How Much Electricity Does A Corded Electric Lawn Mower Use?

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A corded electric lawn mower can use between 700 to 1800 watts of electricity per hour, depending on the model of the mowing machine.  

How Much Does It Cost To Use Your Corded Electric Lawn Mower?

A corded electric lawn mower may cost between 20-60 cents per hour to operate but it depends on the mower’s wattage and your electricity costs.

The “term” wattage describes how much energy the mower will use in a single hour. 

You may need to check the instruction manual of your mower to get the wattage of your mower.

Rates for electricity usage are given in kilowatt-hours (kWh) and this is equal to 1000 watts. 

Electricity rates range from 20-50 cents but it depends on the tariff, location and retailer.

The table below shows a calculation of electric mower costs at an electricity usage rate of 33c/kWh.

Corded Electric Mower Costs Chart

Power UsageRunning Cost Per Hour
1800W$0.59
1300W$0.43
800W$0.26

Cordless Electric Mower Costs Chart

Battery SizeCharging Cost
1400W$0.46
1000W$0.33
600W$0.20

How Many Amps Does a Corded Lawn Mower Use?

The amp rating of corded electric lawn mowers ranges from 6-15 amps.

It is important to note that the amp rating of corded electric mowing machines is a key to knowing the ideal wire thickness or gauge for mower models.

Electric vs Gas Lawn Mowers: Head-to-Head Comparison

Here is a well-detailed comparison of electric vs gas lawn mowers:

Power

Gas mowers generate more power output than electric lawn mowers. Gas mowers have an average power output that is between 4.50 and 8.75 ft-lbs.

On the other hand, electric mowing machines do not have torque ratings. To get the power output, you may need to do some calculations.

For instance, if the power rating of the engine is 1000 watts and an RPM of 2800, we can tell that the mowing machine has a torque rating of approximately 2.5 lb-ft. 

This is less of what a gas mowing machine can offer.

If you own a large yard and you are dealing with tough sprigs of grass, bumps and stones, it is best to get a gas-powered mower.

Runtime

Manypush and self-propelled battery mowers offer a runtime that is almost an hour or less.

Some battery-powered riding mowing machines may provide a 2-hour runtime on a single charge.

Gas-powered lawn mowers rely on the capacity of their fuel tank to determine their runtime.

Some gas mowers with large fuel tanks tend to run longer than the 2-hour mark.

Cutting Performance

In terms of lawn size, walk-behind electric mowers are best suited for small yards.

Battery-powered riding mower models can still tackle large areas.

Similar to electric mowers, gas-powered walk-behind mowers are best suited for small and medium lawns. Their riding mower models can also cover large areas.

Noise Levels and Eco-Friendly Features

Electric mowers have zero carbon emissions while gas mowers produce emissions due to the use of gas. 

Electric lawn mowers  deliver quiet mowing operations but large gas-powered mowers can easily exceed these guidelines.

Some users also complained about severe vibrations while using gas-powered mowers rather than battery lawn mowers.

Maintenance

In terms of maintenance, electric mowers require minimal maintenance. They do not make use of oil or gas.

On the other hand, gas-powered mowers require regular maintenance such as checking oil, and oil levels and changing spark plugs, air filters, and fuel filters.

Weight

Most electric models are lighter than gas-powered models. A gas mower can weigh up to 90 pounds which can be a bit difficult to push on lawns.

On the other hand, most electric mowers are lightweight which makes them easy to maneuver on lawns.

Price

The price of electric mowing machines ranges from $215 to $18000 (some riding mowers can cost considerably more) while gas lawn mowers cost between $140 to over $120,000.

Operating Costs

In terms of operating costs, electric mowing machines are far cheaper to run than their gas-powered counterparts. 

Gas lawn mowers require fuel which is more expensive than electricity.