Corded and Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers: Which Are Best?
As a an alternative to gas mowers, corded electric lawn mowers have been around for a number of years and have been trusted by many people over the world. However, more recently cordless lawn mowers have come onto the market and have been growing in popularity. But why should you make the switch from corded to cordless?
People make the choice to use an electric lawn mower for a number of reasons. In many ways they are considerably easier to use than gas mowers; no hassle of gas and oil cans, no pull start and they tend to be more reliable. They are generally pretty simple to use - just plug in, pull a handle and off you go. Also they are much lighter than their gas powered cousins.
Corded and cordless lawn mowers work in much the same way, the only real difference being the power source. However, this small difference in operation can make a big difference in terms of ease of use.
The big issue for corded electric lawn mowers is having to deal with that power cable. The cable clearly limits just how far you can you can go from your power source. Also if you have trees, shrubs and garden ornaments to navigate around then this becomes increasingly difficult with a cable trailing behind you. To increase your range you could use an extension cable, but this has serious safety implications in that it increases the risk of running over and accidentally cutting the cable. Also makes it more likely that your cable will become tangled up along the way.
Cordless lawn mowers have no such limitations. You just have to make sure that your battery is fully charged and you can mow away without having to worry about an electric cable. The range of your mower will be limited of course by how long the battery will hold its charge; the best mowers have batteries that will allow it to mow a third of an acre from a single charge. If your lawn is larger than this then you could purchase a model where you can remove the battery. This then gives you the option of buying a second battery to increase the range of the mower; simply swap over the batteries when the charge of the first one has run down.
Having a battery on board does increase the weight of the lawn mower slightly, but they are still very easy to push along.
Cordless lawn mowers are so much easier to use than corded mowers and in my view it is certainly worth making the switch.