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#1 of 9 Old 04-13-2008, 04:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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ok we have one, ist an old model i guess you have to plug it in and wit han extension cord mow the lawn. we have only used ita couple times and dh ran over the extension cord and got all crabby and refuses to use the mower now.
anyone have this problem? any thoughts, suggestions on these mowers? thanks!

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Not with a lawnmower, but both our weed whacker and the tiller are electric. First of all, use an outdoor extension cord. Ours is bright orange, which makes it difficult to miss; don't get one of the green landscaping ones, you'll just shred it. I usually run the cord from the handle, over my shoulder so it's always behind me. When I turn the row, I flip the cord over to the other side, make sure it's out of the way for the next pass. You do have to pay attention, but IME it's not that difficult.

When you're using a gas machine, you want to do it as quickly as possible to use as little gas as possible, but with an electric machine, it's just a matter of releasing the trigger, the engine stops, make sure of your cord, then start it back up again. It only takes a few moments, but if he's used to using gas machines, it may mean relearning the "steps".

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Or you could sell the corded one and get a rechargable!
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I agree with the rechargable one, we love ours
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I have an electric mower and have run over the cord. Bright orange one too. I just took off some of the outer covering, so I just taped it back up with electrical tape. We have a fairly large area, so I'd be careful about rechargables. They're limited to how much they can cut in a single charge, and I'm sure my dh would get crabby if he had to wait to finish cutting.
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We are on our 3rd rechargable (dh literally mows the wheels off, he loves to mow that much) and the new one is good for a 1/3 acre according to the manufacturer.

Our lot is small but very lush. Dh mows it twice each mowing (checkboard pattern) and he can do it on one charge.

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We used an electrical one for over 10 yrs and that thing had black electrical tape over the orange cording everywhere. We did sling the cord over our shoulder, etc, but it would get caught in rock edging, etc. We bought a rechargeable last year and it is wonderful. No worrying about the cord. Highly recommend one.
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You can get extra batteries for rechargeables. That way if you have a really large area you can change batteries.
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we've used an electric w/outdoor extension for many years-have never had a prob running over the cord, etc. I just keep it far to the right of the area I'm mowing.
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