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