lawn mower elec vs petrol

We moved in to our house & have lawn 60'x20' in the back & 10'x10' in front.. very confused by which lawn mower to buy , electricity or petrol ?
What to buy for cutting corners etc ?
Any advice / suggestions please...



Electric mower power cords are a pain the ass

Doesn't really matter. Petrol you need to fill it but have better flexibility, Electric you need to deal with the cord. But from experience I would say don't get an hovor mower, we changed to rotary after years and it's much better. We bought separate mower & trimmer cost about £90 Qualcast well made. Did not buy the pack because the separates worked out a better deal because the higher watage of the mower. This would suit your needs our back garden is about 100ft x 20ft

Edited by: "PulisOut" 15th Apr


Petrol.Electric mower power cords are a pain the ass

There are plenty of battery powered ones available these days.

I love my Allen petrol hover mower. Also have a old fashioned Suffolk Punch petrol mower for when I want some stripes. I had a brief look at the new battery mowers recently but for me the cutting widths seems to narrow.
I always by second hand mowers, much better pricing....

Petrol lawn mowers, esp the self propelled ones which push themselves are great for bigger gardens. They require servicing which can be costly. In addition, the effort to start can be an issue for certainly was for me with severe arthritis.... my sister after my bilateral hip replacement presented me with a cordless. one...lithium rechargeable battery...I've been very happy with that...Bosch I think. so what you choose will depend on above factors. Hope this helps you !

petrol mower are better as they are more powerful and you don't have to deal with a long cord trailing about. However, electric mower are perfectly adequate to use as we have the electric ones and have never actually used a petrol mower as I don't like the idea of having to refuel it but that is just me being silly!

I have a Bosch Rotak Li battery mower which has worked brilliantly for years. 30 mins to charge and will do my lawns at least twice. No worries about cables or storing petrol

Self propelled petrol mower IMO.

As said above, pain to start sometimes, best to start it weekly during winter and leave running for couple of minutes to ensure nothing seizes when not in use for several months.

Look into getting a lithium battery one with a high voltage.
we picked up a Mountfield one from Screwfix for £260, it comes with 2 48v batteries and has a quick charge and much better than my neighbours Bosch. It also has a roller on the back for making stripes.

Self propelled petrol mower

Battery electric, you're fighting maximum run time vs power vs weight of battery.
Petrol, not as maintenance free as electric.
Mains electric, the cable can be a pain, more so if the layout is awkward, otherwise you lay the cable to one side and then work away from it.

Wouldn't recommend a hover, they expend some power just doing that and are a dead weight to move when not running.

The rotary blade is more robust than a cylinder, and a lot cheaper to replace and easier to sharpen - and better in less than perfect mowing conditions.

It's not so large that an electric becomes impractical

My vote is for petrol, the only downside I have found is the weight of the thing if you have to lift it if it's not an easy run from your back garden to your front.
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