One of the pride of many summer residents is a smooth and well-groomed lawn. You need to cut it regularly from May (and in the South, the season for mowing grass begins even earlier) to October - and then a neat lawn on the site will definitely delight the eye. Of course, to properly care for a green carpet, you need special equipment - a lawn mower. Marina Altukhova, project manager for the development of competencies in the category "Garden" of the company "Leroy Merlin ”Explains how cordless lawn mowers differ from electric ones and what are their advantages.
There are three types of lawn mowers, depending on the type of engine: petrol, electric and cordless.
The former run on fuel and are therefore more difficult to maintain and operate. In addition, they make noise and pollute the air with exhaust; and they are also heavy and bulky, which is extremely inconvenient when storing or transporting them. In addition, gasoline lawn mowers can be either self-propelled or non-self-propelled. Self-propelled lawn mowers move at the speed of a human stride, relieving the user of some of the load that he has to apply to propel both the mower and the full collection bag.
Such mowers are indispensable for mowing large lawns, but for lawn care in a small area, they prefer mowers powered by electricity.
They are of two types: network (or just electrical), which require a constant connection to the outlet and therefore are equipped with a power cord, and rechargeable ones, powered by a built-in battery.
Both types of mowers that run on electricity are broadly similar in most respects. And among the network, and among the battery ones, you can find models with identical power, knife rotation speed, cutting height and width.
But cordless lawn mowers have several advantages over electric ones. First and foremost: due to the fact that they are independent of the mains, they are distinguished by much greater mobility. Such mowers can be used in remote areas of the site or, for example, behind a fence, where the cord may not reach. Due to this, they are also more maneuverable: you do not need to calculate the trajectory of your movement in advance, you can safely go around trees or garden buildings like greenhouses, without fear that the wire will get tangled or its length will not be enough.
The second advantage as a whole also follows from the first. Due to the absence of a cord, the process of mowing and, in general, the operation of the mower is simplified: there is no need to make sure that you do not accidentally cut the wire, you do not need to constantly wind it up after the end of the mowing. There is no need to fiddle with extension cords and worry about the fact that somewhere the wires can come into contact with water, causing a short circuit.
Moreover, in addition to lawn mowers that move on wheels, there are more "exotic" versions of battery lawn mowers. These are robotic mowers. They, like robotic vacuum cleaners, work completely autonomously and do not need human control. Many models use artificial intelligence algorithms: due to them, the mowers orient themselves on the site and build the most optimal route, as well as independently return to the charging station,when the battery starts to run out.
On the question of the battery. The main disadvantage of cordless lawn mowers is believed to be the relatively short battery life. After all, electrical options powered by the network can work, though in approaches of 20-40 minutes (after which they need a 10-15-minute break), but as long as the size of the site requires. Gasoline mowers also work long enough until they run out of fuel.
In fact, on average, a lawnmower can run from 25 minutes to an hour on a single battery charge, depending on the model and battery capacity. This is quite enough to mow 4-9 hectares of the lawn, which will already suit many. But if you need to mow a large area, you can simply have a spare battery - changing them is quick and easy, and the operating time is doubled.
Plus, some cordless lawn mowers come with 2 battery slots, and if you use replaceable batteries, you can safely mow the lawn for about 3-4 hours. However, in order to work so smoothly on the site there must be a source of electricity from which the battery will be charged.
Moreover, if you buy a lawnmower from a manufacturer whose cordless tools you already have, you can save on the purchase of additional batteries: they are often connected via the same connector and are therefore compatible.
So if you value convenience, comfort and mobility, a cordless mower is ideal. It is environmentally friendly and does not pollute the atmosphere with exhaust gases. Not as noisy and very easy to maintain and operate, unlike gasoline models: loud and requiring additional maintenance. And unlike an electric cordless lawnmower, it lasts longer, its movement during mowing is not limited by the electric cable, and it does not get tangled underfoot. And, most importantly, a perfectly flat and well-groomed lawn is provided.