Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Remington RM212A Electric Lawnmower: Review and Give-away

Mowing the lawn has never been a fun activity for me. I don't like the noise, the pollution, the mechanical woes and it is something that has to be done at the most inopportune times (in particular, HOT times). I've managed to whittle down our lawn to a mere fraction of what it was when we first moved into our home. Then it took about 4 hours to mow, now I can do it in less than 30 minutes.

My old Lowe's gas-powered push mower still cranks reliably but the handles and other parts keep falling off. Since our grass areas have become so miniscule, I have been mulling the possibility of using an old-fashioned reel mower. However, every time I'd read the reviews for them, I would back out.

Remington contacted me about reviewing one of their electrical products and I chose their RM212A electric push mower. I've never used an electric mower before so I didn't know what to expect.

Pros:

Assembly: It arrived in a box weighing about 65 lbs. I cringed at the thought of putting it together (I am notoriously inept at these things) but I was pleased with myself after I put it together in less than 20 minutes with no major problems.

The mower runs on a 12 amp motor. Cranking it could not be easier. Just plug it in (100-foot, 14-gauge cord is recommended, a 50-foot, 16-gauge cord is acceptable). I like the nifty devise to crimp the cord so it won't come unplugged and I wish my hedge trimmers had one of these. Hold the button in and pull back the handle and you have power. Noise-hater that I am, I was impressed at how quiet it is! It is nowhere near as noisy as my gas-powered mower.

This mower has an option for using the bag attachment to catch grass clippings or you can opt for the side discharge. I initially thought that the bag attachment would be a hassle but I've discovered that I really love it. It is simple to remove and reattach. The grass clippings are great to dump on the compost heap.

Using the mower takes some getting used to it (and I'll discuss below) but I was very pleased at how well it cut and the grass looked beautiful. The cutting deck measures 19 inches and there are six single-lever height adjustments. Getting the electrical cord in place takes a few minutes but I'm excited that I no longer have to have gas to cut the grass.



Semi-cons:

I realized quickly that you have to be very careful when using this mower and be constantly aware of where your electrical cord is. If you are not careful, you could easily run over the cord and that would not be a good thing! Pulling the mower backward is not advisable unless you hold the cord out and are very careful. I found that placing the cord to the side and mowing away from it was the best way to go. I think this mower would work best in situations where there are large, unobstructed expanses of lawn and you don't have to deal with the cord getting hung around plants or ornaments. The manual advises not using on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees. After using it a few times though, it gets easier once you learn how to handle and maneuver it.

Many of the parts (including the wheels) on the mower are plastic and I don't know how these will hold up. I am very rough on equipment and have to move the mower down steps to get to various areas of the lawn. I've been very careful about moving it but I do question the durability factor. I am not sure about the availability of parts replacement if that ever comes up.

Aside from that, I'm very pleased with this mower and I would recommend it!

The mower has a two-year warranty and retails for $199.

Enter for a chance to win one of these lawn mowers for yourself! Just leave a comment (with an e-mail address so that I can contact you if you are the winner). The contest is open until midnight July 31st. A winner will be chosen from a random number generator and will be announced on August 1.

Note: I received two Remington RM212A Push Mowers, one to review and keep for myself as well as one to give away. In return, I agreed to review the product, with no promise of a positive or negative review.


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

33 comments:

  1. Assuming the deadline is JULY 31st, I'd be thrilled to surprise my husband with this machine! We've always used a gas mower, but free is worth a shot!

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  2. I have a niece who is just moving into her first house and she and hubby need a mower - this would be great! myrabaldwin@netzero.net

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  3. Years ago I had an electric mower because I lived in a city and had no garage. I had tokeep my mower in the house so I had to have an electric. I liked it. My garden was a postage stamp size. Now I have more to mow but not a whole lot what with all the flower beds. I wouldn't mind an electric mower. I am used to electric cords because we have electric hedge trimmer, weedeater and even a small chain saw that is indespensible when clearing up large limbs.

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  4. Phillip -

    Good afternoon. I like to mow for exercise however today it is a humid 93 degrees in WIsconsin and the mosquitos are loving life so mowing the lawn is not at the top of my list at the moment. Thanks you for the opportunity.

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  5. I have been interested in an electric mower being as I keep shrinking my lawn.

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  6. pinewoodcottagesc@gmail.com

    Phillip - i would love to try an electric mower enter me into your drawing!
    i bought a reel mower several years ago and i liked it...but, your grass had to be "stiff" and if it got too tall the mower simply pushed it over. it wasn't great. stay cool - David

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  7. I sure would love to give it a try, especially for free!

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  8. I'd love to try the lawn mower...sign me up! I'll have my first lawn this fall, and I love the idea of an alternative to gas. (although I have to admit the idea of a battery pack would be nice)

    Please enter me in your contest!!

    ~Emily
    emilyf (at) royalofficeequip (dot) com

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  9. Phillip,

    Oh why did they not give you a battery operated mower??? Stupid cords just get chopped up or in the way. We have a battery mower that cost twice what this one cost, it mows for more than an hour.

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  10. Randy, actually I had the choice of the battery powered one but I read bad reviews about it and decided against it. I almost wish I had tried it now.

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  11. Phillip,
    Our mower is a Homelite, never been a homelite fan, but the mower does great.

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  12. Thanks for the opportunity to win! vujade1@gmail.com

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  13. I'm in!

    Les

    morehiways@cox(dot)net

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  14. OMG! please put my name in the pot


    sue

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  15. Oh yes, you need an email: ladrsharp@gmail.com

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  16. I'd love to try one.

    housecfp (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  17. Just moved into our new house and we really need a lawn mower!! (neighbors are giving us the evil eye) LOL

    daniellealecia at comcast dot net

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  18. Would need a real long cord to do my yard. Mary

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  19. I found your blog while looking for a picture of the rose "Veilchenblau". Your roses are magnificent! A friend recently gave me a cutting of her V. rose that is a descenddent from her great grandmother's rose. Happily the cutting is thriving.

    As a fellow southern gardener I've been enjoying your blog - thanks for sharing your beautiful garden!

    Karen, Charleston, SC

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  20. That's so neat that you would be asked to review their product! Great job, by the way. :)

    BJ (bhwilson at una.edu)

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  21. I really like electric mowers. I'd buy another Toro in a minute but they don't make them anymore...and I was told they can't service the one I do have when it breaks down the next time because parts are no longer available. :-( I bought a Black and Decker as a backup but the power is just not the same. I loaned it to a neighbor a year ago and haven't felt compelled to ask for it back. I haven't heard of Remington before. Put me on the list for the drawing. :-D

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  22. Please enter me in the drawing. My lawnmower is about to leave for college, and I need a new one.

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  23. I think I have the perfect lawn for one of these.
    shkellys@hotmail.com

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  24. NIce review, I got one of those new reel push mowers and its a "bear" if the grass is long at all....I hope if its not too late I'll enter this contest and hopefully retire my reel mower before the end of August........:-) Again great reveiw.

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  25. I'm all about the mowing, and I'd love to try a nice electric mower!

    Carol Indygardener at gmail dot com

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  26. When I moved from a 50 x 100' lot in town with only a small patch of grass in the back yard to a rural 3 acres, I left my electric lawn mower behind with the new owner. One of the few mistakes I made in this big move. There's a small grassy area in front of my porch that's raised from the rest of the yard. Using an electric mower on this small section would be so much easier & neater than using the riding mower which spews grass into the flower beds.

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  27. Well sign me up at the last minute! gailtiles at gmail dot com. gail

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  28. Okay! I just made it! wynedge@gmail.com

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  29. tomwking@yahoo.comJuly 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I, too, am sick of the noise and pollution of gas mowers. Here in the Midwest, people are REALLY into their lawns and their mowers--though this incredible heatwave has kept even the staunchest lawnhead indoors lately. Lots of brown in the landscape. I'd like to try an electric mower, but if you've got some rain to give away, I'd prefer that. I always enjoy your writing, Phillip. Cheers.

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  30. Count me in for a chance to win. You can contact me at my blog. Thanks.

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  32. Thanks for the information. I think I'll give it a try.

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