electric or gas mower?

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by MrShorty, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. MrShorty

    MrShorty Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Time to buy a new mower (threw part of piston rod/crankshaft through the side of the engine on current mower).

    I've often been frustrated with carburators on gas mowers. The annual winter stretch without use is hard them. So I was wondering if anyone has any experience with electric lawnmowers. I think I'd prefer a corded model (don't want to trade carburator problems for battery problems). I need to decide soon, the grass will need cutting again in a few days.

    (aside. winter may have its downsides. One thing I do like about winter is the grass don't grow).
     
  2. Dr_Zero

    Dr_Zero Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    I went through a couple of gas mowers and was about to give up the darn crappy briggs and stratton motors really suck now days.
    Both the carbs did not make it a season and that is with stabil in the gas! then the craftsman one started knocking like a rod was about to fly out just junk.

    I looked and looked and finally found a cub cadet mower and it has been great! the motor is a honda clone they bought the rights to make from honda with a OHC.
    Its heavy but it cuts good and starts on the first pull!

    The electric one we used to have was ok till the cord got ran over LOL but with any type of tall grass it just couldnt handle the stress.
     
  3. Z71_guy

    Z71_guy Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts


    I would stick with the gas, are you talking push mower or riding? I would recommend a cub cadet or a simplicity
     
  4. CarpenterGuy

    CarpenterGuy Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    Stick with gas. about 6 years ago I had an electric mower and it SUCKED. We looked into mowers and found a Toro self propelled mower. It's been going strong for 6 years and starts on the first pull. The only work i've done on it is sprayin it off after every use and chainging the normal stuff like spark plugs, oil, and air filter. and sharpening the blade.

    If you want a riding mower, I say John Deere. I dont have one, i have a Troy Bilt (big mistake, i wish i had a Deere). My uncle has had his for 12 years or so with no complaints. It'll take down some THICK grass too.

    dont go electric
     
  5. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Cub Cadet is all we buy, but we buy the older models with the PTO and cast iron rear ends and cast iron motors. My dad won't buy a new one because of the aluminum motors in them, and they are just built cheesier. I would definately stick with a gas mower, I used to work at a store and we always got the electric mowers brought back because they didn't work right or were broke. We had bought an Ariens snowblower last year to try from Home Depot, and we were really impressed with the performance and quality of it and they also make riding and push mowers now.
     
  6. nickgiacalone

    nickgiacalone Rockstar 100 Posts

    i have never had a problem with a briggs motor. my mower and edger has one and all of our "big equipment" at work have briggs. at home i change the oil, sharpen the blade, new air filter, and new spark plug every spring. and for winter i run the tank dry and it starts on the first pull usually sometimes the second but never takes more then 2 pulls, unless i forget to put gas in it :rofl:
     
  7. kawasaki_kid

    kawasaki_kid Rockstar 100 Posts

    unless your yard it a big square, with nothing in the middle(trees, gardens, ... bird baths), dont go electric. the cord is suck a hasle, ecspecially in a yard like mine with a bunch of trees and bushes. i bought a gas mower from walmart(yard machines or something no name)two years ago, and i just started it up yesterday with no problems for the third season. all i have ever done is change the oil. it even ran on last years gas after a long manitoba winter. maybe i just got lucky.
     
  8. cascott325

    cascott325 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    i have a honda mower, optional self propultion, cuts great. you can carry on a conversation without yelling it is so quiet. easy to start and has an on off valve for the gas
     
  9. Denise

    Denise Rockstar GMTC Chick 100 Posts

    I prefer gas over electric. I have a briggs and stratton, haven't had issues with it, just run it out of gas before I store it for the winter. I usually have more issues with weed trimmers than mowers.

    Electric from what I notice have less power behind them as well as always having to know where that darn cord is !
     
  10. JMoney02

    JMoney02 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    I had a electric when I was young, Dad didn't want to take care of gas, didn't know how! Well, you will keep flipping the cord and one day run over it. Fix it several times, buy new cords and Oh, make sure that you have enough length, to make it to the end of your yard. Oh, do you have enough outlets to make it around the yard? Forget the rechargesables, if you have a big yard.... Oh, I have a snapper with a B/S motor now thats 9 yrs old, how do you destroy a Carb? One pull and she goes, self prop. 6 speed and its time to get a new one, why, because I can...........:rofl:

    Jeff
     

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