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Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by [email protected], Jun 30, 2006.

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  1. Guest

    Hi all....

    Not sure where to post this so will try here. Hope you
    don't mind.

    I'm in market for new lawn mower. I know I don't want
    to go back a gas powered unit.

    I also want something LIGHT..... so am looking at a
    corded electric unit such as in link

    http://tinyurl.com/ggohw

    However I need something that I can take to the small
    cemetery where my parents are buried to mow around
    their graves. Not much area to mow

    Do you think I could use an inverter and jump start
    battery power pack to power this mower off grid to do
    this?
     
  2. I'm sure it can be done but it sounds like overkill.
    Perhaps you would do better with something like a
    grass shears. It's like a big scissors made for cutting
    grass.

    http://store.slgtools.com/slg-0410.html

    Anthony
     
  3. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    You used to be able to get battery powered movers.

    Graham
     
  4. He wants something LIGHT. How about a little push mower??
     
  5. Guest

    Yeah I'm gonna try that first I guess
     
  6. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Yes ! You can even get some exericse out of it like in the old days when 400 lb
    pppl were unheard of.

    Graham
     
  7. Vaughn Simon

    Vaughn Simon Guest

    Unless things have changed over the last 20 years, the motor on that B&D
    lawnmower is actually DC. A rectifier changes the 110VAC to pulsating DC, which
    is why the thing runs so well off of a square wave. I have always wondered how
    well one would run off of pure 48V DC. Also, since it is a PM motor, I have
    always assumed that it would make a fine DC generator.

    Vaughn
     
  8. Guest

    Yeah I thought abt that option as well as I've been
    kicking around getting a small gen anyway such as the
    Honda e1000

    I could even use electric weed whacker but cant seem to
    cut the grass nice and level with that. Looks pretty
    chopped up when I try and "mow" with one.

    Not wanting to make a mountain of this but hauling a
    fully gassed up gas mower in the trunk of a Mazda
    Protege ES and fetching it and out of that mower almost
    ruined my back

    Maybe simpler solution is to sell the car and get a
    truck? Ha!

    I will probably try the push reel mower first. That
    doesn't work Ill move up the scale in complexity
     
  9. Guest

    Is yours the model where you just flip the handle over
    to mow other direction?
     
  10. Guest

    Have you actually tried to "mow" grass with it tho?

    Or just trim grass around edges?

    When "mowing" with weed whacker I cant get grass to
    look very nice

    Can you tho?
     
  11. Guest

    How come you didn't get the one where handle flips
    over?

    I would think that model handier (flip over). No?
     
  12. Guest

    I'm having a hard time finding the Black Decker mower
    that has a flip over handle

    neither Lowe's nor Home Depot sells it locally.

    I will try sears next
     
  13. Guest

    Are these small electric mowers ALL real lightweight in
    general?
     
  14. Guest

    Interesting!
     
  15. Robert Bates

    Robert Bates Guest

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  17. Robert Bates

    Robert Bates Guest

    Do a dealer search for your area. They are supposed to match the web price.
     
  18. Bob Adkins

    Bob Adkins Guest


    John,

    Don't know about the Neuton/DR, but here's what I know about another one I
    owned.

    I owned a Craftsman 19" electric. It would run just long enough to cut my 1
    acre lot (minus house, shop, and driveway). It was very powerful. The 3hp
    Bosch motor felt like a 5hp gas motor. Power was never an issue! Of course
    my yard was way too large for a battery powered mower, but would have been
    perfect for a 60x125 lot.

    So what's the catch?

    *Heavy. It used a 115Ah marine battery, and gave you a good workout!
    *Battery longevity. If I would have taken good care of the battery and
    discharged it only 30%, it would have taken 3 batteries to finish my yard.
    So I abused the battery by running it down. Not only that, but push mowers
    ride very bumpy, and really pound on batteries. All of this caused battery
    life to be less than 1 season. That was the only deal killer.

    Perhaps an AGM battery would take the deep discharge and heavy G's, but I
    doubt it. I think 2 or 3 big heavy NiMH packs would be the ticket for an
    average yard.
     
  19. John

    John Guest

    I think they sel battery pwr string trimmers
     
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