Black & Decker CMM1000 19-Inch 5 HP Cordless Mulching Mower with Rear Bag (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 19-inch cordless rear bag mower; mulch, side-discharge, and rear-bag options
- 5-horsepower rechargeable motor; one-touch adjustment offers 1-1/4 to to-3-1/2-inch clearance (7 positions)
- Cutting deck made of super-tough polymer
- Includes mower, battery, charger, rear-bag assembly, safety key
- 36 by 22.5 by 17.6 inches; 76 pounds; lifetime guarantee on mower deck; 2-year guarantee on mower
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The most obvious difference between the new generation of electric mowers and the heavier gas-powered mowers of yore is the start-up. The ease with which this mower starts is almost stupefying. Simply pull and hold the thin handle lever, then pull the ignition lever, and presto!--the engine is running. To minimize safety risks to young children, a removable safety key must be inserted prior to starting the mower.
Once started, this mower runs like a dream and is much quieter than older gas-powered models. In addition to the lack of noise, vibrations were also dampened by the cushioned handgrips, a feature that makes mowing a much more comfortable experience. Another innovation is the method by which the mower is raised and lowered. Where once it was necessary to adjust each wheel individually, the height of the mowing platform is now controlled by a single squeeze of a single lever, which allows for seven positions from 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches. While this mower is much lighter than a gas mower, we did find that this Black & Decker cordless model, weighing in at 76 pounds, is heavier than its corded relatives.
The only disadvantage this machine seems to have is in the power department. While there were no serious problems during our field test, it was necessary to slow down or go back over thicker sections of grass in order to make a completely clean cut. This cordless model also requires a substantial charging time when first out of the box: the manufacturer suggests at least a 16-hour period initially in order to get peak performance and maximum run time. According to Black & Decker, the battery will be 70% energized with four hours of charging. When fully juiced, this mower can be expected to cut between 1/2 and 1/3 of an acre per charge. Though the charge is one aspect that needs to be considered when deciding whether to purchase a corded or a rechargeable mower, we found the added maneuverability of the cordless over the corded model far outweighs the inconvenience of charge times.
When you've finished mowing, the handles fold back, making it easier to store this mower in a tight garage or shed. It comes with a 30-day no-risk satisfaction guarantee and a manufacturer's full two-year warranty.
Top Customer Reviews
I've found that it works just as well as any of the less-expensive consumer grade gas mowers. Yes, it will bog down in very thick or wet grass, but so did my 4 HP B&S driven mower. The solution is the same: take a smaller pass or lighter cut. AS far as extra weight, I haven't noticed any appreciable difference. The battery certainly adds to the weight, but because it runs so much cooler, much of the body is polymer, which is very light. I have no problems moving it around. It's wonderfully simple to use, with easy switches and levers.
I have a 6000 sq ft lot. I've found I can get 3-4 mows out of a single charge, which seems like plenty of endurance for me. I just remember to plug it in, once an evening every few times. There's even a handy gauge that shows the status of the battery charge to help remind you.
One of the best things I like is the noise level, or lack thereof. Like many of you, I'm sure, I juggle my chores around work and home life. A great frustration was trying to find time to mow. I try to get house work accomplished when my kid is napping, but the bloody gas mower was so loud, I didn't want to wake him up. This B&D cordless runs at a mere whisper, so no worries at working it any time of day/night (no more feeling guilty at waking up my neighbor who works swing shift). You can truly carry on a conversation with someone even while running this tool.
All in all, I'm totally satisfied with this machine and would recommend it to anyone looking for a home-maintenance mower.
Regardless, I found "official" replacement batteries to be very expensive, but then came across a perfect substitute: a universal 12180 battery. The 12 refers to the voltage and the 180 part is the amp-hour rating (18.0). This is identical to what the original batteries were - sealed lead-acid, vibration-resistant and all. Even the physical dimensions are precisely the same, which makes changing the battery easy.
Always replace both batteries at the same time, pay attention to how the old ones were connected, and you'll be mowing again for half the price of the official batteries.
A couple of minor cautions: if you frequently mow your grass wet or damp, or let it go for weeks, this one might not be for you. It WILL handle those conditions as well as the equiv.-powered gas mower, but will have to be recharged more frequently. Suffice to say: Mowing grass wet and going weeks between mows IS BAD FOR YOUR GRASS, so it's not a good idea regardless of the mower type.
As for the 24-hr recharge one reviewer complained about (it's actually just 16 hrs), it WILL regain 60% of full charge in 4 hrs., so for all but the most impatient, the recharge cycle shouldn't be a problem.
I've found this mower to be quite capable of holding up well to normal use--in fact, holding up better than most gas/push mowers. Too bad, most people won't consider these at all!
(I notice the Canadian govt. is offering rebates for people purchasing this mower or a "people-powered" reel mower--great idea! I bet George Bush will pick up on this any day now!)
You can now buy gas mowers that meet a California lawnmower emission standard for $150 or so, but you still have the exhaust, noise, cord yanking, refueling vapors and spills, and the grimy yearly maintenance of oil changing and air filter cleaning to deal with. So far the CMM1000 has been hassle free - push the start lever and go. I expect some maintenance - Black and Decker recommends you keep the blade sharp, and the batteries are only supposed to last 5 years or so, although the ($) replacement cost might be less than the total 5 year maintenance cost on a gas mower...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Doesn't hold charge very long. Cut half yard. Recharge then finish. Time consuming.Published 26 days ago by Arlene Alleman
Light and all-around easy to use: I use it to cut deep zosia, with effective mulching.Published 14 months ago by Michael J. Murphy
too heavy; charger plug -in difficult to use; on-off handle had to be wired to stay onPublished 15 months ago by John L. Panarace
It mulches better than other electric lawnmowers, it is good for the environment, it holds a long enough charge for me to do more of my lawn than I want to do, it's lighter than... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Nathan Christopher Shores
Bought one of these electric mowers for my mother and one for myself. It works great for smaller areas. I haven't had any problems with mine as yet and I've had it for over 2 yrs.Published on June 19, 2013 by Linda J Martin
I bought my CM1000 in 2006 or 2007, worked fine for my small yard. No problems. Then my charger got damaged and doesn't work. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by unsure about this mower
Thought this would be a great environmentally correct mower. It is but is very heavy and replacing the battery i a pain in the neck.Published on January 31, 2013 by Susan Wittmer
PURCHASED FOR GIRLFRIEND COUPLE YEARS AGO. SHE HAS SMALL HOUSE AND YARD. WORKS GREAT. CAN MOW SEVERAL TIMES ON CHARGE. MULCHES WELL. NEVER USED BAGGER.Published on December 24, 2012 by TODD
I have had my Black & Decker CMM1000 Coordless Mulching Mower for over 10 years and I still love it. Read morePublished on June 3, 2010 by Sydney Hope