When the snow melts, it exposes that green stuff. And that means you’ll have to mow it. (Though you don’t necessarily have to like it.) Thankfully, you’ve got more options than ever this year, both in gas and electric. Of course, if you’re like we were a few years ago, you probably rejected electric out of hand. Our advice: Don’t. They’re surprisingly effective, especially if you’ve got a reasonably-sized yard.
Take, for example, Black & Decker’s updated cordless line. Their top-of-the-line 36V cordless model (pictured) mulches, and it’ll handle up to 12,000 square yards (that’s about 2-1/2 acres) on a single charge. While we haven’t tested it, we believe it. We’ve seen the old 24V model handle more than an acre, and even it felt as powerful as the gas models we’re used to schlepping.
Besides the whopping-big battery, Black & Decker also includes a one-touch height-adjustment which lets you dial in everything from a scalp-it-to-plant-the-new-grass 1-1/2″ to a my-Bermuda-looks-better-than-your-blue 3-1/2″ setting. And you’ll get the standard electric benefits, too, like no winterizing (and de-winterizing), no gas to haul around, no non-standard motor oil for your kids to accidentally put in the car, quiet operation (for those late-night I-was-hungover-and-didn’t-mow-this-morning Ninja mows), and instant start.
Expect to spend about $350 for one of these orange boys. Seriously, folks. Whether it’s the Black & Decker or another model, don’t shun the electrics. They’re a viable option — whether you give a damn about the environment or not.