>> How to choose the best oil for your lawn mower

Friday, September 17, 2021

How to choose the best oil for your lawn mower


Just as you should regularly change the oil in your car or truck or chainsaw, the same should be done for your lawnmower.

If you want to have the best looking lawns in the street, you'll need your lawnmower to have a sharp blade and to be filled with the best oil so that while you are pushing the damn thing, the engine operates well and gives a long lifetime of service.

You could be tempted to think of your lawnmower as being 'just a lawnmower' so any kind of automotive car oil will do but that could mean the difference between extending the life of your lawn mower or causing it to clog and become inoperable. This is especially so if your mower doesn't get used very often. 

So if you want the 'good oil' on what to put in your grass cutter, read on.

adding oil to lawnmower

What kind of oil do I need to use in my lawnmower?


The temperature of the climate in which you will operate the lawnmower will have an influence on your oil needs.

Lawnmower engine experts Briggs and Stratton advise that "Engines on most outdoor power equipment operate well with 5W30 Synthetic oil

For equipment operated in hot temperatures, Vanguard 15W50 Synthetic oil provides the best protection."

What that means for you as the oil user is that you need to check what range your engine will run on. The easiest way to do this is to check your engine's user manual for the manufacturer's recommendation. If you have lost the manual or never had one, then use a search engine to find a PDF of it. 

A general rule of thumb though is that engines on most outdoor power equipment operate well with 5W30 Synthetic oil.

Here's a handy guide produced by the engineers at Briggs and Stratton to help you decide:


Once you have found the right kind of oil, it's now time to consider what brand of oil you want to use. 

Cheap and cheerful or bespoke oil made for an exact kind of engine? 

We typically recommend you avoid the cheapest range of any tool or safety gear or oil and most certainly do the same with lawnmower oil - we suggest you used tried and trusted brands - because these oils have been road-tested in many machines being pushed many thousands of miles. 

If those brands didn't cut it, they wouldn't survive in the market. If you don't believe me, read this tale of how the Slitz company turned a quality beer into a joke and ran their brand into the ground.

One rule of thumb to bear in mind is that the older your engine is, it's more likely that it will suit the traditional SAE30 oil ranges.

Recommended oil: Briggs and Stratton Small Engine 30W

If you want tried, trusted and true, Briggs and Stratton oil is for you

There's a reason this is one of the world's best known brands. 

Quality.

best small engine oil

Briggs and Stratton is arguably the biggest named player in the lawnmower engine market (Husqvarna is probably second). Their engines are known for 'going and going' so much so that several other 'big name brands' simply use the Briggs and Stratton engine on their own branded push machines as a selling point.

So, the biggest name in lawnmower technology is sure to have a quality oil product for their machines and their version of 30W for small engines is most likely what your engine would benefit from.

We think this review from a genuine user on Amazon is just perfect:

"Bought a brand new lawnmower, and didn't want hubs to blow this one up too because he forgot to put oil in it."

Classic and it's always worth a reminder that if buying a new lawnmower, you need to add oil before you use it or you will destroy the engine.


Can I use synthetic oil in my lawnmower?


Yes, you can use synthetic oil in a lawnmower. Oils like Amsoil are designed for more modern engines.

Synthetic oil is a small engine lubricant full of chemical compounds that are artificially made using chemically modified petroleum components.

The benefit of using synthetic oil is they tend to offer better viscosity, wear and deposit control, and low-temperature fluidity.

This means that if you regularly use synthetic oil in your lawnmower (over the long term) then you greatly increase the chances of long service life and reduce the need to replace your lawnmower at year 6 instead of year 10 (excuse the hyperbole!).

So the regular use of synthetic oils in your engine reduces the chances of it failing and thus in the process, extends its service life.

The only real downside to using this kind of oil is that it is usually priced significantly higher than standard oils.

Check out this example from Pennzoil for example, their 530-30 Full Synthetic can price over 50 bucks!

Using Toro Synthetic oil with a lawnmower


Designed to work across a range of extreme conditions, Toro synthetic oil will handle the heat and the cold to help you get your lawns cut.

It will work especially well with new model mowers that are designed to work with this type of oil.

toro synthetic small engine oil

Toro is a massive brand worldwide, in addition, to push lawn mowers they produce golf cars, ride-on mowers, spray equipment, diggers, bunk rakes, and top dressers.

So they know engines and they know oil so you can be sure the oil is engineered and tested to meet the needs of their machines.

This means due to its quality, Toro oil will do most lawn mowers a favor in terms of engine performance. It certainly meets the performance requirements of brands such as Briggs & Stratton, Kohler, Honda, Tecumseh, and Craftsman!

How often should I replace my lawnmower oil?


Many car owners change their car's oil once a year as part of an annual tune-up up. It lengthens the life of the engine as its parts are protected from wear.

For smaller engines, the comparison is the same - many lawnmowers will change their oil once a year in the spring when the grass starts to grow long and the mower is used more regularly. 

This is tied to the use of the mower - your mower can have varying needs depending on use hours. A lawn that's mown for half an hour once a month, may only need a change once a year but a weekly mower of a larger lawn may require two changes. 

A ride on mower is probably more likely to benefit from a change at 100 hours of run time and annually. 

If you feel your engine isn't performing well, a change of oil may help. As we always recommend, your user instruction manual should be able to give you advice - and it will be good advice too because the dudes and dudettes who made the engine have tested it to the ground in the lab so they will know how their machine works under so many conditions. 

How to remove old oil from a lawnmower


When it comes to changing lawn mower oil, there are certainly a few tips and tricks that you can do to make sure you have an oil splash free transfer.

So now you've understood the reasons why you need to regularly change your engine's oil, the next question might be how!

Items you may need to change the oil:
  • A pan or contain to catch the old oil 
  • some old rags or cloths 
  • A wrench with appropriate socket size for the oil drain nu 
  • Engine oil that suits your needs 
  • Funnel 
  • Siphon or oil kit system if you are going to siphon rather than drain

Location of the oil change


The first thing to do is consider the location where you will drain the oil already inside the mower.

Naturally, you'll want to avoid doing this operation on your grass lawn or near your garden in case of spillage.

To that end, a concrete surface such as a driveway is ideal. You'll, of course, want to lay down newspaper or cardboard to catch any oil drops that may collect to avoid staining the concrete.

Warm the engine before you drain the oil


It is best to have turned the lawnmower's engine over for a few minutes before you drain the oil. This is because particles that have collected will be floating around in the old oil.

Take care that when draining the oil that the engine parts are not too hot - you may need to use gloves if you have run the engine for a while. It's also now time to disconnect the spark plug to prevent any accidental ignition of the engine.

There are two ways to remove the oil:

1. Using the oil drain
2. Using a siphon pump

Locate the oil drain plug on the underside of the push mower


Clean the general area with an old cloth to prevent any external debris from falling into the crankcase when you open the drain plug.

Tilt the mower deck and then position some newspaper and an oil pan or jug beneath the mower.

Then take a socket wrench to run the plug counterclockwise. This allows the oil to drain into your collection device. Once the oil has fully drained, secure the drain plug by twisting clockwise and tightening gently with the wrench.

If your mower has an oil filter, it's the opportune time to replace it as well.


Removing the engine oil with a siphon kit


If your preference is to siphon via the oil entry point rather than drain, a siphon kit might be just the ticket.

Once you have your siphon at the ready, place one end of its tube into the oil fill hole and make sure it has reached the bottom of the reservoir. The other end of the tubing needs to be placed into a container that will not knock over during the process.

Engage your siphon and do your best to empty as much of the used oil as you can.

Tilting the engine on its side slightly can help pool the last of the oil and the tube can be manipulated into a position to collect the last of the oil.

These kits can also be used to transfer fuel from your car or fuel container directly into the lawn mower's fuel pump. A handy way to make an efficient transfer!

Once you have completed the siphoning, you are ready to add some new oil. And what could you use?


So you've got your oil, it's now time to add it to the engine.

How to add oil to your lawnmower

This is the easy part of lawn mower maintenance! 

  1. Open the oil dipstick and remove it and check that you do actually need oil! 
  2. If the reservoir is empty, add the manufacturer's recommended amount. 
  3. You can pour the oil directly from the container or use a plastic funnel (or one you have fashioned from some scrap paper). If you make a mess, wipe the oil up with an old rag or paper towel.
  4. Screw the dipstick back in place and run the engine for 30 seconds so the oil can get around the engine's internal parts. 
  5. Unscrew the dipstick again so you can check the level - hopefully, the oil is bang on the 'full' line. If you have underfilled, top-up. If you have grossly overfilled you may wish to remove some oil. 

Nice work, you've replaced your engine oil. 

How much oil should I add to the lawnmower?

Lawnmowers come in varying sizes but generally speaking, you can break them down into two sizes, walk-behind mowers or ride on.

  • For walk-behind mowers, the oil capacity is about 15oz or 18oz.
  • Riding mowers tend to have an oil capacity of around 48oz or 64 oz.

As we need to keep stating, the exact amount for your engine will be found in the user manual and if you don't have it do hand, google it - they often can be found in a PDF format at the manufacturer's website.

What happens if I add too much oil?


Too much oil in the sump can be too much for the engine to handle. It might start to burn white or gray smoke. If you see this happening, it's time to change the oil. Drain it and then add the correct amount.

Too much oil can also prevent the engine from starting properly and there is nothing more frustrating on a Sunday afternoon if you can start your mower, especially if you are the cause!

An excess of oil can also potentially mean that it gets aerated and thus its performance declines.

You can check if you have too much oil but using the dipstick. If the oil is over the full line, you'll need to remove some oil.

How to dispose of lawnmower oil environmentally


If you have collected the used push lawn mower oil, please do not dump it down the drain or garbage bin. For the sake of the environment, there are plenty of places that will take your old oil.

Many services centers, dealerships, and gas stations will do this. Some mechanics do so as well for the 'locals'.

It's good to be green.


Is lawnmower oil the same as car / auto oil?


You might be eyeing up that bottle of Castrol car oil you have in your shed with an eye to adding it to your push lawn mower as it could save you a trip to the hardware store.

So can you use motor oil?

Technically speaking, yes. Four stroke small engines can use car oil. However, motor oil is generally designed for the hot and heavy conditions of a car that will be driven for long periods. 

A smaller engine will benefit from oil that is designed for it - this is why most brands and manufacturers recommend oils like Toro or Briggs and Stratton's version of SAE 30W.

If you have a two stroke engine (say a Honda), then you must absolutely only add two stroke oil to the fuel.  Two-cycle motors simply cannot use motor oil.

You'll also be wise to not use oil designed for big engine / heavy duty machines for small engines - you probably do not may have a viscosity that could actually cause a clog or even disable your unit.

Can I use 10w40 oil in my lawn mower engine?


10w40 can be used in a small engine and most users do not report an increase in consumption. It's related to the viscosity of the oil and manner it will operate in cold or hot temperatures. 

How to change a lawn mower oil filter?

change oil filter for a lawn mower

If your lawnmower has an oil filter, you will need to change this once in a while so that it can continue to do its job of helping to keep your engine oil clean and free of gunk.

Once you have selected the correct filter for your engine (OEM or branded) follow these steps.

Locate the oil filter and twist it counterclockwise until the oil filter can be removed. 

If you cannot free it with your hands, you can use a pipe wrench or filter wrench.

Observe if there is dirt or other debris on the seal and clean it off with a rag (we love old towels for this).

Take your fresh engine oil, rub the clean sealing gasket with oil so that it appears clean and well-lubricated.

Take your new filter, remove it from the packaging and place it into the filter adapter and gently screw it in by hand. When you feel it's snugly in, tighten firmly with a wrench but do not over tighten it as you could cause some damage. 

Here's a handy video tutorial on how to change the filter on a riding mower - the principle is the same for the push mower:


Two stroke oil engines - add oil to the gas directly


If you have a two stroke lawn mower then you are going to do things a lot differently than as described. You will need to add the oil directly to the gas, just the same as you would a petrol chainsaw.

When fueling your lawnmower, you'll need to add the correct two stroke oil in the correct ratio to the fuel, before you add the mixture to the engine. How much to oil add to the petrol? As always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

I've got a brand new lawn mower, what do I do with the oil?


If you have brought a new lawnmower (even a battery powered one), it will not have oil in it, and if you run it without, you will break your engines internal working parts in pretty good time! So, get some oil and get it in. Run the engine, check the level is filled properly, and go cut some grass!

↠ Best chainsaw safety helmet with mesh visor? ↞

Thursday, August 26, 2021
Against my better judgment, I recently googled "chainsaw kickback accidents" and looked at some images which made my stomach churn.

You see, a chainsaw kickback is when the chain raises up back towards the use at a rate so fast that can have cut deeply into your face before you even realize your nose is split in two.

Or worse...

So, even though I use good practices to help prevent a kick back, as a keen woodcutter around the neighbourhood, I thought it was time to properly invest in some safety equipment to protect my face from a lethal chain.

So I entered the chainsaw safety helmet market as a buyer with intent!

Frankly, anyone who uses a chainsaw should be wearing safety gear like gloves (like White Ox Gloves) and trouser chaps but at a minimum, a helmet with a faceguard is simply common sense. It doesn't matter if you are a weekend warrior or a seasoned professional.

I was pretty keen to get a helmet with a mesh visor because my neighbor actually has one which he uses when using his weed whacker. While he's not going to get a chainsaw to the face with the weed cutter, he's preventing any debris that gets thrown up from hitting his face.

Also, it may be obvious to state but given most people wear earmuffs when using a chainsaw, it would be quite handy to have a helmet that features muffs that really cut down on the noise.

So what did do? 

I simply went to Amazon and searched for a helmet that had the features I wanted - mesh visor with ear muffs as hearing protection so so important.

And gosh, there was a lot to chose from. 

Plenty of big name brands like Husqvarna sell helmets but I didn't want to spend all my Christmas money on a helmet face sheild so I went mid range:

best cheap chainsaw safety helmet



It took its sweet time getting here over the Christmas period and then I realized I had to assemble it myself. It was pretty easy to do actually and soon enough I had it ready to rock and roll.

I installed the mesh visor and left the polycarbonate face shield for another day as I heard they can fog up pretty easily if you get all sweaty when chopping wood up.

I found the hat was pretty light on the head, so it felt good. The unit has a headband that you can adjust with a simple turn of the knob at the base. So it fits really well.

Here's yours truly modelling the thing as I'm about to mow the lawns:

mesh visor safety helmet


The ear muffs worked really well. I walked around the house and I couldn't hear the kids screaming at each other over whose turn it was to pick a show on Netflix so win.

It was fine with the lawns too!

The 'hard hat' helmet was advertised as meeting the Z89.1-2003 ANSI safety rating which assures me that the helmet has been actually designed to help protect against chainsaw accidents.

This does not mean that it's foolproof, however, just that it will help protect me. So that means I should always continue to follow safe chainsaw use practices.

Check out the helmet options on Amazon

Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe: Review

Friday, August 6, 2021
There are many kinds of axes in the world but we feel you define them into two groups, they are either designed and hand made by Gränsfors Bruk and then there is everyone else in the axe market such as Hultafors or Wetterlings...
 
The Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe is excellent for felling trees and climbing about the forest or range and is a quality tool when compared to similar kinds - what sets it out is its strength of character in the field and that it's one of the sharpest axes you can buy 'off the shelf' without having to hone its edge yourself. 

best small forest axe

The axe is delivered with a sheath and features:

  • Length with handle: 19 inch, Comes original Gransfors "Axe-book"
  • A reason weight: 2 lbs
  • It's perfect for splitting small sticks or cutting limbwood
  • The Small Forest Axe is excellent for felling trees and limbing
  • Cut your own kindling wood with ease (it's fine for urban use).

The small forest axe, as the name implies would not be ideal for someone looking for an axe to whittle and carve wood (that would be a more straight edge model axe), however if you you are looking for a bit more power in your swing, you might prefer an axe as it's 19 inch handle allows for increased momentum and control with harder strokes.

While not specifically a survival axe or hatchet, its utility means you can consider it for such purposes. It is certainly a suitable axe for having round a cabin or lodge and taking on a busman's camping trip. 

Because Gransfors Bruks are handmade, they’re all going to be a little bit different from one another. 
They aren’t perfectly smooth and polished, each axe comes from the forge with unique characteristics - and so they are not all uniform in look. 

As you would expect, the hatchet only weighs two pounds which is quite lighter than 'standard sized' woodman's log splitting axes, so it is light enough to carry around with you on your hip or in a rucksack.

They will all have the same weight and feel - and that is in part due to the handles are shaped from American hickory, which time has shown is simply one of the best kinds of wood to use for axe handles (the other popular kind being Ash).

best small axe for back packing

Don't take our word for it, however, here are some Amazon reviews from users who have felt the hickory in their hands and swung the head down hard: 

"This axe was highly recommended by Cliff Jacobson, in his excellent book "Expedition Canoeing" He had such good information in there. Some of which I already knew, so I took a chance on his tool preference. He's right! You can bet your life on it. You can shave with this thing! It has great balance, and great handle design. Perfect size for a car. Big for a pack, but you get full performance in a relatively small package."

"This has to be my favorite axe for packing out into the country when camping and hunting."

"The Rolls Royce of axes. Be VERY careful, these things are RAZOR sharp. I've never had an axe that was this sharp, I figured something as thick as a axe head couldn't be sharped like a filet knife but I was wrong. This thing can literally shave the hairs off your arm when new. I've used it a couple camping trips and it's the perfect size."

"Great product. Axe is quite light. Very high quality materials used. Holds a very sharp edge after a lot of use. Great all around axe and very portable!"

"This axe is an amazing axe! It is traditionally made, no synthetics! When it came, the grind was perfect, and was the sharpest thing I have ever felt. The reason why I took off a star was because this axe is ment for soft woods. This axe has no problem getting dull when I use it in hardwood such as maple. I shouldn't say dull, I mean "less sharp" than before but still useable. This is meant for alpine areas, such as woodlands with a lot of pine trees, or birch and beech trees."

"Weight is balanced very well. Handle curvature is amazing in the hand, well, as comfy as if gets for a tool."

If you think this axe will help you sever limbs from trees quite well, check it out on Amazon.

LG Dryer: Best lint filter replacement assembly

Friday, July 30, 2021
There's something really satisfying about removing lint from a clothes drier filter. It's the best feeling for some reason, the feel of the cotton materials on the hands is quite soothing.

What's not soothing is discovering your lint filter is damaged or worn out - and it's time to get a replacement filter.

The biggest tell that you need to replace your filter is if there are marks left on your clothing at the end of the drying cycle.

The good news is that for the LG Electronics range of driers there are plenty of replacement filters to buy.

You can buy official LG branded filter assemblies or choose from a wide selection of aftermarket replacement lint catchers that will do the job just as well as the brand item.

Choosing the best replacement filter for your LG drier is a pretty simple process as generally speaking, it's a one size fits all situation where the LG range across the board utilizes the same filter size and shape.

The LG Electronics ADQ56656401 Dryer Lint Filter is the most popular seller on Amazon as it's made by the original manufacturer so it's up to the design expectations of the designer:

lg drier lint catcher replacement part

We recommend you use the official replacement part because it's so cheap - less than 15 bucks. This means any aftermarket product will only be cheaper by a few bucks.

Given there's little price variance, I'd personally go with the branded part in this context. For use with the following LG Electronics models:

DLG2702V, DLEX3001W, DLGX3002R, DLEX3001P, DLEX2801W, DLE2601W, DLGX3876V, RN1319VS, RV1321AS, RV1319VS, DLG2602R, DLG2602W, RN1319E, RV1310A, RV1310B, 48231010009, 48231010030, DLE2601R, DLE2701V, RV1319E, RN1308AS, DLEX3875V, DLEX3875W, RN1308BS, RN1321VS, RN1308CS, DLGX3876V, RV1308AS, RV1308BS, RV1321VS, RV1308CS, RN1310AS, RN1310BS, RN1310DS, RV1310AS, DLEX2801L, DLEX2801R, RV1310BS, DLEX3001R, DLEX2901V, DLGX2802L, DLGX3002P, RV1310DS, DLGX2902V, DLGX3002W, RN1310A, RN1310B, DLGX2802W, DLEX3360W

The might look like spam but it's not!

If you do not know your model number, you can search for it on a metal plate that's probably affixed to the back of your unit or it should be noted in the owner's manual (we always recommend you keep these for such reasons and they are great for troubleshooting ideas as well).

Even though parts may look the same, there are often variances in similar parts and it is important to buy parts that fit your specific clothes drier (e.g filters for a Samsung or GE or Fisher and Paykel are not designed or intended for use in an LG machine.

If you choose to order on Amazon, you can enter your model number to ensure that the lint catcher is compatible with your home unit. One way to do it is literally hold up the part you need to be replaced and visually compare it to the part on the page you are looking at ;) 

Best electric battery powered lawn mower in 2021

best cordless gas free lawn mower


Choosing a battery powered push lawn mower for home use in 2021


Just as there are many ways to skin a cat, there are many ways to cut grass.

  • You've got your standard push mower that runs on gas
  • You've got manual mowers where you gotta push them along
  • You've got electric mowers that plug into the mains
  • Using a pair of scissors if you have a lot of time...

And in this modern world, you've got battery powered lawnmowers.

A battery-powered lawn mower? 

Really?

Yep, today's technologies mean there are lithium batteries powerful enough to turn the blades to cut grass. If Teslas and Swifts cars can drive around town all day on battery power, lawnmowers can cut grass! 

This means you can have the best 'clean green' cutting experience as an alternative to using gas.

Here's our top three picks which are Amazon best sellers:


While petrolheads and Obi-Wan might love maintaining their engines by adding oil and replacing spark plugs, there's many a person out there who simply wants to mow the lawns as quickly and without any stress or maintenance fuss.

An electric mower is ideal for those who are slowing down in life and don't want to have to pull start a mower 15 times before it kicks into life or run over the cable and cutting it!

With an electric lawn mower, you charge the battery, turn the mower on, and you are cutting your grass in no time.

A cordless electric mower is ideal for mowing small and medium-sized yards and lawns. With no petrol or cords to worry about, they are very portable due to their lightness. 

A self-propelled mower also makes this chore even easier.

How long does a cordless lawn mower battery last?


While you might be able to mow your lawns in 30 minutes, a best quality battery should last up to at least an hour, ideally 90 minutes.

Such a range should give you enough time to do the front and back and maybe your neighbor's lawns and the curbside berm too!!

What is the best battery powered lawn mower in 2021?


As you might have suspected, the major brands such as Dewalt, Black and Dekker, Ego and Ryobi have done their best to capitalize on the battery innovation market and so there is a fairly broad range of products to choose from.

You can cast your purchase decision into price and performance meaning you'll be able to find a mower to suit your budget.

That said, battery performance is the key measure on which you should make your purchase decision. At a bare minimum, you will want to consider a battery that when fully charged will last at least an hour. If you have a larger lawn, you'll probably want 90 minutes (usually a 7.5 Ah battery will reach perform at this level).

You'll also want to consider the kind of battery and to cut to the chase, you'll want to make sure your mower features a lithium-ion battery. They are lighter than traditional lead-based batteries meaning they are easier to push about. They also charge quickly and efficiently and will also have a longer life span. 

While batteries that are quick to charge are ideal, I reason that if you mow your lawn and then charge the battery, you'll be ready to cut next time you need to - and if that's the case, it doesn't matter how long it takes to charge the battery. Unless of course, you forget to charge it... but wait, most mowers will come with two batteries...

So with that in mind, here are some options that you may wish to consider:

greenworks cordless lawnmower best

Greenworks PRO 21-Inch 80V Cordless Lawn Mower featuring a 4.0 AH battery 

A stylish looking mower, this sharp cutter from Greenworks has the following specifications:

  • Up to 60 minutes of run time with a fully charged 4.0AH Battery
  • 4.0AH battery and charger included. 
  • Has a maximum cutting height 1-3/8 inches and a minimum cutting height of 3-1/4 inches
  • Greenworks brushless motor provides your tool with longer run-time, more torque and more power. This has the benefit of less wear and tear, extending the life-time of the mower.
  • Smart Cut Load sensing technology. Versatile 3-in-1 discharge capabilities allow for rear discharge, mulching and side discharge


Greenworks boast that this 21-inch cordless lawn mower features a durable steel deck, large 10-inch rear wheels, and Smart Cut(TM) load sensing technology. Load sensing tech means the lawn mower can tell when it's got to do some hard work (longer grass) and will amp up the power from the battery to the engine. Even though it's a handy feature, all practised lawn mowers know you just need to simply slow down your pushing rate when tasked with tall or thick overgrown grass to minimize the chance of an engine cut out. 

Lightweight and easy to use (heck, it's a lawn mower), it has a single lever height adjustment and 3-in-1 operation for mulching, bagging, and discharging. It's so light, you can easily store this vertically, meaning more floor space in your shed!

Designed for durability and heavy-duty jobs, it features a brushless motor that delivers the power and performance of a 160cc gas engine. 

A real con perhaps is that this machine is not self-propelled. 

Don't take the manufacturer's word on all this guff, however.

Here are some genuine reviews from buyers on Amazon who have bought and used this mower. This is the real test of judgment, people with skin in the game:

'Mower was light enough to lug it down alone to the basement for Winter and back up for Spring. Absolutely no preparation needed (no gas burn off, stabilizer, spark plugs, filters, etc.), aside from blowing off old grass clippings and covering for dust (cover interchanged with snow blower).'

'No messy, smelly gas or oil needed. No nauseating exhaust! The electric motor is far quieter than a gas engine; my toddlers fell asleep fine during my mowing. There are none of the headaches of maintaining a gasoline engine: buy/store/pour jugs of gasoline, buy and keep engine oil topped off, buy fuel stabilizers, deal with spills, clean/replace spark plugs, burn off excess gasoline for off-season storage, etc.'

'The mower is very easy to push (note it’s not self-powered), so I speed-walked most of the time. It’s easy to turn 180-degrees for parallel mowing. The blades cut very near to the outer edge of the wheels (see attached picture), so there’s minimal need for overlap. There’s a rubber rear skirt to protect you from any rock or debris projectiles, which is a godsend for my large yard, full of landscape stones and sweet gum tree spike-balls.'

'The GreenWorks is superior quality in every respect, I don't even know where to begin. The single lever height adjustment is something I didn't consider that important when comparing alternatives, but something you really appreciate once you have it. The variable speed on the mower is really an awesome feature. When going through light grass you save energy, and when going through heavy grass it makes the mower not stall. The gasoline-powered mower would stall almost every lap on the lower part of our property, where the grass seems to grow thicker. The electric mower has not stalled even once, ever. By the same token, starting the mower with a button instead of pulling the cord is a dream too.'

'My experience with the mower and the blower which I purchased together has been just great. They mow and blow just like my old gas powered tools. I'm never going back to gas!!'

'Cuts grass as tall as the motor housing. Be prepared to go slow though. When I did manage to kill it in thick grass nearly as tall as the motor (well above the front wheels), it likes to wait a few seconds before starting again. Starts right up (until the battery is out of juice).'

'To turn on, you push and hold the green button on the upper-right of the handle, then grasp the green lever arm together with the handle bar, then let go of the button. When you release the lever, the mower turns off completely; there is no idle. To restart, you’ll need to repeat the hold-button and grasp-lever routine. There is no cord-yanking involved.'

'I purchased the mower with the 4ah 80v battery. This is the best lawn mower I have had. We live in Costa Rica and mow the lawn year round, our property is about 1/4 acre and has a steep hill. The battery lasts as long or as longer as a tank of gas on the mower it replaces, that was a Poulan Pro 6.25 hp with California compliant emissions.'

If those reviews, float your boat, check out the price on Amazon.

snapper briggs stratton lawn mower cordless


Snapper Electric Cordless 19-Inch Lawnmower Kit with two batteries & a rapid Charger

A popular seller on Amazon, the beauty of this mower is it features a Briggs and Stratton lithium ion battery!

The Snapper XD 82V Max* 19” Cordless walk mower is built for durability and ease of use. The 19” and 21” walk models feature a steel 3-in-1 mowing deck, providing mulch, side discharge or bagging options.

You can get the job done efficiently by being able to mow up to 45-minutes** off a single charge of a 2 Ah battery. If you desire long run times, you'll need to swap out with a with separate 4Ah or 5Ah battery).

The Snapper is a very quiet, efficiently operating machine making it a good choice for anyone that just wants to get the lawns done with little fuss. 








  • Powered by a Briggs & Stratton 82V Max Lithium-Ion 2Ah, 4Ah, or 5Ah battery.
  • 3-in-1 steel mowing deck is ready to mulch, bag or side discharge. The included large grass bagger fits about 2.1 cubic feet of grass clippings.
  • Compact vertical storage capability allows you to store your mower out of the way.
  • Features easy push button starting mode and a brush less motor meaning less maintenance for you.
  • Single lever height-of-cut adjustment allowing you to choose from 7 different cutting heights.
  • Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 82-volts. Nominal voltage is 72.


  • snapper cordless lawnmower

    Again, those specs look solid enough and merit consideration for purchase, but what about the road testers, the weekend warriors who have walked many miles behind the Snapper?


    'First off, everything about this mower SCREAMS quality and durability. Batteries??? OMG. I am wondering if they're not actually ZPMs from Stargate Atlantis!

    For those of you who cannot appreciate the reference, suffice to say, they are a very good size, and have a real good quality heft to them- along with a little button to show you how much power is left. There are two of them, and they charge in less than 30 mins.

    Use one up, charge it while you use the other, or weed whack, or take a break. The choice is yours. And btw, the battery does not slowly lose power and then slowly taper off to a barely spinning blade: It goes full strength until it's depleted. I really like that.'

    'This mower cut like a champ. One pass was enough. there was NOTHING left standing. Not a blade of grass, not a weed.'

    'I was using the rear bagger, which functioned superbly. Why the bagger? Because I was certain the mulching mode would be a joke. I mean, an electric mower that mulches? Sure. When pigs fly.
    Well, the pigs have flown the coop. This thing also mulches very well.'

    'Did the whole front yard and part of the backyard on the first battery, and I am particular. I should have taken pictures of my backyard...lotta weeds, thick stalks, and weed bushes. The Snapper absolutely DESTROYED them. Keep in mind that the low setting IS pretty low. You might want to start off at the second or third lowest setting and see what your cut looks like.'

    'The batteries charge extremely fast and last the whole 45 minutes each, when they're dead, they're dead. No power loss toward the end.'

    'It effortlessly cuts my thick grass, is very easy to push and maneuver, and I'm really enjoying how quiet it is compared to my previous gas mower. I couldn't be happier with all aspects of this mower and its performance.'

    So, see for yourself how impressive it is on Amazon.

    DEWALT DCMW290H1 40V MAX 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower



    best dewalt 40v battery lawnmower


    We love Dewalt. It's a tried and true brand. Have you tried their work site fan? Mint. 

    Anyways, the DEWALT DCMW290H1 40V MAX 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower features a powerful 40V MAX brushless motor that can cut up to 1/4 acre. 

    The mower is a 3-in-1 battery powered lawn mower which means you can mulch, bag, and discharge clippings out the back. 

    Its metal deck gives it durability which is great for those wary of the trend to plastic models. 

    This lawn mower also features a single-lever height-adjust system so you can easily change blade height. The handle also folds to allow for compact storage.

    As you would expect from the Dewalt system, the battery is compatible with their line of 40V MAX DEWALT outdoor power equipment.

    Here are the specifications:

    • Powerful Brushless motor for high power output
    • 3-IN-1: mulching, bagging, and rear discharging all-in-one
    • Heavy duty 20 in. Metal deck
    • Single lever Height adjust ranging from 1.5 - 3.4 in
    • Folding handle and lift handles make for easy transport and compact storage

    The battery is very simply able to be taken out for charging:

    easy to change battery dewalt lawn mower

    Here's some reviews from people who have pushed the Dewalt across their yard:

    'I really like this mower. I have generally been skeptical of battery-powered large appliances, having never owned anything rechargeable larger than a cordless hammer drill. A weed whacker and leaf blower converted me enough to risk buying my first electric mower. It worked like a charm right out of the box.'

    'I charged the battery overnight and mowed the front and back of my modest quarter-acre block *just* before the battery died. I've since mowed again twice with the same result and it handled it well both times. very easy to stop and start light and with small rubber wheels so it's easy to push and turn, it has several simple but effective safety features, all controls are large, robust and easy to operate even with gloves on. No more hard starts, strenuous cord pulling, cans of gas in the shed or oil dripping on the floor.'

    'Able to mow my back yard on a single charge easily. Lightweight mower folds up for easy storage and transport. Built-in safety features is a nice bonus.'

    'This is an amazing piece of equipment. I couldn’t be happier. Hardly any setup right out of the box. Cuts better than my past gas mowers. Runs smooth and quiet. I’ll never go back to gas. I also have string trimmer, chainsaw, and handheld blower. The whole line is awesome. What's the best lawn mower battery charger?'

    If those honest reviews sound like you could be onto a winner, check out the options on Amazon.

    Battery powered lawn mower maintenance tips







    Hands on review: Gerber MP400 Compact Sport Multi-Plier

    Saturday, July 10, 2021
    review: Gerber MP400 Compact Sport Multi-Plier

    Gerber MP400 Compact Sport Multi-Plier: Review

    When I graduated with a degree many years ago, my parents got me a Gerber multi-plier tool. It was awesome, I used it all over the show. 

    It had a seriously sharp knife, a saw, and a pretty handy pair of scissors. It was great for fishing/sorting tackle, opening beers, doing Macgyver stuff.

    I once used it to remove a fishhook from a dog's throat which while an interesting moment for me, it was a painful ordeal for the dog.

    I used it for about years until some asshole robbed my house and they nicked it and a whole lot of other gear.

    At the time, we had a little baby so we spent the insurance on the kid.

    No regrets.

    Though I wistfully thought about that Gerber knife a lot for several years. So, when I had a lil spare cash, I got myself a replacement Gerber - the Gerber MP400 Compact Sport Multi-Plier in fact.

    It was slightly different from the original one I was gifted in that it did not have a saw but the knife and scissors were sharp as I remembered.

    gerber compact mp400 review

    So how has it faired?

    Let's start with the 'flick of the wrist' opening trick this tool is known for. 

    My original (which I suspect was an earlier version of the MP600) would open up and the needle slide out with a said flick of the wrist. This version did not, it was a bit stiff and has taken a fair bit of use to 'sort it out' so the flick trick works every time. 

    A small application of CRC early on helped too.

    This is the only complaint I have about this knife.

    It's super handy and I rate it so much, I brought my brother one for Christmas last year.

    By why is it handy? All Gerber knife blades are super sharp, surgical sharp. And that sharpness seems to last for a long time. Indeed, I have not sharpened it yet, despite lots of use cutting string, garden plants and whatnot.

    I even used it to cut the skin in my hand to get a wood splinter out.

    I would however not perform an appendectomy on myself with it...

    Last month I made a coat rack out of some nice Rimu wood - my trusty Makita electric drill couldn't get the last screw into the framing for some reason - enter the Gerber to finish the job.

    Gerber has some marketing guff which may be of interest to you:

    • Solid stainless steel construction offers durable use over time.
    • Included ballistic nylon sheath keeps the tool ready at a moment's notice.
    • Proudly made in the USA at Gerber's Portland, Oregon factory
    • Fully functional toolbox that fits in the palm of your hand
    • Stainless steel hardware for durability

    I'd most certainly agree the Gerber MP400 is durable. If you drop it it will not break and will likely leave a dent in a wooden floor for example. It is heavy and feels properly weighted when in the hand. You know how a knife feels just right? It's the same for this tool.

    The unit boasts these following component parts:
    • needle nose pliers
    • wire cutter, wire crimper
    • serrated knife blade
    • Fiskars scissors
    • cross point screwdriver
    • small, medium and large flat blade screwdrivers
    • can opener
    • bottle opener

    You may be wondering what Fiskars Scissors are - Fiskars is a well-known brand of scissors, famous for originally being for cutting material with. And you could sure cut up and Oscar gown with the scissors on the Gerber MP400 - they are so sharp!

    A little bit of research tells me, this unit has been Gerber's most popular selling multi-tool for over a decade. I presume that comes down to a good brand name have a quality tool.

    I am totally sold on Gerber multi-plier tools - I don't expect I'll be using anything else in the future.

    If this tool interests you, check out the options on Amazon:

    You might also be interested in my key ring multitool which has a handy box cutter.

    Review: Dewalt DCE511B Jobsite Fan for 2021

    Friday, July 2, 2021
    best work fan for job site - dewalt

    The Dewalt job site cordless fan is one of the most popular fans on the market


    A hard-working unit, this fan will run off the Dewalt battery system for hours, almost effortlessly - meaning it is a nice and quiet unit. 

    Obviously, its rugged design means it works just as well outdoors and indoors and it can take the bolts and jolts that are the usual hazard on work sites.

    It's not so big that it can't be easily stored away when not in use and put it on the pack of your ute or pick up with no worries. 

    You can plug in the standard 120-volt cord or connect a Dewalt battery (20-volt maximum) to it. As the reviews below show, you will get plenty of 'air time' with this Dewalt fan

    Here's the specifications from Dewalt:
    • Corded or cordless use (the extension cord will need to be bought separately) 
    • Multiple hanging arrangement options - freestanding, hang hooks, and standard wall mount 
    • Variable speed control - wide-range so you control the speed you want; Airflow - 500 
    • Testing to IP54 standards - meaning it has 'ingress protection' from dust, dirt, splashes of water etc.
    The unit has three blades which are 7 inches long and they will turn and turn all day to keep the air moving to keep you cool and to also help expunge unwanted smells such as smoke from soldering or other discharges. 

    You can even use it to help dry painted walls, drywall (plasterboard), and plaster mud.

    worksite fan battery powered dewalt

    But if you want to know if the Dewalt fan truly is worth your time and money, check out these reviews from actual users who have ponied up their cash on Amazon:

    "Love this fan so far. The fan pivots back more than 90° as you may see from my picture. I was concerned the bigger flexvolt battery wouldn’t fit in it but it does with ease. I’m currently conducting a run till dead test to see how long it will run at high-speed with Dewalt’s strongest battery the flex volt 9.0 AH battery. Seems pretty well-made, however, I’m going to hang on to the box to carry it in just to protect it.

    I hope the DeWALT comes out with a carrying case for this. The hooks pull out from the base allowing you to hang the fan on the job site, which is a nice touch. As many have already posted you can plug it in but not while you have a battery in the battery socket. To use AC will need an extension cord with a female plug on one end just as the DeWALT power pack inverter uses."

    "I am very happy with this unit after day one. I placed a DCB203 20V Max 2.0AH Compact XR Li-Ion Battery Pack (The smallest they make) into the Fan, turned it on low at 10:45am. At 10:28 PM the unit is still running. On Low speed, you can not even hear the unit running. Will be running the unit on Medium speed this weekend, same battery."

    So it will run all day. 

    "This thing is made STRONG. This last week at the market I was pulling it down and it slipped. It fell from about 6ft and hit concrete. Didn't even scratch it. I'm not saying drop it on purpose but I thought for sure it would have been damaged if work at all. And it turned in and worked perfectly! I love this fan!

    It's tough and durable. 

    This is the 2nd fan I've bought. I love it! I use it for a weekly Farmers market tent. I hang it from the frame and it keeps my customers cool while they shop. My original purchase was for the fan, battery set and charger. A full charge battery will run this fan on high from 8:30am-2:00pm and still have over half charge. It creates a nice breeze. Made 100* market days much more bearable. Highly recommend this little workhorse."

    It does the business required. 

    "I purchased this fan for the specific purpose of having some kind of cooling device available during a power outage. As such, I wanted to know exactly how much cooling time I would get from one battery. I'm using a 60-volt, 6.0 Ah "flex-volt" battery; however, my 20 volt, 4.0 Ah battery also (obviously) works.

    I turned on the variable speed fan to half speed; it's VERY quiet. The design of these batteries is such that they don't slowly wear down--instead, they just quit when the voltage drops too much--so, I suppose it could quit at any moment. But, after twelve hours, the fan is still going strong, and the battery still has 2 of its 3 charge level lights on (3 lights would be a full charge). I have to tell you, I am damned impressed! Well done, Dewalt!"

    If that doesn't convince you, check out the unit on Amazon.

    Dewalt not only make fans, drills and other tools - they make quality safety glasses!
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