Battery powered lawn mowers use electricity to operate the cutting blades instead of gasoline and oil. Since they don’t use fossil fuels, battery powered mowers do not emit dangerous fumes and run much more quietly than their gasoline-driven counterparts. Before purchasing a battery powered lawn mower, you should know what features best fit your needs. The best battery powered mower is the one that’s best for you.
Electric lawn mowers run on batteries, thus eliminating the need to use gasoline. How the mower is charged, however, will determine its overall efficiency. Certain battery powered lawn mowers use a wall socket to recharge the battery. If you have a smaller lawn, this will not hinder the mower’s performance; however, larger lawns or those with thick grass will use up the batteries’ power much faster. This may result in the inability to cut your lawn in one charge.
To deal with that, select a battery powered mower that uses removable battery packs, so you can have one pack charging while the other is in use, and if one battery dies in mid-lawn, you can simply exchange the drained battery for the fully charged one. Also take note of the amount of time it takes to charge the battery versus the amount of cutting time each battery offers.
Battery powered lawn mowers are known to be heavier than their gas-powered counterparts. This may not make a difference if your yard is smaller and flat; however, if you have a large yard or one with slopes, the best lawn mower for you will be a self-propelled mower. These mowers typically run off rechargeable batteries and feature rear-wheel drive to move the mower.
Corded lawn mowers differ from their battery powered counterparts as users do not need to charge batteries, but rather the mower is plugged into a socket throughout its use. This reduces environmental damage as users do not need to recycle batters, which are typically manufactured out of toxic lead-acid.
A corded lawn mower is only suitable for certain lawns since the operator can only mow as far as the cord allows him; normally up to 100-feet. Consumer Search states corded lawn mowers feature the same cutting power as a 5.5-horsepower gas mower. Take note, corded mowers should only be used on dry lawns and their ability to cut grass diminishes if the lawn is overgrown. This is the best type of mower for owners with smaller yards and those wishing to reduce the overall cost of cutting grass. As of 2010, the average cost to run a corded lawn mower is $5 per season.