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Cleaner, leaner lawn care equipment

Posted at 12:12 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 12:12:19-04

A leading consumer group recommends that your next lawnmower purchase be a battery-operated, totally electric machine. 

"Electric mowers are really starting to cut as well as their gas counterparts," said Consumer Reports' Senior Editor Paul Hope.

For the first time ever, Consumer Reports has more electric lawnmowers than the gas models at the top of its annual recommended-buy list. 

"The great thing about electrics is that they start instantly every time as long as the battery is charged. These batteries are going to last somewhere around 1,000 cycles. That's enough for 10 to 20 years of cutting," said hope.

Along with lasting up to an hour on as little as a 30-minute charge, another benefit is using the same battery from the lawnmower to run trimmers, a chainsaw, and even a leaf blower.

Even though battery-operated, electric yard tools may cost more, advocates say the money saved on gas and engine maintenance is worth it.

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