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.
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.
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.
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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.