My gas-powered lawn mower was more than twenty-five years old and in need of replacement. Tired of changing the air filter, spark plug and oil as well as running to the gas station every time I needed gas, not to mention the fumes, noise and pull starting the thing, I decided to buy an electric mower.
Electric mowers have been around for years. I used one when I was growing up. The thing I didn’t enjoy–and still don’t–is dragging a extension cord around. Pull too hard, it unplugs. You’re also limited on how far you can go. Getting around obstacles, like trees, is sometimes a problem. And if the cord is accidentally run over–lights out in more ways than one. That started me thinking about looking for a battery-powered mower. I saw an ad in AARP magazine for Neuton, but I decided to search the internet. I found Black amp; Decker, along with a couple of other manufactures also made one. I liked the Neuton, though, and ordered a DVD. Everything looked good on the DVD.
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Neuton has two sizes of mowers: the CE 5.2 (14 inch cutting path) and the CE 6.2 (19 inch cutting path). I chose the CE 6.2 since my old mower had a 20 inch blade and I wanted to get something close to the same size. This mower comes with a 36-volt battery and a 750-watt, 50-amp motor. The mower only weighs 46 pounds and the battery, 23 pounds. The 5.2 has a 24-volt battery and a 500-watt, 32-amp motor. Both are delivered with a side discharge attachment, bagger and mulching plug. Neuton also offers reconditioned mowers. I bought one of these since it carried the same two-year warranty as a new mower and was $30 less.
A trimmer/edger can be order for both mowers. A utility shelf which fits on the handlebar of the CE 5.2–a place to put a water bottle, gloves and other things–and a striper (a roller that rolls behind the mower and leaves a stripe in the grass) for the CE 6.2 are available. You can also order a accessories package. It has the trimmer/edger with three spools of cord, a spare battery, a spare blade and a blade sharpener. I ordered one of these kits, but it is on backorder so I did not receive it with the mower.
When I received my mower I did the checks the manual stated doing before running the mower. Then I put in the safety key and switched the button to mow. The battery indicator showed the battery fully charged. I slid the lock on the handle to “unlock” and squeezed. The mower shot to life with the feel of great power. I didn’t have time to mow the lawn, so I put the charger on the battery. Fifteen minutes later the green light on the charger came on and I unplugged it, folded the handlebar down (easily done with a turn of a lever) and put the mower away.
A couple of days later I pulled the mower out. When I lifted the lever to put the handlebar up I noticed the height of the bar was easily adjusted with the same lever. I put the safety key in, closed the lid, attached the bagger and started mowing. I figured I would give the mower a real workout. I hadn’t used a bagger on my gas mower so there was old grass in piles throughout the yard. In five minutes, I was disappointed. Not in the mower, but in the battery. The gauge already showed the battery had dropped halfway down the green and I figured no way would the battery last long enough to mow the entire yard. The information on the CE 6.2 stated it would mow up to one-third acre (approximately 14,520 square feet or about forty-five to sixty minutes) and I had mowed only about ten square feet. I stopped the mower removed the bagger, emptied it and returned to find the gauge was back in the high end of the green. I then realized the gauge changed according to the load on the motor. When I got into heavy grass the gauge dropped into the yellow, but once I was back into thinner grass the gauge went back into the green. I mowed my entire lawn without any problems and the battery gauge was still in the green when I was done. The mower not only did a good job of mowing the lawn, it picked up all the old grass, and my lawn looked great. The second time I mowed the lawn was a week later. I decided to use the mulching plug. The gauge never once went into the yellow.
The battery can be removed from the mower by simply turning the lever that holds it in place and pulling the battery out. Even though the battery is a lead-acid battery–the same type found in automobiles–it isn’t like a car battery. Everything is sealed. The battery connects with two prongs on the bottom of it and there are no cables to connect to it. The charger is a small black plug-in box similar to an adapter that comes with an electric shaver. The end that plugs into the battery also look similar to what plugs into an electric razor. After the first mowing the battery took about eight hours to charge. The battery is never to be run completely dead. The charger can be left on the battery after it is charged. One advantage of a removable battery is if you do run the battery low you can take it out and replace it with a fully charged battery.
The mower is made of lightweight polyethylene which is stronger than steel and won’t rust. This does not mean you can take a hose to it. The mower is electric. And, as we all should know, water and electricity do not mix. A damp soft cloth or sponge with mild detergent and a soft nylon brush can be used for cleaning. The moving parts of the handlebar can be cleaned with WD-40® sprayed on a paper towel. It is also recommended the blade and motor mount bolts be checked for tightness periodically. The undercarriage needs to be cleaned of grass and leaves before each mowing.
The handlebar folds down with a lift of a lever. The CE 6.2 can then be tipped up against a wall. It is recommended when storing the mower for a long period of time that the charger is left on the battery–even if it is six months or longer. This does not hurt the battery.
I give the Neuton Battery-Powered Mower CE 6.2 five stars out of five. The cost is comparable to any other battery-powered (or cordless) mower on the market. I enjoy the fact that I no longer have to wear earplugs when mowing the lawn. I can get up at the crack of dawn and mow my lawn without waking up the neighborhood. When I gave a demonstration to a neighbor who has a plug-in electric mower he exclaimed, “That’s quieter than my mower!” And what a breeze it is to simply turn on a switch, unlock the handlebar, squeeze, and the mower is running. No more yanking on a cord to get it started. If I smell any disgusting odor, it’s where the neighbor’s dog pooped in my yard and not from the mower. There is a drawback for our northern neighbors. It cannot be shipped to Canada. However, if you live there contact Neuton. I figure they can get one to you somehow. It is sold in Australia, Europe, the UK and New Zealand under the name Enviromower.