How to Maintain an Electric Lawnmower

Overview

Electric lawnmowers reduce air pollution, noise pollution and only cost about $5 to charge per year. There are two types of of electric lawnmowers: mowers with a cord and the more popular cordless mowers. Both have their disadvantages, namely, difficulty mowing a large lawn, but both manage to keep the person mowing and the Earth a little bit healthier. As electric lawnmowers require no oil, gas or tune-ups, they are easier to care for than their gas components (and less expensive). Knowledge of how to keep your electric lawnmower in good shape will keep it lasting longer.

Step 1

Charge the battery according to the manufacturer's instructions if you have a cordless mower. This will keep it running at its best for as long as possible.

Step 2

Wipe down your mower after every session with a damp rag. Also clean the blades, keeping them free of accumulated dirt, debris and grass. Use a putty knife if you are having trouble dislodging some items. This will ensure a closer cut.

Step 3

Inspect your grass every so often after a cut. If the tops of the blades are ragged, this means your blade is dull. In that case, get the blade sharpened at a shop or do it yourself. If you choose the latter, remove the blade and file away metal from each side of the blade evenly.

Step 4

Store your electric lawnmower away from the elements. Rain could rust and damage the electric system. Take the battery out of a cordless lawnmower for the winter to prevent loss in life.

Step 5

Replace the battery of your electric lawnmower every five to seven years. This will again ensure that your lawn mower is operating in top shape.

Tips and Warnings

  • When working underneath the lawn mower, make sure it is disconnected from its power source.

Things You'll Need

  • Wet rag
  • Putty knife

References

  • Mother Earth News: Cordless and Electric Lawn Mowing Machines
  • Lawn Care: Electric Lawn Mowers -- Pros and Cons
  • Madison Gas & Electric: Manual and Electric Lawn Mowers
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About this Author

Sarah Morse recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature. She has been freelancing for three months and got her start writing for an environmental website.