Electric Riding Mowers: Cut Your Grass, Without Gas!

Why deal with greasy gas guzzlers when electric riding mowers are available to mow your lawn quietly and without nasty odors?

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    Check out the growing crop of all-electric riding mowers, such as this one from WhisperMow.

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Electric riding mowers have arrived! Finally, you can trade your petroleum-burning engines, hydraulic systems, belts, and pulleys for a sleek, silent, battery-powered machine.

WhisperMow’s all-electric, rear-steer lawn tractor comes equipped with a 48-volt sealed battery, and a 41.4-inch-wide, front mount cutting deck that will cut grass for 80 to 100 minutes. That means you can mow about 1.5 acres on a single charge. The commercial-quality tractor can also be fit with a snowblower, rotary sweeper, and more to make it a true multipurpose machine. WhisperMow has a single electric transmission and single-deck motor. At $5,000 ($5,500 for the higher-end XR model), it is competitively priced with comparable petroleum-burning models.

The Ariens AMP is a traditional style riding mower that looks like the classic rear-engine rider. The 48-volt, low-maintenance, lead-acid battery powered machine can operate for up to 75 minutes on a single charge. The AMP is powered by a single electric motor that’s connected to the drive wheels through a hydrostatic transmission. The electric motor delivers constant torque to the hydrostat, which in turn controls speed and direction. A pair of spindle motors spins the AMP’s mower blades — no more belts and pulleys to contend with. At $3,299, the AMP offers an attractive price, and its 34-inch cutting width is perfect for smaller yards.

The Hustler Turf Zeon has finally entered production! This all-electric zero-turn makes use of proven lead-acid battery technology in a 48-volt package that can mow more than an acre on a single charge — in 42-inch-wide swaths. This machine is so quiet that it gives the impression of inadequate power, but the Zeon’s welded deck is as heavy-duty as many of Hustler Turf’s other machines. This level of quality comes at a price: $6,999. It’s currently the only all-electric zero-turn, but another is expected soon from Eco-Mow.

For smaller yards, the 36-volt Recharge Mower Model G1-RM10 can reportedly operate for up to three hours on a single charge. The all-electric Recharge’s 27-inch diameter mowing deck should handle tight spaces with ease, and like the AMP and Zeon, it employs a pair of motors to drive the mower blades. At $2,295, this little electric rider is currently only available online.

3/7/2019 11:22:40 AM

Since this article is still being sent out in email newsletters nine years after it was written, here are my own more recent thoughts and observations: Last year (2018) Lowe's had a Troy-Bilt battery powered mower on display, available for order. (Lowe's is now shamelessly re-branding Troy-Bilt mowers as Craftsman. The same mower with a Craftsman name is now on Lowe's web site: https://www.lowes.com/pd/craftsman-e150-30-in-lithium-ion-electric-riding-lawn-mower-with-mulching-capability-kit-sold-separately/1000706028?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-sol-_-bing-_-pla-_-107-_-ridingmowers-_-1000706028-_-0&kpid&msclkid=2b0beaec4a6919729fe7b66d1fd2b6f4&k_clickID=bi_272385397_1308419005844444_81776220294091_pla-4585375807338763:aud-806056765_c_). I think it's still too pricey for most consumers, but in cruising down the mower aisle this Spring, one-half of Lowe's in-stock push mowers are now battery powered (8 battery and 8 gas models). With electric cars becoming more popular as well, battery technology continues to improve. So, I believe that between increasing popularity, decreasing costs, and improving batteries, somewhere on the horizon there will be battery-powered riding mowers with high enough demand and a reasonable enough price tag that they will be here to stay.

David k_3
6/25/2010 6:00:33 AM

How about the ALL TERRAIN version. Goats and sheep. They mow,fertilize and till the soil in one pass. The only requirement is water and grass. Goats will even trim low hanging limbs.

6/24/2010 4:28:34 PM

Or you can do it the real "green" way like I do. Use a scythe. I use a European style scythe with a 28" grass blade. I can cut an acre a day and get a good aerobic workout in the process. The only maintenance you have to do is keep the blade sharp, and the only fuel you need is breakfast.

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