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Cordless v Petrol?

I'm wondering what would be best to use for my own garden and to do a few other gardens as well. I've been looking at the petrol Honda powered Mountfeild sp51h mower as well as the cordless powered  Ego Lm1903e-sp but wondering if cordless would be viable for more than one garden? I know I'd need an additional battery but wondering if anyone had any experiance of using a cordless mower for business/commercial use? Doesn't necessarily need to be the brand/model I've mentioned. I wouldn't be doing this all day everyday but likely a couple of hours at most in the evening or on the weekend hence why I'm more interested in the cordless machine as petrol would be heavier/bulkier as well as servicing and fuel costs although I know it would handle multiple gardens on a tank where as I'm unsure of the cordless. Thanks in advance ☺️


  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,899
    edited April 2022
    You'd probably need to invest in more expensive batteries. The mowers I've looked at use two batteries but not all batteries are the same. Makita (others are available) have 1amp hour up to 5 amp hour batteries. I can't tell you how much mowing two x 5AH would get you but clearly the better the batteries, the better chance of it being enough. They more AH, the more they cost.

    You can also have spares, so charge up 4 batteries, use two, have two ready to go and so on. Again, more money
    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,470
    The biggest potential saving with battery power is on servicing, assuming you can't do it yourself.  The biggest potential cost is additional batteries. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,627
    I have a Stihl cordless mower which has a charger that takes two batteries. I only bought one as the mower and the batteries were very expensive. But I love it, worth the money if you can afford it. I always had trouble pulling cords on petrol mowers and this mower is tough enough to do what a petrol mower does and is so easy to use.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,470
    Some years ago a friend of mine bought a battery mower which had been reduced because the battery was missing.  Unfortunately he didn't check the price of a battery before grabbing this great offer.  The battery actually made the final cost considerably more than the original package of mower and battery.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,598
    We had a mountfield, quarter acre plot,I loved it. My neighbour has a big garden, about 200 foot long lawn,has a stil, battery,it's useless. Mother in law,small garden, battery forget the make,it's also useless.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,470
    Having read the OP more thoroughly, I very much doubt that cordless would be up to the job.  From my, admittedly limited, experience of them they cope well if grass isn't too long or wet.  In either of those conditions they can struggle.  It could also be highlt embarrassing if the final battery failed when doing somebody else's lawn.
  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,567
    I have a cordless and don't find it a problem if the grass is long or wet. But the same thing crossed my mind with regard to the battery running out of power when doing someone else's lawn. In that case a cordless wouldn't be practical.
  • I have a Bosch rotak 43 with 2 X 36v Lith-ion batteries One will cut approx 150 sq. m. depending if the grass is wet or short.
    1.5 hours to fully charge one. So with 4-6 batteries you may have a chance, commercially.

    There are 40v and 60v models out now with batteries costing north of 150 quid. Maybe better results, I don`t know.
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