So..Lets say that your lawn mower suddenly just stop working and you’re thinking about buying a new one? I just read a story online about a guy who had bought his house four years ago and needed a new lawn mower to cut his grass.
In the past, he’d been given several hand-me-down gasoline mowers…but the deal was that all these older lawn mowers were in need of repair and just plain broken.
So…like all people in today’s modern age…he went online to research his options.
One of the interesting things that he did at the beginning of his search was to consider buying an electric lawn mower. “In fact,” he says, “I strongly considered an electric mower because they were actually cheaper than the gasoline alternatives.”
Seriously? An electric mower? Personally, I’ve always bought gas mowers and had good luck with them. Gas mowers are predictable, easy to use, and last for years without issues.
But, enough about me. Back to the story.
Comparing Electric vs Gas Mowers
This guy made a list of why anyone would ever want to buy an electric mower:
- No Checking the Oil: You don’t have to fill it with oil, or check the oil
- No Gasoline: You don’t have to fill it with gasoline (or go out and buy gasoline)
- Watch the Cord: You do have to pay attention to the cord when mowing, if you don’t buy cordless
- Sharpen the Blade: You do have to sharpen the blade, just like a traditional lawn mower
- Cheaper than gasoline mowers
- Remove hassle of going to gas station less (to buy more gasoline)
- Lessen dependency on gasoline (and fluctuating gas prices)
- Quick start requires less time priming, pumping, & no energy pulling
- Don’t have to check oil or buy oil
- Will work effortlessly even on thick Bermuda grass
Are Electric Mowers any Good? The Cons:
- Have to get accustomed to lawn mowing with a cord (or potential battery fails w/ cordless)
- Limited to area within length of cord/electric outlets
- My particular model only has a small rear bag/box for grass (requires more emptying)
- My particular model has plastic housing (potential to be less durable)
He lawn mower that he chose was, you guessed it, and electric lawn mower. It was the Sun Joe 14″ electric mower, affordably priced at $119 before tax.
Lawn Mower Conclusion
The final end of the story was that this guy was very pleased with the performance of my first electric lawn mower.
His initial worry was that an electric power wouldn’t be powerful enough to cut thick yards. He worried that the electric mower wouldn’t be durable enough to last…however…three years later…guess what? He’s still mowing with the same electric lawn mower!