Corded versus Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers

Electric lawn mowers are:

  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Quiet.
  • Easy to start, stop and restart.
  • Easy to maintain and store.

However electric mowers are limited to small gardens, about a quarter acre.

Homeowners who can work within these limitations will be rewarded with an easy to use the machine and a pleasant mowing experience.

Electric mowers also have limited power and size, 18 or 19-inch cutting decks compared to 22 inches for gas mowers. Thick weeds and overgrown grass will require slow, careful mowing.

Corded Electric Lawn Mowers

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Homeowners who can work within these limitations will be rewarded with an easy to use the machine and a pleasant mowing experience.

Corded mowers should use standard electric cords that plug into the mower. This allows easy replacement if the cord is accidentally cut by mowing over the cord.

Some mowers come without a power cord. The owner needs to supply his own. The manufacturer’s instructions should be followed when choosing a cord. Thick 12 or 14 gauge cords, with a maximum length of 100 feet, is usually specified.

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Using a cord that is too thin or too long

  • Is dangerous, possibly causing the cord to overheat.
  • Could reduce the life of the motor.

Advantages of corded mowers

  • Unlimited runtime.
  • Light.

Disadvantage

  • The electric cord can get in the way, possibly getting run over and cut by the mower.

Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers

The batteries are the main issue with cordless mowers.

Batteries that can be easily swapped by the owner are convenient.

  • This allows easy replacement of faulty batteries.
  • More than one battery can be kept charged, allowing a larger area to be mowed.
  • Batteries that can be charged separately from the mower allow the mower to be kept in an unelectrified shed, with the batteries charged in the house.

If not easily swapped by the user, the batteries should at least be replaceable at a service center. Mowers that do not have replaceable batteries, that need to be junked when the batteries go bad, should be avoided.

Advantages of cordless mowers

  • No electric cord to worry about.
  • Large lawns can be mowed, if done over a few days, on more than one battery charge.

Disadvantages

  • Heavy, not suitable for steep slopes and soft ground.
  • Batteries need to be replaced every few years.
  • Long recharge time, 10 to 20 hours is common.

The mower should have a removable start key, just like an automobile. Keeping the key in a safe place prevents children, and thieves, from using the mower.

Electric mowers are quiet and may, therefore, seem safer than gas mowers but they are still powerful tools with fast-spinning blades. Pulling the mower backward could result in the mower running over the operator’s foot.

Additional electric Lawn Mower Features

The mower should have a removable start key, just like an automobile. Keeping the key in a safe place prevents children, and thieves, from using the mower.

For those willing to put up with the inconvenience of trailing a power cord, the light and low-maintenance corded electric lawn mowers are a good choice.

  • Trimmer/edger attachment.
  • Battery charge indicator (for cordless mowers).
  • Adjustable handle height, especially useful for tall people.

I know that in the shop, these 50$ lawn mowers do not look that bad, but the first thing you need to check is what’s inside of lawn mower, not outside. The power of lawn mower should be chosen based on the mowing area, grass type, and terrain. And remember – it’s better to buy one, but higher quality and more expensive, that buy twice and cheap one. The lawn mower power is the key to better lawn, easier mowing, less money for maintenance, more years of working, less stress for you.  It’s the same as for cars – 4 liter petrol engine will work much longer and better than 1.4 liter. Also remember to check the electricity in your plug, because if the cable is too thin, it will start to heat up.

Gardens with obstacles that entangle cords, or that are far from electrical power points, are more suited to cordless mowers.

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