Three ways to electrify your lawn care

Spring is here, and yard maintenance is in full swing. If you’re in the market to upgrade your lawn care equipment, you may want to consider these electric options.Spring is here, and yard maintenance is in full swing. If you’re in the market to upgrade your lawn care equipment, you may want to consider these electric options.

1. Electric Lawn Mowers

Newer cordless electric mowers are certainly more expensive than gas-powered mowers, but much of the upfront cost can be recovered since electricity is a less expensive fuel than gas, and electric engines generally require less maintenance than gas engines. Cordless electric mowers typically range from $200 to $500.

Electric mowers are suitable for most lawn care needs, with batteries that typically require about one to two hours to fully charge, and most batteries can run for a full hour. That said, if you have a large yard (half an acre or larger), a gas-powered option may be best to suit your needs.

2. Electric Trimmers

Cordless electric string trimmers are a great option for most lawns. They are much quieter and easier to use, but most batteries last about 30 to 45 minutes. So, if you have a lot of space to trim, you may want to consider a back-up battery or plan to work in short bursts. If you’re interested in purchasing an electric trimmer, the main factors to consider are the battery’s life, charge time and power. Costs can vary depending on your needs, but you can find a quality version for about $100.

3. Electric Leaf Blowers

Cordless electric leaf blowers are lightweight and easy to maneuver, but they don’t offer quite as much power as gas-powered and corded blowers. If your leaf blowing and clearing needs are minimal, a cordless electric leaf blower can get the job done. Costs for a cordless electric blower vary depending on power and battery quality, but you can purchase a dependable model for about $150 and up.

Be sure to do your homework. Search online for the latest reviews, and check trusted websites like ConsumerReports.org.

 

April 2020

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