24 - 2010

Pros and Cons of Electric Lawn Mowers

electric lawn mowerThe following is a guest post from Rob of Rob’s World.

OK, I will admit to it. My name is Rob, and I am a garden-gadget-holic. I really don’t seem to be able to say no to any yard or garden tool–in particular, electric tools. Besides mowers I have an electric roto-tiller, rechargeable weed trimmer, and an electric hedge trimmer which is great for blackberry vines.

I have been mowing with an electric and a rechargeable electric mower going on two years. It saddens me to see my lawn tractor sit and not be used. But the reason for buying it is long over. I got it when I was in the hospital with congestive heart failure. Knowing I needed to mow my yard and paying someone $500 to do it every time was ridiculous. No neighbor kids in my little neighborhood. So I bought a lawn tractor.

Of course, I was thinking “riding lawnmower” like we had when I was growing up, but times have changed. You can’t hardly find those no more. So I bought the smallest tractor I could find. And it mowed the yard admirably. But I got concerned about the emissions from lawn tools. And my health improved.

So I bought an electric Taskmaster 3 In 1 Lawnmower. It is a corded . But that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted a rechargeable lawn mower. Why? Because I have plans on making a totally electric rechargeble RIDING lawnmower some day. But I digress. I found a Nueton CE5 lawn mower on sale from the company. A little thinner than most lawnmowers– the cutting width is only 14”–but it actually does a fair job of mowing the yard. All on one charge to the battery. And it is quiet.

Pros of Electric and Rechargeable Lawnmowers

  • No emissions. And if you live somewhere with hydro or windpower, totally zero emissions
  • No maintenance or upkeep on lawn mower
  • No lugging around a gas can
  • Particularly great if you have a small yard
  • Quiet–no noise pollution
  • Easy to start–you aren’t cranking a gas engine.

Cons of Electric and Rechargeable Lawnmowers

  • Corded Electrics–Having enough cord to do your yard. I have found my standard 100′ extension cord is enough, but I have to plug it into outlets in the front and the back.
  • Non-Corded Rechargeables–Having enough juice left in the battery to do your yard. So far I have not had a problem with this. My yard is a puny >1/4 acre. But I do mow over major blackberry vines.
  • Corded Electric–Running over the power cord. I haven’t done this–yet. But I still remember my grandpa diced his extension cord with the electric weed eater.
  • No Macho Engine noise- what I miss most about the tractor… No macho loud engine noises to signal to other knuckle-dragging, lawn-mowing neighbors Neanderthals that I am out and about and will challenge all to a mow off. Comes direct from caveman genes.

Now I will be fair… electrics aren’t for everyone. Just like an MTD YARDMACHINE LAWN TRACTOR is not for everyone. But if you have a relatively sized urban or suburban lot I highly recommend electric lawnmowing.

7 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Electric Lawn Mowers

  1. Rebecca The Greeniac

    MEN! :) You actually LIKE the sound of those god awful 2 cycle engines?!? If some alternate universe ever landed me on “The Actor’s Studio”, and James Lipton asked me his little quiz I’d have to say that lawnmower engines are the sound I most loathe.

    We actually have a huge yard, but I mow it all myself on a little hand push (no power) mower. I find it SOOOO much easier than either the gas or electric variety. It only weighs about 20 pounds, and when it’s properly adjusted it’s no harder to push than a baby stroller. Really.

  2. Rob

    No Motor? No Engine? Well sure if you want to go back to the stone age Rebecca. Seriously if you don’t mind the extra oooomph of a manual lawnmower more power(?) to you!

  3. Chris M

    The only thing better than buying an electric mower is finding a used one – mine cost $25 and still runs great. The only bad part was that it was so old that the handle mounts on the deck rusted through. A quick trip to the hardware store for $15 worth of bolts and big washers and I was able to re-use it instead of scrapping it. Hence my re-used, recycled lawn mower.

    They do require some maintenance, thought. Spraying off the grass clipping from the underside of the deck after use (should go without saying to unplug it first) and spraying metal connecting bits with WD-40 periodically.

    A tip for not cutting through your cord – set the deck at the highest setting. The grass likes the higher setting as well and will shade out weeds and make it longer through the summer without going dormant if it is maintained at a taller height.


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