Electric Mower Buyer's Guide
How to Pick the Perfect Electric Lawn Mower
Are you helping your lawn go green?
Electric motors have come a long way in recent decades. Auto and equipment manufacturers continue to advance electrical technology to make motors more powerful using less power.
This is great news for people looking for an electric-powered lawn mower!
Why Go Electric?
Every urban dweller will agree electric is the way to go, but what about the rest of us?
These are some of the top reasons for buying an electric mower instead of a traditional gas mower:
- Low maintenance
- Long-term savings
- No exhaust
- Quiet operation (no hearing protection required)
Say goodbye to the hassles of a traditional gas mower. No oil changes. No new spark plugs. Forget replacing air filters and spilling gas. The only maintenance required is sharpening or replacing the blade in the spring.
The upfront cost of most electric mowers is similar to that of most gas-powered push mowers. When you consider the savings in maintenance and gas alone, an electric lawn mower becomes an even more attractive long-term purchase. A whole summer of mowing will cost roughly $5 in electric bills!
But money isn't all that you'll save. By not burning fuel, you'll reduce your carbon footprint, making electric mowers the smarter environmental choice.
You'll notice the difference in your immediate environment when you mow, too. Electric mowers don't produce exhaust. Goodbye, gas fumes!
If all of those benefits weren't enough, you'll also get to enjoy the quiet motors that electric lawn mowers use in place of gas engines.
Once you've decided to buy an electric lawn mower, you get to choose which kind suits you best: corded or cordless.
Corded Electric Mowers
Regular corded electric mowers are ready whenever you are. They're powered by an extension cord, so all you have to do is plug your mower in and go.
Electric mowers range in width from 14 inches to 20 inches. The wider the mower, the faster you’ll mow your yard.
If your yard has lots of obstacles, a corded electric mower can be frustrating. However, if you have a small yard with few or no trees to snag your cord, a corded mower is a budget-friendly buying choice.
Cordless Electric Mowers
If you don’t want to be like a dog on a leash, cut the cord and get a cordless electric mower instead. Cordless models give you the mobility of a gas mower without the noise or the headaches. If you have 1/3 acre or less to mow, a cordless mower is perfect for you.
Cordless mowers are powered by rechargeable batteries that are available in a variety of voltages. Just like a cordless drill, the higher the voltage, the greater the torque, resulting in a cleaner cut.
Many lithium-ion batteries will provide nearly an hour of cut time each, depending on the grass type. They're designed to run at full power until dead, meaning the power won't fade during use.