Electric ride-on mowers: cut your lawn, without gasoline! – News from Mother Earth

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Check out the growing crop of fully electric ride-on mowers, like this one from WhisperMow.

Electric riding mowers are here! Finally, you can trade in your petroleum engines, hydraulics, belts, and pulleys for a sleek, quiet, battery-powered machine.

The WhisperMow all-electric rear-steer lawn tractor features a 48-volt sealed battery and a 41.4-inch wide front-mount mower deck that cuts grass for 80 to 100 minutes. This means you can mow about 1.5 acres on a single charge. The commercial grade tractor can also be equipped with a snow blower, rotary sweeper and more to make it a true all-rounder. WhisperMow has a single electric transmission and a single-stage motor. At $ 5,000 ($ 5,500 for the top-of-the-line XR model), it is competitively priced against comparable petroleum-fired models.

The Ariens AMP is a traditional styled riding mower that resembles the classic rear engine model. The low-maintenance, 48-volt lead-acid battery-powered machine can run for up to 75 minutes on a single charge. The AMP is powered by a single electric motor connected to the drive wheels by a hydrostatic transmission. The electric motor supplies constant torque to the hydrostat, which in turn controls speed and direction. A pair of spindle motors spin the AMP’s mower blades – no more belts and pulleys to contend with. At $ 3,299, the AMP is attractively priced and its 34-inch cutting width is perfect for smaller jobsites.

The Hustler Turf Zeon has finally entered production! This all-electric zero turn uses proven lead-acid battery technology in a 48-volt housing that can mow over an acre on a single charge – in 42-inch-wide swaths. This machine is so quiet it gives the impression of insufficient power, but the welded deck of the Zeon is as sturdy as most of the other machines from Hustler Turf. This level of quality comes at a price: $ 6,999. It is currently the only all-electric zero turn, but another is expected soon from Eco-Mow.

For smaller jobsites, the 36-volt recharging mower model G1-RM10 can run for up to three hours on a single charge. The all-electric Recharge’s 27-inch-diameter mowing deck should handle tight spaces with ease, and like the AMP and Zeon, it uses a pair of motors to drive the mower’s blades. At $ 2,295, this little electric cyclist is currently only available online.

Posted on May 12, 2010

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