When grass cutting season arrives, electric lawn mower manufactures flood the market with advertising.
Every spring, hardware stores have the shelves stocked with new models trying to get into this competitive market. They all use their advertising techniques that make it difficult to distinguish between what’s stated and what the reality is. The reality is, unless a consumer can get a recommendation from someone who has used a certain product, you’re basically going in blind and hoping for the best. We have tested several brands, and will sum them up at the end of this article.
Electric lawn mower manufactures basically use the same selling points: Battery volts, Battery amperage hours, cutting width and brushless motors. Let’s go over some of these selling points and discuss why they are important.
Battery volts: This is a topic that really gets me going. Every year, companies come out with a new product and advertise “more volts!!” Over the years we’ve gone from 18v-80v. To sum it up, volts are an electrical measure of energy potential. Huh..? This basically means how much power it has. This is not the most important factor. 80v of power for a lawn mower is overkill. Big time.
Battery Amp Hours: As a consumer this is the stat you should be most concerned about. This is how long a battery can deliver a charge before it kicks the bucket. You can have 80 volts of awesome power, but if the battery dies in 20 minutes, it’s useless. A consumer is better off having a 36v/4.0 amp hour battery over an 80v/4.0 amp hour battery. Especially if you have a larger property; if your lawn is made out or iron, you might want to go with the 80v. Longevity is more important than power for grass cutting.
Cutting Width: Cutting width is the length of the blade(s) and how much is cut off in a pass. A lawn mower with an 18 inch blade cuts 18 inches. Easy enough to understand.
Brushless Motor: Brushless DC motors are the new standard in electric lawn care equipment, because of their efficient design. They are more reliable and have fewer parts that can wear out or break.
Now that you know these facts, let’s get to the good stuff. When buying lithium ion battery equipment, it’s important to consider the warranty. We have chosen what we feel are the top three brands, as we have experience with all of them.
Echo: ECHO tools, batteries and chargers are covered by a 5 year consumer warranty, 2 year commercial warranty and a 90 day money back guarantee.
Greenworks: Greenworks offers a 4 year warranty on products and two years on the batteries. From what we can tell, they do not honour the warranty for products used for commercial purposes.
Ego: 5 year limited warranty on outdoor power equipment and 3 year limited warranty on EGO Power+ System battery packs and chargers. The warranty period for any EGO product or part used for industrial, professional or commercial purpose is one year.
Battery: 4 Amp Hour
Recharge Time: 1 Hour
Run Time Up to 40 Minutes
Cutting Width: 21″
Height Adjustment: 4 Point
Cutting Range: 1 1/4″ – 3.5″
Weight: 57.0 lbs
Battery: 4 Amp Hour
Recharge Time: 1 Hour
Run Time: Up to 30 Minutes
Cutting Width: 19″
Height Adjustment: 7 Point
Cutting Range: 3/4″ – 4″
Weight: 51 lb
Voltage: 56 Volt ARC Lithium
Battery: 5.0Ah Amp Hour
Recharge: Time: 40 Minutes
Run Time: Up to 45 Minute
Cutting: Width: 21″
Height Adjustment: 3 Point
Cutting Range: 1.5″ – 4″
Brands like Ego, Greenworks and Echo are manufacturing equipment that is excellent for home grass cutting use. Echo’s 58v line is what we use for our business operations. Last summer, we used this line consistently and had zero problems. They have the best warranty in the industry for commercial use, and a 5 year warranty for homeowners. Ego is a brand to keep your eye on as well. They have manufactured a 7.5 Ah battery, but it would have to be purchased separately. The Ego mower comes with a 5.0 Ah battery. Consumers would be better off with Echo, due to the fact that this mower comes with two 4.0 Ah batteries. You would get 8.0 Ah with Echo and 5.0 Ah with Echo. As mention above, “As a consumer this is the stat you should be most concerned about.”
Kick Gas Lawn Care hopes this post will help you make a decision when you decide to purchase your first cordless mower for grass cutting. We have used all three brands, mentioned in this article, for our lawn cutting services. Stick with Echo, you won’t be disappointed.
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