+119 I'm more excited about electrifying lawn equipment than cars, amirite?

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I got an electric lawn mower two years ago. Don't even need to wear hearing protection anymore!

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Yup, me too. It's great and the same batteries run the string trimmer, leaf blower, and hedge trimmer. I will say my 60V mower is not as powerful as a gas mower in thick grass, or for bagging grass, but it's sufficient as long as I don't let it get crazy-long.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Too bad that doesn't work with leaf blowers and vacuum cleaners! Noise machines.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I personally believe lawn care is a scam perpetuated by the lawnmower lobby

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Eh, it's worse than that. It dates back to feudal land owners who would keep large lawns as decoration to flaunt their wealth.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Well I like my Wealth & my Lawn.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I haven't used gas powered lawn equipment in 8 years. It isn't just that they are quieter, they are also a hell of a lot less smelly and light on maintenance. For commercial applications electric isn't there yet, but a lot of people could easily convert.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I've found most of the electric lawn equipment to not be very durable for my uses. The maintenance on gas lawn equipment isn't very hard or time consuming

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I'm guessing you use your equipment lots more than most of us then

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I wish my neighbor would switch. He's seriously anal about his lawn, and will spend 6 hours blowing every single leaf and loose blade of grass out of his yard. Unfortunately, electric lawn equipment just doesn't last long enough. The batteries run out in no time, so if you have a large yard (or you're obsessive and use your leaf blower for 6 hours), then electric just won't cut it.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I just have two batteries, and have plenty of run time for mowing, trimming, and blowing the grass clippings. Toro 60V.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

We have 60V batteries too, but it takes 3 of them just to mow the yard (and even then the 3^rd one sometimes doesn't quite make it). Trimming and everything else has to be done the next day when the batteries are recharged.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

We got an electric lawnmower not too long ago. I didn't even know they existed, honestly. Best purchase ever made. It's fantastic.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

For small yards/burbs sure they are fine but they are awful on anything larger.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I have a 2 acer lawn. My 48v 75ah takes care of the entire thing on one charge.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Where I'm from there's a 5 acre minimum for selling or splitting a piece of land. No electric weed eater or lawn mower is coming close to being able to handle that. Also the few zero turn mowers that they have made electric are more than double the cost of gas.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

The best part of the Ryobi electric mower is I would wait until the sun set on hot days. I could be out there quietly mowing and not disturbing the neighbors. It even had little headlights when it started to get a little dark.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

My electric lawn mower is 100000x better because its incredibly light. Only issue I have is that the torque is not as strong so if I let it get too long I have to break out the gas powered one to chop it down.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

At our office campus, this was one the biggest complaints everybody had. Than a company that uses all electric equipment got the maintenance contract, and what a joy it was.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Who else pictured a lawn mower getting struck by lightning? 🤔

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Lawn mowers aren't regulated like cars, so inhaling their fumes is much more dangerous as well.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Got a battery powered self-propelled lawnmower 3 years ago and it's great! It can probably only do about .5 acres before it needs a recharge which is perfect for my lawn but I could see that being annoying for larger yards.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I have a battery powered lawnmower now and I can listen to my audio book while mowing the lawn, so that's a nice bonus too.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

There are plenty of companies that still make those reel-style mowers that work just by pushing them.. Then you don't need gasoline or electricity. They also cut the grass more cleanly resulting in a healthier lawn.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Electric lawnmowers have been the norm in my country my entire life. They don't improve anything. Neither do electric leaf blowers or hedge trimmers.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Sure hope this isnt unpopular, I sell battery operated lawn equipment for a living

by Anonymous 9 months ago

They have the equivalent of a lawn Roomba now. I want one soooo bad lol

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Getting rid of lawns altogether or replacing them with turf that doesn't need to be mowed would be better, but, yeah, when I'm mowing what's left of mine, it sounds like I'm vacuuming the lawn.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

That's *been* electrified for a while now though......

by Anonymous 9 months ago

My grandfather had an electric lawnmower in the 70s in South Africa...

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I use earplugs when mowing, etc..

by Anonymous 9 months ago

What do you neighbors do

by Anonymous 9 months ago

you neighbors do? If you meant what do YOUR neighbors do, I imagine they also use earplugs when they mow their own Lawns too.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Love this response. Are we then not going to have children because the neighbors dont want to hear a crying child? Am i not allowed to have a swimming pool in my backyard because my children are running around having a good time because my neighbor doesnt like it?

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Thank you! And I mow my Lawn for maybe 2 Hours per Week and I never do it during Hours where noise is restricted (11 PM-7 AM in my town). And other houses are not very close to mine so the noise isn't that loud for them. I use earplugs to protect my hearing since I am literally holding the machines. If my wife or other family are sitting outside when I do it, I suggest they use earplugs too because I wouldn't want anyone's hearing spoiled.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

How dare you try and cut your lawn when its a perfectly sunny day within the hours you are allowed to make noise. Your neighbors are going to be scarred for life now that you dare cut your lawn. You should let it grow out so you can get cited by the city to save the planet.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

LOL! :)

by Anonymous 9 months ago

It's almost as if that's a sign that it doesn't have to be that way.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I couldn't agree more, and it's like people wait fir someone else to finish and then they start so the noise is pretty much constant. Ugh

by Anonymous 9 months ago

How about landscaping with native plants that attract pollinators. Could be a lot easier to maintain and more beneficial

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I recently planted an oak tree native to my area. I literally don't have to do anything. It just thrives.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Wish that didn't mean inviting ticks into my house. I don't need acres of grass, but some space for my kid to run around is nice

by Anonymous 9 months ago

How about no to deer ticks, fleas and (excessive) spiders And from what i can tell of visiting such properties, they must be very difficult to maintain because those people didnt maintain them at all. I imagine grooming a multitude of different plants is harder than cutting some grass

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I'm good with that too. I'd much rather see native plants in silence than grass with all this noise.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Agree but not for the same reasons. Electrifying cars is stupid, it's a band-aid on a broken system. Increased investment in public transportation networks is the solution to reducing transportation emissions. And before someone says « this isn't possible in rural areas »: I know, I'm not saying get rid of cars but make it so that they are not critical in places where they shouldn't be like major metropolitan areas.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

No thanks - my electric bill is over $200 per month now. I don't need a bunch more chargers upping it more. Now if they ever standardized batteries or even chargers we can talk.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Buy from the same company. My lawn mower, my bush saw, my electric tree scissors all use the same battery and there are leaf blowers, ect also in store for the same battery.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I'm all for electric cars AND tools, I don't believe for one second that they work for everyone. Battery/motor tech is improving every day, maybe someday I'll retire my mowers for electric.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Nothing beats a gas mower. It isn't even that loud. Any television or music can drown out the sound. Personally, i don't mind the noise. At least my neighbors care about their lawns.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I just want a clover lawn, but yeah, that does still sound like a big upgrade.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

You'd love my neighbourhood. We all use battery powered mowers.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Not me, gas all the way baby!

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Honestly, yeah. Buying gas for my mower is tedious and annoying

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Is.. Is that not already common? Battery powered lawn equipment has been a thing for a while now.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

The noise and the smell!! Yes!! Can't wait for the electric versions 💯

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Just texted my bro. 2 lawns cut, weed ate, and blown on 2 ryobi 40v 6ah batteries as of right now. I DO NOT REGRET THE SWITCH!! If anyone is on the fence. Plenty of power! So much torque for the self propulsion. More than any gas mower I've ever used.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I have an electric mower and weed whacker. It's sweet for my 1/4 acre yard. When the name-brand battery dies in a few years I'll get a generic replacement.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I love my electric mower for my house but I absolutely need my rider for my cabin.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I would if it wasn't for planned obsolescence. The longer you own it, the harder it is to find proprietary batteries/chargers.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I heard somewhere weed wackers produce like 100x the emissions than a pickup truck. Something absurd to that effect. Only problem is most electric wackers suck. I've used electric lawn tools for about a decade and though battery life has improved most are still underpowered for the job.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I really enjoy not reeking like gas and oil when I'm done using my electric chainsaw, that's for damn sure. Someday all the god damn leaf blowers will be nice and quite too.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

And here I am with an old school reel mower

by Anonymous 9 months ago

It has to be sunny for atleast a week before my lawn can be mowed. I live in a area that has lots of clay and I'm always getting stuck….I doubt an electric mower would last a year. Probably works great in cities with people who have tiny yards

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Ya that's because you get to own a house with a lawn

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Yep, I use a landline phone and film cameras, too. And that letter to my sister should arrive early next week. Another week and I might get a picture back.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

All my garden equipment is using 20V lithium batteries. You have to have a stock of loaded batteries ready though, but I enjoy it.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

The battery is the only issue, but I got the same brand for my weed Wacker and mower, so when one dies I just use the other one. Ones always charging. But the ease to use them, the weight and noise are way superior

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I have an electric weed eater (whacker... What ever y'all call it). It still makes noise, just not as loud.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Neighbor behind me has the loudest backpack blower I have ever heard and uses it at least 3 times a week. Can't have windows open or my hearing will become worse than it already is.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I've heard stories saying that lawn equipment is actually much more polluting than the typical truck, but I'm not sure about CO2 itself. Being excited about electric lawn equipment might actually be more impactful than you might imagine.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I went electric for mower and snowblower. They use the same size battery, so I have a spare year round ;)

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I was walking the dogs and one of my neighbours had an electric lawnmower. We had a full on conversation about it and I realised she never turned it off. Yet we were talking at a normal level. It's fairly quiet If they weren't so expensive I'd like to own one.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

They do, just get ryobi tools, their batteries work for their cordless lawn mower.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

most household level lawn equipment, afaik, is electric. Not silent, even if the motor were to be simply because you have a lot of moving parts and friction, but electric nonetheless

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I have battery-powered electric lawn equipment. It still makes noise though.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

I know 5 people that bought electric mowers and they swear by them.

by Anonymous 9 months ago

Here's the problem (and my foreman brought this up the other day): gas-powered equipment may be louder, but it's cheaper than electric equipment. I'm all for helping the environment, and it would be lovely to not wear ear protection everyday while I work, but if people want us to switch to electric equipment, it needs to be cheaper.

by Anonymous 9 months ago