I would be grateful for help on the selection of mowers which recycle the
cuttings. Recommendations on make, choice of drive (petrol or electric) and
advice on what to avoid would be most welcome. Thank you.
J. G. Evans,
My little electric mower is supposed to be a mulching one. I suppose
it really was just too cheap to include a bag. It seems to do an ok
job mulching but maybe the pieces are too big?
The OP should really give some idea of the size of the area to be
mowed. My little yard doesn't need more than a small electric mower.
*insert Tim Allen grunt*
That *entirely* depends on the speed in which the shaft of the engine
rotates. Plus, an electric motor will struggle *much* more with taller
grass that a gas-powered engine will. This will slow the electric motor
down, thereby decreasing the blade speed.
- Listen: Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for
Blade tip speed should be the same under no load at roughly 19,000 ft
per minute. The motor RPMs and blade length are figured and designed to
reach that speed or very close to it. Obviously a gas mower is more
powerful than an electric one and can handle more load. But I would say
that power is more of a factor than blade speed when it comes to ability
to mulch. There are some lighter grasses in small yards where an
electric mower will mulch just fine. The OP didn't give enough info on
yard size and grass type and the reply was just, well crap, IMO.
Not ever having an electric mower, your comment raised a question.
Electric edgers often use a dc motor, which maintains mostly constant
speed with varying loads. It seems this would also work with electric
mowers, or am I missing something?
I have a new Bolens mower with a B&S engine. It is a mulcher, I don't use
the rear bagger. Does well on St. Augustine and Bermuda grass regarding
mulching. However, there is very fine bladed grass on the property it cuts,
but doesn't mulch very well. I like the fact is does not have a side
discharge, can border cut with either side of the mower.
Keep the blade sharp, and the underside of the deck free of debris to do
mulching effectively. When washing any petrol engine mower down, disconnect
the spark plug. The spark plug connector and spark plug are of dissimilar
metals. This leads to corrosion if water is left at the spark plug and
connector location. Will make the engine less responsive, or, at worst,
won't run at all.
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