I bought a very cheap hand mower from The Warehouse, but it's so light that it pretty much just bounces over the lawn and I have to go over each part of the lawn a dozen times or more just to cut anything! It's mostly plastic and aluminium.
When I was young I used to use an old hand mower and it did a good job, but it was iron and heavy and didn't have a catcher.
I visited a garden shop and the shop assistant tried to put me off hand mowers ("you have to get the blades professionally sharpened and that costs a lot") and on to an electric mower ("only a bit more expensive than a hand mower and you get a catcher and you can sharpen the blades yourself with a file").
The model I was looking at is a Wolf Garten Campus 320E, which they wanted $349 for. I'd never heard of the "Wolf Garten" brand before, and I can't find any reviews for this model.
I like the idea of electric, no having to worry about petrol. Looking at the Bunnings and Mitre 10 websites they have other brands of electric mowers, some as low as $169. They have different wattages, ranging from 900W for the Wolf Garten up to 1500W for a Flymo (although I don't really want the traditional Flymo, the one without a catcher, but Flymo also make one with wheels and a catcher).
Does anyone have any experience with electric mowers? Do they do as good a job as a petrol mower?