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jasonnewyork 03-10-2011 03:50 PM

Electric Lawn Mower Purchase Decision
 
I've decided to take over my landscaping this year due to the costs associated with hiring someone. I have a small lot, 40x100, of which only 2000 sq. ft. is actual grass. I use to do all the lawn care for my parents when I was kid, and used all electric tools. I know some people will be critical, but I was happy with the performance and liked not having to worry about maintenance, fuel, etc. The last time I did this, had to be 20 years ago, so I'm assuming a lot has changed.

I pretty much selected everything with the exception of the lawn mower. I was originally going to go with a corded model, but the cordless caught my eye. It seems there are lot more cordless models on the market today. Have they taken over as the standard? How do they perform compared to corded models? Are they worth the extra $150-200? Please share your experiences.

These are the models I'm considering. Let me know what you think. (Note: all of these models are Consumer Reports Top Picks)

Corded:
Black and Decker MM875

Cordless:
Black and Decker CM1936
Black and Decker CM1836
Toro 20360

bigburb 03-14-2011 02:46 PM

Not sure about the reliability of cordless models, but I mowed my parents yard for years with a corded model and I can say with a fair amount of certainty that I will never use a corded mower again. Complications of getting around trees and shrubs, and trying not to run over the cord all the time. I would go with the cordless one.

SPS-1 03-17-2011 05:05 PM

My experience with the cordless electrics is that the batteries will last about 4-5 years. Other than that, they are fine.

AliceT 03-17-2011 05:57 PM

I liked the quietness of my electric lawn mower.

mickey cassiba 03-28-2011 07:16 AM

I've got a corded B&D that has served me well for the last five years. Other tan the need for a couple extra hands for cord management I've got no complaints. Of course I have a really small yard(20X50) and one 50 foot cord will get me all over it.I had a cordless trimmer, but it failed after about a year(motor) the battery still charges fine though
As to the mower:
Pros- quiet, little to no vibration(good for my arthritic hands) no fumes, or fuel storage
Cons= As mentioned above, cord management, a couple of extra hands would be useful, and the darned cord can find things to hang up on like you can't imagine
YMMV

pyper 03-28-2011 07:22 AM

Another pro for a corded mower is they are light. I hadn't thought about electric mowers in years, but I used to use one as a kid. If you have a lot of slopes it might be easiest to push a corded mower. We had one from when I was in Kindergarten until I was in high school and it was never any trouble. No worries about turning it upside down to clean either.

But don't run over the cord. We had a small yard without trees or shrubs in it, so there was nothing to work around.

The biggest con is probably lack of power. If you mow regularly and keep the grass short that's probably not a big deal, but if you have areas that grow tall and thick the electric will bog down easier than say, an 8 HP gasoline engine.


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