The Electric Backyard Part I: Tips for Choosing the Right Electric Lawn Mower from Power Equipment Plus

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Online power equipment superstore offers advice and product recommendations for a ‘greener’ approach to mowing your lawn.

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Advances in battery technology have lead to unprecedented efficiency with two very different types of batteries currently used in electric power equipment, in addition to corded-electric technology.

It’s mowing season, and that means that every homeowner on the block is crossing their fingers and hoping their old lawnmower turns over on the first crank. With spring bulbs beginning to bloom, now is the time to begin planning this year’s lawn and garden care strategy, particularly one that doesn’t rely on gas-powered power equipment.

Transitioning to an electric lawnmower is very feasible with a wide array of electric mowers produced by top industry brands, that can easily replace a gas lawnmower for smaller properties.

Recent advances in technology have brought electric power equipment, and mowers in particular, into the mainstream. Each model has its own unique advantages, but in general electric mowers are more lightweight and quieter than gas-powered counterparts, allowing the neighbors to sleep late regardless of how early the yard work begins.

Drop-in replacement batteries can significantly increase the running time of battery-electric mowers by providing an instant recharge and providing the capability to tackle larger projects.

“Advances in battery technology have lead to unprecedented efficiency with two very different types of batteries currently used in electric power equipment, in addition to corded-electric technology,” says Craig Wolosinski, product manager at Power Equipment Plus. “Lead-acid batteries like you see in most automobiles are still common, but lithium ion batteries, which hold a superior charge, are increasingly available in mowers after successful implementation in hand-held power tools in recent years.”

Electric lawn mowers are available with varying horsepower and blade widths, and Power Equipment Plus offers the following recommendations for the best battery-electric and corded-electric mowers for different size yards and projects.

Power Equipment Plus’s Top 3 Battery-Electric Mower Recommendations:

◦    With a 19” blade, the CE6 offers a wider than average cut for electric mowers, and can handle mowing lawns up to 1/3 of an acre as a result
◦    The CE6 also incorporates replaceable drop-in batteries, increasing the amount of time it can be used

◦    This model has a below-average price point, making it a great value for urban and smaller suburban lots with a standard 14” cut

◦    This is another value-priced model, but that offers a wider 17” cut to handle more lawn on a single charge

Power Equipment Plus’s Top 3 Corded-Electric Mower Recommendations:

◦    With a 18” cut and entry level price-point, this lightweight mower is great for small yards or yards with small spaces of grass between obstacles

◦    This mower offers a 20” cut, the widest of the corded electric mowers, and helpful for efficiently tackling larger projects
◦    3 in 1 system will mulch, bag and side discharge grass clippings

◦    This simple, light mower is another value-priced model, the most affordable electric mower offered, and features a standard 14” cut

Corded-electric mowers are less expensive than battery-electric models, but there are other important factors to consider such as weight, mobility, and environmental impact. Corded-electric lawn mowers are lighter than battery-powered models, and offer essentially endless power from a local outlet rather than built-in power source. Corded mowers are also the greenest powered option, as they require no battery disposal and are low-emission.

Mobility and range of corded-electric mowers may be a concern for some homeowners, depending on the acreage of their land. While ideal for lawns up to ¼ of an acre, corded-electric models are limited to mowing within 100 feet of a power source. Beyond 100 feet, the extension cord provides too much resistance and significantly reduces power output unless an uncommonly large industrial cord is being used.

For more information, Power Equipment Plus employs 80 full time US-based customer service and equipment experts (reachable at 1-800-550-8780) to help buyers choose the perfect equipment. For more information, visit http://www.PowerEquipmentPlus.com.

About Power Equipment Plus

Power Equipment Plus is an online superstore offering the best brands and fullest line of the power equipment available anywhere, superior customer service from 80 US-based experts, and free shipping nationwide.

Located in Vergennes, Vermont, Power Equipment Plus is an affiliate of Country Home Products, a proven leader in the power equipment industry with nearly 30 years of innovative products and made-in-the-USA manufacturing experience. Country Home Products is the parent company of the DR® Power Equipment, Neuton® Battery Powered Lawnmower, and Mansfield® brands of outdoor power equipment.

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