Black & Decker Lawn Hog 19-Inch Electric Mulching Mower

I bought this lawn mower when my last (also an Electric) completely ceased working. I'm happy with the upgrade. The mower suffers from the same problem as most other electrics: cord management. I've developed a technique for shifting the cord from one side to the other as I mow, and it serves me quite well, but it's still not as convenient as a cord-free mower.

When it comes to cutting grass, though, the thing performs marvelously. Its height is easily adjustable: more easily than I've ever seen on any mower.

A squeeze of the trigger and the mower simply floats up and down; release the trigger and you lock it in place.

The blades are sharp and spin fast enough to power through tough weedy patches. I'm a bit concerned about the long-term viability of the blade-turning mechanism. As with many electric lawn mowers, this uses several plastic pieces, including a plastic disc holding the blade.

The blade is fasted tightly, but if it hits something (a root, a stone), it can be knocked a bit out of place.

This is no doubt by design, to reduce blade damage, but in my last mower this eventually led to the destruction of the plastic disc; this may happen here.

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Mar 03, 2009
Lighter than a gas mower
by: Anonymous

I've used this mower for 4 summers and I am still very pleased with it. This is a corded electric mower, not battery, so it has plenty of power to cut and mulch its way through tough St. Augustine grass. As with any electric mower, there is no need to store or pour gas and oil makes this mower.

There's never any problem starting this engine up after winter storage. The height adjustment is a snap - it just requires you to press a button and push up or pull down on the mower deck. It's lighter than any gas mower because the deck is plastic. This makes it easier to push than a gas mower. The cord wraps around a clever plastic hook to keep the cord from coming loose, and I've never had that happen.

Cons: Same as with any corded mower--cord management. If you have a yard clear of a large number of different obstacles like trees and beds, managing the cord is a snap by just keeping the cord to one side of you and mowing in straight lines from one side of the yard to the other. This may require some stepping over the cord, and holding it on one side of the mower or the other, but you should only have to cross the cord over the mower a few times in a day.

If your yard has more obstacles, you will spend more time with the cord. Also, the cord could be surprisingly expensive since this mower requires a heavy-duty cord.

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