Electric Lawn Mowers

The Pros and Cons of Electric and Gas Lawn Mowers

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While I’m sitting near my office window enjoying the summer sunshine, I’m looking forward to getting out to enjoy my absolute favorite summertime activity: mowing the lawn. … OK, that was sarcasm.

Much like with snowblowers, I discovered that there are two directions you can go when purchasing a lawn mower. You can go the old-school method with the gas-powered mower, or you can go the more modern route and purchase an electric lawn mower.

If you’re in the market for a home, don’t overlook the greener side of things. Before you run out and buy whichever version you think sounds best at the moment, take a second to consider the pros and cons of each type. Are you curious to see which mower will fit your needs? Read on to learn more.

Electric Lawn Mowers

Electric mowers come in two varieties: corded and cordless. I’m glad to hear that there’s a model out there that doesn’t plug into an outlet. Say what you will, but I would be paranoid of running the cord over with the mower and electrocuting myself.

Looking past my fear of electrocution, I discovered that electric lawn mowers offer some pretty great benefits:

  • No sparkplugs to change
  • No fuel filters to change
  • No oil to change
  • No gasoline to fiddle with
  • They may save money over time (check out this graph for more info)
  • They’re better for the environment
  • They’re quieter than traditional mowers

These are all some pretty great benefits, right? Well, before you run to the hardware store to scoop one up, think about a few of the drawbacks:

  • Corded models limit your mobility
  • Cordless models may not offer a lot of mowing time – some only last for an hour before they require changing
  • They may not handle thicker grass well
  • Watch for water when you mow
  • They tend to be more expensive than gas mowers
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