Have we reached a point where technological improvements in batteries are enough that large battery-operated machinery like lawn mowers have now become viable?
With the push towards cleaner energy consumption and the use of machinery that has less of a negative impact on the environment, the age of battery operated gardening tools was always going to be a possible outcome. The biggest issue for these tools to be useful however, was the need for longer lasting batteries. Further developments in technology was required in order for batteries to last long enough to be considered efficient. With the continuing improvements in lithium ion technology, these products have now become possible.
But have we reached a point where technological improvements in batteries are enough that large battery-operated machinery like lawn mowers have now become viable?
There are now many companies who have entered the market with battery-operated mowers. But how do they stack up when compared to petrol mowers?
- Sound levels – At full operation they are much quieter
- Better for the environment – No burning fuels and fumes or leaking oils
- Lighter – With a plastic cutting deck they are lighter which in most cases makes them easier to manoeuvre
- Price – There are some expensive models out there, but for the most part they tend to be priced at a cheaper entry level
- Less maintenance required – There is no need for refuelling, oil changes, spark plug changes etc.
- Can be easier to start than a pull cord mower
- Generally, battery operated mowers have smaller cutting decks which means more passes will be required to complete an area and they tend not to be able to cut as low
- Battery operation time/ recharging – Different brands have models with batteries that will last longer than others. Some will last from as little as 15 minutes to ones that can last an hour or longer. You will need to make sure you choose one that is going to have your full lawn completed, or have a second battery charged and ready to go when it dies
- Cheaper models have less power – Some new mowers entering the market are showing they have just as much torque as the petrol equivalents. But there are cheaper brands out there that simply don’t have the grunt required for larger lawns, or lawns of a longer length.
At the end of the day it really depends on personal preference. We would certainly recommend a battery-operated mower for a smaller lawn, or where a lighter easier to manage mower is required. Just be sure to do some research first on build quality, battery life and cutting height capacity before purchasing.
Petrol lawn mowers without a doubt still have their place with the larger lawns and where a bit more grunt is required.