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Battery vs. Gas Mowers: Making the Right Choice for Your Lawn

Battery vs. Gas Mowers: Making the Right Choice for Your Lawn
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The debate between battery-powered and gas mowers is a hot topic among lawn owners, with each type offering its own set of advantages and drawbacks. This guide explores five key aspects to consider when choosing between these two types of mowers, especially within the John Deere range.





1. Belts: Maintenance and Wear


One of the significant differences between these mowers lies in the presence of belts. Gas-powered mowers typically feature deck and transmission belts, which are susceptible to wear and tear and require regular maintenance or replacement. In contrast, John Deere’s battery-powered mowers eliminate this issue by directly driving the deck and transmission from the battery, reducing maintenance costs and efforts.






2. Engine Maintenance: Gas vs. Battery


The maintenance requirements for gas engines include changing oil, filters, spark plugs, and air filters. These tasks are part and parcel of owning a gas mower. On the flip side, battery-powered mowers only require recharging, significantly reducing maintenance time and costs. However, potential battery replacements can be more expensive compared to fixing a gasoline engine.






3. Rear Drive Maintenance: Hydrostatic vs. Electric Motor


In gas mowers, hydrostatic pumps control each rear wheel, requiring some level of maintenance. Conversely, battery-powered mowers use a single electric motor for rear-wheel drive, offering virtually maintenance-free operation. The electric drive may be more sensitive and costly to replace but provides a smoother, more responsive experience.



4. Fuel vs. Battery Life: Runtime Considerations


Gas mowers allow continuous operation with fuel refills, making them suitable for extensive or commercial lawn care tasks. Battery mowers, however, are limited by their charge capacity. While they might offer sufficient runtime for residential use, their downtime for recharging could be a drawback for larger lawns or continuous operation.






5. Noise: Gas Engines vs. Quiet Electric Mowers


Noise level is another critical factor. Gas mowers produce noise from both the engine and the deck, often necessitating ear protection during extended use. Battery mowers are significantly quieter, making them ideal for residential areas with noise restrictions or for those seeking a more peaceful mowing experience.





Choosing between a battery-powered and a gas mower depends on your specific needs and preferences. Consider the maintenance, cost, noise level, and intended use of the mower. By understanding these factors, you can select a mower that aligns with your lawn care goals, whether it’s for a small backyard or a sprawling estate.


If you have questions about any of the information above or are just more of a visual learner, head over to our YouTube channel and watch our video (also attached below)! Leave a comment or question and receive a personal reply from Brent, our resident John Deere expert. Be sure to subscribe and thanks for reading!