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I'm about fed up with babying gassers to keep them running. Battery pushers aren't exactly cheap, but if they work, you might save a bit on gas over a couple of years.

Concerns are battery life and strength in longer grass.

I'm looking at Ryobi since I know they honor their 3 year battery warranty. One thing I've noticed though is no side discharge unless you buy an extra/optional chute that clips onto the rear chute in place of the bag.
 

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Do not have one, but did research a couple... at the end, decided against it as the battery life and reliability (of the batteries) is still not there. For the cost of replacing them... I just could not do it. So I am going over my old craftsman mower to fix a gas leak (after all these years of just sitting in the garage, sucker started with one pull)... and use that when I need a small mower.

I did get the Kobalt 80-Volt Max trimmer, edger, and 140pmh blower... I only have a couple of months with those. Great to not have to deal with the headaches I had before starting their gas versions... who knows how long the batteries will last...
 

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I recently bought a Toro gas personal pace mower, and I'm not that thrilled with the engine on it. If I decide to replace this mower i will likely do so with an electric one. There are a few out there that have some nice features although I haven't studied battery life on them yet. I've been impressed with my battery powered weed eater and how much it can do on a single battery charge.
 

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I recently bought a Kobalt 20 inch self-propelled walk behind electric mower at Lowes. It was model KMP5040-06. It has side-discharge, mulch, or a bagger.

It has a 40 volt lithium-ion battery. The mower has a 5 year warranty, and the battery is 3 years.

It works well. It's quiet, lightweight, and zips right along. The cut is good. My only disappointment is the battery charge life. The salesman told me the battery would run about 3 hours between charges, and my experience is closer to 1 hour if I push the mower and don't use the self-propelled drive much.

I couldn't do my all trim mowing with the one 5 Ah battery, so I tried to buy a second battery. You can't buy a 5 Ah battery anywhere, at any price. The best I could get was a 4 Ah battery, and it was expensive. But with the two batteries, I can run it self-propelled and finish all my trim mowing.

I mow most of my lawn with my tractor, and just wanted something to get into the tight spots where the tractor doesn't fit, and a steep bank where it wouldn't be safe. So I'm good with this electric. It's nice not to have to deal with gas, stabilizers, oil, filters, sparkplugs, and it's easy to fold up and store. Cal
 
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I have some Ryobi 18 Volt stuff but no mowers. My neighbor has a tiny Ryobi 13 inch battery mower and has already had one battery fail. There is a guy who comes to mow a hone for sale behind me who is using the larger Ryobi mower that has self propell and takes 2 batteries. He says he likes it and it seems to do a good job. I think battery powered mowers have there place. Smaller property. Someone who is not mechanically inclined. I guess I have used the older Lawnboys for so long and enjoy using them that I would not consider a battery mower as my wife and I are still mowing 6 properties in the neighborhood and I don't think battery mowers would fit the bill. Just my opinion. Bill
 
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I recently bought a Kobalt 20 ... .

I couldn't do my all trim mowing with the one 5 Ah battery, so I tried to buy a second battery. You can't buy a 5 Ah battery anywhere, at any price. The best I could get was a 4 Ah battery, and it was expensive. But with the two batteries, I can run it self-propelled and finish all my trim mowing.
That's why I'm looking at Ryobi. They've been around long enough now and have enough of an assortment of tools and batteries, i can't see them being a problem.

I've had several 18V One Plus batteries replaced with no question and the 40V have the same 3 year warranty.
 

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Those battery powered mowers have come a long way just in the last 10 years, or so. The lithium Ion batts are a real game changer. My neighbor across the street recently bought one and it does a fantastic job of cutting and is perfect for the majority of lawns in my neighborhood. I suspect the problems that folks are talking about on here will soon be solved within a few years. Having said that, I'll probably stick to my Lawnboys for the duration of my time on earth, I've got too much invested in these old gassers to change over.
 

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I got a Black & Decker battery powered string trimmer and that fills my needs fine. I'm not impressed with the battery powered mowers I have seen. They are expensive, heavy, have longish recharge times, and batteries are expensive to replace. I am also not sure how the batteries will tolerate being stored in freezing temps in a shed or garage. Would I need to build a display case in my living room to keep them warm? I have recently embraced the idea of electric powered equipment, but the kind that plugs into an extension cord. I have 2 corded electric chainsaws, a small corded electric wood chipper, 2 corded hedge trimmers and a corded string trimmer. They are instant on with a press of a button with no rope pulling required, no recharge time no heavy batteries and they were all affordable. So if I was looking for a non-gas mower, it would be a corded one for much less money that the battery ones. I've used a corded electric mower in the past, and once I got used to having to deal with the cord, it wasn't hard to use. AND THIS IS SOME BRAGGING ON MY PART! I have never once cut a cord (yet).
 
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I'm about fed up with babying gassers to keep them running. Battery pushers aren't exactly cheap, but if they work, you might save a bit on gas over a couple of years.

Concerns are battery life and strength in longer grass.

I'm looking at Ryobi since I know they honor their 3 year battery warranty. One thing I've noticed though is no side discharge unless you buy an extra/optional chute that clips onto the rear chute in place of the bag.
I don't --but if I did it would be water cooled---with all my sweat on it.:rolleyes:
 

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I first tried a corded trimmer... still have it... but dragging that cord all over the yard got old quickly...
 

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That's why I'm looking at Ryobi. They've been around long enough now and have enough of an assortment of tools and batteries, i can't see them being a problem.

I've had several 18V One Plus batteries replaced with no question and the 40V have the same 3 year warranty.
The Ryobi 40v battery is available at Home Depot if/when you need a second battery. The 4 Ah is $139.00, and the 5 Ah is $159.00. About what I paid for the Kobalt battery at Lowes.

If you're going to mow for more than 45 minutes, or going to use the self-propelled drive, you will probably need 2 batteries. Cal
 

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I'll stick with what I have. It works, and I know when I go to use it it'll start up and do what it's supposed to do.

Let me also add that I enjoy working on what I own and not having to rely on electrical connections failing or batteries failing is a major plus. Not knocking the ones that do use battery operated things, just my take.
 

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Those battery powered mowers have come a long way just in the last 10 years, or so. The lithium Ion batts are a real game changer. My neighbor across the street recently bought one and it does a fantastic job of cutting and is perfect for the majority of lawns in my neighborhood. I suspect the problems that folks are talking about on here will soon be solved within a few years. Having said that, I'll probably stick to my Lawnboys for the duration of my time on earth, I've got too much invested in these old gassers to change over.
Same here

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I got a Black & Decker battery powered string trimmer and that fills my needs fine. I'm not impressed with the battery powered mowers I have seen. They are expensive, heavy, have longish recharge times, and batteries are expensive to replace. I am also not sure how the batteries will tolerate being stored in freezing temps in a shed or garage. Would I need to build a display case in my living room to keep them warm? I have recently embraced the idea of electric powered equipment, but the kind that plugs into an extension cord. I have 2 corded electric chainsaws, a small corded electric wood chipper, 2 corded hedge trimmers and a corded string trimmer. They are instant on with a press of a button with no rope pulling required, no recharge time no heavy batteries and they were all affordable. So if I was looking for a non-gas mower, it would be a corded one for much less money that the battery ones. I've used a corded electric mower in the past, and once I got used to having to deal with the cord, it wasn't hard to use. AND THIS IS SOME BRAGGING ON MY PART! I have never once cut a cord (yet).
I recently switched to a corded chain saw and hedge trimmer since I dont have any large trees. Chainsaw works fine and the hedge trimmer as well, but unlike you I got distracted and sliced a cord with the hedge trimmer once :mad:
 
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I've got 3 battery operated mowers as well as 8 running Lawn-Boys from 1977 to 2003.

All 3 battery mowers I have are 21" Steel Deck (20" cut) and include a 40V Pusher, a 40V Self Propelled, and an 80V Self Propelled. Really enjoy using them especially prefer them on a hot summer day ... or if the grass is long and I have to bag. The modern rear baggers are so much easier to use (putting on, pulling off & dumping) and actually hold MORE grass than a side or rear bagger L-B.

On cooler days when I can mulch or if I'm in a hurry I'll grab a 3-Speed Lawn-Boy as they drive faster and since they are 21" cut they have an extra inch of cutting width.

Here is my detailed thread discussing the two 40V Greenworks ones I bought in 2018:
(19) Greenworks 40V 21" Brushless Lawn Mower ... | My Tractor Forum

Here is my detailed thread on the 80V Kobalt line:
(1) New Kobalt 80V Max Line | Lawn Mower Forum

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I have my Granddad's Toro from late 60s. I use a 12v Everstart battery. It has the charger with a timer. 20" cut. It does ok for limited use, maybe 3,000 sq. ft. or 30 minutes.

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Nope i like my gas mower ...if maintenance is done regularly and good quality gas they work great
 
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