questionselectric lawnmowers: solid engineering or eco…

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Frankly, I've had almost no experience with electric lawnmowers, but the idea is conceptually intriguing. But as to real practice, conceptually or not, it doesn't seem to fly, IMHO.

While not having used electric lawnmowers, I have used various types of other electric yard-care tools, like hedge trimmers, edgers, etc. - And for those types of appliances I wouldn't even blink an eye in recommending going electric. However, going electric with a lawnmower sounds to me like frustration waiting to happen. I'm not against going eco-friendly when appropriate, but I have yet to hear anything good in this setting. And I have actually had decent luck with regular gas (petrol, if you prefer)lawnmowers. A decently kept Honda, Toro, or Husqvarna will usually do well enough for quite a few years - I had a Toro for almost an entire decade without much issue other than sharpening the blade every year.

I'll have to follow up to see what others say. Best of luck!

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I've owned a Nueton mower now for 3 years, and it works great. Learned about them from my dad who has had his for almost 6 years now, only had to replace the blade, and the battery once. Battery wasn't dead, it just finally started to lose a litter capacity and he has a large yard so he uses it for backup now.

I have had no problems with mower or battery. Sharpen the blade twice a year, that is the only real maintenance. They do not use smart batteries so you cannot overcharge them with out hurting them, in fact they say that you should charge them fairly often, and allow them to overcharge sometimes, because it can actually strengthen them!

Website is http://www.neutonpower.com/

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My grandparents had one for years. I hated it, but that might have been because I hated mowing the lawn - you try mowing a 1/2 acre of grass that is on a slope and tell me how you like it.

Electric is nice though no nasty fumes to breathe in, it doesn't affect the ozone like a gas one does. You don't have the whole pull tab thingy experience, there is just a switch.

You do have to buy enough extension cords to reach the furthest corner of your lot.

Frankly you should just do what I do and hire someone. But I hate mowing and grass gives me the hives.

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I have used a corded electric years ago and hated it. It seems to me that keeping the cord under control is more pain in the butt that mowing the lawn. It also sucks for taller or very dense grass that overloads the motor.

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In my experience the electrical are not nearly as strong traditional gas powered

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I would go with battery powered if you want electric. So much easier to maintain than gas. Just charge it the night before and you're ready to go. The newer ones are much better then the ones in the 90s and those were pretty good.
Either that or a Reel Mower, get a good workout too.
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I have an electric mower (the kind that plugs in), and have used one for more years than some of you have been alive. I don't like the fumes of a gas mower, and they are also incredibly polluting. I prefer it, but I've used one for so long that managing an extension cord long ago passed into muscle memory. I have a LARGE yard. Nearly all my tools are electric, with the exception of one item that I gave into this year. I have a gas powered riding mower. I use the electric to edge, which gives a nice finished look. I have a lot of flower beds, and trees, and I only use the weed whacker every two or three weeks.

When I had a smaller yard (1/4 acre), I used the electric mower exclusively. I'm a fan. I may try one of the Nuetons down the road, but I'm really hoping for an electric riding mower. A decent usable one is probably five years out, at least, which is why I gave in to the one I have.

Nueton reviews: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/3874/

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We bought an electric about 9 years ago because I got tired of my wife and I getting to work to have the kids call and say "we don't have any gas". Used it on a small lot (house was a duplex) and it was great. Moved to a bigger house with a bigger lot and it still worked fine. Can't let the grass grow tall because they don't have the torque of a gas mower. The next house was a duplex and one of my sons ran over the electric cord a couple of times (how do you miss a day-glow orange cord????). I made him replace the cord - no other damages done.

Now I've gotten rid of the electric (actually wore it out) and have a garden tractor because we've got 2 acres.

If we ever go back to a small yard I'd return to the electric. I liked them as being quieter and not running out of gas.

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Growing up my father had a gas mower. It was a pain because the clutch was sticky and someone (usually me) had to hold this thingy while my father pulled the starter cord. Then I had to start doing it and had my 5yo sister hold the thingy. If electric motors don't require this then go for electric.

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I have an electric (plug in) and its been very good provided you have a smaller plot. If you're mowing outside of your extension cord limit - it'll become cumbersome.

Had it for two years. plenty of torque, even for the high weedy stuff (decided to extend a lawn into a previously reedy area, but needed to cut it all short before i could turn over the dirt) and though it required two passes (cut and flattened on the first pass, but finished the job on the second at-angle pass.) - I was impressed.. i figured it wouldn't get through it all.

I have a black and decker from sears - whatever the mid-level model is.

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I have a small lot, and use a black and decker corded. The cord is a pain...however, I don't have to worry about recharging. And I don't have to worry about oil, gas, and winterizing the thing. When November comes, I just hang it up in the garage. And it starts first time, every time.

It does an ok job of mowing. Its now on its eighth year with zero problems (other than the darn cord getting in the way...). So I'm satisfied, and will go this way if I have to buy another.

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I used an electric mower 35 years ago and use one now. They're light, quiet, and not smelly. The Black and Decker flip-handle models make cord management easy. For mulching or thick lawns get a 13 Amp and a 12 gauge 100 ft. cord, side discharge might only need 6 Amps or battery power.

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I used to mow with gasoline mower but hated to pull the cord and dump the gas before even getting going. The thought of the routine just make me dragging the job. I got an new cordless electric lawnatron this year as birthday present and I cannot be happier. I have to say you will not miss your gas mower with the ease of mind and the ease of using an electric mower. Bare in mind, they are perfect for smaller lawns around 1/3 acre or you will need a spare battery. but that beats getting gas and trying to lift the can to pour gas into the machine!

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I've had both recently and I'm quite satisfied with my Neuton. Honestly I'd say it's incredible. I used it all summer long to maintain two yards once a week, mine and my rental. I pull the 36v battery which removes about half the weight, place it on the level floor in the back seat, then place the mower in the bed of my Ridgeline. Which if you look it's quite high, but with the battery out it's OK. Now the yards ar small probally 2000sq ft total, but I've gone three weeks without charging. Actually I bought the extra battery, because they talked me into it, but I don't really need it. Also in southern California last year the various AQMD's had incentives to trade in old mowers for significant discounts. I got mine for a 22 year old mower and $189. Those were offered all over in CA last year.

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I'm going to say: everything is kinda like everything else.
 Do you have the basic postage stamp yard on a 1/x acre? Get a newish battery powered electric. No maintenance, no noise, no problems. Do you have an extra 5 acres to do this weekend? Get the big riding vegetation sucker. Something in the middle? Get thee to CList for someone else's old walk behind. we need more input!

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How about going in bit greener and getting a propane mower? I used electric for years but moved to a a place with a much larger yard and the cords were just too big a pain and batteries just wouldn't cut it. I tried gas but the smell and the maintenance are a pain in the *. I've now switch to a Lehr propane mower that uses the 1lb disposable canisters - there's no smell, not much maintenance and it works out cheap if you refill the 1lb ones rather than tossing them when you're done.
If you have a small yard then go electric - a larger one then go propane!