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The Good: Easy to start with a push button starter. The removable battery allows for easy recharge and extended run time. Variable speed self-propelled motor makes mowing effortless.
The Bad: Mower is heavy at 92 lbs., but not a big deal given the self-propelled motor. Pricey, but savings on gas and low maintenance costs make up for it.
The Bottom Line: A great electric mower Recommended and Ranked #1 cordless push lawn mower by Consumer Reports.
COMPREHENSIVE LAWN MOWER REVIEWS: BLACK & DECKER SPCM1936 CORDLESS ELECTRIC SELF-PROPELLED LAWN MOWER
Chances are, you found this review of the Black & Decker SPCM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Lawn Mower with Removable Battery because you wanted to read more about 2011′s #1 electric battery lawn mower recommended by Consumer Reports (see also: Consumer Reports Recommended Lawn Mowers.) Looking at the top 10 selling lawn mowers on Amazon.com, all you’ll find are electric or reel mowers. And it’s no wonder. With the ever-increasing gasoline prices, people want to stay away from gas mowers.
Key Features of the Black & Decker SPCM1936
With a convenient push button, you can literally start the SPCM1936 with the “push of a button”. The variable speed self-propelled system lets you push this 92 lb. lawn mower with minimal amount of effort. The SPCM1936 offers three options for handling grass cuttings: mulch, bag using grass catcher, or side discharge the clippings (the chute is sold separately, however). Personally, I like to mulch my grass. With a mulching lawn mower, the mulching insert cuts and re-cuts the grass into small clippings back into the lawn. These mulched clippings decompose and provide additional nutrients to your lawn (like a natural fertilizer). Another convenient feature on the Black & Decker SPCM1936 is the one-touch height adjustment lever. With one hand, you can adjust the height of all four wheels at the same time to fit your needs (between 1-1/2″ to 3-1/2″). Easy.
What I like about Black and Decker’s line of electric mowers is its design for easy storage. You can fold the handles down and store the mower upright (see picture). It takes up very little room so it’s great for those with limited space. Another great thing about the SPCM1936 is its removable battery (many of its counterparts in the cordless lawn mower department have built-in batteries). What are the advantages to having a removable battery? One, you can recharge the removable battery anywhere there’s an outlet, including indoors. With a built-in battery, you have to charge the battery while it’s inside the mower. This basically limits you to the garage or the outdoor shed. And what if you don’t have an outlet in your shed? You get my point. The second advantage of having a removable battery is the ability to extend your mowing time by purchasing a spare battery for $129.00. If you have a large lawn that cannot be cut on one charge (the SPCM1936 can cut up to 1/3 acre on a single charge), having a second back-up battery means you don’t have to stop mowing when the first battery runs low and has to be recharged. It takes 4 hours to charge at 60% and 12 hours to charge if the battery is completely drained, although they don’t recommend you completely discharging the battery or you risk killing the battery. They also recommend that you recharge after each use, regardless of how much of the battery is spent. Simply lift out the first battery and put in your backup and you’re ready to go. On top of that, SPCM1936′s 36-Volt battery is Energy Star-qualified for energy efficiency; more energy efficient = more electricity savings.
Benefits of the Black & Decker SPCM1936 Electric Mower
One of the main benefits of having an electric lawn mower is that it emits ZERO harmful emissions. Going green is not only good for the environment, but good for your health. If you’ve ever owned a gas mower, I’m sure you are quite familiar with the smell of exhaust fumes while you mow. And after you mow, the stench of gasoline and exhaust fumes stay with you. It also makes your garage stink, too! Without the loud gas engine, mowing your lawn with the Black & Decker SPCM1936 electric mower is much quieter. No need for hearing protection and no more waiting until more reasonable hours until you can mow. I don’t know about you, but I like to mow very early in the morning before it gets too hot. So, having a quiet mower really helps.
Another benefit of having an electric lawn mower is the low maintenance required. Just keep the mower blade sharp, the battery charged, and clean the deck undercarriage after each mow. A neat trick is to spray the bottom of the deck with a cooking spray (i.e., Pam) so that the grass clippings do not stick and build up underneath. That’s about it.
Complaints about the Black & Decker SPCM1936 Self Propelled Electric Mower
One complaint about these Black & Decker cordless lawn mowers is the lack of a battery indicator. Having a battery indicator that shows how much battery life remains would be very helpful. One customer complained that the charger plug and wire seem kind of flimsy and that because of its size, the SPCM1936 mower is a little difficult to maneuver around turns. The plastic deck construction is also a concern, although Black & Decker emphasizes that it’s a LIFETIME deck. I suppose it’s made of quality plastic that lasts and you won’t have issues with rusting as you would with steel decks.
Another complaint about the SPCM1936 is its weight. At 92 pounds, this is not the kind of mower you can just lift on and off a truck for transport. It weights 20 lbs. more than the CM1936 model. The weight is not a big deal if you’re just using it for your house. However, if you intend to use this for more than your own household (i.e., for other family members or friends), you might want to look into lighter mowers or be sure to have someone strong enough to help you load and unload the mower.
One more thing that might make some people shy away from the Black and Decker SPCM1936 is that your mowing time is limited to the battery life. But that’s the nature of a battery lawn mower. Your alternative is to either get a corded mower like the Black and Decker MM875 Lawn Hog or a gas lawn mower.
Recommendation on the Black & Decker SPCM1936
Coming in at the top of its category in Consumer Reports this year, The Black & Decker SPCM1936 is a solid buy. It comes with a full two-year warranty on the mower and a lifetime warranty on the deck only. If you are looking for a self-propelled electric lawn mower, you really can’t go wrong with the SPCM1936.
What’s in the Box:
Black & Decker SPCM1936 19-Inch Rechargeable Electric Mulching Mower
Black and Decker SPCM1936 Instruction/Owner’s Manual
36-Volt Battery Pack
36V Battery Charger
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