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Forget about noisy and messy gas mowers that are hard to start and a pain to maintain. Make your lawn care simpler with an electric mower. These two models from Black & Decker have plenty of power and yet run quietly. Let’s look at them both and see which one will be best for you.

Black & Decker MM875

Black & Decker MM875

Black & Decker MM1800

Black & Decker MM1800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black & Decker MM875 Lawn Hog 19-Inch 12amp Electric Mulching Mower with Rear Bag (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

The MM875 has a 19-inch wide deck to help you cut the lawn as quickly as possible. That’s one inch wider than the MM1800 described below. But we need to discuss one thing first, and that’s cord management. If you’ve never used an electric mower, go see one in action. Before you begin cutting, you’ll need to consider your path to avoid tangling the extension cord around obstacles or running over it with the mower. Black and Decker recommends keeping the mower within 100 feet of an outlet. That is the only downside to an electric mower.

The upsides are numerous. Maintaining the MM875 means cleaning it off after mowing and sharpening the blade once a year. No oil changes, no battery charging, no gasoline or carburetors or any of the other work you’ll have to do with a gas or battery-powered mower.

If you want to mulch the grass, just pop in the plug insert in the back of the mower. Mulching means no lawn cleanup after mowing and less fertilizer to buy. You can also gather the clippings with the included bag that attaches on the rear of the mower.

Whether you are average height or not, the handle is adjustable so you can be comfortable pushing the MM875. It also collapses down so the mower can fit into small storage spaces. The grip is cushioned to dampen vibration so it’s more pleasant to hold than just plain metal. The deck is made of polycarbonate plastic with a lifetime warranty so you won’t have to deal with the body rusting out after a couple of seasons. The wheels are eight inches high in the back and seven inches in the front which makes it easy for the mower to deal with soggy ground and taller grass.

Speaking of height, the deck adjustment is done with just one lever, and it ranges from 1-1/4-inches up to 3-1/2-inches. This means you can take care of yards no matter what kind of turf they have, from tall fescue to short centipede grass.

More features of the Black & Decker MM875 Lawn Hog

  • 2-year limited warranty
  • Comes with bag and mulch plug insert
  • Optional side discharge chute available but not included (which makes this a 3-in-1 mower)
  • Weighs 52 pounds

 

Black & Decker MM1800 18-Inch 12amp Corded Electric Lawn Mower (Older Model)

The MM1800 is one inch narrower and a few pounds lighter than the Lawn Hog above, but this doesn’t mean it has less power. It features a 12Amp motor for dealing with tall grass and mulching leaves. It also comes with a mulch plug insert and a rear bag, so you can either leave mulch on the lawn or collect clippings for disposal.

Like the MM875, the MM1800 starts with just the pull of a lever and runs very quietly compared to a gas mower. The only downside is cord management. This mower is made for yards up to ¼ of an acre in size and should be operated within 100 feet of a power outlet. You’ll need to plan out a pattern for mowing so you don’t tangle the cord or run over it with the mower.

The wheels are tall enough to handle soggy ground and tall grass without bogging down. The cushioned handle adjusts to your height, a nice touch especially for owners who aren’t average in stature. The deck height raises and lowers with just a single lever from 1-1/4 inches to 3-1/2 inches high. The deck itself is made of a tough plastic and has a lifetime warranty. The only maintenance to do on this mower is cleaning it and keeping the blade sharp.

More features of the Black & Decker MM1800 mower

  • 2-year limited warranty
  • Comes with bag and mulch plug insert
  • Optional side discharge chute available but not included (which makes this a 3-in-1 mower)
  • Weighs 46 pounds, lighter than the MM875

Recommendation

Both of these mowers have a lot of happy owners and they are very similar in capabilities. The main differences are width and weight, so let’s decide between them.

If you want maximum lawn coverage in minimum time, consider getting the MM875. At 19 inches wide it’s the bigger of these two mowers.

If you want a mower that is a little lighter to lift in case you need to pop it in the trunk of your car, go with the MM1800.

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Why put up with a noisy gas mower, not to mention oil changes and other messy maintenance, when you can just charge a battery and mow? Let’s look at these two models from Black & Decker to see which one is best for you.

Black & Decker SPCM1936

Black & Decker SPCM1936

Black & Decker CM1936

Black & Decker CM1936

Black & Decker SPCM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Lawn Mower With Removable Battery

The SPCM1936 has a lot of convenient features that make mowing something you look forward to doing. For one, this mower is self-propelled with various mowing speeds. This means you only need to guide it, not push it. That’s a blessing on hot days! Of course, if your yard has rough terrain or a lot of slopes, the battery may drain faster.

The lawn mower’s battery handles up to 1/3 of an acre on one charge. How big is that? Over 14,000 square feet, more than the average American yard. The runtime is a little less than an hour, plenty to finish the yard even at a slow pace. There’s no need for cord yanking to get started—just insert the safety key and pull the handle. (This is a feature that protects children—no key, no dangerous spinning blades.)

Let’s look at the battery a little closer. First, it’s lead-acid, which means that it works best if charged right after being used, and it takes up to 12 hours to fully charge it. Frequent charging doesn’t damage it, but storing it partially charged will sap its power. The battery is easy to remove by lifting the latch on top of the mower and pulling up on the battery itself. Look at the indicator on top of the battery to see how much it has drained. Black & Decker says that it may take up to two charge cycles before the battery begins to operate at full capacity.

Another handy feature on this mower is the easy height adjustment. It’s done with just one lever. Select between 7 different heights, ranging from 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches. Now that’s control! You can also choose between bagging the clippings and discharging them onto the ground. (The mulching feature is available on the model below.)

Since the SPCM1936 is a cordless mower, there is almost zero maintenance to do on it. The main things to do are to keep the battery charged and check the blade to see if it needs sharpening. The body, or deck, is polycarbonate plastic so it will never rust, and this part has a lifetime warranty.

One last note: if you find that the wheels lock up, train yourself to release the orange bail handle before you come to a complete stop.

More features of the Black & Decker SPCM1936 mower:

  • 30-day money-back guarantee, 2-year limited warranty, lifetime warranty on the deck
  • Comes with bag, battery, charger, and safety key
  • Weighs 90 pounds (a bit more than the CM1936 described below) but it folds down for storage, and can be rolled on its rear tires instead of carried

Black & Decker CM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower With Removable Battery (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

The CM1936 has two advantages over the SPCM1936: it weighs 18 pounds less and comes with a mulching insert, or plate, as Black & Decker calls it. The main disadvantage is that it is not self-propelled.

This mower is like the SPCM1936 in that it covers about 1/3 of an acre on one charge. That’s about 14,000-square feet. Of course, rough terrain like taller grass and slopes may reduce its runtime. The battery is the same lead-acid model as in the other mower, and it takes about 12 hours to charge from empty. This is a battery you can leave on the charger. In fact, it’s better to do that than to store it only partially charged.

There are seven different wheel heights to choose from, from 1.5 to 3.5 inches high. There is just one lever to pull to adjust it, which is so much nicer than having to do each wheel independently.

But on to the reason you’ve read this far: the ability to mulch. First, insert the mulch plate inside the flap on the back. Then the mower cuts the grass clippings into smaller bits. If you choose to discharge them onto the grass, the bits blend in nicely and there’s no need for raking or cleanup. Plus, the clippings are fertilizer for the lawn. You end up saving time and money by mulching—no cleanup and less fertilizer to buy. Mulch doesn’t add to thatch, so you don’t have to worry about that.

When you’re all done with the CM1936, fold down the handle and store it in a small space. Remember to charge the battery!

More features of the Black & Decker CM1936 mower:

  • 30-day money-back guarantee, 2-year limited warranty, lifetime warranty on the deck
  • Comes with bag, battery, charger, mulch plate, and safety key

Recommendation

If you want a self-propelled mower, consider getting the SPCM1936. It has a wide range of speeds to accommodate your stride while mowing and makes cutting the grass so much easier.

If you want to mulch, and you don’t mind pushing your mower, go with the CM1936. It comes with the mulch plug insert ready to go.

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If you’re not a fan of filling a mower with gas, changing the oil, and cleaning out the carburetor, why not get a cordless lawn mower instead? They need a lot less maintenance, which means they can save you money. They are quiet while operating so you can work without destroying your hearing or upsetting the neighbors. These two models from WORX are ideal for small yards and homes without a lot of storage space. Let’s review them both and see which one will be the best for you.

worx wg775

worx wg775

worx wg782

worx wg782

 

 

WORX WG775 Lil’Mo 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower with Removable Battery and Grass Collection Bag

WORX says that this mower can cut 6,000-square feet on one charge. That’s great news for people with smaller lawns. Even better, it’s a 3-in-1 mower. It mulches, bags, or discharges at the rear onto the ground as it cuts.

Mulching is a time and money saver. It requires the user to insert a mulch plug and then the mower will re-cut the clippings into tinier bits before it expels them. The blade has a special mulching fin for this very purpose. The tiny bits can be left on the lawn. This solves the problem of raking up the grass after mowing and saves on buying as much fertilizer.

If you don’t want clippings on the lawn, or you want to save them for your garden, the WG775 comes with a bag. The bag holds up to almost a bushel of clippings. If you’re not sure what a bushel translates into, don’t worry, here’s the explanation. A full bushel of Kentucky bluegrass weighs 14 pounds and fits into 8 gallons. The bag on the WORX WG775 holds about 6.5 gallons of grass clippings so it weighs about 12 pounds when full. There is an indicator, a flap, on the bag that tells when it’s ready to empty.

Speaking of indicators, the battery can also tell you the status of its charge. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to recharge. According to many users, the battery lasts about two years before it needs to be replaced. They mention that it is essential to keep it protected from moisture. Keep in mind that it’s lead-acid, so the liquid inside it is corrosive.

Starting the mower is very simple: insert the key and pull the lever. There’s no cord to yank; it’s very straightforward. When you’re done mowing, the handle collapses so that the mower can be stored in a smaller space. It only weighs 32 pounds, so it’s actually easy to transport inside a car.

The battery is quick to remove and has a carrying handle. That makes it easy to take it inside the house to charge if you don’t have a place in the garage.

There are just two downsides to this mower. One, the wheels are small, only 5.5 inches in diameter. If your yard has longer grass or tough terrain it won’t be easy to push. Two, changing the mower height requires the user to adjust each wheel independently. This takes a little time, but at least there are only three settings, so it’s not too hard to get them all set evenly.

More features of the WORX WG775 lawn mower:

  • The mower has a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 3-year warranty
  • The battery has a 12-month warranty
  • The cutting height adjusts between 2 inches up to 3.5 inches
  • Included in the box with the mower are the battery and charger, bag, and mulch plug

 

WORX WG782 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower with IntelliCut

The WORX WG782 has two advantages over the WG775. It can cut up to 10,000-square feet on a single charge and it has IntelliCut. Ten thousand square feet is a bit more than the size of the average American lawn these days. WORX says the mower runs up to 40 minutes. Keep in mind that the blade is only 14 inches long, so this is a narrow mower. That could be helpful if you have tight spaces to squeeze through, but it means you’ll be going back and forth quite a bit to cover the yard.

Why does the WG782 cut up to 10,000 square feet while the WG775 does only 6,000 on a charge? They are almost the same mower except for IntelliCut. This is WORX’s system for giving this model longer runtime as well as power when needed. Imagine that you’re running over leaves that you want to mulch. No problem, move the IntelliCut switch to the Power setting. When you’re back to plain old lawn, move it to the Quiet setting. Power gives more torque and Quiet is just regular old cutting.

Like the other mower, the WG782 can mulch, bag, or expel clippings out the rear. It comes with a plug that needs to be inserted for mulching. The bag holds up to 0.85 bushels of clippings, and that translates to about 6.5 gallons or almost 12 pounds of grass.

Starting the mower is easy by inserting the key and pulling the lever. The battery pops out for charging indoors. Although it is the same battery as the one in the WG775, the included charger is different and takes 5 to 7 hours to refill the battery.

After the mowing is complete, the handle collapses so that the mower can be stored in a small space, like the trunk of a car. The mower only weighs 32 pounds.

Like the other mower, there are a couple of challenges. The wheels are small at only 5.5 inches in diameter. Because of that, the mower is much easier to push if the grass isn’t too tall or the ground soggy or rough. Again, the mower height changes between 2 inches, 2.75 inches, and 3.5 inches, but each wheel has to be adjusted independently.

More features of the WORX WG782 mower:

  • It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 3-year warranty
  • The battery has just a 12-month warranty
  • Included in the box with the mower are the battery and charger, bag, and mulch plug

 

Recommendation

These two 14-inch WORX mowers are best for people with smaller lawns under a third of an acre in size. They are quiet and require little maintenance, mainly charging the battery and sharpening the blades yearly.

If your lawn is 6,000-square feet or less, consider getting the WG775. Otherwise, the WG782 covers up to 10,000-square feet on one charge. As a bonus, the WG782 has the IntelliCut feature that allows for more power when needed, such as for mulching leaves.

 

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