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January 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 145

How many screwdrivers do you have in your toolbox right now? If you are like me, the number is probably too many to count. I have at least 5 different Philips-head screwdrivers. Why? Well they are different sizes and used for different purposes. There are lots of different jobs that require a Philips screwdriver, and for each job, you select the best screwdriver.

Likewise, a lawn mower is a tool that should be matched to the job. If you were given the task to mow the median on a 20 mile long stretch of Interstate 10, what kind of mower would you use? Most likely some sort of tractor. If you owned a townhouse and were responsible for mowing just the small tract of grass within your backyard fence (say 20 feet by 20 feet), would you still want to use that tractor? Of course not.

Electric lawn mowers, both corded and cordless, have increased in popularity over the past 3 decades. Why? Because there are lots of us out there that have small to medium sized lawns and value the benefits of a smaller, lighter mower. We value not having to fuss with spilled gasoline, exhaust fumes, and finicky, sometimes hard to start internal combustion engines that have to be maintained season after season.

Are there drawbacks to electric lawn mowers? Of course. We have to mow while dragging an extension cord around the yard. We have to coil up the extension cord when we finish. We have to remember to charge our battery if we've gone the cordless route. An electric mower just isn't going to cut it on a 1 acre lawn.

If you have a medium or large yard, a gasoline powered lawn mower is a must. Most corded electric lawn mowers draw 12 Amps of power which limits owners to an extension cord about 150 feet in length. Beyond this, you will quickly exceed the power rating of your extension cord which is a fire hazard. Most cordless, battery powered lawn mowers will start to have difficulty having sufficient battery power on medium sized lawns as well. When you add in the cost of an additional battery and the hassle of ensuring both are fully charged, it just makes better sense to go gas powered.

The advantage of a gas powered mower on larger yards is the range of horsepower available. More horsepower is not necessarily needed to cut the grass, but a larger engine can provide the power for a self-propelled or even a ride-on lawn mower.

In summary, the choice between a gas and electric lawn mower is no different than choosing between a push mower and a tractor. Pick the mower that is best suited to your lawn and your needs.

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--- Scott

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