I hate gas mowers/trimmers:
1. They are noisy, the trimmers can drive one crazy trying to sleep in
on a saturday morning
2. They pollute
3. They are +20x more expensive to operate than electric
4. They never start reliably
5. Always out of gas
The extra few minutes dealing with an ext cord are no big deal
I really like my electric mower, but dragging the cord around got old
fast. I solved that little problem by mounting my generator on the
mower. It's a Honda generator, so it's fairly quiet. I don't have a
photo handy, but I'm pretty sure there are some on the web. (Folks keep
stopping to take pictures like they've never seen a electric mower
Gotta admit. I use gas everything. It's simply far more convenient
than electric. If I need to run a trimmer or blower for just a minute
or two I just start it up. With proper care the maintenance is not a
big deal but I'll admit if you are not handy with small engines you
have to treat them as disposable. I have a chain saw that is 30 years
old. A string trimmer that is 15 years old.
On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 10:00:27 -0700 (PDT), jamesgangnc
Your chain-saw is just a baby. My "newest " one is at least 25, and
the little one at least 35. I have a 53 year old lawn mower, but
normally use the "new" one which is something close to 40 years old by
now. (except for the stainless steel deck I made for it a few years
back to replace the rusted out original mild steel one).
My wife has the most powerful corded corded string trimmer we could
find (12a) and my el chepo gas Ryobi 725 will kick it;s ass.
Mowers? get serious. A 5HP electric motor would need an 8 gauge 230v
cord if you had 100' of it.
I don't think they MAKE an electric riding mower.
Maybe I could jury-rig a golf cart...
Besides that, electric mowers are for women and sissies. Power, loud noise,
chance of explosion, noxious gasses, ability to fling dried dog shit over
5,000 sq ft. - it's a manly thing!
Actually there WAS an "electric mule" riding lawn mower a few years
back - I think it was picked up by Agco Allis - invented by a Gingrich
or Gingerich from Baden Ontario area.
Never really caught on, and was several times the price of a gas unit.
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