Black & Decker SPCM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Lawn Mower With Removable Battery
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- Delivers the power to cut up to 1/3 acre home site without the mess and hassles of gas
- Variable Speed Self-Propelled System adjusts to your ideal mowing pace
- 36-Volt Removable Battery lifts out to charge anywhere
- Instant start every time with the push of a button
- 3-in-1: Mulch, Bag or Rear Discharge with the push of a button and the item is Non-returnable
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Featuring a highly efficient design, the Black & Decker SPCM1936 19-Inch, 36-volt cordless lawn mower delivers the power to cut up to 1/3 acre home site without the mess and hassles of gas (conditions will affect run-time). The variable speed self-propelled motor adjusts to your ideal mowing pace. And it features an improved blade design for better cuts and longer runtime plus a lightweight polymer cutting deck that never rusts and is easy to clean. You can switch from mulching to bagging to rear discharge with the push of a button. It's backed by a two-year limited warranty.
Delivers the power to cut up to 1/3 acre home site (see larger image).
Choose mulch, bag, or rear discharge with the push of a button (see larger image).
Conveniently stores upright in the garage (see larger image).
Fast Starts and Quiet Operation
The SPCM1936 is incredibly easy to use, thanks to advanced features that address the needs and wants of cordless mower users. First, it starts instantly with a key and a push of a button. And once started, its quiet operation--much quieter than gas mowers--means you can mow when you want to--without worrying about disturbing your neighbors.
Easy Adjustments and Storage
The one-touch height adjustment means you can quickly alter the cutting height of all four wheels at once with the pull of a single lever. And unlike traditional mowers, the SPCM1936 can be folded for upright or compact storage, making it ideal for those with limited space in the shed or garage.
This Design Creates Zero Emissions
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), gas powered engines from outdoor lawn equipment produce over one million tons of polluting air emissions per year. The SPCM1936, in contrast, produces zero harmful emissions in your yard.
Its lift-out rechargeable battery lets you charge away from the mower or swap in additional batteries for larger lawns. The included 36-volt battery charger plugs easily into any household outlet and is Energy Star-qualified for energy efficiency and saving you money on your electrical bill.
What's in the Box
SPCM1936 lawn mower, charger, rear bag assembly, safety key
Black & Decker Electric Lawn Mower Comparison
|Power||Corded 12 amp motor||Corded 12 amp motor||36V integrated battery||36V removable battery||36V removable battery|
|Deck Size |
|Mulch/Bag/Discharge||Rear bag with mulching insert and discharge capabilities||Rear bag with mulching insert and discharge capabilities||Rear bag with mulching insert and discharge capabilities||Rear bag (mulching insert and side discharge chute sold separately)||Rear bag (mulching insert and side discharge chute sold separately)|
|Cutting Area||Up to 1/4 acre||Up to 1/4 acre||Up to 1/3 acre||Up to 1/3 acre||Up to 1/3 acre|
|Starter||Handle pull||Handle pull||Handle pull||Handle pull||Push button|
|Height Adjustment||One point, single lever adjusts all four wheels simultaneously||One touch, single lever adjusts all four wheels simultaneously||One point, single lever adjusts all four wheels simultaneously||One touch, single lever adjusts all four wheels simultaneously||One touch, single lever adjusts all four wheels simultaneously|
|Height Settings||1-1/4- to 3-1/2-inch||1-1/4- to 3-1/2-inch||1-1/2- to 3-1/2-inch||1-1/2- to 3-1/2-inch||1-1/2- to 3-1/2-inch|
|Wheel Size||7-inch||7-inch front / 8-inch rear||7-inch front / 8-inch rear||7-inch front / 9-inch rear||7-inch front / 9-inch rear|
|Weight||46 pounds||52 pounds||64 pounds||72 pounds||92 pounds|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years||2 years||2 years||2 years|
Top Customer Reviews
I hate dealing with 1)oil+gas, 2)shoulder wrenching power cords, 3)loud noise where I cannot hear my pager and 4) straining to push a mower up the hill with risk of slippage. With all the great reviews I came super close to buying the CM1936 last year but other events delayed that purchase. Late February of this year I spotted this model and bought it in March with few reviews posted. I was finally able to use it this weekend and I am quite pleased. No oil or gas and although it is not completely silent, it is reasonable and I can listen to music or audio books on my mp3 player. With time I am sure I will feel more comfortable with increasing the speed but the turtle speed did just fine for me. Very easy to put together and the start up was quite simple. The grass was kind of high and damp so I did have to stop and clean the grass out a couple of times-not complicated at all. The self propelled was great going up my hills. The mower with battery in is heavy but I did not notice this at all during the mowing process. I also like that the blades can be off while using the self propel to maneuver back up the hill to the safe garage when done.
I also purchased a SquareTrade warranty for my own peace of mind.
Update: I have used the mower a few times now and it is truly a labor of love. It takes 30 minutes for my front and about a hour for my backyard. I have improved my technique as I have worked with this mower. So far I am happy with the battery life and power. I have noticed waiting until the lawn is not wet helps speed things up. I cannot express how much I enjoy listening to music or books while I mow-it really makes me look forward to mowing. I have a very busy week and I love to make the most of my time.
Update- The frequent rain has really resulted in heavy usage of this lawn mower. My lawn looks great and I have improved my overall lawn mowing time to 20 minutes for front and 40 for the back. I generally split the days I mow due to time. Now that the weather is heating up I have raised the cutting height (very simple). No big issues so far but I will be using another reviewers advice on spraying the underside of the mower to help with cleaning as the grass mowing windows of opportunity so far do not allow for bone dry grass. Even my yard-work hating husband has eyed my machine and made comments he would like to take it for a spin. We'll see about that...
Pros: Lightweight and ergonomiclly designed. Quiet and extremely easy to use. The highth adjustment is rediculously easy to use as is the self propelled function. Easy to clean and cuts a standard lawn well. Mulches, bags, and rear discharges equally well.
Cons: Lacking in brute power. The self propulsion doesn't go slow enough for certain circumstances and it lags a bit. It takes a few seconds to get up to full speed. The safety button that allows you to engage the cutting function isn't easy to find without looking for it. It could use being raised slightly or textured to be found by feel. The cutting function bale has a very light spring and the blade can stay cutting once you let go. The charging port is in an akward area to use and you must bend over to insert the charging cord. While these are concerns, there is nothing glaringly bad about the mower.
The mower comes almost completely built and 5 minutes is all that's needed to unpack the mower from the box, assemble it, and plug it in. My battery was also almost completely charged and was showing a green light (Ready for use) in about 8 minutes of charging.
My first use was after a brutal rain storm. I had given the lawn about 6 hours to dry out and it had been growing for 2 weeks. It was 6 inches high in several patches and the grass was very wet. I was curious as to how well the mower would cut though. I was, in a word, impressed. The mower cuts quietly and rolls easily along with either the power propulsion or just a push. I ran into the taller sections where I had to back up and go over the same area twice but that was to be expected, even with a gas mower. It would have helped had I raised the mower to it's full highth but I kept it at level 3 (Out of 7, 7 being the highest). I was bagging here and the mower picked up all of the trimmings. I was able to finish my larger than standard tract home lawn in one charge, even with the wet grass. The mower bogs down just like a gas mower will however it will bog easier. I was cutting bermuda grass/clover.
My second use was today, 6 days later and the lawn was still in good shape from the last mowing. Plus, it was much drier. I started out bagging and this time, the mower breezed through everything with no problems. I was able to mow with one pass over everything and the motor barely struggled through the highest areas. Halfway through, I emptied the bag and switched to the mulch function (Just the turn of a nob). The mower functioned better than I expected, leaving no clumps of clippings yet not bogging down either. I finally went after some foot tall weeds with the rear discharge function. The motor, as expected, bogged down and I had to back off and make several passes to get a clean cut. I ended up with a cleanly mowed area with clumps of clippings, expected with such tall weeds.
I noticed several things: The charging connectors, while fragile looking, are actually quite stout. I use these same connectors in an industrial application and have no worries about them. I don't expect them to fail for a very long time, if ever. The mower can be hard to turn or pull back unless you push the mower forward several inches to allow the self propulsion to dissengage. Once dissengaged, the mower is easy to manuver and actually, lighter than my old snapper. It only took me a few turns before I figured this out and now, it's easy to release the self propulsion bale and let the mower travel several inches before trying to turn or reverse. Wet soggy grass will build up on the underside of the mower and also in the discharge chute if the bag is too full for the clippings to be expelled into it. I ended up flipping the mower on its side and scraping the buildup off with a piece of scrap wood, then continuing with my mowing. You shouldn't have this problem with a properly dry lawn. Rinsing the underside of the mower before you put it away is advised because the buildup will come off much easier if it is fresh, verses dried and stuck on.
In closing, I am happy with this mower and the job it has done so far on my lawn. People who have St. Augustine type lawns or larger than a normal tract home lawn will probobly be better suited with a gasoline engined mower. These battery powered mowers are getting much closer in performance to their gas engined cousins but still have a long way to go. For those that have a hard time starting a gasoline mower, who dislike the fumes and maintainance, or (like me) am interested in a newer technology, then the battery powered black and decker may be the mower for you. The only reason I felt this mower deserved 4 stars instead of 5 was the lack of power for thick st. augustine type lawns.
****One year update, March 06, 2012**** No failures to report, no strange noises or hiccups. I've sharpened the blade exactly once for the beginning of this season and the mower continues to cut as it did since day one. I have managed to wear down the battery during one cutting session. The grass had gotten extremely tall over 3 weeks last summer and as soon as I noticed the mower losing performance, I rolled it back in the garage and charged it up overnight. The next morning, I finished the lawn with no problems. It picks up the clippings very well while bagging, even when cutting mildly wet lawn. The self propulsion works as well as it ever has and I love it. I only bag now, forgoing the mulching or rear discharge for the ease of emptying the bag in my green waste trashcan. I occasionally will flip the lever to mulch, just to make sure it still works. It has gotten stiff over the year of use and could probobly use some lubricant like WD40, etc. on the hinge. I can use my hand to help the flap into place though (Carefull to disconnect the power as you must reach in near the blade). I added a braided wire lanyard as some other reviewers have posted about. The key on the end of the lanyard is convenient and I don't have to search for it. I'm still very happy with my purchase and still recommend this lawn mower to anyone looking for a mower for small to average lots. I have no regrets about buying this mower over a gasoline powered mower
**** First repair, April 12, 2012*** The clip that holds the front left wheel on cracked and allowed the wheel to come off when I smacked up against a block wall. Upon further inspection, I found the clip was heavily rusted and weakened. When I am finished mowing, I flip the mower on its side and rinse off the deck which allowed water to enter the axle area. It can't readily get out so that clip sits in water and rusts. My solution is easy, just stop washing the mower. Who knows what else is rusting. Black and Decker sent me out 2 new clips at my request and my mower has been repaired and working properly for several weeks now. To install the new clip, place the wheel over the axle with the plastic wheel cap off. Place the push clip on top of the axle and a 3/4" socket over the push clip to evenly distribute the force needed to seat it. Give that socket a smack with a rubber mallet and the push clip will be fully seated. In the event that you need this part and don't want to wait for shipping, your local hardware store will carry it as it is commonly used for holding wheels onto barbeques. Just bring your old clip in to compare sizes.
**** 2 year update, March 30, 2013**** Still chugging along just fine with no discernible decrease in battery life. I found that squirting some silicone spray lubricant on the hinge of the mulch/bag flap greatly decreases the strength needed to turn the selection knob. It was pretty stiff as mentioned. A quick squirt and a couple of turns back and forth of the knob and it's as easy to turn as new. I can hear a noise coming from the transmission when the self propel function is engaged. It's not a bad noise and I suspect it's just from the gears wearing in to each other and is normal. I will keep an eye on it though and update should any repairs be required. To date, the only repair was in the above paragraph. Even the blade is still original, though it has been sharpened.
**** 3 year update, March 22, 2014 **** I installed a new blade this spring. I had been hand sharpening the old blade with a file and must have taken off too much metal on one side as the mower developed a slight vibration. The old blade cut just as well however the new blade brought the smoothness back to the mower. When replacing the blade, don't forget to purchase a new plastic insulator. I purchased the blade and insulator both through amazon. The insulator was available in a 3 pack which I ordered.
I had to lubricate the mulch flap hinge again. This will become part of my yearly spring "tune up".
The noise in the transmission is still there but hasn't gotten any worse. Self propel still works just fine.
No other problems or issues to report. The mower still cuts well and the battery life shows no degradation as far as I can tell.
**** Battery degradation first noticeable, June 5th 2014*** I have just started noticing the battery isn't lasting as long as it has been. I still have enough power to finish my entire lawn however the motor starts to labor noticeably sooner and the last section takes quite a bit longer to complete than it has in the past. Lawn conditions are normal.
**** Battery lasts for half the yard June 15th, 2014**** The battery is actually a case that holds 3 individual sealed 12V batteries. A reasonably handy person can order just the individual batteries (Kung Long WP12-12 X3)and replace them. I ordered the batteries today for $84 delivered. They are held in with double sided tape and the wires attach with spade connectors. Just undo the 5 standard screws, finagle the batteries out, and replace with new batteries. The batteries were purchased through amazon here Kung Long WP12-12E - 12.00 Volt 12.00 AmpH SLA Replacement Battery. Mower performance is back to what it was when new. The original batteries are double sided taped together. I didn't have any double sides tape but I had a tube of exterior caulking so I just put a dollop between each battery and installed.
****4 year update April 16th 2015. The mower with the new batteries is working great. No failures to report.
****5 year update April 29th 2016. Mower working great with no failures to report.