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Anyone tried a battery powered lawnmower?

There seems to be a lot of battery powered lawnmowers coming on to the market recently. Has anyone tried one? What are they like in comparison to petrol models and are they good enough to use professionally?

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  • PRO
    Check out the Stiga 80v range. Proper steel chassis lawnmowers with a powerful 80v motor and lots of other tools to make use of the big battery. Follow me on Twitter #garywhitneyggp to see video or look on (link removed)
    • Are you the forum member who works for Stiga? I only ask because I know there is one.

  • Used the Viking electric mowers. Pro's are very light and maneuverable, battery's can be used with other equipment in Stihl/viking range, really handy for awkward small spaces or hard to access lawns.

    Neg's are battery dosnt last more than 45 mins with out needing a charge, batteries are expensive, machines feel a bit flimsy and may not stand up to much abuse, only really useful for topping a lawn.

    Hope that helps a bit.

    Best

    Dave

  • PRO
    Saw a ego or at least I think that's what it was called and they claimed if your push mowing it will last for 2 hours, seemed powerful enough for regular mowing of weekly mows but no rear roller. The range looked good and when the dealer gets hold of some combi stuff I think I will invest as it's not as big an investment as pellenc. Not sure battery can ever compare to petrol on rough tough stuff or maybe not yet.
    • PRO

      I went to look at EGO tools at a dealer in Selby, he was telling me that people who the did the research and development were based local to him.  They had taken various mowers, etc, dis-assembled, and assssed what worked best.

      Like all batteries and in particular Lithium batteries it's best to keep them cool when they are charging e.g charge your phone bare without it's case.  To this end the EGO research guys looked at all the battery tools on the market, and developed a configuration of cells which extended the life of the batteries, like vents in the casing ,etc fans in the charger...as I understand.

      I was particularly interested in cordless pole pruner, but he didn't have one in stock, and I really wanted to feel how it handled and how the weight was balanced.

  • PRO

    Batteries vs petrol is about energy density. So at the moment, it takes about 100Kg of advanced lithium battery to propel a vehicle the same distance as 1Kg of petrol. This also takes into account the different drivetrain efficiencies (electric motors are far more efficient than petrol). The car industry expect this to be on par in around 30 years:

    http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1104121_electric-car-energy-den...

    However, the key point is that once you get to an attractive usage cycle, people won't care as much about parity. So, for mowers, perhaps having 3 hours from a battery with another spare or two in the van is the requirement. For that we may only be a handfull of years away for a reasonable cost point.

  • PRO

    I agree with David on the Viking mowers (now branded Stihl). I bought one last Spring mainly because I already have the batteries for other gear. It is Ok but I probably wouldn't rush out and buy another one if it packed up. I just don't get a nice finish with it.

  • PRO

    I always carry an EGO mower in the van, and highly recommend! The mower folds down and can stand uoright so it sits nicely next to the wheel arch. Petrol is always going to provide a better finish in my eyes, however, it has been a beneficial buy in terms of access (where sairs/lifting involved), noise reduction, and convenience. It's good on slopes as well.

  • PRO

    We run a battery mower for those small or difficult to access lawns.  It's a Bosch Rotak so has a small rear roller.  Finish is ok and a battery gives you about 35 minutes, we carry two.  Can pick it up with one hand a d is great for taking up steps etc.  Definitely nothing like a pro mower and looking a bit tatty after 18 months use but a handy piece of kit nonetheless.  Amazon do deals on them every now and then.

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