The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 August 2007

Less is mower

I don't mind saying that the single biggest drawback to having an electric lawn mower is schlepping around a hundred feet of extension cord. (I have shorter cords, but they won't reach the farthest points no matter what clever geometry I invoke.) I have yet to run over the wire, which surprises me somewhat, but I figure there's an incident just waiting to happen the moment my attention flags, which it does rather a lot when mowing.

Still, for the same kind of money, I could have a a mostly-inadequate cordless substitute:

Operated by a single re-chargeable 12v battery, just one charge will enable it to cut a lawn area of up to 2000 square feet.

My front yard alone is bigger than 2000 square feet; my back yard is more than 5000.

Precision ground 30cm wide rotary-cut blade trims short or longer grass with ease(adjustable for height from 15-47mm).

Topping out at just below two inches isn't too bad, though the Yard Experts insist I cut to a 2.5-inch height, and once in a while I actually do.

And I suspect that were I to cut it as close as 15 mm, the poor little beast would be constantly bogging down. (My corded mower doesn't even like that height.)

On the plus side of the ledger, this thing weighs only 13 kg, the near side of 30 lb, about half what I push around these days, and about a third the bulk of my old gas-powered mower. I'm guessing that the limiting factor is the battery pack, and that increasing range will inevitably increase its size and weight.

I note that Amazon.com, where I bought my electric, offers a cordless model closer to my needs, but at a substantially higher price (albeit with free shipping for the moment). And it weighs in at upwards of 80 lb, more of a handful than I think I'd like.

Posted at 9:52 AM to Dyssynergy


Why not forego cutting the lawn entirely and instead opt for the "wild" look? I like to call it the "Jungle 'O Love" look, but you get the point.

Posted by: GreenCanary at 1:02 PM on 30 August 2007

Given the random shrubbery and strange weed patches around here, I suspect I'm fairly close to that already.

I don't think, though, that this neighborhood is truly ready for Serengeti Jr. And while I've seen some good desert-type scenes of late — the Okasion House in Midtown (I wrote about it here) has a nice little xericultural patch — I'm not sure I'm ready for that.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:14 PM on 30 August 2007

One problem with a reel mower is that it can't cut overgrown grass. Even if it doesn't get bogged down, grass that is too tall gets bent over and the cutter blade misses it entirely. I love using my reel mower, but have to keep an electric mower as a standby for when we have lots of rain and the grass grows too tall.

Posted by: Scooby214 at 8:22 PM on 30 August 2007

My father had an electric mower, but they never became predominant in the marketplace. Probably the cord issue. None of the neighbors had one, they were either reels or gas. To me, the smells of cut grass and gasoline belong together.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 11:12 AM on 2 September 2007