Top 3 Best Corded (Electric) Lawn Mower

Lawn grass require regular trimming so that the grass have the same short height, which serves to enhance the appearance of the lawn as well as make it suitable for recreational purposes. A special wheeled machine called a lawn mower is equipped with spinning blades which cut, or trim, the grass surface to a specified even height. Normally, most lawn mowers feature a master lever (or related height-adjusting mechanism) that allows the user to adjust the height to which the grass is to be cut (or reduced) to. There are different types and sizes of lawn mowers for cutting different grass types in different sizes of lawns. These lawn mowers can be categorized, depending on how they are moved around the field, into 4 broad categories; push mowers, ride-on mowers, self-propelled mowers, and walk-behind self-propelled mowers. In push mowers, you stand behind the mower and push it around the lawn, while the ride-on (or riding) mowers are designed as 4-wheel ultra-compact small tractors that can be driven around the field.

Self-propelled mowers are battery-powered mowbots (robotic lawnmowers) that drive themselves around the field. On the other hand, the walk-behind self-propelled lawnmower lacks an artificial intelligence to guide it around the field, and this requires a human to walk (not push) behind them and guide the mower across the field. Most high-quality electric lawn-mowers are the walk-behind self-propelled type.

Still, what powers the cutting blades? These blades can be powered in 3 main ways; manually powered in push mowers where the wheel rotation mechanically powers the blade to cut the grass. Secondly, there are the engine-powered ride-on and walk-behind self-propelled mowers where fuel powers the engine that operates the blades. Then, there are the electrically-powered (electric) mowers that uses high-capacity motors to drive the blades to cut the grass. These electric mowers are divided into 2 groups; the battery-powered (cordless) mowbots and walk-behind self-propelled lawnmowers, and the corded walk-behind self-propelled lawnmowers.

Corded (also called plug-in) lawnmowers have an electric cord with a plug which needs to be fitted into a socket or power outlet. These low-maintenance lawnmowers are lighter and more powerful than the battery-powered lawn-mowers. This makes them suitable for creating unique lawn patterns, and handling stubborn grass and weeds that have overgrown over a field. Therefore, these lawnmowers are suitable for residential lawn owners, gardeners, and lawn maintenance specialists.

It is important that you choose the right lawn-mower that matches your lawn needs. Likewise, other attributes such as quality and durability of the equipment must be factored in as maintenance cost and equipment longevity determine how much value you get from your lawn mower. For this reason, you need to know what to check for in a corded lawn mower before acquiring it, and the buyer guide that follows the products review describes the main things to check for.

This review focuses on 3 of the best corded electric lawn mowers.

1. Sun Joe MJ401E – Best for Small Lawns

This is a compact, lightweight, and high-quality rotary mower that comes with a 16.5-inch cutting deck and a 10.6gallon detachable (grass catcher) bag. It is well-suited for maneuvering around tight spaces which ensures that your entire lawn (including corner sections) is well prepared. It uses a push-button to start the machine, and also comes with a fully-functional safety switch which prevents accidental starting. This easy-to-use compact machine has 4 rugged all-terrain wheels which allows you to cut grass across a rugged and uneven lawn terrain. This model also features manual height control which adjusts the height of the cutting blade to one of 3 positions. This lawn mower is built by Snow Joe, and its model number is MJ401E. Its color scheme is green.

This light-weight model weighs about 28pounds, and it is 38.5inches long, 16.5inches wide and 36inches tall. It is built to deliver a cutting power equivalent to a gas-powered mower. It is powered by a 12-amperes motor whose maximum power draw is 1440watts. Its wheels have ultra-light weight, yet considerably tough and durable, plastic tires which help to minimize their overall weight. This machine can work with a 100feet long 12-gauge extension cord which allows the user to trim 100square-feet per trip, with a turn-around trip trimming 200square-feet of the lawn. This allows one to quickly trim the entire lawn within a short time. Even so, it is usually shipped while bundled with a 16-gauge cord.

This model uses a 14-inch long steel cutting blade which is housed in a durable 16-inch wide deck that is made from high-quality, lightweight ABS plastic. Along the right vertical bar of the ergonomic handle is a manual height-control lever that allows the user to trim the grass to a tailored height. This is achieved by setting this manual height-control lever to any of its 3 positions, which allows the blade to raise to a maximum height of 2.52inches above ground, or to descend to a minimum height of 1.18inches above the ground surface. This model uses 2-in-1 cutting options.

The grass clippings are thrown off the blade and into the detachable grass catcher bag that is fitted at the rear open port of the cutter deck housing. This rear bag has a hard top.

This ETL-approved, maintenance-free model is supported by a 2-year warranty.

Pros

– Suitable for precision cutting.

– Lightweight at 28pounds.

– Has a 14-inch steel blade.

– Cut width is 14inches.

– Easy to use.

– Uses bagging for disposing grass clippings.

– Uses a manual 3-position height control lever.

– Adjustable blade height whose range is 1.18-2.52inches above ground.

– 24-month warranty.

Cons

– Maximum length per trip limited by cable length.

– Not suitable for maintaining a large lawn.

2. Black-Decker MTE912 – Best for Patterning Small Lawns

This is a compact, lightweight, and high-quality rotary mower that is described as a 3-in-1 model as it can be used as a mower, trimmer, or edger. These versatile landscaping functionality makes it suitable for shaping the trimmed grass and hedge into unique patterns. It has a detachable mower deck, and uses a gear-drive transmission to transfer power from the motor to the blade. It comes with a 15-inch cutting deck. It is well-suited for maneuvering around tight spaces which ultimately ensures that your entire lawn, including corners, is well prepared. This easy-to-use compact machine has 4 rugged all-terrain wheels which allows you to cut grass across a rugged and uneven lawn terrain. This model also features manual height control which adjusts the height of the cutting blade to one of 7 pre-determined positions. This lawn mower is built by Black and Decker Outdoor, a subsidiary of Black-and-Decker Inc which focuses in manufacturing outdoor power appliances. Its model number is MTE912. Its color scheme is black.

This light-weight model weighs about 13pounds, and it is 36.6inches long, 15.3inches wide and 7.38inches thick. It has a single handle bar that features an ergonomic handle and hosts the height-control lever bar. It is shipped without a cord. Eve so, it can work with a 100feet long 12-gauge extension cord.

This compact model is powered by a 6.5-amperes motor. Its wheels have ultra-light weight, yet considerably tough and durable, plastic tires which help to minimize its overall weight.

This model uses a 12-inch long tough cutting blade which is housed in a durable 15-inch wide deck that is made from high-quality and lightweight ABS plastic. Along vertical bar of the ergonomic handle is a manual height-control lever that allows the user to trim the grass to a tailored height. This is achieved by setting this manual height-control lever to any of its 7 positions, which allows the blade to raise to a maximum height of 2.4inches above ground, or to descend to a minimum height of 1.6inches above the ground surface. This model uses 3-in-1 cutting options.

This model is supported by a 2-year limited warranty.

Pros

– Suitable for precision cutting.

– Lightweight at 13pounds.

– Has a 12-inch high-quality blade.

– Cut width of 12inches.

– Easy to use.

– Uses a manual 7-position height control lever.

– Adjustable blade height whose range is 1.6-2.4inches above ground.

– 24-month limited warranty.

Cons

– Maximum length per trip limited by cable length.

– Not suitable for maintaining a large lawn.

3. GreenWorks 25022 – Best for Maintaining a Luxuriant Lawn.

This is a compact, medium-weight, and high-quality rotary mower that comes with 3 options for managing grass clippings; side chute discharge, rear bagging, and mulching. It is suited for cutting tough grass and maintaining a luxuriant lawn as the mulch produced serves as natural mineral-rich fertilizer for enhancing grass growth in the trimmed lawn. It comes with a spacious 20-inch cutting deck. This easy-to-use compact machine has 4 rugged all-terrain wheels which allows you to cut grass across a rugged and uneven lawn terrain. The front wheels have a diameter of 7inches, while the diameter of the rear wheels is 10inches. This model also features manual height control which adjusts the height of the cutting blade to one of 7 positions. This lawn mower is built by GreenWorks, and its model number is 25022. Its color scheme is green.

This medium-weight model weighs about 56pounds, and it is 26.9inches long, 20inches wide and 18inches thick. It has an inverted-U handle bar that features an ergonomic handle and hosts the height-control lever bar. It is built to deliver a cutting power equivalent to a gas-powered mower. It is powered by a 12-amperes, 24-volts motor. Its wheels have ultra-light weight, yet considerably tough and durable, plastic tires which help to minimize its overall weight. This machine can work with a 100feet long 12-gauge extension cord which allows the user to trim more than 100square-feet per trip, with a turn-around trip trimming over 200square-feet of the lawn. This allows one to quickly trim the entire lawn within a short time.

This model uses a 20-inch long high-quality cutting blade which is housed in a durable deck that is made from high-quality stamped steel. Along the right vertical bar of the ergonomic handle is a manual height-control lever that allows the user to trim the grass to a tailored height. This is achieved by setting this manual height-control lever to any of its 7 positions, which allows the blade to raise to a maximum height of 3.75inches above ground, or to descend to a minimum height of 1.5inches above the ground surface. This model uses 2-in-1 cutting options.

The grass clippings are thrown off the blade and into the detachable grass catcher bag that is fitted at the rear open port of the cutter deck housing.

This medium-duty model is supported by a 4-year warranty.

Pros

– Suitable for precision cutting.

– Has a 20-inch high-quality blade.

– Cut width of 20inches.

– Easy to use.

– Uses bagging for disposing grass clippings.

– Uses a manual 7-position height control lever.

– Adjustable blade height whose range is 1.50-3.75inches above ground.

– 48-month warranty.

Cons

– Maximum length per trip limited by cable length.

– Not suitable for maintaining a large lawn.

Buyer Guide

Corded lawn mowers are low-maintenance, whisper-quiet equipment that can cut grass to different heights, as well as shape the grass into unique patterns across the field. These machines are also affordable and long-lasting, but the price for different models vary depending on quality and scope of work that the model can do. Also, user experience must be considered. Still, you need to choose the best machine that fits your budget, and this can be done by factoring in the following:

Blade Quality

The main maintenance work in a corded lawn mower involves sharpening the blades. Generally, blades in these lawn-mowers come in 2 main configurations; rotary mowers and reel mowers. In rotary mowers, the blade(s) is fitted on a vertical hub which allows the blade to spin around a vertical axis. On the other hand, in reel (also called cylinder) mowers, the blades are assembled on a horizontally-oriented hub which when it rotates creates a cylinder-like effect as the spinning blades push (sometimes even throw) the grass at a high velocity onto a stationary cutting bar which slices the top part of the grass. Most corded lawn mowers are rotary mowers. As expected, the sharpness of the blade in rotary mowers greatly affect the quality of mowing as opposed to the reel mowers which can still operate relatively well even with mildly blunt blades. For this reason, it is very important for the user to sharpen the blade once in a while.

Even so, repeated blade sharpening causes the blade to lose some of its mass, and even become brittle and prone to breakage. It is for this reason that one is advised to select lawn mowers that have blades built from durable, corrosion-resistant, and high-tensile materials as they can retain their sharpness for long periods hence increasing the duration between sharpening sessions.

The key disadvantage of rotary mowers is that blunt blades need to spin at an incredibly fast rate so that they can gain enough momentum that allows the blade to cut the grass when it impacts onto it(grass). This requires the electric motor to draw in more power hence increasing the rate of electricity consumption. Likewise, the cut grass appear shredded and have rough cuts on their top edge which quickly dies as it is exposed onto the sun hence causing the top edge of the lawn to be discolored. Therefore, it is prudent that you purchase a lawn mower with a durable high-quality blade and also know how to properly sharpen the blade. It is advisable that you asks the vendor to sharpen the blade of a new machine so that know how to perform this task.

Grass Clippings

Pieces of cut grass tend to stick to the blade, and as it turns, the blade throws these grass clippings around the blade housing (cutter deck housing) which ultimately interferes with how smoothly the blade spins inside the cutter deck housing. Furthermore, grass clipping stuck on blunt blades causes the blade to only shred grass hence adding more clippings onto itself (blade). Ultimately, the blade becomes clogged and grass cutting can even grind to a halt.

Therefore, it is important for one to find out how a particular model of lawn mower handles grass clippings. Generally, high-quality mowers handle grass clippings using 3 mechanisms; bagging, mulching, and chuting. For chuting, the mower has a chute – a vertically inclined open slot – in the cutter deck housing through which grass clippings can fall off from the interior of the housing. In bagging, the grass clippings are thrown into a bag located at the back of the cutter deck housing.

In mulching, the mower incorporates a special cutter that cuts the grass clippings into fine slices which then fall off onto the ground as finely-cut natural fertilizer. This enhances the growth and development of the lawn grass into beautiful and luxuriant lawn while cutting down on the need for fertilizer hence ultimately reducing the cost of lawn maintenance.

It is advisable that one selects mowers that use mulching or bagging for managing grass clippings.

Ease of Use

The length of field that can be mowed down by a corded lawn mowers is limited to its cable length. Therefore, the longer the cable the better (though this depends on the length of your homestead lawn). Still, long cables are prone to becoming tangled, and in the most serious case, being pulled under the cutter deck housing where it is cut by the blade. Therefore, when selecting a lawn mower, check on its length and the make of the cord so that one acquires a model whose cord does not interfere with grass cutting.

Secondly, you need to check if the handle height can be adjusted so that any responsible member of your family can use the machine. This also relates to weight maneuverability as heavy corded mowers are difficult to operate, especially if they have short handles as this requires you to manually generate lots of torque when navigating corners. Therefore, good weight maneuverability and height-adjustable handle are desirable.

Blade Height Adjustment

The cutting blade and its drive system are housed in the cutting deck housing. This spacious housing is designed to allow the blade to descend down or be lifted up, hence adjusting the height of the cut grass. The owner performs this blade height adjustment using a height-adjustment lever which interacts with the blade using a plastic lift mechanism.

Before acquiring a mower, you need to check the number of blade height positions that it can achieve, and then determine if the corresponding grass heights are suitable for your lawn.

Motor Power

The motor drives the cutting blade via a crankshaft. This minimizes the loss of torque thus ensuring that almost all the power generated by the motor is used to drive the blade. For this reason, a motor that has a high power output is more desirable than one with a low power output.

Grass Cut Quality

Unlike fuel-powered lawn mowers, corded mowers do not vibrate when in use as the motor assembly is housed in a vibration-minimizing housing, and this allows corded mowers to produce grass that have less serrated edges as compared to engine-powered mowers. However, the density of serrations in the cut lawn increases as the blade gradually loses its sharpness in a corded lawn mower. This leads to a poor grass cut quality. This also means that you need to check how the motor runs in its motor house assembly so that you acquire a mower with zero, or near-zero, vibrations.

Another factor that affects cut quality is blade length as a long blade possesses more momentum which allows it to cut down grass in a more energy efficient fashion as compared to mowers with short blade lengths. The blade length also determines the width of lawn that it mowed at any particular moment, also called cut width.

Maintenance

Apart from blade maintenance, corded lawn mowers require one to spray non-stick lubrication oil inside the cutting deck housing.

Lawn Incline

The terrain of your lawn also affect the performance of your corded lawn mower as most mowers can support a gradient of up-to 15degrees. This means that if your field has a slope greater than 15degrees, you would need to perform some modifications in the mower.

Conclusion

Corded lawn-mowers are low-maintenance, light-weight and powerful machines that are suitable for trimming lawns, creating unique lawn patterns, and handling stubborn grass and weeds that have overgrown in a field. These lawnmowers are suitable for residential lawn owners, gardeners, and lawn maintenance specialists. Before purchasing one, you need to check if it is the right model that suits the lawn needs. To do so, you need to check the blade quality, how the mower handles grass clippings, and the blade height adjustment features. Also, user experience must be factored in alongside its motor power, grass cut quality, and maintenance needs, as well as determine whether it can work well in a sloped lawn. Even so, the best corded electric lawn mower can be identified for different lawn needs, with Sun Joe MJ401E being suitable for trim

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