Purchasing A Cordless Lawn Mower

Do you find that mowing the lawn on a weekly basis is more of a task than something you enjoy? It might be time to switch up how you are mowing your lawn. Whilst petrol mowers do still have a use, especially for larger properties and land, if you have an average sized garden, why not make your life easier? Battery powered technology has come a long way over the last 10 years and that is no different for cordless lawn mowers. Many are now better than their gas guzzling counterparts and the benefits of cordless don’t stop there! Follow our 7 things to consider before you buy a cordless mower and you may well decide that it is time to make the switch!

Even though you are still pushing around a motor, a battery powered mower is far lighter than a gas powered equivalent. Because of the weight difference, they don’t use as much energy, so the units tend to be smaller than their gas guzzling counterparts. This also makes them cheaper to run because you are using your electricity to charge the batteries rather than purchasing fuel. This can also help you get a better cut and finish of your lawn, a gas mower is more likely to get bogged down due to the weight, so why not look to decrease this risk?

How Big Is The Area You Need To Cut?

If you have a large paddock, then a smaller cordless mower may not be the one for you. The smaller units won’t have the same power capacity as the larger units and may run out mid chore. There are now many battery cordless mowers that can have the same runtime as their petrol equivalent, so just because you have a big area doesn’t mean you can’t have a cordless lawn mower. You can simply have one battery on hand if the other one runs out, that way you don’t need to stop cutting in order to recharge it, this is far more convenient than having to fill up the petrol tank halfway through.

What Are The Run Time and Power Options?

You may struggle to find equal power between a gas and a battery powered, unless you are looking for larger units. If you need a large power mower, then dual systems are the one for you! That way you can have one battery on charge whilst the other one is working in the mower. You also need to factor in run time, if you have a large garden or a paddock, chances are a 30 to 45 minute run time across one battery won’t be enough. If you have a small garden this cycle will be ideal

Charging Time

Charing time is a big factor when you are looking to select a cordless mower, you want to make sure that you are selecting a product that gives you the fastest charge time possible. If you are considering a unit that only has one battery, make sure the charge time is fast so that you don’t have to wait too long to finish the job you started.

Battery Charge Indicator

There is nothing worse than starting a job only for the battery to die mid cutting and realise that you in fact forgot to charge the battery. Look for a cordless mower that has a battery charge indicator on it. That way you will know how much charge you have left and if you have forgotten to charge the battery from your last use, you can pop it in the dock and start mowing once it has reached 100%.

Battery availability

Make sure that the mower brand you are buying has the option to purchase one or more separate batteries at a reasonable price. You don’t want your battery to fail only to find out that separate batteries aren’t available or worse, that replacements cost more than the mower!

Maintenance

If you have been using a gas-powered mower, you will be used to the additional costs of having to maintain one. Consider the maintenance aspect of this when you are looking at an electric mower. They don’t require the same level of maintenance as gas powered mowers, the don’t require filters or additional purchases like oil and pull strings, so they can save you money in the long run!

Final Thoughts

There are so many different aspects to consider when you are looking to make a change to a cordless lawn mower. Most people will have an average sized garden where a standard battery cycle and charge time will be enough to cut the lawn to a good standard. If you have a larger garden or a paddock, it may be worth looking at dual battery options to make sure you can finish the job once you have started it. Overall cordless mowers are better for you and the environment than the gas equivalent, they are lighter, quieter and don’t use as much energy as gas powered, so not only will your bills be improved, you may not feel mowing in your back the next day! Follow our considerations to help you select the best lawn mower for your garden.

Amelia
 

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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