Black & Decker LM175 Review
This corded electric mower can conquer a small lawn on the cheap and handles well, according to reviews. For a more powerful motor and mulching capability, look for the MM275 (starting at $174).
Electric is the way to mow, judging by Black & Decker LM175 reviews. Although users have to get used to dealing with the power cord -- that is, keeping it out of the mower's path -- they say the advantages of this electric mower far outweigh any nuisance. On sites such as Home Depot, consumers note that they never have a problem starting the 6.5-amp motor. Compared with a gasoline engine, it's quiet, clean, efficient, and emissions-free.
At only 35 pounds, the Black & Decker LM175 (starting at $159, Amazon) is easy to push around the yard, according to reviews, which is a good thing, because you need one hand to push the mower and the other to maneuver the cord. Many reviewers liken the experience to vacuuming the yard. There is no extension cord included, so that's an extra expense. Look for a 14- or 16-gauge cord that will reach all corners of the yard from an outdoor electrical outlet. The manufacturer recommends a radius of up to 100 feet.
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The Black & Decker LM175 has six cutting heights, which range from 1 inch to 3.5 inches and are easily changed at the handle. Reviewers say this model powers through grass, even tall grass, as long as they use a high setting the first time and then go over it at a lower height. On Amazon, a reviewer with thick St. Augustine grass reports that this electric mower has no problem getting through it. As one consumer puts it in a review on the Walmart website, the Black & Decker LM175 makes an ideal tool for mowing a typical suburban lawn, but not so much for rehabilitating a derelict lot.
The cutting deck is 18 inches wide and made of a polymer resin, so it won't rust. The only grass disposal option is side discharge. Owners lament that a bag once sold separately has been discontinued; there is also no way to produce mulch. The side discharge seems to work well, however, and there are few reports of clumping. Consumers interested in the mulching option should look to the Black & Decker MM275 (starting at $174), which also has a more powerful 9-amp motor.
Countless reviews across multiple sites say the Black & Decker LM175 is easy to put together, even with sketchy diagrams and instructions. It comes with a two-year warranty, and several users report that it has lasted for years with proper maintenance.