Since I feel like I can trust all of you here, because I got so much help
from you before, I feel good asking you this question again. We are seniors
and can't really pull the cord on our lawn mower anymore. We are being told
that Honda is the mower to get. Do they have electric mowers as well? Should
we get an electric one with the cord that you have to pull behind you, or
one with a battery. We don't have that much to cut, front and side of the
house, and a little next to the pool area. We live in California.Any advise
is appreciated......... Opa Peter
Is your yard small enough for a push mower? I love mine.
You can't let the grass grow too high though, so in my area I have to
mow every six or seven days, especially if it rains a lot during the
I got a battery powered 19" Black & Decker mower. It is heavy due to
the batteries, but if there are no hills or steps to worry about, no
problem. It only has the capacity to cut about 3000 square feet before
running out of pep. (Maybe I'm due for a new set of rechargeables).
Expensive when new (abt $400), but I got mine at a B&D 'Outlet" for
half that, supposedly reconditioned, but it was like new. Had it for
three seasons and happy with it. But due to the amount of plastic on
it, I don't think it will outlast my Toro corded electric that I used
for 25 years.
I have the B&D corded electric. I have had no problems with it in 5 years. I
also dontt have too much to cut. Next time I may go for the battery . One
thing to consider with a corded mower. Depends on where your exterior
outlets are and how many obstacles you have to go around, i.e trees, shrubs,
pool etc. Its ok if you don't have to backtrack, but if you do you'll end up
cutting the cord a few times if youre a slow learner like me,
I got mine here
Look in the gardening section. I got the 18 inch, but I see they now
have a 20 inch model. Mine is quite easy to push, but the grass catcher
is useless, so I just let the clippings recycle in place. My only
complaint is the handle feels flimsy, but I haven't broken it. When I
had one arm in a cast, I was easily able to mow with only one arm.
Black and Decker CMM1000 19" Cordless Mulching/Rear Bag Lawn Mower. You
don't need to use the rear bag. About $430 at Home Depot, WalMart, etc.
Been using it for three years for about 45 minutes of mowing once or
twice a week during "the season."
Only complaint is that with tall, thick grass or wet grass it can bog
down and stall. OF course, even a gas mower can do that. But this one
is more prone to do it. Other than that, a breeze. My kids mostly
operate it. It is a bit heavy, but who has to lift it much?
If you want truly automatic:
The Husqvarna Auto Mower is a battery-powered mower that works
independently. Mowing in a random pattern for consistent coverage, your
lawn is always freshly manicured. The Auto Mower takes itself to the
charging station and then returns to the lawn automatically, fully
charged. The mower's working area is defined by a boundary loop along
the edges of the lawn. The mowing action is continuous and the cuttings
are redistributed to the ground as fertilizer.
Husqvarna is a longtime leader in chainsaws. About 10 years ago they
introduced these auto mowers, they've been through a few generations of
them and I think they have them down pretty well now. Even have a solar
You can see their website at: http://www.usa.husqvarna.com /
Just go to the lawn and garden section and then to the "auto mowers"
Here's an old reprint from Dec. 2000 issues of popular mechanics:
Battery powered will be heavier, cost more and require replacement batteries
every so many years but you'll have no cord.
If you have a place to plug in and you can keep track of the cord, the AC
powered one is a better value IMO.
Peter - The corded variety are all pretty similar and very reliable. Just go
to a dealer you like and push a few around and see what feels right. You
will want some hearing protection, when I used them as a kid they were very
loud compared to the gas, that may have changed. Ask your dealer if one is
louder than another.
battery powered - These are relatively new to the market, have heavy
batteries and limited cutting time. I would avoid this type of electric if I
reel mowers - I cant believe someone suggested this for a senior. When I was
a kid that's all my grandfather owned. Needless to say I mowed a lot of his
grass with one of those. Its tough work.
Electric start gas - This may be OK if you get one that is also self
propelled but then you need to guy the gas and deal with maintenance. The
electric is zero maintenance beyond keeping the blade(s) sharp.
Electric - just do not run over the cord ;)
Yeah, good advice above. Reel mowers- My Dad had one when I was a
kid, though he switched to gas later. When I bought my first house,
small yard, I figured I'd try one, feeling I'd be environmentally
correct, make less noise, get a good workout. I'd even read somewhere
that they cut the grass better- used to see them on golf greens when
I lived in England as a kid. So I bought a Husqavarna. I did get a
good workout. Didn't cut very well- wondered if there were better
models available somewhere. And I didn't know how to sharpen blades
properly, or do it regularly. Gave up and bought a Craftsman gas mower
after one season. Does anyone know of really good, effective reel
Generally the more amps the better, that will give it some thick grass
I like the handles that flip over so you don't have to turn the mower
around. I can keep the cord on the "cut side" this way.
I also like the grass
exhaust on one side only. If the grass isn't too
tall, this can minimize raking
by exhausting to the uncut side.
Some have a "deadmans switch" (you're not dead
yet - LOL) to
stop the blade immediately when the power handle is released.
can be a pain but add some safety.
I believe a motor/engine "kill" switch or blade brake/clutch has been REQUIRED
on all powered mowers for years.
After 17-years with a (bought new) Toro with blade brake/clutch, I am now into
my fifth or sixth season with a similarly-equipped Honda mower. I have never
been inclined to defeat or override the safety feature. However, if I had to
use a gas-powered mower with a simple KILL switch (having to REstart it each
time I released the handle), I might be inclined to defeat the damned thing.
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