I bought a Bosch electric lawnmower around 2001-2002. It has an induction motor, so it's fairly quiet. I have only had to change the capacitor once. I have two grumbles with it: if the grass is slightly wet, it doesn't go into the collection basket very well. Perhaps this is a problem with all mowers? My other grumble is no matter which direction I go in, I always seem to get the cable in the way.
Tonight I got the wire caught on something and the mower has stopped working. I think the switch may have been pulled out of position. I will have a proper look when I have more time, but it has made me wonder whether it is time to look to upgrade.
My lawn is roughly 12m by 5.5m because at the moment it is all grass. I hope in time, there will be a smaller lawn, a greenhouse, raised beds, etc. but it is finding the time and the weather to do all that.
What do you think I should go with? No doubt electric is the cheapest to buy but what about that cable getting in he way! What is the trick with that? Could I consider a petrol model or isn't the lawn big enough for one of those? I'm thinking there would be no pesky cable then. I know there are rechargeable electric ones but I'm guessing they are expensive and presumably the batteries do not last forever?#