Cordless Electric Vs. Gasoline Powered Mowers


Unless you want to spend the time and effort mowing your lawn with an old-fashioned push-reel lawnmower, you will be faced with two options when selecting a lawnmower: an electric lawnmower or a gasoline powered lawnmower. Both types of mower have merits and disadvantages which should be taken into consideration when making your selection.


According to the Environmental Protection Agency, emissions produced by gasoline powered motors are responsible for about 5 percent of the nation's air pollution yearly. Because of their motor type, gasoline lawnmowers produce more emissions than automobiles do. In a year, a gas mower may emit up to 87 pounds of greenhouse gas into the air. Most consumers who purchase electric lawnmowers do so to reduce the environmental impact that lawnmowers have on the atmosphere.


In the past, electric lawnmowers were limited to corded lawnmower models. While these lawnmowers were environmentally friendly, their range was limited to the distance allowed by an extension cord. Advances in battery technology have allowed manufacturers to produce a battery that can hold a charge powerful enough to operate a lawnmower for longer periods of time.


Despite the advantages offered by electric lawnmowers, some consumers still prefer gasoline powered motors for their advantages. Gasoline powered motors can still run longer than battery powered motors. Additionally, a gasoline powered motor can generate more horsepower than an electric motor. Although electric mowers need far less maintenance than gas mowers, owners of electric mowers have more trouble finding parts when their mowers break than owners of gas mowers do. Most electric lawnmowers are not self-propelled, while gasoline engine lawnmowers are.


Other benefits ascribed to electric mowers include less expense in maintenance and gasoline. A gasoline powered mower could cost its owner hundreds of dollars in annual maintenance and gasoline, while the average yearly maintenance fees incurred by an electric lawnmower owner are less than $25. Additionally, an electric lawnmower is quieter than one run on gasoline. Because most electric lawnmowers are not self-propelled, they are constructed to be much lighter than gasoline engine lawnmowers.


Although the advantages and disadvantages of both mowers mean that there is no clear winner in the debate between electric and gasoline engine lawnmowers, some communities are offering discounts on electric mowers that make them seem very attractive. Some locales in Ohio and California offer discounts to consumers who trade in gas mowers for electric mowers.

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After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.