First there were those massive, cumbersome gas-powered lawnmowers that sputtered along cleaning up your lawn but polluting the environment. Then came electric lawn mowers that were born out of a need to find a more environmentally friendly way of mowing the lawn. While these did what they were designed to do, they came with one major constraint and that was the length of the cord. They worked fine in smaller lawns but for larger areas, you either had to have electric sockets placed across the lawn or you had to use multiple extension cords. Neither of these were plausible solutions.
The new cordless version of electric mowers address all of the above drawbacks and are the perfect solution for green enthusiast who has a fairly large sized lawn.
Cordless Electric Mowers V/S Other Traditional Models
These devices are powered either by lead-acid or nickel-cadium batteries, which can be recharged between use. They do not have any trailing cord that needs to be plugged into any outlet. You simply tote the fully charged machine out onto the lawn and mow away.
A fully charged battery is capable of generating 18 to 36 volts of power, which is plenty. The acreage that the machine will be able to mow without needing a recharge is directly proportional to the number of volts. Higher voltage = larger mowing area. The batteries can be recharged several times, adding to their cost effectiveness. No dealing with the ever increasing price of gasoline or feeling guilty about their polluting effects.
The electric models score over the other mowers when it comes to ease of use and maintenance to. Starting an electric mower is simply a matter of pressing a button and the battery is easy to take out for recharging and put back in after it is fully charged.
Limitations Of Electric Lawnmowers
Battery powered electric mowers have their limitations in that they cannot mow through tough grass or long blades of grass easily. Trying to mow under these conditions will require the machine to expend more power, draining out the battery in a shorter time. It’s more of an inconvenience rather than a major problem though. All you need to do is replace the spent battery with a fully charged on and keep right on mowing.
These mowers may not have the lasting power for working on large lawns that take longer to mow. Also, they may not have the adequate power that is needed for cutting down certain kinds of tough grass. At times like these, gas powered models are preferable.
Factors To Consider When Buying An Electric Lawnmower
If you’ve decided the cordless electric mower is what suits your mowing requirements, here are a few factors that you should consider that will help you make the right choice.
- Mowers with larger batteries cost more but the batteries are more powerful and will cover a larger area before they need to be recharged, saving you a lot of time in the long run.
- While self-propelled models are easier to manoeuvre around, their battery charge lasts for a shorter time as compared to the models that need to be pushed around.
- Some mowers are designed to much the clippings, whereas others are designed to collect them in a bag.
Convenient to use, economical to run and environmental friendly, there’s no denying that electric lawnmowers are an idea whose time has come.