mellowtigger: (Terry 2004)
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I spent my tax refund on a new lawnmower.

I  intended to switch to a powerless push mower that has the spiral blades on it.  They sell for only $100, and there are no CO2 emissions and no chemical batteries either.  I accepted a used one from somebody, though, and I had difficulty with it.  (It was known to be problematic, which is why the previous owner was looking to get rid of it.)  So I splurged with my tax refund on a battery mower instead.

I got a Ryobi 16" 40V mower that also comes with 4A lithium ion battery and charger.  It cost about $320 altogether with tax.  I tried it out this afternoon.  My yard is just slightly too big to mow on a single charge.  I missed just a few stripes in the back yard.  Maybe if I don't let the grass grow so high (so it doesn't require covering ground more than once), then I'll have faster coverage on a single charge.  It takes almost 2 hours to fully charge the battery again.  It was plenty powerful, though.  Actually, it was as decent as most gas mowers that I've tried.

The good thing about the Ryobi model is that the 40V battery works with several of their yard tools.  I can see myself buying more of their tools to make better use of the investment.  This particular mower also includes a mulching attachment so instead of catching grass clipping in the bag, you can ditch the bag altogether, which I did.

This model is also lighter than a gas-powered mower, so it's easier to lift it inside the house.  I have nowhere outside the house to store it.  The handle also folds up easily for even more compact storage.  It's also much quieter than a standard mower.  Since it's quieter and lighter, it makes mowing the yard easier.

We'll see how it holds up over the years.



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