Lawn Mower Question Series (3 of 6): Should I Buy Electric Powered Or Petrol Powered?
19th Aug 2012
This is the third post in this series of the most common lawn mower questions that we receive.
If you want to maintain a nice lawn and avoid causing problems that could occur as a result of a poor mower, try to avoid electric lawn mowers.
People appear to be purchasing electric lawn mowers in the hope that they will save on cost.
They are lighter to lift and manoeuvre, therefore they may appear to be a wise option for elderly gardeners when cutting steep banks…but that’s it.
Once the electric motor burns out, the cost of repair is more than the cost of a completely new mower.
The reason why most electric motors burn out is because the air intake on the motor is a foam filter used to block grass. When it’s not regularly cleaned, the motor over heats and burns the winding, resulting in a ruined mower.
Some electric mowers use a single plastic blade (see picture) These blades can easily snap or fall off when they become warn. They aren’t very sharp when purchased, therefore it results in poor performance from the start.
Below, is the result of the use of these weak blades.
The white “thread-like” appearance is caused when the lawn mower is not powerful or sharp enough to to cut the grass properly.
You only need to read through the advantages and disadvantages of electric and petrol powered machine below to clearly see that electric should be avoided.
Advantages of Electric Powered Mowers
Disadvantages of Electric Powered Mowers
Now compare that to the advantages and disadvantages of petrol powered machines:
Advantages of Petrol Powered Mowers
Disadvantages of Petrol Powered Mowers
It’s Common Sense!
Notice that the advantages and disadvantages are exactly the opposite for each mower. By comparing, it should be easy for you to make the right decision and purchase a petrol powered lawn mower.
Return back soon for post number 4 of 6 in this series. (“Should I mulch or not? What’s the benefits and drawbacks?”)