While this may not fit the definition of "sustainable," I will risk posting this here anyway:
My gas-powered mulching mower is just about ready to give up the ghost... We now have a small area of turf to cut and I'm not interested in another gas-powered lawn mower. I want something electric and preferably cordless. I *absolutely do not* want a mechanical push mower.
Can you give me your reviews on (battery-powered) Cordless Rechargeable Mulching Mowers? I've seen a few advertisements in my gardening magazines, but I won't purchase anything until I find one that comes highly recommended.
This is a good post. My mom has a tiny suburban yard that would be perfect for one of the new electric models and it would be much easier for her to use the electric so when her gas mower goes I wanted to get her an electric model. I know the technology in this area has greatly improved so that a cordless mower is now a very viable option for a small lawn. So I will be watching this thread with interest also. Anybody out there have one?
My daughter has a Black & Decker mower with rechargeable batteries. This will be the third year of using the mower on her quarter acre yard. She has had no problems and likes the mower. She purchased an extra battery so that she always has one on charge. Neuton is another battery operated mower available from http://www.drpower.com Most of the mowers sell in the range of $300.00 to $350.00.
We bought it last year in mid-Autumn so we didn't use it very much last year before the lawn went dormant and haven't used it yet this year, but the few times we did get to use it, it was great.
It cuts and mulches or you can bag too if you want clippings for a compost pile. Our lawn is not that large so we haven't had any problems with the battery running low in mid mow...etc. It seems to do everything that a gas driven mower would do in a small space with extra benefit of not having to worry about keeping gas around and no fumes.
I need something that can mulch leaves too. Are they any harder than grass? (Know nothing about mowers or mowing because I'd never mowed a lawn in my life until moving here, where I haven't had time to turn it all into gardens yet!)
This is the electric start/battery version of the dr trimmer. I have the 6.5 gas powered model and I would never go back to a regular blade again. If you want mulch, go over what you've cut. this will cut 3 and 4 ft tall grass. no problem.
My experience with the reel mowers is that, even on the high end european types that I've seen, you still have to go back & forth over the same spot multiple times to get a clean cut. I cannot be bothered with that.
Also, and more importantly, we have multiple oak trees on a small lot, therefore it's important to me that it have a mulching / bagging capability. I have too many leaves in the autumn to be able to simply mulch then leave them on the lawn to decompose, so I end up dumping the bags on my compost bin.
Do they come in a self propelled model? how heavy, hard are they to push? My mom still gets around good but pushing a regular gas mower is out for her. She can do it, her yard is ver small and she can walk all day shopping but considers pushing a mower too much work. Are the elect. ones lighter than the gas models. By the way, I'm not mean to my mom, LOL I am over there doing things all the time but she lives about 45 min. away and its impossible for me to go up there and cut her lawn all the time. She has a self propelled gas mower that works well for her but seeing as her yard is so small I figured she would be a good candidate for an elect. when her gas model goes.