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Old 05-10-2009, 02:58 AM
 
Location: TX Hill Country-Helotes, Pipe Creek/Lake Hills & San Antonio, TX
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I've checked out the Black & Decker Cordless Mower, Black & Decker Outdoor | Cordless Mower

There are so many other brands of electric mowers, I'd like to gather the opinion of anyone who has had experience owning one. I noticed CPS is offering a rebate, and would like to buy one soon.
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:04 AM
 
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I've owned the Black & Decker mower for a year and I'm happy with it, but I wish it were self-propelled. My yard is small, so I've never had a problem with battery capacity. One day it stopped working, so I took it to a local, authorized repair shop and they fixed it for free. (A wire had become disconnected.)
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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The Black & Decker cordless mower described in the link in the OP's post was top-rated among corded and cordless electric mowers tested in Consumer Reports May issue.

I've been using a conventional gasoline push mower, but I've found the cordless electric mowers tempting. For one thing, my experience with the newer gas mowers is that they seem to have problems if you don't use fresh gas (less than two weeks old). That means driving down to the gas station almost every time I need to mow to buy a small quantity of gas. I've also run out a couple of times in the middle of mowing, which is frustrating. Then there is the annual new spark plug & air filter, oil changes, etc.

I see the Black & Decker cordless is indeed one of the models that is eligible for the CPS rebate (only specific brands & models qualify). If you have an old gas mower to trade in, the rebate is $80, which is good, because at $400, the cordless electric is about twice the cost of a decent gas push mower.
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:34 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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We have one too....have had no problems with it. We have a big yard, and the charge won't last the whole yard. So I mow the front during the week and husband mows back on the weekend.
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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hmm, I guess they have changed since I bought a Sears brand electric mower quite a few years ago. That thing was a POS that wouldn't hold a charge for jack and completely broke in less than a year.
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:52 AM
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The Black & Decker cordless mower described in the link in the OP's post was top-rated among corded and cordless electric mowers tested in Consumer Reports May issue.

I've been using a conventional gasoline push mower, but I've found the cordless electric mowers tempting. For one thing, my experience with the newer gas mowers is that they seem to have problems if you don't use fresh gas (less than two weeks old). That means driving down to the gas station almost every time I need to mow to buy a small quantity of gas. I've also run out a couple of times in the middle of mowing, which is frustrating. Then there is the annual new spark plug & air filter, oil changes, etc.

I see the Black & Decker cordless is indeed one of the models that is eligible for the CPS rebate (only specific brands & models qualify). If you have an old gas mower to trade in, the rebate is $80, which is good, because at $400, the cordless electric is about twice the cost of a decent gas push mower.
If that is a problem, you might try adding some fuel stabilizer to a gallon of gas.
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Old 05-10-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Boerne
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Last season I picked up a Cub Cadet CC500 Bat which I love. Purchased it from De Winne Equipment on Bandera Road for around $400. Runs easy, not too heavy, quiet, cuts a decent swath, and holds a charge well enough to do my yard twice. Not sure why it isn't on the CPS rebate list.

Previously owned the corded version of the Black and Decker, which fell apart in a season so I decided not to try the cordless.
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Old 05-10-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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I'm closing on my first home next week, so I'm buying a new lawn mower sometime soon. My house is gonna be in Cibolo.

Can somebody give me the pros and cons of buying gas vs electric? (Price is not a problem, as long as is worthy)
My yard is gonna be about 85'x50'
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Old 05-10-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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Check these out

Neuton Battery Lawn Mowers -

They have a new model that is supposed to be the best in the market. Can't speak from personal experience though...
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Old 05-10-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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I'm closing on my first home next week, so I'm buying a new lawn mower sometime soon. My house is gonna be in Cibolo.

Can somebody give me the pros and cons of buying gas vs electric? (Price is not a problem, as long as is worthy)
My yard is gonna be about 85'x50'
A 50'x80' lot? A corded electric mower might work for you if you don't have much in the way of obstructions (like trees), and you have an electrical outlet on the outside front wall of the house, and another on the outside back wall. With a corded electric mower, you need to start near the electrical outlet and mow away from it. Some corded electric mowers are eligible for a CPS rebate - $20 without trade, $40 with trade. They ususally sell for about $150-$250.

I have a lot that is about 77'x120', with an easment behind the back fence that I have to mow, plus several trees scattered around, so a corded electric mower probably wouldn't be practical for my situation. I do have a corded trimmer (a heavy duty model that looks like a gas trimmer with a power cord), corded edger and a corded leaf blower, and they work just fine for me, even with the 100' extension cord it takes to reach where I need to go.
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