The Best Cordless Lawn Mower for 2017
Ten years ago, only a few cordless lawn mowers existed in the market. Today on the other hand, with a greater focus on eco-friendly lifestyles and an introduction of modern battery based tech, there are loads to choose from.
Ranging between 14 and 19 inches in cutting width, and costing between $240 and $600+, cordless lawn mowers have made a major impact in the gardening tools market.
This article will give you an overview of the advantages and features of the cordless lawn mower, and provide two examples of great cordless lawn mowers that you can gauge your options against while for the best cordless lawn mower for yourself.
Can a cordless lawn mower take the place of a gas mower?
The primary benefits to getting a cordless mower are the quieter operation and convenience it brings. You don’t have to fret over gas storage, oil changes or having to tune its parts. You also don’t have to struggle to get it running each time you need to trim the lawn, or have to concern yourself over old gas sticking up in the carburetor.
And because they are a lot quieter compared to their gas counterparts, you can use cordless mowers in the morning, or even late in the evening without waking up or disturbing your neighbors!
But if you’re wondering whether a cordless lawn mower can replace the gas mower in your particular scenario – the answer isn’t a definite yes. It all comes down to the size of your yard, and the time you can devote to mowing it on a regular basis.
According to manufacturers, cordless battery lawn mowers can run between 25 – 45 minutes, and can cut through a quarter to a third of an acre on a completely charged battery. On average, a city lot is somewhere between a tenth and a quarter of an acre, so those who live in such properties can get their mowing done in a single charge.
However, if your lawn sprawls an expanse larger than a third of an acre, you’ll either have to keep a spare battery at hand, or have to be patient as the battery recharges before you can finish up your mowing.
Another thing you need to consider is how high you will allows the grass to grow between the mowings. If you believe in only cutting your lawn when the grass is nearly as high as your waist, then it is better to go for the standard gas powered mower.
Battery powered mowers may be able to cut through thick grass, but this does put considerable strain on the electric motor and battery, so the battery won’t last as long and the Li-Ion batteries may even heat up with excessive use – this could cause the circuitry to power off momentarily to protect itself. To sum up, if you want to get a cordless mower, make sure that you cut the grass punctually before it gets unreasonably tall.
Does the cordless mower save you cash?
Again, the answer isn’t a definite yes. If you have to dole out cash on an annual basis to get your gas mower tuned up, a battery mower will certainly save you money. How long the battery lasts you is the unknown factor here.
If you observe the manufacturer’s battery charging and caring instructions, they should last between three and five years, and may even survive longer than that.
You’ll have to spend a few hundred bucks on a new battery, but how much exactly is dependent on your mower.
Considering the fact that you’d also have to spend a hundred or so on fuel, oil, spark plugs and conditioner if you owned a gas powered mower, the fuel cost impact of both kinds of mowers is more or less level.
Some great cordless lawn mowers:
Stihl RMA 370 14-1/2 in. cordless lawn mower
This offering from Stihl is both compact and lightweight, and comes with a rigid plastic catch that can be easily used. It is the only mower we’ve reviewed that doesn’t come as a complete kit. The mower, charger and battery each have to be separately purchased.
You can choose between a 2Ah or 4Ah battery, and a regular or a fast charger. The batteries can be used with several other of Stihl’s products – including a chain saw. If you intend to buy other cordless tools from the manufacturer, this mower can be a good choice.
Worx WG782 14-in. cordless lawn mower
Weight: 33 lbs.
Height range: 2 to 3-1/2 in.
Battery: 24V, 5 Ah lead acid
This Worx model is the tiniest, and most economically priced mower we’ve reviewed. It is ideal for those with small yards and limited garage room for storage. All of its features were quite likeable except for the lack of a single lever height adjustment.
Black & Decker MM2200 19-in. self-propelled cordless lawn mower
Weight: 90 lbs.
Height range: 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 in.
Battery: 36V, 12 Ah lead acid
This is a heavy self-propelled mower that can stand up to gas mowers in terms of size and grass cutting capability. You can mow manually or use the self-propulsion feature at will. Pulling back on the bail will juice up the wheels. There a slider that lets you control the speed of the mower as well.
The only small issue we have with this electric mower is that its slowest speed isn’t that slow at all. Another nice feature of this mower is that easily lets you raise / lower the height of the handle – ideal if you’re not the only person who is going to be using it.
Worx WG789 19 in. self-propelled cordless lawn mower
Weight: 91 lbs.
Height range: 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 in.
Battery: 36V, 11 Ah lead acid
This self-propelled Worx battery mower packs a neat little feature called Pacesetter that matches its speed to how fast you’re able to walk.
Even though it caught us off guard at first, it won’t take much time to get used to it. The lawn mower itself is strong enough to beat a gas mower for most gardens and yards. It also incorporates the IntelliCut feature which lets you choose between quiet and power operating modes. All in all, one of the best battery powered lawn mowers we’ve used.