Electricity is starting to power more than just the vehicles that get you to and from your daily destinations. It’s also being used to replace the gas you normally use to fill up your lawn mower.
When it comes time to buying a lawn mower, there are several reasons to opt for an electric version as opposed to the gas-powered option. Not only are battery-powered lawn mowers more environmentally friendly, but they require less maintenance and are quieter during operation.
- What style of lawn mower best meets your needs: self-propelled, push or ride-on
- Whether you want a corded or cordless model
- The size of your lawn
- How much runtime you’ll need
Electric push mowers tend to weigh much less than their gas-powered counterparts, making them easier to transport and maneuver. Another advantage is their push-button start.
There are corded and battery-powered push models available. Corded mowers are suitable for smaller yards because you will need to use an extension cord to run the mower while battery-powered models are more versatile. If you have a large yard or an incline, keeping two sets of batteries charged and ready is advised. Need a riding lawn mower? Several new all-electric ride on mowers entered the market in the past few years.
Benefits of all models of electric mower include:
- Less maintenance. You can forget about changing the oil, oil filter, spark plugs, belts and air filters. Just change/sharpen the mower blades and check the tire pressure as needed.
- Less expensive to operate. According to the Electric Mower Report, a half-acre lawn mowed with a gas-powered lawn mower will cost approximately $1.50/half acre mowed, while an electric lawn mower will cost $0.10 per half acre mowed.
- Cheaper to own. An electric riding mower powered by Lithium-Ion batteries and brushless motors will pay for itself and save you money over the life of the mower compared to a gas-powered model.
Electric models may be more expensive upfront, but they require less upkeep, maintenance costs, electricity and fuel costs, while also being environmentally friendly and much easier to use. When you take in all factors, electric lawn mowers on average will result in a 35% savings over gas-powered mowers.