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On Monday FedEx secretly in stealth mode delivered our Black and Decker SPCM1936 Electric Lawn Mower. For some reason FedEx drivers in our town refuse to knock or ring a door bell to let us know they are there. I was home all day – had been outside in the early afternoon – didn’t see the package at our doorstep. I’m not sure when the driver snuck the package to our door. It would have saved us both a lot of trouble had I been aware they were coming that day.
At least FedEx did a better job of getting this item to our door in one piece compared to UPS ( United Parcel Service ). The box arrived with no visible damage unlike when it arrived from UPS. CPO Outlets gets a big thumbs up for the turnaround time getting us a replacement sent for our return. I didn’t expect to see a package at our door until much later in the week. My only complaint is a heads up email would have been nice. That way I would have been on the look out for the FedEx driver.
It’s amazing how much a package arriving undamaged can reduce stress. It is also rather amazing how much easier a product can be assembled when it comes to your door the way it was sent. This time around the Black and Decker SPCM1936 went together in a matter of minutes. Everything worked as it should.
Last go around the handle bar sides were not perfectly straight / flush. So it was nearly impossible without making a very serious effort to get the handle screwed in place. Height adjustment wasn’t possible at all because the shifter was stuck solid. Now the height adjustment works smoothly and easily – just like the “Marvin video”.
After mowing twice now ( separate portions of our lawn ), my thought is the mower could use another setting our two for height. I used the highest setting in mulch mode and to me it seemed like the grass was getting cut a little to low. At the highest level on our old Black & Decker Lawn Hog it wouldn’t have cut the grass that low.
Self-propelled mowing speed is just to fast for me. On the lowest level “turtle” I felt like I was having to rush to keep up with the mower. I also didn’t feel the quality of the grass cut was as good using the self-propelled option. I’d venture a guess you will eat up battery capacity at a faster rate when using this feature. Even though the mower is stated to be around or slightly over 90 pounds – it didn’t feel hard to maneuver. Of course it’s not as maneuverable as the much lighter corded Black & Decker LAWNHOG electric mower.
Mowing seemed to go a bit faster not having to manage a cord – like we have done for the past 5 or 6 years with the LAWNHOG. The Black and Decker SPCM1936 definitely mulches much better than our old LAWNHOG. Considering that mower was a refurbished model purchased for a $100 – I’d hope the more expensive SPCM1936 would provide a higher quality cut. I’d also hope that any company would find ways to improve their product(s) in 5 or 6 years time. Overall I was happy with the results of our first cordless mow.
Even though the string attached insert states the battery is not fully charged I used it anyway. I only did so after touching the i button to see if all three green lights lit up. When they did I figured the battery pack would get the job done. The battery didn’t start to put out less power until I was 70% done with the lawn. Not bad at all considering I didn’t hook it up to a charger and the grass was very high. I tested out the self-propelled option but did not use it for most of the mowing process. I’m sure this helped save battery capacity. I had a Black & Decker RB-3612 Replacement 36V Battery Pack all charged up to easily swap out to continue the process. Unfortunately it got to dark before I could finish mowing. I’d started as soon as we put the unit together that evening.
Now it’s time to address all the electric mower haters. Many of you complain about gas prices, moan and groan about wars you feel are taking place do to oil and yet you refuse to change your ways. Many of you use cordless power tools yet you bring hate towards those who drive electric cars and mow with electric mowers. I’ll skip the fact that your fantasy of drilling for more oil in America would drive gas prices down wouldn’t be reality. Anyone who thinks this – is just clueless about how commodities markets and business works.
For some reason gas junkies just can’t get it through their heads that electric engines always have full power and torque. They act like those who drive electric cars and use electric mowers are weak pansies. When in fact these are the true gear heads getting maximum power for energy used. For some reason gas junkies seem to feel getting dirty and messing with toxic liquids is the only way to be a “real man”. Yet many of these guys are more than happy to use cordless tools. Seems rather hypocritical to me.
With an electric mower you don’t have to mess with oil, gas, storing these toxins in your garage or a rip cord to get mowing started. Granted many gas powered mowers offer electric start nowadays. Instead of paying many dollars on gas to fuel your mower an electric mower’s battery pack can be charged for pennies. With a swappable battery setup like the Black and Decker SPCM1936 – it’s easy to keep your mower running at full power. Just remove the battery running low for a fully charged pack.
With a cordless electric – mowing is no different from using a “traditional” gas powered mower. The quality of the cut is close if not exact. The only difference is your not using toxic fuels. Electric mowers also make much less noise – helping to reduce the growing noise pollution in neighborhoods. An electric mower has no toxic emissions. Gas powered mowers have been shown to be a major neighborhood polluter.
While many power plants in the United States are less than clean. Emissions from those plants are highly regulated and in most cases better pollution controls are in place. So the argument that electrics are just as dirty as gas mowers really doesn’t hold water. Especially in communities that have been smart and “greened” their power grid.
It seems all the gas junkies can’t get a few other concepts processed into their stubborn hollow brains. The “fuel” for electric cars, mowers and tools comes from American resources. Using electricity creates or at least keeps American jobs. I don’t have to wonder where my fuel comes from. I know exactly where it’s produced – a dirty coal plant down the road a few miles. Of course I’d much rather get power from cleaner methods. But at least I know I’m keeping jobs local and in the United States. Not providing income for foreign owned corporations who could care less about American jobs.
Unfortunately the product in the video helping me try and lead by example is manufactured in China. Very few consumer products are made anywhere else these days. You have to really do some digging to find American Made consumer goods. It’s Asian countries – mostly China where oil gas producers will sell the majority of their products. Why? Because the demand is high and so is the price for that fuel. It’s basic business 101 – you sell your goods or services where you get paid the most. For gas & oil right now that would be China.