An electric, plug-in lawnmower can be an affordable and practical solution for keeping up a small yard. Electric lawnmowers are light weight, quiet, and require need less maintenance than gas mowers. In addition you start it at the flip of a switch instead of by pulling that rope, and you never have to make trips to your local gas station to fill up a container with fuel. They are also better for the environment. The only drawbacks are that you need access to an outdoor outlet, and you must deal with dragging that long extension cord behind you.
Things You'll Need
- A small lawn
- Access to an outdoor outlet
- A long extension cord (100ft. recommended)
- A large roller for the cord
Roll the mower out to the position from which you desire to start mowing.
Adjust the handle as desired, and set the blade height.
Unroll the cord completely and connect the appropriate end to the lawnmower. Make sure to run the cord around the safety stop. This will prevent you from pulling the cord out of the socket if you accidentally reach the end while mowing.
Plug the other end into an outdoor electrical outlet. Make sure that the cord is not lying across your path. Some outdoor outlets require that a switch be turned on from inside the house in order to permit the flow of electricity.
Stand behind the mower and squeeze the handle to start it. Notice that releasing the handle automatically shuts the mower off. Thus, it is easy turn the mower on and off, and you can do so as often as needed.
Mow your lawn in much the same was as you would with a gasoline mower. The main difference is that you must never forget that you are tethered to the cord. When reversing direction, you must be careful not to let the cord get in you way. It may sometimes be necessary to shut off the mower and physically move the cord before continuing.
Tips & Warnings
- Buy a plastic roller for your cord. This will make it much easier to keep it from becoming tangled while in storage.
- Be sure to buy an extension cord that is rated for the amperage of your mower.
- Be careful not to run over the cord, as you could cut it. If you do cut it, immediately go an unplug the cord from the outlet.
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