Battery technology for lawnmowers keeps becoming better and better. Battery life is increasing, and they can now power more powerful equipment. Battery or cordless electric riding lawnmowers are now readily available; many of them can mow more than an acre of lawn on a single battery charge.
One of the battery-powered riding lawnmowers evaluated by Consumer Reports for its lawn mower and tractor ratings is capable of mowing over two acres of land thanks to a battery that lasts for an astonishing two hours.
Arguments in Favor of Electric Lawnmowers
The cost of a gas-powered riding mower is lower than that of a battery-operated one. Compared to the top-rated gas lawn tractor from John Deere, which costs $4,400, the top-rated battery riding mower from Ego, a zero-turn model, has a price tag of $5,500, according to Consumer Reports.
Why would you want to buy one if that’s the case? Okay, so they do have some benefits. Generally speaking, they are less noisy than gas-powered vehicles. In addition to helping the planet, you’ll save money on gas.
They’re low upkeep and easy to use. You’ll need to sharpen the blades and monitor the tires just like you would with a gas-powered version. However, spark plugs and oil changes are unnecessary.
Battery maintenance often entails preventing the battery from being discharged for too long. It will decay if left in a discharged status or subjected to severe temperatures during the off-season. Please refer to the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for detailed maintenance instructions.
What Kinds of Battery-Powered Ride-On Mowers Can You Buy?
Battery riding mowers, like their gas-powered counterparts, come in three varieties:
- Standard lawn tractors. The steering wheels on these are reminiscent of those found on automobiles, and the cutting width ranges from 42 to 54 inches.
- Zero-turn mowers. Lever-operated front and rear steered wheels allow for quick maneuverability and precise turns.
- Rear-engine riders. These smaller, more affordable machines often feature cutting decks that are 30 inches wide.
Battery-powered riding mowers have the same features as their gas-powered counterparts. Most of the models have the capability of cutting in reverse. They all have indicators showing how much power is left in the battery while seated. In addition to the aforementioned suspension seats, cruise control and washout ports are also available.
The warranty duration for most models is three years. Battery-operated riding mowers haven’t been available long enough for Consumer Reports to rate their reliability or owner satisfaction.
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