Why E-Lawn Care Equipment is Conducive to Shared Ownership

Since battery-electric mowers don’t require oil changes, have very few moving parts to wear out and break, and don’t use gasoline, they’re highly suitable for cooperative or shared ownership.

To help neighborhood groups develop these alternative ownership arrangements, we’ve provided a Usage and Battery Tracking spreadsheet and described an example of this cooperative ownership approach below.

Runtime and Recharge Calculator/Scheduling Tool

This spreadsheet tool automatically adjusts both available runtime and needed recharge time based on usage, battery-capacity, and recharge time. The calculation formula used in this tool is based on a mower with a 2.75 runtime, but this can be adjusted for any E-lawn care tool. Download and/or make a copy of the spreadsheet to customize and use. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance customizing for your specific application. This tool is also useful for tracking usage to calculate each member’s shared costs for electricity and blade sharpening/repair.

If you’re part of a group who’s also using this approach and would like to share your story on the website, please contact us with the details, ideally with a photo, ownership agreement, etc.

Shared Ownership Case Study

Ten Stones Village Association

The Ten Stones Village Association is located in Charlotte, Vermont and consists of 16 households. Since 2019, the community has shared the ownership of a battery-electric, 60-inch zero-turn mower. This mower is used by residents to mow the lawns of private lots, as well as about 5 acres of common land including a central “green”, a community garden, a few small orchards, and about a mile of walking paths. The original cost of the mower and replacement blades was shared among all the residents. After each use, it’s required that the mower deck be cleaned of any accumulated grass to maintain optimal operating efficiency and cut quality. Additionally, one community member volunteers to sharpen the blades about every 20-30 hours of use.

The community has found that using an electric mower has:

  • Reduced the costs associated with servicing, repair, and fuel by about $1,000 annually compared to their previous gas mower.
  • Improved the quality of life since the electric mower is so much quieter.
  • Allowed residents to feel good about the fact that their mowing activities are no longer causing air pollution from harmful tail-pipe emissions, are no longer consuming about 100 gallons of fossil fuel annually, and are no longer generating about 2,000 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions associated with burning that fuel.