How long do electric lawn mowers last?
As long as they are properly maintained, corded mowers can last up to 10 years. When it comes to increasing the life of your corded mower, the most important factor under your control, other than making sure to avoid physical damage, is the type of extension cord you use. This means using the correct gauge for the job, which indicates the thickness of the bead. The thicker the cord, the more tension will reach the mower and the less unnecessary work the motor will have to do. Your mower’s owner’s manual should tell you the best gauge for the job.
Battery mowers have a similar lifespan, but the batteries themselves will only last about four years or about 500 charge cycles before losing their ability to maintain an efficient charge. To extend the life of your batteries, fully discharge the load before recharging it, and do not leave the battery on the charger after it is fully charged.
How much do electric lawn mowers cost?
Electric lawn mowers come in a wide price range, although corded models tend to be less expensive than battery-powered options. Size also plays a role. Large riding mowers can cost thousands of dollars, while smaller, compact machines, like the Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO on our list, can be found for $ 140.
Neither requires the fuel or oil of gasoline models, which should reduce overall mower expense. However, the long-term cost of replacement batteries – which can cost hundreds of dollars – must also be considered.
Is it safe to mow wet grass with an electric mower?
According to the Ego mower manual, you should avoid cutting wet grass with your electric mower for two reasons. First, mowing on wet grass is a safety hazard and can cause you to slip or fall and injure you. Second, moisture can affect the electrical components of the mower and cause serious damage that the warranty does not cover.
Wet grass can also be a lot harder to clean the underside of your patio, and unlike gas mowers, you can’t just spray it with a hose. Cutting only dry grass means you’ll have a much faster cleaning time.
Can we leave an electric mower outside?
Due to the electrical components, we do not recommend leaving your mower outdoors when not in use. Ego and Greenworks both recommend keeping their electric mowers indoors in a cool, dry space. They also state that you should never cover them with plastic sheeting, which can trap moisture and damage internal components.