Friday, June 12, 2020

Electric Mower - 'tis the season

My wife had the inspiration more than 10-years ago to buy an electric mower.  I think she was tired of dealing with gasoline and wanted a cleaner option for cutting the lawn.  It was a great move!

We've got a battery powered Toro.  I don't believe the model is offered any longer, but lighter/newer models are available from other manufacturers including greenworks, Makita, Stihl and others. 

Our mower is built around a 36V motor that relies on three lead-acid AGM batteries.  The mower is a bear to push owing to its weight.  I've been looking for a lithium replacement battery to help reduce the weight, but haven't found anything suitable as of yet.

Every cordless mower that I currently see on the market is powered by a lithium battery.  They are lighter and speaking generally are superior to their combustion counterparts in several other ways too.  They are:

Easeir to start (no choke, no pull cord)
Easier to maintain (no gas, no oil, no carburetor, no spark plug, no winterization)

and they can be powered by cleanly produced electrons from the solar on our roof!

Here's a short video segment that shows the ease of starting and stopping the mower.