Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers: Review & Recommendations

Hello,
My Sears brand lawn mower doesn't want to start anymore. I used it only for 4 seasons and have always changed the Oil, Spark Plug, air-filter, blade, etc. regularly! Instead of spending money to fix it, I was thinking of buying a Cordless Lawn Mower. Since I have about 5000 Sq. Ft of lawn to mow and I don't usually let it grow too tall, I think a Cordless Electric Lawn Mower might work for me and I would not have to do all the maintenance a typical gas mower requires and wouldn't have to bear all the noise and starting problems. If anybody has experience with cordless lawn mowers please reply.
I have searched the web and various manufacturer's web sites and I think the only company who makes such lawn mowers any more is Black & Decker! And, I have checked a few local stores (like Home Depot, Menards, Ace Hardware, etc.) and no one seems to carry cordless lawn mowers!! If possible I want to buy from a local store and not from web sites like Amazon, etc.
Any feedback is welcome.
Thanks Gary.
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On 15 Apr 2004 12:10:12 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (GG) wrote:

My Black and Decker works great for me, I can't see going back to gas.
I got it from HD, never know what they will be selling from day to day.
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On 15 Apr 2004 12:10:12 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (GG) opined:

We bought our rechargeable mower at Home Depot, it's a Black and Decker and we love it. I am not sure if it would hold a charge long enough to cut 5000 feet, but we do our lawn twice before we need a recharge. I'd say we have about 2500 square feet...probably much less. I never measured.
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On Thu, 15 Apr 2004 19:47:10 GMT, escapee

Wow, there'san answer I never expected! How can you responsibly fertilize without knowing square footage?
BTW HELLO!!!
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I fertilize the turf about once a year, maybe, and when I do I put the spreader on the appropriate number and I do one pass with it. I use half the recommended rate and during the growing season use a hose end sprayer to apply seaweed and liquid humates. About 4 or 5 times a growing season I use a pump-up sprayer to apply aerobic compost tea. It sounds as if I fuss on the turf, but I assure you I don't. Any of the things I do for the turf is actually for the old growth live oaks we have.
And, hellow back! How is everything in the des?
V
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I have half an acre with LOTS of shrubs and trees to mow around and crappy weed grass. I'm happy with my cordless electric even though it takes me 2 or 3 charges to do the entire lawn. I need recharging just about the same time the mower does. I did need to purchase and have installed a new battery the 3rd year.
I have seen ads and literature for something called a neuton that is supposed to be lighter weight. I can't lift the B&D into the trunk of my car but can put two planks from ground to trunk and roll it in and out. Still, that's sort of a hassle.
Janet
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I am currently using a gas-powered lawn mower. I don't think this is too much a trouble in maintaining it. I probably spent much more time sharpening the blade than anything else; but we still need to sharpening the blade regardless we use a gas-powered mower or an electric mower.

I have a 7200 sq.ft. lawn. I used to use a cordless lawn mower from Black and Decker. It worked fine.
Goods:
- I can mow the entire 7200-sq.ft without stopping to recharge it (I doubt it can mow more than this size of lawn). That was a new battery; this might explain the result it had enough juice. I don't know what would have happened if the battery was getting old.
- It was quiet. I don't remember whether I weared ear-protection or not (That was three years ago).
Bads:
- It is not self-propelled. That was OK with me because the mowing area is not big, and workout is good for us. But my wife refuses to mow the lawn if the lawn mower is not self-propelled. In order to get her to mow the lawn, I decided to replace it with a gas-powered self-propelled mower. Well, she never mow the lawn even after we have got the gas-powered self-propelled mower...
- The height adjustment handle in that lawn mower was broken from the time I got it. I don't remember the details. The dealer got it back and gave me the refund because they didn't have part for that model any more. But this was probably an isolated case.
Hope this helps.
Jay Chan
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (GG) wrote in

did you leave gas in your mower over the winter? could be gummed up. partially filled tanks (due to interaction with air) gum up worse than full or empty tanks. (full tanks could have potential saftey problems)
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On Fri, 16 Apr 2004 16:14:27 GMT, Salty Thumb

There's a stabilizer for gas that's in things that aren't used that often, keeps them from getting all gummed up. Did not know this until after my gas trimmer had set a year or more with gas/oil mixed up set in the tank. It was hard to start anyway. .. Ryobi, not to powerful. Got a 17" cutting radius straight shaft trimmer from sears, most powerful electric one I could find there.
Janice
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