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Testimonials from individuals who use E-lawn care equipment
My first battery-electric lawn care tool was a chain saw, which was a welcome change from the exhaust fumes, noise, and hassle of maintaining my gas chainsaw. Then our homeowners’ association replaced our shared diesel-powered zero-turn mower with an electric commercial mower and suddenly mowing our lawn and common land actually became enjoyable. Not only can I feel good about not burning fossil fuel and producing zero exhaust fumes, but I also don’t have to worry about bothering my neighbors because the electric mower is so much quieter.
I’ve been mowing with a Neuton CE 5.2 battery-powered push lawnmower since 2008. I bought it because it’s so much better for my small lawn than the old gas-powered mower I gladly gave away. The gas mower was loud, stinky, hard to start, required me to store gasoline, and could not be turned upside-down to clean. The electric mower has none of these drawbacks, and the only maintenance it needs is annual blade sharpening.
We’re enjoying our Mean Green mower very much. No worries about oil changes or not starting in cold weather. The mower is easy to maintain, has a comfortable seat, and above anything else it mows just as well as our previous gas-powered mower. Thumbs up, hands down! And if you ever need someone to try it out, you’re welcome to send them our way.
The Mean Green mowers are powerful, reliable, and obviously great for the environment. The only routine maintenance to deal with is greasing the front wheels and sharpening blades and it’s such a pleasure to never have to deal with oil changes, broken belts, hydraulic leaks, air filters, etc., etc…
In the spring of 2019, Ten Stones Village Association (TSVA) purchased a Mean Green commercial zero-turn lawnmower to replace a 21 HP commercial/professional diesel Kubota mower. TSVA consists of 17 households and we mow about 4 acres of common land, walking trails, and 2 acres of individual lots. Mowing duties are shared among multiple (6-8) non-professional operators each year and we operate the mower about 125 hours annually. The land being mowed was previously farmland and tends to be rougher than typical “lawns.”
By switching to an electric mower we were hoping for:
Comparable performance/cut quality and sufficient run-time
Lower maintenance and repair costs, and less down-time due to mechanical problems.
Lower costs for the electricity compared to diesel fuel.
A smaller carbon footprint.
A reduction in the noise level.
Our experience has been excellent as described in detail below:
Performance/cut quality and run-time:
While the electric mower does require more diligence in keeping the cutting deck clear of grass to maintain optimum performance (ie. cleaning grass from inside the cutting deck after each use, and even DURING mowing if the grass is particularly long and wet), there’s been no discernable difference in performance/cut quality between our electric mower and our old diesel mower. With a run time of about 2+ hours (with one 7 kWh battery) and an approximately 4+ hour recharge time (using a 220-volt “fast” charger), we could easily mow 4 to 5 hours in a single day, although that’s rarely necessary. And to ensure there’s sufficient run-time between users and avoid “range anxiety”, two of our members also developed an on-line sign-up system that calculates the loss of battery charge loss from each use, and the amount of time required to restore the battery to full charge.
Maintenance, repair and “fuel” costs:
Yearly maintenance and repair costs have dropped from an average of $900, to practically nothing. Aside from a couple of flat tires, we did have a minor repair issues, but this was easily fixed “in-house” without any specialized tools. Assuming 2.8 kWh of electricity used for every hour of mowing, the cost of the electricity used by this mower was about $56, compared to an average of about $375 previously spent on diesel fuel, which represents a savings of about $320 per year.
Considering about 20 pounds of CO2 is emitted per gallon of diesel fuel burned, and only 0.26 pounds of CO2 are emitted per kWh of electricity consumed (based on Vermont’s electricity sources), the CO2 emissions associated with our electric mower has been reduced by about 97% compared to the emissions associated with the diesel fuel we used to operated our previous mower (e.g. 90 pounds compared to 3,000 pounds of CO2).
Because of the electric mower’s dramatically lower noise levels (ie. you can still hear the blades spinning), it’s only possible to hear the mower operating when it’s close by. Consequently, the community agreed to expand the permitted hours of mowing to earlier in the morning and later in the evening to make it more convenient for members to find time to mow their lawns and/or our common land.
We purchased an electric mower Ryobi 42 in an overall effort to decarbonize. Along with rooftop solar, EVs and heat pumps, it has helped to significantly reduce our overall carbon footprint. This mower does an excellent job with our half acre yard, easily completing the work on a single charge. It has also been great for hauling soil for garden beds from our driveway out to the backyard garden in a utility trailer. In addition to the mower we have been using an electric string trimmer for the last 7 years. We are still using the two original batteries it came with, which combined allow us to do all the trimming for the yard.
I rented a friend’s house for 10 years while she worked overseas. I was so happy to use her small Neuton walk-behind mower. It was a quiet purr compared to what I had previously tolerated! The mowing experience was clean, relaxed and oder free with no exhaust, gas or oil. It did a great job. Overtime I couldn’t believe others were not using electric mowers. It seemed so logical and beneficial from my perspective.
These tools (Ryobi RB480E riding mower, DR 16″ push mower, DR string trimmer, DR leaf blower, DR hedge trimmer, DR 18″ chain saw) are just as good as gas powered equivalents in getting their designated lawn care job done without as much noise and none of the fumes or maintenance.
We’ve been using a Neuton CE6 36 Volt walk-behind mower for about 10 years. I replaced the cells in the battery a couple of years ago. The replacement battery was expensive but replacing the cells (3 12 Volt lead acid cells) was easy peasy and took about 30 minutes.
Less noise, no gas or oil to buy — ever!, does a nice cut; choice of mulcher or rear bagger (a deck insert converts to mulcher). We have less than 1/2 acre of lawn and can do most of the front and back lawn on a single charge. We “raised the blade” to 3″ a few years back and all but really wet grass the Neuton whacks though it.
I have been using a Greenworks mower for 2 summers. It has worked flawlessly and starts at the push of a button. No gas, no oil, no spark plug and best of all, no noise! As a senior citizen I lack the arm strength to yank on a gas mower and this push button mower is perfect for my needs.
Testimonials from individuals who hire E-lawn care services
I switched over to electric mowing services a few years ago (Greener Lawn Care/Church Hill Landscaping). I switched for the simple reason that I wanted to use less fuel and emit fewer gases by going electric.I will also note that the mowers are much less noisy and, of course, emit zero odor which is another plus. The mowing grounds workers also use an electric weed-whackerthat is also less noisy and has no odor. An overall big win for everyone. It is another step I can take to lower my carbon footprint.