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Electric Lawn Mowers Vs Petrol Lawn Mowers

Last Updated Nov 4, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

Mowing the lawn is just one of those essential garden maintenance tasks that everyone has to do in order to keep their green expanses looking lush and beautiful.  When mowing, you have the choice between electric and petrol lawn mowers, each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages, which we’ve outlined here.  Here’s what you need to know.

All about Electric Lawn Mowers

Electric lawn mowers run off electricity that is supplied to the mower through a power cord.  They are very small and lightweight so they’re a great option if you hate pushing a heavy mower around!  Electric mowers are also environmentally friendly as they produce no fumes and far less pollution.  They’re also very quiet to run, so you’re not as likely to annoy your neighbours.  There’s also the convenience factor with electric mowers – just pull it out and plug it in when you’re ready to mow!  No more making sure you have petrol for it!

Of course, there are some other things that you have to consider with electric mowers.  First is the fact that they require a cord to operate. You have to constantly move the cord out of the way so that you don’t run over it with the mower and sever it. You’re also limited by the length of the mower or extension cord and the placement of your power points in the area that you can actually mow.  Electric lawn mowers can also be slower to mow the lawn as they have a small cutting diameter and you may not be able to set the cutting height as precisely as you would like.

All about Petrol Lawn Mowers

Petrol lawn mowers run off the fuel that you get from the service station and they are a great choice if you have a large area to mow.  They are excellent at cutting the lawn and because they have a wider cutting diameter they make mowing faster.  You can also use petrol mowers on even the thickest of grass and be confident that they will get it through it without any problems.

However, there are some things that you need to consider.  If you have a two stroke mower, you’ll have to add oil to the petrol before you can begin to mow.  Four stroke mowers won’t require the addition of oil.  Also, you’ll have to go to the hassle of buying more petrol to fill the mower regularly, and you’ll need somewhere where you can store the petrol that you get.  Petrol mowers can also be very noisy when running, and can be heavy to push, making mowing an arduous task.  If you are concerned about the environment at all, you should know that petrol lawn mowers produce much more pollution than their electric counterparts.
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