It’s a New Year—is it time for a new lawn mower?
If you are in the market for a new lawn mower, take some tips from the pros on buying a new electric lawn mower!
Electric lawn mowers are a quieter and cleaner alternative to gas mowers and have no harmful fumes to breathe in while you are working. They also often require less maintenance than gas mowers.
We’ve broken down the top things to consider when buying an electric mower.
Corded or Battery Powered—which is better?
Electric mowers can be corded or cordless. Corded mowers do not need to be charged and will not run out of power in the middle of a job, and are better for the environment, as raw materials are not needed to create the battery. They do require the user to navigate around the cord when mowing, which may be difficult, but with a quick video lesson can help! In addition, they may require the use of an extension cord for larger yards. Cordless mowers do not have these issues, however, battery life and charging times can vary. Mowers with a longer battery life or that have batteries that can be switched out easily allow users to complete longer jobs without running out of battery and waiting for it to recharge.
Does the voltage matter?
Electric mowers come in a variety of voltages, usually between around 40 and 80 volts. The amount of voltage you need depends on the type of jobs the mower will be used for. Lower voltage mowers are usually powerful enough for smaller yards or yards with very few weeds. Higher voltage mowers may be necessary for larger yards or areas with a lot of leaves or plants other than turf grass.
Should I invest in a “mulching” mower? (yes!)
Mulching mowers cut grass and leaves in to smaller pieces than regular mowers, which allows the clippings to break down faster and nutrients to be absorbed more quickly. Leaving grass clippings on lawns is recommended to help add nutrients back into lawns, so an electric mower with mulching capabilities is good option to help get the benefits of grass clippings more efficiently. Either way, always remove the grass bag. And don’t forget to set the mower blades as high as possible, to cut grass above 3 inches.
Some mower features you consider may be based more on personal preference rather than your mowing job. Some electric mowers are self-propelled, which can make jobs easier or quicker. The mower’s weight and amount of height adjustment may also make a difference in how difficult the mower is to use. Some mowers fold up, making them easier to store, especially if you have limited storage space. There are also ride on electric mowers if you have a larger yard or if you mow lawns for a living.
Ultimately, it is important to both consider what features your mowing job will require and what features will make lawn mowing less of a chore. There are many electric mower reviews online, which can help both with finding a good electric mower for your needs and to learn what features to consider based on the type of mowing job you have—check out a few recent reviews:
P.S. Don’t forget to safely dispose of your old mower! Drain all fuel and oil first and bring the old fluids or old batteries to a hazardous waste collection point and take the metal mower to scrap recycling. In Montgomery County, Maryland, we accept these at our transfer station in Derwood.