As more companies and consumers aim to decrease their environmental footprints, they are increasingly turning to alternative sources of power. From solar powered airplanes to electric vehicles, there’s no shortage of innovation in the power generation market.
Among the latest advancements, electric lawn mowers are giving the gas-powered variety some competition. But what are the main differences in terms of usability and price?
Cost of Electric Lawn Mowers VS Gas Powered
Just like we’ve seen in cars, battery-powered lawn mowers tend to be more costly than gas-powered competitors. Sometimes, the prices are even double what most people are used to.
In addition, the batteries themselves will need to be factored into the true costs since they’ll likely need to be replaced during the life of the mower. Electric mower batteries cost around $150 each, so that is another expense to consider.
Alternatively, gas powered mowers require fuel and engine maintenance, which typically costs around $20 per year. This is a significant cost savings, as it would take 10 years for the gas powered mowers to reach the same costs as the electric variety.
Convenience and User Experience of Electric VS Gas Mowers
While electric mowers are more expensive, they do have some advantages for users. First, there’s the obvious benefit of not having to inhale exhaust fumes or worry about gas or oil leaks and storage. Most people keep a gas can in their shed or garage specifically to re-fill their lawnmowers, which can be a fire hazard. This is eliminated with electric mowers.
Electric lawn mowers also start at the push of a button with little fuss, in addition to cutting down on engine noise. All-in-all, they provide a more user friendly experience – unless you have a very large property (think more than 1/3 acre), in which case you run the risk of having to re-charge in the middle of mowing. Though batteries are getting better, they do still have a limited range. And if you opt for a corded electric mower, your range can only go as far as that wire.
Overall, deciding on the right mower option depends a lot on your property and personal preferences. If you have a smaller lot and prefer ease of use and less maintenance, an electric model might be best. If you have substantial acreage to mow, you’re likely better off with a gas powered unit that can handle the job in one sitting.