Electrical Lawn Mower : GOODBYE BLACK AND DECKER

| Monday, April 22, 2013

I always use an electric mower, no fumes/noise/pulling a darn cord to start etc., but for years I thought B & D were the only manufacturers serious about providing a credible machine. However their plastic housing deteriorates long before the motor wears out and the first rock you accidentally run over will likely punch a hole in the underside; at least that's what happened to the last three I bought! So this year when a wire disconnected somewhere inside the housing of my B & D and the authorized dealer refused to look at it because the housing was hole-ridden, I decided it was time for a change.

The reviews for the Greenworks 25022 were good, being manufactured in China appeared to be the only complaint. There were also a few gripes about having to put it together, but that did not concern me. I placed my order on Amazon and the mower arrived (no mailing charge) a few days later. The only blemish was a few tears in the fabric grip which covers the handle but nothing to get upset about. The "assembly" entailed tightening two screws to connect the upper handle to the lower one. It took approximately three minutes!

The machine looked good and the metal sheeting of the body appears to be as thick as my neighbor's Toro gas mower. The blade, which one reviewer (B & D employee?) stated was paper-like thin, is similar in every way to the one on my old B & D. Features I also liked were the large rear tires and the pig-tail to attach your cord to. With the B & D you have only a socket.

I live in the Seattle area and lately it had been raining, and raining. My old B & D hated the rain and would quickly seize up when the wet grass began to gather in the holes on the underside of the bodywork and clog the blade. I decided this would be a good test for the 25022. Rain boots and plastic poncho on I pulled it onto the saturated lawn, where the grass was a good four inches long. I plugged it in and was delighted to hear the quiet whirl of the blade mowing down the wet grass. As I continued mowing my wife came out to complain about the noise! It was not the noise from the mower that bothered her, it was my singing.

Goodbye B&D and good riddance, cut your prices in half and I may buy one as a back-up but probably not.

Greenworks 25022 12 Amp 20-in 3-in-1 Electric Lawn Mower

Electric Lawn Mower 25022 Power: 12A Features: -Mulch side discharge and rear bag. -Available in 12A and 24V power. -7 Position single lever adjustment. -20" Cutting width. -7" Front and 10" rear wheel size. -Assembly required.

  • Powerful 12 Amp motor for getting the job done
  • Robust steel 20" cutting deck offers highest performance and durability
  • 3-in-1 feature provides multiple options for grass clippings from rear bagging, side discharge and mulching capabilities for versatile needs
  • Single lever 7-position height adjustment offers range of cutting height from 1 1/2" to 3 3/4" for the perfect cut on all types of grass
  • Wider 10" rear wheels and 7" front wheels makes it easy to maneuver around uneven terrain and around your flower beds

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