The Scoop on Battery Powered Lawn Mowers
Battery powered lawn mowers have plenty of benefits when compared to traditional gas powered lawn mowers. The most glaring advantages are small or no pollution, easy maintenance and very low noise. Several different models are on the market, made by a variety of manufacturers. Let’s take a closer look at how battery powered mowers work and examine their pros and cons.
Why bother fumbling around with gasoline, oil and filling cones? Why bother yanking on that engine starting pull cord? Leave these problems in the past. Make the transition to a clean and easy to use battery powered mower. It will provide the same high quality of lawn cut as a traditional gasoline powered motor. It will also benefit the environment as it does not release harmful emissions into the air. Today’s gas mowers that satisfy EPA standards still emit much more volatile organic compounds (VCOs) into the air than automobiles. An EPA study from 2003 showed that mowers and other yard maintenance equipment cause 5 percent of ozone forming emissions. The report also stated that a single hour of gas powered lawn mower usage creates the same amount of air pollution as operating a vehicle for 20 miles. A battery powered mower won’t smell like gasoline which is always a plus. Operators won’t have to take trips out to the gas station with their gas cans either.
A battery powered lawn mower is ideal for medium to small sized lawns. Most are equipped with a 24 volt battery that can last for about half an hour to forty five minutes on average. When fully charged, it will be able to cut a lawn that is about a third of an acre to a half of an acre in size. Anyone concerned with the battery not lasting for the entire length of a lawn can purchase additional batteries to keep on deck in case the original battery runs out of juice. Battery powered mowers are constructed just as sturdily as a traditional mower, so don’t worry about it breaking down in the middle of a job. Since battery powered law mowers are so quiet, the operator can mow his lawn at just about any time of the day or night.
However, this style of lawn mower will struggle to cut grass that is very tall in height. An operator who is attempting to mow overgrown grass that hasn’t been tended to in months will be better served with a gas powered mower. It will take a little bit of strength and effort to operate a battery powered mower, as most do not have the same self propulsion as gas mowers. So, it isn’t the ideal mower for a land owner with plenty of hills or an operator who is badly out of shape. On the plus side, it will require the operator to exert himself, use his muscles and get some exercise.
Think of all those annoying engine maintenance trips to local lawn mowing technicians for repairs and tune ups. Wouldn’t those be nice to avoid? They can be with a battery powered mower. One of the best aspects of a battery powered mower is that it is easy to maintain. It does not require an oil change, gasoline, an air filter or a spark plug. It typically takes half a day to a day’s time to fully recharge. Just plug it in and it’ll recoup its energy. The battery will last for years and is covered under the mower’s warranty. If properly maintained and charged with regular frequency, it might last up to five to seven years or more. Most of the gas powered mowers that are currently in use are years old, while the majority of battery powered mowers are relatively new, so they can be considered more reliable and durable. They are also very light to push compared to the heavier gas mowers.
Some popular battery powered mowers are the Neuton mower, Black and Decker’s CMM1000 and the Sunlawn Brill Accumower ASM380 reel mower. Each provides an excellent cut that is easy, quiet and looks comparable to the results of a lawn cut by a traditional gasoline powered mower. What is so surprising about these mowers is that they produce hardly any sound compared to the boisterous and annoying gas mowers. A battery powered mower’s volume is comparable to that of a washing machine which is typically around 75 decibels. It provides quite a pleasant and civil experience that makes the operator content with his transition to the new technology. Alternatively, gas powered mowers are very harsh on the operator’s ears as well as those of the neighbors. They operate at around 100 decibels or higher, which puts the operator’s ears at risk for significant hearing loss. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, any noise over 85 decibels can cause meaningful hearing damage. Noise pollution is a serious problem that is growing worse with each passing year.
A battery powered mower typically costs between $300 to $500 on average but it will only set its user back $5 per year in electricity costs. That’s quite the bargain considering the cost of gasoline. Warranties tend to average two to three years in length and usually cover most if not all of the mower’s parts. Do everyone in the neighborhood (and the world) a favor and make the switch to a battery powered mower.