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Battery mowers

I know battery technology has come on leaps and bounds in recent years but is it feasible to use a battery mower for commercial work? If so, any particular makes/models you would recommend?

Cheers

Jon

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  • PRO

    There are several people on some of the other groups who use EGO mowers and rate them.  we haven't tried them yet but may get the tiny one that should have just come out recently.

    I believe Stihl have brought out a battery range of mowers now but I haven't looked into those yet.

    I don't think anyone makes a battery roller mower yet though.

  • Thank you Darren. I'll look into the Ego range.

  • We are having a demonstration of some battery mowers from Cramer next week. Will be interesting to see what they're like. 

    http://www.cramer.eu/gartengeraete/akkutechnik/akkutechnik-82-volt/...

    Akkutechnik - 82 Volt | Cramer GmbH
  • I've got an EGO mower it's ok but not really up to being a commercial mower it really struggles with any long wet grass....I love the rest of my EGO kit and I'd never go back to two stroke but the Mowers are not yet up to the job in my opinion 

  • That's good to know Graham. Thanks

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    to my knowlege the only commercial battery mowers on the market still are the pellenc range we offer through our dealer network, they come with a hefty price tag so would need the be a main use machine in your fleet, if this is the case though you will recover the cost of mower and battery through fule cost saving from using the norm

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    Hi Jon, we have a Viking 339c for our small lawns, this will be its second season. It's s a great little mower to use but a bit flimsy so I don't think it would take much rough treatment. I think I'll be lucky to get three seasons out of it so maybe not such a good buy.

  • Thanks both. Food for thought. As usual, sounds like you get what you pay for! 

  • I'm a private owner and have used a Mountfield S46 PD Li for two years on ordinary lawns and it was fine. It uses a 5ah 80v battery. I understand the same battery goes into 80v Stiga equipment and Greenworks mowers. I'm now selling my Mountfield mower because I've redeveloped a field and needed something more robust, with a wider cut, as light as possible and easy to manoeuvre. I've just bought an ex demo Pellenc Rasion Easy, which is the basic self propelled version, with a 1200 battery - 1500 batteries are available. Yes, they are an (initially) eye watering price. However, think of it like buying an electric car - high upfront cost followed by low running costs. Also no petrol, oil, smell and no pulling cords to start. I hoping this will see me out because I'm a 64 year old private user and bought this so I could physically carry on mowing some less than ideal terrain. I had a demo machine brought to me by Stephen Muir from Pellenc so that I could test it out. He was also very helpful and answered lots of questions. I bought my ex-demo machine from Shinners Bridge dealership where everyone was amazingly helpful. Some other dealerships didn't appear to be interested in selling to me. I have a 5 year old Bosch battery push mower which I will still use for a narrow, soggy verge (the Pellenc is too wide for this). The orginal battery still works. Bosch also do commercial sized battery mowers - GRA 48 and GRA 53 which use 2 x 36v 6ah batteries. The Bosch and the Pellenc are the only two true commercial mowers with a wider cut that I could find.The Pellenc is 60cm cut and nearly 20kg lighter than the Bosch. Etesia have some battery mowers but the widest as far as I can see is 46cm. Batterywise, there seems to be a cut off point between domestic machines which will go for about 1-1.5 hours to commercial machines that will operate for 5-6 hours. Yes, I did my homework! In terms of length of time the battery will keep going on one charge, it is worth thinking about how much effort is going into the mowing. On flat and even areas with short grass I don't use the self propelling lever. The battery therefore is using less power. All I can tell you is that on a quarter acre of sloping, rabbit pitted, uneven field plus an eighth of an acre sloping, hen scratched lawn the battery goes from 100% to 83%.

    Hope this helps,

    Julie

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