here and there. First generation models were either corded or plagued by poor battery life and power. Early adopters (like myself) had to deal with those shortcomings in their efforts to save the world, but with the recent wave of lawnmowers we may no longer have to compromise.
I had a Neuton mower like this one for a few years, and I liked it, but it had some limitations. The removable batteries didn't last long, so I bought two to tackle my lawn in one outing. A couple times the batteries even malfunctioned during the winter storage months, so I started practicing techniques to properly take care of them. One thing that I couldn't fix however, was the high-pitched whirring scream the mower would make — like a lobster going into boiling water — if I forgot to mow the lawn for a week and faced it against taller grass. Which by the way, reminds me of another weakness of that mower, it's highest mowing setting a too-short for Texas heat 2.5". It was Struggle-town.
Realizing my thick hearty St. Augustine grass wasn't going all manifest destiny because of that cut-length I sold it on Craigslist and purchased a new Worx electric mower. I should have done it sooner, as the 36V battery has more power and a much longer battery life. Now I can even forget to charge the battery for a couple weeks and it's still got the juice to tackle my large lawn. This mower also isn't scalping my lawn with its high mowing height of 3.5". I really feel like there are finally some solid alternatives to gas mowers on the market — without any of the weaknesses of first-generation electrics. If you think you're ready to make the switch from stinky gas, then check out these other 36V mowers with similar batteries and judging from the reviews similar capabilities. • Black & Decker 36V mower • Ryobi 36V Mower • Earthwise 36V Mower The recent upgrade has even got me thinking that perhaps it's time to make some switches on a few other electrical lawn tools (Here's looking at you Neuton string trimmer). Have you gone electric with your lawn tools yet? Which tools get you through the task quickly and efficiently? (Images: Chris Perez)