnings, the best thing ever. I just love it. It works hard, no “pussyfooting around". I love that I can mow my lawn myself. I don't have the strength anymore to pull start things! - Helen
I just got a Victa battery-powered mower. No more mixing petrol and oil, no more fumes and no more struggling to start it. The grass was a little wet from recent rain the first time I used it and it coped with no problems so it certainly seems powerful enough for my needs.
Battery is quick to recharge and lasted for enough time to thoroughly mow the lawn and nature strip. Very happy with it. Don't think I could ever go back to petrol now. The only downside is that the cutting width isn't as wide as my previous mower but as it’s much lighter and easier to push I think it was probably quicker than my old mower anyway. - greygardener
I started off with a 4-stroke rotary mower two years ago that ran off normal petrol and also a Bunnings manual push lawn cutter with a bag. After a while I decided to test run a battery rotary and did the same job. The battery charges on electricity and no power cords down side just not much guts and less run time where petrol more guts and longer run time and the manual push cutter depends on your fitness.
I eventually borrowed a cylinder mower (look up in Google for description) and got a nice cut that was more even like a bowling green. All comes down to how much you wanna spend and how much pride you wanna take. Higher end will be the cylinder mower followed by battery then petrol then the manual push. - Dark