There are two types of electric mowers, corded and cordless. Corded mowers have rechargeable batteries while corded mowers rely on extension cords to work. Electric mowers are more cost-effective than their gas-powered counterparts.
The longevity of an electric mower can be as long as 10 years with proper care and maintenance. Some manufacturers measure the service life of the mower in hours of use. Two hundred hours or less are for inexpensive brands while five hundred or more hours are typically for the pricier brands.
Battery operated machinery sometimes get a bad rap. Cordless electric lawn mowers have modern batteries that last for long periods. A fully charged battery can mow for a minimum of 30 minutes or half an acre.
This high quality enhanced batteries continue to function optimally for at least five years before a new battery is needed. It takes about 30-90 minutes before the lithium-ion battery is fully charged.
The lifetime of a battery is about 5 years. Every year, a rechargeable battery loses about 5% of its charging capacity. This is why old batteries lose their charge faster than newer ones.
How to Properly Maintain the Electric Mower
Even though electric mowers don’t require as much maintenance as gas lawn mowers; these do still require regular care to last up to 10 years. How often and how long you use your lawnmower will also determine its life expectancy.
Use the manual
Do not throw away the manual that you get with your electric mower. The owner’s manual is a wonderful resource to make sure you are using your mower right. Any fixes or troubleshooting can be address in this important piece of information. In case you lose or misplace the manual, visit the manufacturer’s website for a free download.
Blade use and care
Raise the blades for grass that is excessively tall and push slowly. Sharpen the mower’s blades regularly, especially when working on large lawns and tall grass. Maintain sharp blades by not waiting too long before mowing. The taller the grass, the tougher it is on your mower’s blades.
Keep off the wet grass
Do not cut wet grass with an electric mower. It is advisable to wait until the grass is dry. Mowing wet grass could result in a painful electric shock and/or damage to your electric mower. If you insist on mowing damp grass, you will be damaging the blades and shortening your mower’s lifespan.
Tighten loose bits
Make it a habit to check and tighten all the nuts, bolts and fasteners on the mower. Any loose ones can fall off and cause the mower to break to injury to the user. The mower deck is the brawn and without it, your mower is rendered useless.
Only use a fully charged battery. Store the mower away after the battery is fully charged. For best performance, the battery should be stored in temperatures specified in the user manual.
Set the appropriate height
Set a height that is neither too high not too low to avoid damaging your mowers’ blades or the lawn. If you’re not sure what the right height is, consult your owner’s manual.
Check the wheels on your electric mower every now and then. Make sure they are turning without any difficulties. Oiling the axis can ensure they rotate smoothly.
Do not leave your electric mower outside after mowing. The different weather elements can damage it. A mower sitting out in the hot sun can overheat and interfere with its starting mechanism.
Rain and humidity can damage the mower’s electrical system. If the mower accidentally gets wet, give it a good wipe down and remove any excess water to avoid getting electrocuted when starting it.
A good place to store the mower is a shaded garage or garden shed. They can be stored at any angle because there is no gas or oil that will leak out. Some electric mowers can fold up to be compact and not take up too much storage space.
Push mowing can be a boring and mundane task but don’t take your eyes off the mower. If you are distracted you could run over rocks or other objects on the lawn that can damage the mower’s motor.
How to clean your electric mower
- Turn off the mower
- For cordless models, remove the battery
- Use a brush or dry cloth to clean the vents. Blow compressed air to remove any stubborn dirt or residue that might be clogged inside the slots.
- Clean the blades carefully by removing dirt, soil or grass. You can use a plastic or wooden stick to remove any soil that is stuck on the blade.
- Clean the underside and topside of the deck after every use. Remove all grass clippings, leaf bit and any other debris. Use a brush or dry cloth.