Electric or Petrol Lawn Mowers: Which is Better?

Are electric lawn mowers better than their petrol counterparts? Let’s delve into the age-old debate between battery powered and petrol lawnmowers. At Powerworks, we firmly stand on the side of battery powered mowers, and we’re eager to contribute to the ongoing discussion surrounding the merits of battery versus petrol lawnmowers.

Historically, petrol lawnmowers have enjoyed an edge in power, but recent years have witnessed a significant evolution in battery powered alternatives. Electric motors can now match the blade speed and cut quality of gas mowers without the drawbacks of harmful emissions, high maintenance costs, or diminished efficiency. Innovative technology, particularly in battery powered lawnmowers, has resulted in a more consistent cut quality by maintaining a constant blade tip speed.

One interesting fact is that the technology powering a battery powered motor is fundamentally distinct from that of a petrol engine lawnmower. While conventional wisdom often emphasises horsepower as the primary measure of lawn mowing performance, it fails to capture the complete picture.

Both petrol and electric lawnmowers rely on a power source, with differences lying in the fuel type and how energy transfers to drive the motor.

Gas-burning mowers ignite a mixture of air and gas, creating mini explosions  to power the mower. However, these mini explosions can produce sparks, posing a danger, especially in dry areas.

On the other hand, electric lawnmowers, equipped with brushless motors, utilise magnets or carbon brushes and electromagnets, eliminating the need for sparks and gas. Battery powered mowers like Powerworks further optimise efficiency by eliminating carbon brushes, resulting in a more powerful, efficient, and durable motor.

Yes, you read that correctly: a battery powered lawnmower runs on magnets, representing a powerful and sustainable alternative.

The superior performance of Powerworks’ battery powered lawnmower stems from its brushless motor, supported by smart-sensing microchips that efficiently utilize available battery power. When encountering tall, wet, or thick grass, the electric mower senses resistance, draws more power, and increases the blade speed to ensure a clean, consistent cut. This innovative technology makes battery-powered lawnmowers less prone to bogging down than their gas-powered counterparts.

Blade speed and cut quality serve as more accurate indicators of lawnmower performance. After all, the ultimate goal is to accomplish the task effectively and efficiently.

Brushless motors, such as those found in Powerworks lawnmowers maintain a constant blade tip speed for a clean cut. Many electric lawnmower models also feature a turbo button for challenging grass sections that require an extra power boost.

Runtimes for both gas and battery powered lawnmowers depend on the power source’s capacity, whether it’s a fuel tank or battery. While gas mowers have varying fuel tank capacities, cordless mowers’ battery life is influenced by factors such as power consumption, motor efficiency (brushless vs. brushed), watt hours (battery voltage x amp hours), and grass conditions.

Contrary to common belief, gas mowers do not necessarily have longer run times. Larger yards may still require refueling mid-mow, similar to battery-powered lawnmowers, where swapping in a fresh battery can extend runtime conveniently.

Why complicate life unnecessarily? Cordless lawnmowers are user friendly and cost effective. Here are some advantages of opting for a battery powered lawnmower:

  1. Effortless: Electric lawnmowers are lightweight, ensuring easy maneuverability with less vibration and fatigue.
  2. Push-button start: No more wrestling with gas mower pull cords; electric mowers feature a smooth and effortless push-button start.
  3. Less noise: Electric mowers are significantly quieter than their gas counterparts, staying below noise pollution guidelines.
  4. Maintenance: Electric lawnmowers incur fewer maintenance costs – no oil changes, air filters, belts, carburetors, or spark plugs to replace. Bid farewell to costly lawnmower tune ups every spring – with electric mowers, charge your batteries, and you’re ready to mow.
  5. Skip the fuel: Avoid high fueling costs and potential gas spillages; charge your battery each time your lawn needs a trim.

While electric lawnmowers present clear advantages, the burning question remains: what’s the cost difference between gas and electric mowers?

While certain electric models may have a higher initial purchase price, the long-term cost savings are substantial. The higher initial cost of battery powered mowers is outweighed by significantly lower lifetime costs.

You may be sold on the benefits of battery powered mower technology, but what about maintenance?

Dispelling the myth that battery powered tools are more expensive than gas, especially for electric riding and zero-turn mowers, is crucial. Although the initial cost might be higher, consider these key factors for long-term cost savings:

  1. Zero gas: No need to fill up with pricey gas every time you mow, potentially saving significant costs over months.
  2. Zero maintenance: No gas, no oil changes, no worries about belts or engine priming – battery-powered mowers eliminate these inconveniences.
  3. Zero inconveniences: Forget about wrestling with pull cords or scheduling tune-ups and repairs; battery-powered mowers offer hassle-free operation.

In the battery powered lawnmower versus petrol lawnmower competition, battery powered options emerge as the winner in terms of ease, performance, and convenience. The transformative impact of battery powered technology has positioned Powerworks as a game changer in the electric lawnmower industry. No longer confined to noisy, gas-guzzling lawnmowers of the past, cleaner, faster, and more efficient battery-powered alternatives are now available. With battery powered mowers available in push and self-propelled models, Powerworks caters to every lawn and lifestyle.

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