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Old 07-24-2009, 11:16 AM   #1
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Hi, I've been lurking in the diy forums for a while now but I got a new lawnmower and needed to tell everyone how great it is. Please forgive me for being so enthusiastic!

I came across an ad for the Recharge Mower on TV and it sounded exactly like what I had been looking for. I did a little bit of research and everyone was saying it was a great machine...so I took the plunge and never looked back. This thing is freaking awesome.

It's got everything you could ever imagine or want in a mower. The seat is big and comfortable. The design is sleek and sturdy, not to mention how quiet it is. It's got a ton of safety features which makes it nice with little kids in the house.

Having it run on batteries gives a lot of different advantages too. No more fumes or exhaust, so good for me and the environment. The low cost to charge is nice too(about 50c). That gives me over 3 hours mowing time, which is plenty for my yard.

I'm really impressed with this machine and just wanted to tell everyone about it. Anyone else tried one out?

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Old 07-24-2009, 11:35 AM   #2
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Post a link to the spec's for this mower. . .
I'm wondering about battery lifetime, how many charge/discharge cycles. If they are overstressing the battery this is a hidden cost of ownership.

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Old 07-24-2009, 11:46 AM   #3
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http://www.rechargemower.com/home.ph...A&callcenter=1
thats the website. They make it sound good but no mention of the cost is to replace the batteries. they claim 250 to 300 charges. Uses 3 batteries to drive two 900 watt motors. One for the blade and one to drive the wheels. Cost is $2200.
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:27 PM   #4
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The energy usage more or less adds up.

I guess I'd find out the max. recommended discharge rate for the batteries from the battery manuf. With no memory effect they may be sealed lead acid batteries.

4600 watt-hours of energy to charge a battery that puts out 1800 watt-hours of energy is a pretty inefficient battery and/or charger.

I assume 3 ea. 12v batteries?

If the motors get too hot to touch during normal usage I don't think they will last long.

1800w is only ~2 hp, but elec. motors have a different speed/torque curve than gas engines so it may be OK.

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Don't quote me on it but I'm pretty sure it has an expected battery life of about 5 years.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:25 PM   #6
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The gas engine models use 20 hp engines; yours may not be able to go up inclines with only 2 hp. Maybe they use a gearbox with many speeds to get around this.

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