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Old 12-31-2012, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I bought a BD corded electric mower at a pawn shop and it was flawless. However in the rainy season it will not work for obvious reasons and I had to borrow a gas mower a few times from a friend. Also it is light and quiet. But no good on high or wet grass Plus I had a small yard in the city.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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I am so glad I discovered cordless....gas starting can often be frustrating for me. I also bought one to keep at my mothers for doing her lawn...I didn't "shop smart" and it is much heavier than what i use. I probably only mow about 5000 sq feet with my mower & can do it without recharging. I love, love my lawn tractor the best for the majority of mowable area.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:07 PM
 
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I have a B&D corded. Make sure if you run a corded mower get a 12 gauge extension cord. They are more expensive but needed. Anything smaller and you risk burning up your mower. I burnt my first one up not knowing that.

Cordless would be neat but I worry about how long the batteries will last.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Neither.

Take a look at reel lawn mowers. You know the type you push. No gas. No batteries.

We have one and mowing the lawn is a blast!
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:06 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Gas is the logical choice!

Stronger, faster, more reliable and will last a long, long time..
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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I know several people with 'double lots' (120 x 120) who have electric (battery) push mowers. They never considered mowing their own lawns, until electric mowers came out. Fooling with a gas engine was just more than they were willing to do. Storage is way easier with an electric. Startup is a non-issue, too. Charging takes a bit of planning, and they say that it takes three charges to do a lot that size. But honestly, who wants to do that much lawn all at once, anyway?

Electrics are heavy. I've tried them out. Great workout for your legs. Oh, and without the fumes from the gas engine, mowing is a lot more pleasant and less allergenic.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Gas vs Electric

Ever wonder why there are no electric riding mowers ? In a word power. Another drawback with electric mowers and manual mowers are the cut width. If you have high grass and like a thick cut I think you will need a self propelled gas mower. If they ever offer a Lithium battery self propelled mower I will be first in line.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:26 AM
 
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Yes, the lack of fumes is nice, when I mow I smell fresh cut grass instead of gas fumes in my lungs.

Theyre quieter too and start with the push of a button.

My yard is flat, if I had hills the top-heavy cordless electric wouldn't work though. It is a bit more of a workout, which I need anyway.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:15 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Yes, the lack of fumes is nice, when I mow I smell fresh cut grass instead of gas fumes in my lungs.

Theyre quieter too and start with the push of a button.

My yard is flat, if I had hills the top-heavy cordless electric wouldn't work though. It is a bit more of a workout, which I need anyway.
I've been using a corded electric mower for nearly 23 years. Love it! My lot is 68 x 136'.

I hate the sound and fumes emitted from gas mowers, and love that the electric mower starts or stops the moment I press or release the start handle. It's fairly quiet, so I can still hear the sounds around me while mowing. I use a bright orange power cord so that I can see it easily in the grass, and have never even had a close call with running over it.

My electric mower is easily maneuverable, which is great because I have a lot of obstacles in my yard to mow around - trees, shrubs, rose bushes, bird baths and the like - and I can easily mow around all of those. I use a separate trimmer (also electric) every other time I mow to make everything look more manicured.

As for electrics not working on tall or thick grass, I've never encountered that problem. My electric mower has height settings for taller or shorter grass. I've also never had any difficulty mowing wet grass. I'd prefer it was dry simply because of the mess wet grass makes on my shoes, but occasionally my only opportunity to mow is when the grass is wet. Never had a problem with it.

The electricity consumed by my mower is negligible and I love the fact that I never need to buy gas or oil for it.

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Old 01-02-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Electric Mower

Just because the mower says double insulated I would not recommend mowing in wet grass because of the shock hazard. Yes it it is plugged into a GFi it may help but those can fail too. Wait until the grass is dry unless you like taking risks.
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