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Electric mower suggestions

Post by jcb3030 » April 5th, 2020, 2:31 pm

My gas mower died last year and I'm thinking about replacing it with an electric mower.

I have a half acre of fescue, all flat. Are battery mowers these days up to the task?

Any recommendations?

I saw this on sale nearby:
RYOBI 20 in. 40-Volt Brushless Lithium-Ion Cordless Battery Self Propelled Lawn Mower with 5.0 Ah Battery

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Re: Electric mower suggestions

Post by micvog » April 5th, 2020, 6:26 pm

I switched over to a battery mower last summer when Lowe's was aggressively discounting the Craftsman V60 mowers. I love it.

I am not an expert in electric motors, and I am probably about to demonstrate that, but when I was researching battery mowers I was told it was most useful to compare Watt Hours (Wh, or Ah x V) to determine relative run time. My Craftsman (5Ah battery, 60V motor) is 300Wh and can do my 10K square foot elite KBG lawn consistently, but with little battery life left over. The Ryobi you mentioned would be 200Wh. My guess is you are looking at ~6.7K before needing to recharge the battery, well short of a half-acre.

I also picked up a Craftsman V60 string trimmer and blower on a similar deal last summer, and each of those came with their own battery. Having extra batteries gives me some peace of mind.

Before buying anything, I would check the Workshop Addict channel on YouTube. I found their reviews to be helpful and reliable.

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Re: Electric mower suggestions

Post by northeastlawn » April 5th, 2020, 7:37 pm

I am happy with my Kobalt stuff; including my Kobalt Mower.

But if I did it all over again, I'd look at EGO brand. Mostly because Ego allows you to interchange the various batteries. A Kobalt 40v cannot ben used with a Kobalt 80v. A few years ago EGO brand devices allowed you to most EGO brand batteries to be used in their tools. Its a nice feature.

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Re: Electric mower suggestions

Post by napper » April 9th, 2020, 8:38 pm

I wouldn't use an electric mower if it was free. I need power to cut my thick lawn.

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Re: Electric mower suggestions

Post by Hammbone81 » October 5th, 2020, 9:36 pm

My neighbor bought an Ego electric mower last year. Then he bought a gas mower this year. Just sayin'.

I don't think you can get the required blade tip velocity out of a battery powered mower. Also, when batteries fail, they're expensive.

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