Monday, March 24, 2014

Cuttin' With Coal...

So, remember my lawn care conundrum? I was trying to decide between an electric mower, a gas-powered mower, and a TheBoy-powered mower. Well, Lowe's made the decision for me:

It's electric. Boogie oogie oogie.

Ended up going with a battery-powered mower. Lowe's had this one on clearance for about $50 more than either the plug-in version or the comparably-equipped gas version. That was close enough for me to jump on it - when I originally started looking, the battery-powered mowers were more than double the price of their gasoline counterparts. Sure, there was a no-frills gas mower for less, but the grass catcher and ability to mulch made this one appealing.

We also picked up a battery-powered weedwhacker for the trim and a straight corded hedge trimmer. I didn't see the utility in spending more than twice as much on the battery-powered trimmer, given that hedges need trimming maybe a couple times a season vs. the lawn which covers a significantly larger area and needs cutting once a week. The best part is that for the winter everything gets the battery pulled and that's all she wrote.

Now, we just have to hope that eventually it gets warm enough for things to grow again...

That is all.

2 comments:

ShallNotBeInfringed said...

Can't member where but I saw a ride-on electric the other day.....
Claimed it could cut an acre of mature wheat up a 60 degree incline , even!

Dave H said...

Both ways! In the snow! (grin)

Jay, obey to the letter the charging instructions on those battery-powered devices. The leading cause of death among rechargeable batteries is overcharging. Some devices like cell phones will have smart charging circuits to prevent it. But rechargeable power tools are famous for using the so-called "16 hour charger" that's meant to fully charge a dead battery overnight, then be unplugged. Leaving it connected too long causes the battery to overheat and lose capacity.