They’re noisy, they smell bad, and they drink heavily. No, I’m not talking about your alcoholic neighbor, I’m talking about your lawn mower. Gas mowers have been around for years and still sell more than any other type of lawn mower. Things are changing, though. More companies are introducing rechargeable electric models that will go around an hour on a single charge. Not only are they cheaper to operate, they are much quieter and often much lighter than their gas engine counterparts. If you don’t have a huge lawn and are sick of your gas mower, here are the five best rechargeable electric mowers available.
5: Neuton CE 6.2 Battery Electric Lawn Mower. Neuton was one of the first companies to offer a rechargeable electric mower at a reasonable price. The CE 6.2 is convenient, with a battery that has a handle so it can be removed to be charged indoors, as well as a weight of only 69 pounds. It can go for about an hour on a single charge and takes 12 hours to recharge. It has a 19″ inch cutting width and a two-year limited warranty. It costs $459 at http://www.neutonmowers.com/TwoStepModelDetail.aspx?Name=CEM6-2Model.
4: Earthwise 60020 20-inch 24 volt cordless mower. This mower has a steel deck, wheels with ball bearings for durability, and can run 45-60 minutes on one charge. The battery will last about 500 charges. It weighs around 100 pounds and comes with a two-year limited warranty. You can find it for $295 at Amazon.com.
3: Cub Cadet CC 500 BAT. Cub Cadet is known for making riding mowers and push mowers that last and last. The CC 500 BAT is no exception. It comes with a 19″ steel cutting deck, wheels with ball bearings, a battery level indicator, and a 48-volt battery. This quality machine should provide you with years of exceptional service. The CC 500 BAT costs $429 at CubCadet.com, or you can check with your local Cub Cadet dealer.
2: Worx 19-inch 24-volt 17 Ah cordless electric lawn mower with battery #WG780. The folks at Worx are always coming up with the most ergonomic power tools available. Their 19-inch rechargeable mower has an ergonomic handle and the ability to adjust the cutting height of all four wheels with a single lever. The battery is also removable. This mower can be found at Amazon.com for $429.99 and ships FREE. It comes with a 2-year limited warranty and weighs about 100 pounds.
1: Solaris 21-inch 24-volt cordless mower. This mower is the current ‘state-of-the-art’ when it comes to rechargeable mowers. It has a steel deck, push-button start, and an LED power indicator. Unlike the other mowers on this list, though, the Solaris mower can actually be recharged by solar power (with the purchase of an optional solar panel). Using this option, you can recharge the battery in 3 sunny days or 4 or 5 cloudy days. Even though all rechargeable mowers cost little to charge, the solar panel option costs you NOTHING to charge. This techno-marvel will go on sale on March 1, 2009, but it can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com for $449 with FREE shipping. It has a 2-year warranty and weighs 105 pounds.
Go green! Heck, everybody from celebrities to politicians are doing it. Why not you? These mowers are a good way to cut down on air pollution, as well as noise pollution, and their prices are competitive with many gas engine models.