June
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.

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