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Overview

I casually and frequently use my managerial work skills when choosing personal products and services. It was now time to choose a mower replacement for the next 5 to 10 years. Fortunately, cordless mowers have come a long way. Now there were many highly rated products available. This article presents the selection process, assembly, and operation of the best cordless mower for the money, out of over 100 reviewed. This analysis and research took 4 days to complete.

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The Process

As at work, there is an organized process to reach a final selection decision. As this involves a change of technology and mechanics, I needed to first study a bit on its aspects. So, as I considered this a standard small project, I began with data requirements gathering and then listed them. To build the list, I used a combination of marketing research and customer reviews. This involved reading various product descriptions online and countless customer reviews. A deeper study was to come later.

Data Requirements Gathering

In the process of reading about what was currently available, the following are the aspects that were considered important enough by others repeatedly to consider. In reading product descriptions from marketing sites, I discovered several items were repeatedly identified as bullet points. So, since many items were repeatedly listed on various brands, they were factors that people cared about and should be included. Many customer reviews and videos also provided recurring valid reasons for including them as worthy options to list.

Detailed Initial List of Features and Options to Compare

So, let’s now look at the initial list of features and options to use for comparing across several makes and models to determine which is the best cordless mower currently available.

  • Budget: $450-$700, with some allowances
  • Frame housing width, e.g., 18-inch, 21-inch
  • Riding or walk behind
  • Push or self-propelled
  • Gas powered or cordless
  • Reliability
  • Degree of Durability
  • Low maintenance
  • Blade cutting height range
  • Methods of grass discharge
  • Ease of changing blade cutting height
  • Mulching capability
  • Mulch Capture
  • Leaves Mulching
  • Evenly consistent cutting
  • Noise
  • Warranty
  • Ease-of-use (including preparing to use)
  • Storage ease, e.g., folding handle
  • Precautions
  • Charging speed
  • Battery duration
  • Backup battery
  • Battery replacement in future
  • Handling thick grass, e.g., overdrive
  • Safety
  • Maneuverability
  • Battery & charger included
  • Wheels size
  • Weight
  • Headlight (yeah, I know what you’re thinking; I thought that too initially)

As this list is very detailed, we’ll need to reorganize it. Our goal now is to make it more readable and usable for our upcoming decision-making process across a large number of products. It’s not feasible to use in its current form. So, here’s a more usable summarized list using categories.

Summarized List of Features and Options

  • Gas-powered or Cordless; this article covers the decision to define the best cordless mower
  • Cost (total considerations over life of product)
    • Initial Purchase Price Budget: $450-$700, with some allowances
    • Consider if batteries and charger are included or not
    • Anticipated Usage Life: 5-10 yrs
      • Degree of Anticipated Durability
      • Maintenance Costs: Battery, wheels, & blade replacements in future
      • Warranty
  • Cutting Factors, as determined needs vs extras
    • Blade cutting height range (usually at least this range of 1-1/2″ to 3-1/2″); if you need 1-inch or 4-inch, most don’t do that height
    • Ease of changing blade cutting height
    • Grass discharge options: Side discharge, mulching plug, grass catcher attachment, leaves mulching capture
    • Evenly consistent cutting
    • Handles thick grass or it might have a “Turbo” or “Overdrive” extra power feature
  • Battery and Charger Related
    • Battery qty included initially
    • Charger included initially; is it referenced as a quick/fast charge?
    • How many minutes per charged battery with basic usage
    • Does mower hold an extra battery as a holder or as a failover?
    • Does battery have a power charge status meter?
    • Is battery changeout relatively easy?
  • Safety Considerations
    • Fast cutoff when operating handle released
    • Can remove ‘key’ to prevent accidental or child powering it on. Or, do you have to remove batteries for that.
    • Noise level (decibels)
    • Headlight (if needing to mow after working late)

Final Simple List of Minimum Options for Best Cordless Mower

This list of options has now been narrowed down for a common list of what many people have written in reviews and articles as to what they use or look for. Some specifications have ranges that are more narrowed down.

  • Cost (total considerations over life of product)
    • Initial Purchase Price Budget: $450-$700, with some allowances. Can be on higher end if extra battery is included.
    • Anticipated Usage Life: 5-10 yrs
      • Degree of Anticipated Durability (read reviews of people who have older models for several years)
      • Maintenance Costs: No cheap plastic wheels. Should be tough solid rubber-like material. High battery replacement cost is okay if there is a lower cost 3rd party battery available.
      • Warranty: minimum 2 years (per mower and per battery)
  • Size related
    • Frame: 21-inch (20-inch blade)
    • Wheel size: 10-inches in rear
    • Weight max: 75 lbs. (w/o batteries)
  • Ease-of-use (my preferences)
    • Walk behind: Self-propelled (must still be easy to push when not engaged AND when mower not running)
    • Good maneuverability during mowing
    • Storage ease: Folding handle
  • Cutting Factors, as determined needs vs extras
    • Blade cutting height range (at least this range of 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″)
    • Clippings dispersal capability options: Mulching plug, grass catcher attachment
    • Evenly consistent cutting
    • Handles thick grass
  • Battery and Charger Related
    • 1 Battery and Charger included initially
    • Minimum 30 minutes per charged battery with basic usage
    • Does battery have a power charge status meter?
    • Is battery changeout relatively easy?
  • Safety Considerations
    • Fast cutoff when operating handle released
    • Noise level (decibels)

Best Cordless Mower Selection Process

Final 2 Brands Selected

Some of the above desired specs aren’t necessarily a requirement on my own personal list. It was important they were included into the selection process because of what customer reviews were showing as preferences. Also, the final best cordless mower did fit in with my own requirements. So, I narrowed it down to 2 brands of mowers initially. Those brands were clearly Greenworks and Ego. Both brands have been around a long time, using this type of cordless technology and mechanics. Ego seems a little more expensive but many were conveying that the long-standing quality and reliability justified it. The other significant difference is that the Ego uses a non-metal frame which does make it a little lighter.

Final 2 Models Selected

There were 2 models I narrowed it down to initially. One choice was the Greenworks Pro 21-inch 60 volt self-propelled mower with two 4.0 Ah (1/2 hr each) batteries and a dual-battery fast-charger (specific model kit was MO60L424, aka model 2531702). Another choice was the Ego 56 volt self-propelled mower with one 7.5 Ah (1-hr) battery (specific model kit was LM2102SP). These two mowers were chosen as based on all the selected features and functions from the many hundreds of reviews I read and dozens of comparison and individual videos watched.

Final Best Cordless Mower Selected

The Greenworks model had more significant enhancements even though it cost more than the Ego model. A softer budget range might drive someone towards the Ego model, which would potentially still be a proper decision. But the original listing of options covered a wide ranged budget. In my opinion, the extra Greenworks features were easily sizable enough to justify the added cost, and it still easily fell within the original budget range. So, with that, the Greenworks Pro 21-inch 60 volt self propelled mower was the optimum and best choice.

So, now I’ll show you the specs of this selected best cordless mower, the Greenworks Pro 21-inch 60 volt mower. Then, the rest of this article is how to put it together, which is extremely easy. Also, there are a few tips and recommendations from several sources.

Best Cordless Mower Features and Specs: Greenworks MO60L424 (2531702)

  • Greenworks Site of Model 2531702: https://www.greenworkstools.com/pro-60v-brushless-21-inch-self-propelled-lawn-mower
  • Warranty: 4 yr battery and 4 yr mower
  • Deck Size: 21-inch
  • Self-propelled with variable speed control slider switch on handle
  • SmartCutâ„¢ technology automatically adjusts the blade speed to meet the cutting conditions
  • Turbo speed for high density grassy areas or heavy leaves mulching with leaves pickup
  • Automatic power increase when needed
  • Grass collection bag
  • Added extra blade: specialty high lift blade
  • 7 Cutting Heights: Easy adjust (1.38″ to 4″)
  • 2 batteries 4.0 Ah with power meter display, 30 minutes each
  • Dual battery ports with automatic failover
  • Dual port turbo charger: 80 minutes for full charge
  • Bright LED headlights (for after work evening work)
  • 2-position adjustable height handle
  • Easy fold handle (just pull dual lever insets and fold it over)
  • Vertical storage on its end (minimal floor space)

Greenworks Mower Assembly

Preparations Before Assembly

  1. The box is opened and the mower is removed from the box as shown below. You’ll also find the instructions booklet you should review.
  2. Plug in the battery charger and insert the 2 batteries. The fan will be modestly loud during the charging process.
  3. During this assembly process, you’ll need to “unfold” the unassembled handle by pulling both green inset handle releases.
  4. Much of the protective packaging and film can now be removed and the nylon ties cut. One of the attached items is a plastic bag with brief handle assembly instructions along with the handle’s 2 bolts & nuts.
The original box that it came in.
  • The Box
Opening the box reveals a good packaging.
  • Opened
The mower is now pulled out of the box.
  • Out of the Box
Plug in the charger.
  • Plug in the charger.
Insert both batteries.
  • Insert both batteries.
Pull insets to unfold the handle so you can assemble it.
  • Pull insets to unfold the handle so you can assemble it.
Remove most of the protective packaging and film.
  • Remove most of the protective packaging and film.

Handle Assembly

  1. Insert both sides of the handle fully. It will be a very tight snug fit as you need to work it in gradually between both sides of the handle.
  2. TIP: Observe the left handle side (with the wiring) has a protective form-fitted molding that is not to be used and should be discarded (see pic below).
  3. After the handle sides are fully pushed into the lower half, the 2 bolts can be inserted. The bolt head is on the outer side of the handle. The nut will slip into a recessed slot so you won’t need a wrench to hold it while screwing in the bolt.
  4. You can now position the handle however you need it so you can more readily remove any remaining film.
  5. Confirm to ensure the mower can go into its vertical storage position. Make the handle folded and locked in place. There is a recessed green grip area to use for pulling upward to lift the mower into its vertical position.
Insert both sides of the handle.
  • Insert both sides of the handle.
Don't use the protective molding on the left handle side.
  • TIP: Don’t use the protective molding on the left handle side.
Insert and tighten the bolt and nut on each handle side.
  • Insert & tighten the bolt and nut on each handle side.
Position the handle so you can remove any remaining film.
  • Position the handle so you can remove any remaining film.
Ensure the mower can go into the vertical storage position.
  • Ensure the mower can go into the vertical storage position.

Operations Testing of the Best Cordless Mower

  1. Take the mower out of its vertical storage position. You can use the recessed green grip area to lower the mower. Then use the middle green handle releases to unfold the handle and lock it into an unfolded position. The handle releases are also used to raise or lower the entire handle in one of two height positions.
  2. Lift the battery compartment cover and insert the red safety key plug into its safety slot (otherwise, it won’t be able to start). Then, insert one or both batteries.
  3. Push the mower onto a lawn area you’d like to cut. Review the top console area of the mower’s handle. Become familiar with the purpose of each key item. The large upper, center green power button for press-and-release to start the mower. The green lever is for holding to start & maintain power. The smaller gray lever is for holding for self-propelling forward. The lower gray slider switch is for controlling self-propelling drive speed. The lower left area shows two rows of lights for charged level of each battery (while the mower is running). To the right of that is the green Turbo (toggle) push button for enabling/disabling extra power for cutting extra thick grass area or for sucking up leaves.
Use the green recessed grip area to lower the mower.
  • Use the green recessed grip area to lower the mower.
Insert the red safety key plug and at least one battery.
  • Insert the red safety key plug and at least one battery.
Become familiar with the functions of the main sonsole.
  • Become familiar with the functions of the main console.

Testing The Key Functions of the Mower

  1. From the top side of the handle, pull one of the green levers towards you and hold it; then press and release the <Power> button. The mower should start up and you can push or pull it to confirm mowing works.
  2. With the mower powered on, ensure you have some distance in front of you. Then, to check the self-propelling function, pull its gray lever upward and release it soon after. You can use the central sliding switch (with the rabbit and turtle symbols) to adjust the speed of travel.
  3. With the mower powered on, press the Turbo button and release it to confirm the increased cutting action. You can press and release it again to turn off Turbo. Or, you can just release all levers, which turns the mower off. When restarting the mower, Turbo is off, by default.
Starting the mower using a green lever and the power button.
  • Starting the mower using a green lever and the power button.
Engaging self-propelling forward.
  • Engaging self-propelling forward
Testing the Turbo power boost function.
  • Testing the Turbo power boost function.

After Mowing

When done mowing, you’ll want to follow the user guide instructions.

  • You can wipe it down but never hose it down or get it real wet. It has some electronic components that are apparently not fully water-proof. However, I have seen some videos of other reviewers mowing wet grass and I’ve read some reviewers who do hose it down to clean it. And then, I did also see a video of how to change out the computer board because its previous owner got it wet. I read tons of reviews of many owners actions in detail.
  • Consider to remove the batteries and/or unplug the red safety key plug when done using it. You never know when someone might grab it to move it and it starts up. Then, fold the handle and leave it in either the horizontal or its vertical storage position. Optionally, you can insert the batteries into the charger; it will automatically shutoff when fully charged.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review, its process, and its assembly and usage guide. Hopefully, it’s provided you some insight into what to look for in a mower for yourself or others. And, if you chose to acquire this particular model, I hope this has prepared you in advance and that it makes your experience less stressful. I did purchase one myself and have had a positive experience on a Bermuda lawn. I can hardly wait for fall so I can use its leaves mulching and removal process.