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.

Electric Lawn Mower Week Cutting Blades

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.

Lawn damaged by electric lawn mower

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

  • Cheap to purchase.
  • Lightweight.
  • Eco-friendly.
  • Disadvantages of Electric Powered Mowers

  • Very poor performance.
  • Take a long time to complete cutting the lawn.
  • Parts break quicker and easier than petrol machines.
  • Distance of travel limited by power source.
  • Awful performance when grass is wet.
  • Must be used with a breaker unit to avoid electric shock if the cable is cut.

    Now compare that to the advantages and disadvantages of petrol powered machines:


    Advantages of Petrol Powered Mowers

  • No power supply required meaning that the distance you can travel around your lawn is unrestricted.
  • Much more powerful than electric mowers, providing a clean and proper cut.
  • Parts tend to be stronger therefore last longer before breaking.
  • Allow the job to be completed quicker.
  • Performance does not decrease as weather conditions change.
  • Disadvantages of Petrol Powered Mowers
  • Initial purchase cost is usually higher than electric mowers.
  • Heavier than electric mowers.
  • Not as eco-friendly as electric 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?”)

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