Table of ContentsI am three years behind.
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My wife Pat and I bought our cordless electric mower just over three years ago. Wanting to cut down on home expenses, we bade farewell to the man we had been paying to cut our grass and decided we'd start doing it ourselves. We just had to pick out our new lawnmower.
This was the spring of 2006. While there was already a considerable movement towards using less energy, it had not really hit the mainstream. This was just before Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth would play in theaters nationwide. Corporations were not yet bandying about their Green products with the alacrity they do today, the Toyota Prius notwithstanding. There was just our reluctance to using a gasoline powered mower, both for the noise it made and the annoyance of having to buy gasoline for it. So we went out and bought a battery powered model, the Black and Decker CMM1000*, for $450.
As I've used this mower I have learned to maintain it and not be annoyed with its shortcomings. Being fairly handy with electronics and mechanical things, it has not been difficult--for the most part. But it may be more difficult for others, and that is why I am starting this blog. Battery powered mowers have different issues than the gas mowers many of us grew up with. My main hope is that people find this blog a useful resource as they deal with the frustrations that can come with owning and using a cordless electric mower. I had wanted to start blogging about, or at least documenting the mower, the first summer we had it, but am just now getting around to it. Three years later.
*The CMM1000 is no longer available, having been replaced by the newer CMM1200.
Update, 6/30/2011: This blog now has a Table of Contents