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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|Cutting width||19 inches|
|Item Dimensions||20.5 x 22.88 x 36.63 inches|
|Item Weight||106 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||SPCM1936|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Full 2-Year Warranty; 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee|
|Shipping Weight||107.9 pounds|
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Our battery-powered outdoor products help you work smarter, faster and cleaner-without compromises.
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
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|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|
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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.
Now to the product. This is the ONLY cordless lawnmower I could find with self-propulsion. Most cordless mowers are heavier than their kin because of the battery. This model uses a lead-acid battery, which, while still providing great power and charge time, it is heavier than the comparable lithium ion. Weight makes any mower more difficult to maneuver, so self propulsion becomes more of an issue.
After considering this and looking at numerous mowers, I realized that the affordable units had a small cutting radius, sometimes limiting their ability to cut the edges near fences and such. I decided that my mower (I replaced a 21 inch corded electric that burned out the motor) had to be at least 18". This unit is perfect in that regard.
So, that limited my choices, with this unit being the ONLY self-propulsion unit. And with the weight, I felt it was well worth the $20 extra it cost me for self-propulsion. Amazon's price was equal to the best price around, so I chose Amazon because of their service and reviews, for which I am grateful.
The unit arrived promptly, and it is a great design. It goes together with two bolts, and that is all. No complex assembly. The bolts are hard to turn, so that is a pain, but a good wrench does the trick just fine, and once in, you never have to remove them, so it is a one time inconvenience.
The battery takes overnight to charge up and recommends 20 hours to charge fully from zero. You can store it for up to 6 months without charging it, but you have to fully charge the battery first. One oddity about the battery is the requirement you should store it in an area with an average temperature below fifty degrees fahrenheit. Why, I have no idea, I would think a lead-acid battery would be more prone to longevity issues in very cold temperatures, but that is the recommendation from the manufacturer, which may make those in warmer climates look elsewhere (??).
The instructions suggest that it is best when regularly using the unit (during the season) to keep it charged all the time, which is something to consider, and giving its charging time, a likely great idea. The removable battery makes this much easier.
Storage considerations were essential to me. I wanted to store my lawnmower in the shed. My shed has no electricity and limited space. This lawnmower has a REMOVABLE BATTERY, that is very easy to remove, albeit heavy. This allows me to charge the battery separate from the mower, so storage is easier and the battery can be charged anywhere in my home (garage, basement, wherever). What is also great is that the mower folds allowing it to be stored vertically, saving a huge amount of space in my shed. Still, it is heavy, so that is not as easy as just folding the unit.
Another huge consideration when choosing a removable battery is that if you have a larger mower or are a contractor, you can purchase and charge more than one battery, allowing you to multiply your mowing time for each battery you purchase. This is likely limited by their expense and weight, so contractors would likely not consider any rechargeable mower anyway. If you personally have a large lawn, though, you may primarily because of the superior convenience.
Cordless mowers are not designed for huge lawns. If you have a large lawn, you would likely not choose a cordless without the ability to have more than one battery. Still, half an acre should be no problem for this mower from my experience. It did my 1/3 acre lawn with aplomb and had about 1/3 of a charge left. That, however, is when the battery is new, so a couple of years from now, its longevity may impact that result.
A replacement battery is $129. That seems very expensive relative to the mower, but at least this mower comes with one, meaning you are paying about $170 or so for the mower itself, which is a steal for a self-propelled mower. I discovered some manufacturers are trying to make their mowers look less expensive by NOT including the battery. Because the battery is expensive on all cordless mowers, this can considerably mislead the consumer.
From other reviews, the battery lasts about 3-4 years with proper care, so you should expect $30 to $40 a year in maintenance costs (plus the recharge costs which should be minimal). All considered, however, that is about the same as you would pay to maintain a gas lawnmower with oil changes, tune ups, and gas. I am guessing that a gas mower would burn a gallon on each time I mow the lawn at about $3. a gallon.
The unit appears well made, and the comments about a plastic housing could be noted, but do not appear in any way to impact the quality or durability of the mower. The traction wheels are about 8" and appear to do a great job driving the mower forward. The adjustable speeds make this move along at a decent clip, unlike some gas mowers with self-propulsion I have tried. In that regard, it is a pleasure to use this mower when moving forward.
The unit does not have a "reverse" gear, although it can easily mow being manually pulled backwards. That is an annoyance one must consider with almost all self-propulsion mowers, but you get over it, and considering it is electric, you gain back what you lose by not having a cord or having to deal with gas/oil.
Maneuverability is improved vastly by the self-propulsion, until you get to the point at which you want to turn the mower or suddenly go in reverse. When you get to the edge of the cutting area, and you have to turn the mower, you have to release the drive lever and flip it about. This is not difficult, and a problem with all self-propulsion mowers when you get to an edge with an obstruction like a fence. The normal response to this with a push model is to get to the obstruction and pull back on the mower to attack the edge again or to get around the obstacle (such as a tree). Self-propelled mowers require a bit of thought at that point, requiring you to disengage the drive power to pull back on the mower. And they also will occasionally hit the fence or obstacle too aggressively. You get used to this after a while though, and the adjustment makes this a meaningless point.
If you have a hilly or large area, self-propulsion could make a huge difference for you. For me it is just a convenience, and it is a welcome convenience that, on this mower, is very well designed. There are two levers that control the mower, and the drive feature is engaged by an independent pull lever on the handle, making it very easy to control independently of the lever controlling the cutting blade. This allows you to cut independently of the drive feature, and the design makes this very easy to do.
I had a bit of confusion over the safety button feature. When you attempt to engage the cutting blade, nothing happens, and this can be a bit disconcerting at first. There is a button that is not at all obvious on the side, and being a guy that rarely reads directions (LOL), I did not notice it and thought I had a defective unit for a minute or two. You must press the safety button to get the mower to start turning the blade, and this is a safety feature implemented on many electric mowers. Once you know it is there, it is NOT an issue at all, but it did catch me the first time around. :-)
I primarily use the mulching feature, and it appears to work great. Still, some clippings do discharge from the rear even with the mulching feature on, which leaves some debris not distributed on the first pass. I do not consider this a strong enough criticism to take away any ratings points, but it should be indicated that it is not quite as good as my last mower. Still, based on the quality of this mower and other reviews, this mower will last much longer than my last, which completely burned out after three years use on a relatively small lawn.
I have not tried the bagging feature yet, and may never use it, so I cannot really say much about it. The design seems to make it very easy to attach the bag and a switch on the side makes switching between mulch and bagging a snap! The manual calls this "on-demand" which makes it sound more complicated than it is, but it does make mulching simple by not requiring any separate components to implement the feature.
Height adjustment is a snap with a single lever on the rear wheel that controls the height. The size of the wheel provides a broad range of height settings, and this could be critical for battery life if you regularly cut your grass less often than you should (like me) or if your lawn is uneven.
In conclusion, this mower has every possible feature you can get with a cordless electric mower, and has self-propulsion, which is a feature I could not find in any other cordless mower. It is less expensive than almost any mower in its class for its size, and is extremely well designed. The self-propulsion works GREAT, which was a surprise for me, and will likely be a very pleasant one for others. The wheels are large in the rear which provides great traction and a wide range of height adjustments. Only issue I have is that it would be nice to have a "reverse" drive, but that is a rare feature even on gas self-propelled units, so no demerits for that. The blade cuts great, dispelling some concerns I have seen regarding the ability to cut through thicker grass, etc. Ranking this compared to other mowers based on price, design and performance this product is unquestionably a five star product.
* It is self-propelled (when desired)
* It has an easily removable battery
I use the self-propelled feature only when mowing up inclines, or when I'm tired. I purchased a spare battery and charger so that I could mow for 1.5+ hours at a stretch. It's understood that the batteries and chargers are not cheap, but then again, a gas powered mower constantly needs fuel (which has only a limited shelf life). Proper maintenance of the lead-acid batteries will ensure maximum life: They do not take kindly to being run all the way down, and they should remain plugged in to the charger at all times when not being used (hence my spare charger). I used this model heavily for 3 years (i.e. often 6-8 hours per week), whereupon I started having trouble with the drive system. I purchased a replacement mower (same model), and hope to get another 3+ years from it as well. This I consider a reasonable life from such an appliance, and of course had I wanted to I could have looked into repairing the first mower as well, but I'm not sure the price of repairs would have warranted the cost. Note that I am still able to use the 3+ year-old batteries that I used with the first mower.
I hope that B&D and other manufacturers continue to produce self-propelled battery-powered lawnmowers.