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MOWER Re: Gas Cans

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:49 am
by BarryP
NeilBlanchard wrote:I have measured it with my Kill 'A' Watt meter, and it almost never hits 12A. it runs at ~3-4A most of the time. When I am mowing the thickest grass I have ever seen, and it used ~0.46kWh in 1 hour.

My outdoor plug is a 10A GFI, and the ONLY tool I have that has tripped it is my 14A Patriot wood chipper.


Yep, I have the same mower as Neil. And it rarely goes above 500W. Maybe the blades have to lock to pull that draw, in which case a little extra cord resistance is appreciated.
I've been running electric since 1997. It's been great to pull it out after winter and it starts right up. I have been eyeing battery powered ones.


-Barry

Re: Gas Cans

Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:50 pm
by Phximiev

Re: Gas Cans --> Electric Mowers

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:31 am
by Phximiev

Re: Gas Cans --> Electric Mowers

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:19 pm
by JoeS
So, has anyone tried mounting a battery pack and inverter on an inexpensive plug-in mower? :roll: :mrgreen: :geek:

Re: Gas Cans --> Electric Mowers

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:50 pm
by Don
I thought about getting a cheap 18" mower and running it off an inverter to mow the ditches along the roadway - I could power it off the 12 volt system on my diesel tractor :lol:

Don

Re: Gas Cans --> Electric Mowers

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:46 pm
by jaraczs
Hi Guys, it looks like we are getting off-topic in this forum.
Anyway, I have never transitioned from gas powered mower to electric one. I transitioned from corded electric to to Fisker brand reel mower. Now, I don't even need to plug it and it is even quieter vs. electric. Well, there is a caveat. It cuts well leafy grass but not the stalky grass. So, I still need the electric mower once in a while to finish the job.

Re: Gas Cans --> Electric Mowers

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:47 pm
by ed5000
JoeS wrote:So, has anyone tried mounting a battery pack and inverter on an inexpensive plug-in mower? :roll: :mrgreen: :geek:

I tried it with my Black and Decker plug in mower. It's an 18" mulching mower and these mowers have an universal type electric motor that has a rectifier.

So I did an experiment and took several lipo packs (lithium polymer) off my electric bicycle and made up a harness with Andersen connectors and a female 120 volt plug (for the mower) and plugged in almost 120 volts dc into the mower. It worked great! the mower ran just like it was on an AC cord and with 120 Volts at 5 amphours I could mow a long time! Larger battery mowers at the home improvement stores had up to a 320 watthour pack but mine had a crazy 600 watthours. :mrgreen:


That was a few years ago. I still have the mower but I'm back to using it with the cord. 8-)

Re: Gas Cans --> Electric Mowers

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:45 am
by JoeS
jaraczs, great to hear from you again! How's the only NA i-MiEV outside NA doing? Maybe give us an update on one of your own earlier threads or, e.g., Our Gas Free Miles Travelled

ed5000, thank you for the description of your creative implementation using dc directly. Great to know it's feasible!

Re: Gas Cans --> Electric Mowers

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:40 pm
by Phximiev

Re: Gas Cans

Posted: Tue May 01, 2018 11:25 am
by NeilBlanchard
Phximiev wrote:The Tesla of Lawmowers:

https://chargedevs.com/newswire/the-tes ... wn-mowers/


Thanks for posting! Those look awesome, if expensive.