No cord to get in the way
Easy cutting deck adjustment
Cons:Front wheels too far from cutting deck
The Bottom Line: I recommend this mower. It appears to be well made, and has a 2 year warranty.
For the last 10 years or so we have been using electric corded mowers. This is our first cord free mower.
Recommend this product?
It comes almost ready to use out of the box. You do have to charge the battery first. Out of the box it is set as a mulching mower, and that is how we use it. In order to use as a side discharge, all you have to do is open the side door and attach the included plastic discharge hood. To use with the included rear discharge bag, all you do is open the rear door and remove a baffle. Attach the bag collector and off you go.
It comes pre-assembled. You just unfold the handle and tighten and clamp down to set the handle. Then there is an adjustment that you can do to increase or decrease the angle of the handle. I guess this is an ergonomic adjustment. It is fair. It could have been a bit more adjustment, as the angle change is very minimal. The handle itself is much more comfortable than other mowers I have used, but these have been limited to electric corded mowers.
The deck height adjustment is more than adequate. I had been afraid reading the specs prior to purchase that I would not be able to adjust the deck as low as our mowers had been before, but this was not a problems. The adjustment is quick and easy, having one lever to adjust all four wheels.
The wheels are plastic, as the ones with my other electrics have been, but these wheels roll very quietly on cement. Their looks may be deceiving. One thing I do not care for in the design of the wheels is that the wheel base is a bit too long at least in the front. In our other mowers the front wheels are pretty close to the cutting area, making it easier to maneuver and actually cut. With this one, the front wheels extended out further from the cutting area, making it a bit more difficult to get in close to things you want to cut. If nothing more, it may take getting used to.
One benefit of this mower over the other cordless ones I looked at is that you can remove the battery when not in use. This allows storage out of a too hot or too cold garage. This should increase life of the battery, and it makes the mower 30 pounds lighter when you are putting it away after mowing. You can also leave the battery in the mower between uses.
To recharge, you just open the battery cover and disconnect the main power to the mower. Insert the cable from the charger, and when the battery is charged, the light on the charger goes from red to green. The battery has a group of lights that will tell you the remaining charge so you can check against how much grass you have and how much charge there is remaining just by pressing a button.
To mow, you just insert a safety key over the power button, and press until you feel a click. Then hold the button down as you grip and hold the switch lever to the handle. As long as you keep this gripped against the handle, the motor will run. If you release, the mower will stop, and you will have to re-start by repeating the procedure. I found this easy to do.
The actual process of mowing is quite simpler than using a corded mower. Just start the electric motor, and go. Electric corded mowers generally are quieter than gas mowers, but this one is so quiet you might wonder at first if it is actually going to be able to do the job. But, it does fine mowing and mulching the occasional dried leaves and small sticks you may run across. It is not self propelled, but is easy to push, even with the 30 pound battery. For our size lot, using our corded electric mower had been taking almost an hour for each mowing session- most of that just hauling the cord around, and trying not to cut it up in the process. Switching to the cord free mower, our lot took around half an hour to do. The specs suggest a run time of one full hour and coverage area of 12,000 square feet. Our lawn area is about half that, but is very irregular in shape. The irregular shape requires a bit more time than the more typical lawn we used to have. We had plenty of battery charge left to probably mow it one more time.
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