In the past, electric mowers weren’t as popular because of the lack of technology and the overwhelming popularity of gas motors. Today’s electric mower manufacturers like Cub Cadet have changed the electric mower into a viable counterpart for the gas-powered lawn mowers. This article will discuss some pros and cons of using both types of mowers.
Pros for Choosing Electric
Electric mowers provide a more green option than gas mowers because gas when left inside the tank for a while gives off hydrogen carbon into the air. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, you’re best off choosing the electric mower.
The electric mower doesn’t need ignitable liquid to power it. You pay less for an electric mower, not to mention you’ll have to replace items on a gas mower such as spark plugs, fuel filters, oil. Electric mowers are quieter than gas mowers. Did you know that 17 percent of teenagers have lost some of their hearing because of lawnmowers? Electric mowers come in two categories. Cordless and with a cord. Electric mowers are lightweight.
Electric cordless mowers are easy to turn on and simply require you to flip or turn on a button. You won’t have a problem storing the electric mowers. Most electric mowers can fold and do not take up much space. Perfect for the person who has a limited area.
Corded electric mowers are best for smaller yards, and the battery-electric mower needs charging often. Water is an issue with electric mowers, and you have to be careful with corded mowers getting tangled.
Problems may come up with the grass not mowed properly with cordless mowers. Cordless mower batteries need to be bigger or charge more often if you yard is too large. Cordless electric mower batteries may only last anywhere between 30 minutes or an hour.
How thick your grass is a problem for these types of mowers. The cord on the mower can succumb to cut, torn, or worn out. Electric mowers often suffer from vents being obstructed.
Gas Mowers Pros
Many people are familiar with gas mowers for mowing yards. A gas mower can cover some distance with gas in its tank. Corded mowers stretch only from 60 to 100 feet. With a cordless electric mower, you’ll have to power the battery every 20 or 40 minutes, but gas mowers need only a little gas to power them.
Built to cut the toughest grass, you need only a little gas to power the mower and cut your entire yard. Electric corded mowers can’t be used while the grass is damp. Electricity and water rarely mix and can damage the cord, not to mention put you in danger.
Gas mowers are better able to handle tough landscapes. If rocks or pebbles were to get into an electrical mower, it could damage the blades or the motor. Gas mowers don’t need electricity, so you don’t have to worry about tripping a circuit or the light going out in your area, and you can still mow your grass.
Gas mowers aren’t environmentally friendly because of the toxic fumes injecting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and further developing changes in the climate temperature.
Gas mowers are loud since they have small mufflers if any. They have a noise level of about 90 to 106db. Since anything above 70db can do damage to your hearing, gas mowers are definitely above the normal recommending level.
Gas mowers require more maintenance than their electrical counterpart. Parts that need maintenance include the rings, pistons, fuel, oil filter, carburetor, blades, etc.
Many gas mowers become weighted down because of their iron motor. Instead of flipping a button, you will need to pull on a cord with a gas mower, which may take several tries before the mower crank. The cord may also become worn and need replacing.
Hopefully, this article will make your decision on whether to buy an electric mower or gas an easier one.