I'm planning to buy a new lawn mower soon and am considering getting an electric one. Do any of you own one? I know that you have to have it plugged in while in use, but I figure it can't be much worse than a vacuum cord. Are they less noisy?
No, I don't own one, but I've read a little about them in <b>Consumer Reports</b>. You might want to look it up in the library before buying one. One thing you need to look into is getting the right "size" electrical cord. I am not (just) talking about the length of the cord per se. Cords come in various electrical gauges. And you would need to get the right gauge for the length of the cord, so the voltage would not drop too much by the time it got to your machine. Usually the instructions will tell you what type of cord you will need.<br><br><br><br>
Plug in mowers also have handles that "flip" over, due to the cord, so you'd sort of have to plan how to cut your lawn to accomodate this back-and-forth restriction imposed by the cord.<br><br><br><br>
I believe that electric models are considerably less noisy than models with engines.<br><br><br><br>
There are also cordless models that you just charge up, but I seem to recall reading that they are not very good except for very small lawns.
My dad just got one (a black & decker cordless) that's worth $450, but he got it for $100 or so because he traded in his old gas one. He <i>loves</i> it and says it's pretty quiet compared to a power mower. He can mow the front and back lawn and then some without having to recharge, but you have to charge it 24 hours before you use it the first time.<br><br><br><br>
I don't have a yard myself, so I can't say anything from experience, but I could ask my dad some questions if you want. I've always been partial to push-mowers, but I think I'm alone in that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
Only some models have the flip-over handle. I had thought it was standard on corded models.<br><br><br><br>
You can read some reviews of one model here:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.epinions.com/hmgd-Lawn_and_Garden-Power_Tools-Mowers-Black___Decker_18__Electric__LawnHog__Mulching_Mower_With_Flip_Over_Handle_MM675/display_~reviews" target="_blank">http://www.epinions.com/hmgd-Lawn_an...splay_~reviews</a><br><br><br><br>
A cordless model costs about double what a corded model costs.<br><br><br><br>
There is in effect a 100 foot range limitation, since that seems to be the longest cord you can get that will still deliver acceptable power.<br><br><br><br>
The electric model may be less noisy than the gas model, but still noisy enough that you should wear ear plugs when operating it.
Thanks for all of the information! I'd have to buy a corded one because they are only about a hundred bucks - which is much more in my price range.<br><br>
My biggest concern about it is being able to get my whole yard done.<br><br>
I'm going to go look at the link you posted now Joe.<br><br>
They don't have trade-ins where you are? (Or you don't have an old junky mower to trade?). My city is constantly having these environmental trade-ins where you bring your old environmentally nasty things and trade for new, friendly products. It seems like every month they're doing one (usually it's to trade in old toilets for low-flush ones, but there's generally something else to trade, too). Personally, I'd look for one of those swaps before buying a new mower -- even if you still got a corded one, it could be free. But then, maybe only my city's all into this.
and don't under estimate the length of extention cord you need.<br><br><br><br>
Rather a couple of yards to many than a feet too short.<br><br><br><br>
And If you have a choice, take a thick one with some bright color so you won't mow over it and..... (you get the picture)
Erin I have worn one out already and am ready for my next one.<br><br><br><br>
Gas fumes make me ill and since I am sun sensitive mowing the lawn can put me down for a day or two. The electric mower I inherited from my father in law was a great solution for me.<br><br><br><br>
The cord was not an issue for me. If I needed to reach farther then the cord could reach I had two options. The first was to add a 2nd cord (never proved to be a problem). The other was to finish up with a weed whacker.<br><br><br><br>
None of my guys will use the electric mower or weed whacker because they do not feel like it is powerful enough. I think they are nuts, it does the job. It does sound like you are out vacuuming the yard and maybe that is what really bothers them. There is no tugging on a pull start to get it going, you just squeeze the trigger to go and release it to pause. I was always aware of where the cord was (really, just like when you vacuum--in fact since I am the one who does the majority of the vacuuming perhaps that is why the cord was not an issue for me but was for the guys). I would like a rechargeable just so that I do not have to listen to everyone who sees me mow wax on about the dangers of running over the cord but as you said, the price is an issue. I also wonder if the corded type uses less electricity? The rechargeable one would be plugged in all the time except when mowing. The corded is only plugged in while mowing.<br><br><br><br>
One other nice feature, when I let go of the trigger the blade quits spinning. It was like a food processor that has a break on the blade that stops the spinning instead of allowing the blade to slowly quit on its own.<br><br><br><br>
Good choice Erin
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