For a long time the only option for gardeners was either a corded electric, or a petrol mower.
But since battery-powered mowers removed the danger and inconvenience of dragging a cord around, gardeners have a new dilemma — should I use an electric cordless mower or should I use petrol?
Here I take a quick look at the advantages of cordless vs petrol mowers, so you can weigh up and make decision that is best for your garden:
Advantages of Cordless Mowers
- No need for petrol – less pollution and emissions, or spillages (though the advantage of not having to pay for petrol can be negated by the cost of the battery, which makes the mower more expensive than a corded version, and the cost of the electricity).
- Less noise than a petrol mower
- Easier to start than a petrol mower, with a simple switch instead of a pull cord
- No petrol engine to maintain — no oil, spark plugs, or air filters to change and less general maintenance needed. Just keep the blade sharp and the body clean and you’re good to go.
- Weigh less than petrol mowers, which means easier unloading or moving around
Advantages of Petrol Mowers
- No need to swap out and change batteries
- Better for mowing large lawns
- More powerful, so better for cutting through tall or tough grass,
- Unlimited run-time, within reason (with extra fuel, petrol mowers will run all day)