Wednesday, August 10

The 5 best electric lawn mowers of 2021


How long do electric lawn mowers last?

As long as they’re cared for properly, corded mowers can last up to 10 years. When it comes to increasing the lifespan of your corded mower, the most important factor under your control — other than being careful to avoid physical damage — is the type of extension cord you use. This means using the correct gauge for the job, which indicates how thick the cord is. The thicker the cord, the more voltage will reach the mower and the less unnecessary work the motor has to do. Your mower’s operating manual should tell you the best gauge for the job.

Battery-powered mowers have a similar lifespan, but the batteries themselves will only last about four years or about 500 charging cycles before they lose their ability to hold an effective charge. To extend the life of your batteries, completely deplete the charge before recharging it and don’t leave the battery on the charger once it’s fully charged.

How expensive are electric lawn mowers?

Electric lawn mowers are available for a wide range of prices, though corded models tend to be cheaper than battery-powered options. Size also plays a part. Large riding mowers can cost thousands of dollars, while smaller, compact machines, like the Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO on our list, can be found for $140.

Neither requires the fuel or oil that gas-powered models do, though, which should cut down on the overall expense of the mower. However, the long-term cost of replacement batteries — which can cost hundreds of dollars — should be considered as well .

Is it safe to cut wet grass with an electric mower?

According to the Ego mower manual, you should avoid cutting wet grass with your electric mower for two reasons. First, mowing on wet grass is a safety hazard and can cause you to slip or fall and potentially injure yourself. Secondly, the moisture can affect the electrical components of the mower and cause serious damage the warranty doesn’t cover.

Wet grass can also be much more difficult to clean off the underside of your deck, and, unlike gas-powered mowers, you can’t just spray it off with a hose. Only cutting dry grass means you’ll have a much faster time cleaning up.

Can you leave an electric lawn mower outside?

Because of the electrical components, we don’t recommend leaving your mower outdoors when it’s not in use. Both Ego and Greenworks recommend keeping their electric mowers indoors in a cool, dry space. They also state that you should never cover them with a plastic tarp, which can trap moisture that can damage the internal components.