Battery-powered mower offers fume-free grass-cutting
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This clean machine could add new meaning to the phrase green thumb. But is it hearty enough to handle tough grass and large lawns? SmartPlanet's Su...
This clean machine could add new meaning to the phrase green thumb. But is it hearty enough to handle tough grass and large lawns? SmartPlanet's Sumi Das takes the Neuton Mower for a spin.
Aug 31, 2011
Except for the very small percentage of electricity generated by wind or hydroelectric plants the electricity used to charge the battery in your "green" mower was produced by a process that created toxic fumes. Let's be serious...
The issue isn't gas vs. electric. It's more like, "Get up off your ass and push". You need the exercise anyway.
In the 50's and before my family had electrically powered mowers - http://www.oldlawnmowerclub.co.uk/mowinfo/mowhist.htm but they were not very popular. Unfortunately the market decided that electric mowers were not as desirable (for lots of reasons) than gasoline powered mowers and they all but disappeared until relatively recently. Solar electric power sources, better electric motor designs and better storage devices and peak petro will likely shift demand back to electric. That is - unless peak phosphate makes us all do away with lawns in favor of planned natural cover that doesn't require mowers or NPK fertilizer due to peak in less than 30 years and be depleted in 50 years. This article is a great example of how short sighted we all are.
Slow down, everyone. I have a Neuton mower and I like it. It is cord-free, gasoline-free, and has sufficient "beans" to do both yards [admittedly rather small] on a charge. Of course--in the long view--no cordless appliance is completely green in the sense of absolutely no emissions. Careful examination of the concept will show that remote generation of power [a power plant in the desert] creates overall less damage than local generation of power [an internal combustion engine on the appliance]. So, let's continue to seek increasingly less damaging means of powering our production machinery and reduce the arguing as to whether an appliance is "absolutely green" or not. No, we haven't arrived at perfection, but we are moving in the correct direction--and we must continue to do so.
Yes, the product is Zero emissions... if there is no IC engine on it and it does not burn any fuel when operational, it is by definition Zero(0) emissions. It amazing how you and other like you cannot grasp a simple concept. 1. Electricity is a very efficient and clean power source for many things we use and need 2. if electricity was adapted earlier on (as in if we had discover a better, more efficient ways to store it as in batteries earlier) we would not have this environmental mess we have today. Electricity is easier and safer to transport and distribute, no need to a fleet of tankers and huge storage tanks in many locations polluting the environment. Think about it! Right now, we have thousands of gallons of highly toxic, highly dangerous substance Moved around the place, pumped in and out of storage tanks (air pollution, possibility of spills, accidents) transported all around the populated areas and stored in many locations that are close to where we live, again polluting air and soil. All of this can be replaced with a several centralized power plants that can be located in isolated areas away from the main populous. The fuel storage is more controlled and regulated, as well protected (Granted you cannot totally eliminate accidents but you can reduce the possibility substantially) The power plant can be retrofitted to have better control of the emissions that are resulted from production processes. Also if a better way of producing electricity is developed it can be implemented without much changes to the infrastructure. So if we have coal or other power plants producing our electricity today, and a new method is found we can replace this plants with new one without any changes to the user infrastructure and have a cleaner energy just like that. On the other hand if we will continue to use the IC engines in consumer products it would take years to faze out, thus prolonging pollution and environmental impact. So think before you speak, as this quote says :"Better to remain quiet and let people think you are an idiot Than open your mouth and remove all doubts!"
Also, stating that this mower has zero emission is a lie. The fact that you don't see fumes doesn't mean it's green. :)
Of the top ten electric mowers rated by Consumer Reports, five of them are made by Black & Decker. Neuton (CE6.4) is rated 9th. My next lawnmower purchase will be electric so I'll be keeping an eye on these reports. By the way, the top CR electric mower: Toro.
I had one of these mowers and it worked good. The quiet was very nice compared to a roaring gas engine. I used it for one season and put it in the shed. Unfortunately, thieves broke into the shed and stole a chain saw, battery charger, older push mower and my Neuton. They probably didn't even know what it was and it's most likely on the bottom of the river because they couldn't fence it. Drats!!
The "only" problem is the heavy battery? No, the problem is that this mower is suited only for small urban yards. Not suitable for larger yards, not for long or wet grass, and not for yards with substantial inclines (it is not self-propelled). I've tried the Neuton as well as other battery-powered mowers. It is a great idea, currently being held back by battery technology.
I am in my second year with a 19" Neuton. I am completely satisfied. I have had a couple minor issues, both of which were handled quickly and efficiently by the Neuton cust Svc staff. The battery lasts long enough to do my 1/3 acre.
I've owned my Neuton mower for over 5 years and love the job it does. My only regret is that I bought the 14 inch instead of the 19 inch and now it takes me close to 2 hours to mow my lawn which is just over 1/3 of and acre. This year I'm getting 1-1/4 hrs with each battery charge, but normally it's 45 mins to an hour. Love the fact that it's low maintenance and unbelievably quiet. People walking by are surprised I'm mowing my lawn because it is so quiet.
I have used a Newton on an average lot for over a year. It cuts my yard on one charge. It is nice not to have to store gasoline in my garage. The Newton is less noisy than my gas lawnmower. Not having to have a long cord is another advantage.
What's the difference between this mower and mower that you plug into the socket, when you take into account cleanliness?
Currently in excess of 85% of US electricity is generated with fossil fuels. You certainly confirmed all doubts.
No, this product is NOT zero emissions! The fact that you don't see fumes from the mower doesn't mean that there are no fumes from the coal plant!
I had a corded electric mower, and spent far too much time patching/ repairing/ replacing extension cords...
I think your response certently confirmes all doubts. I never said the today we are all greenminded. yes today 85% of US electricity is generated with fossil fuel, does this mean that we should just sit on our AS$$$ and wait until that changed and then develope and implement environment friendly tech? I think not! if we can create and implemet some good ideas today, it should be done. As I said already, if we embrace new tech today, and tomorow we discover and implement better,cleaner,safer way to generate electricity, we will be in a much better place than if we do nothing and just wait.
#1. The PRODUCT itself is a zero emissions, the PRODUCT does not produce ANY emissions itself. As for emissions from the coal plant, well they still be there either you use lawn mover with IC engine or electric. The power plant will not stop working based on this decision of yours. However think about this... A. Your ICE powered Lawn mower have no decent filtration on the emissions it produce,. B. It is not as efficient and pollutant free (it simply cannot be made so for reasonable cost.) C. you need to collect and store a highly toxic and dangerous liquid (gasoline) in and near you Lawn mower which increase the probability of spills (polluting environment) accidents (polluting environment and destruction of property) and even simply storing it as we all do, even in proper containers, have a polluting effect as gasoline is volatile substance and evaporates (polluting environment) Now at the power plant, they have better control on the fuel used, as in better storing environment(more controlled to minimize the chance of pollution and catastrophic failure. ) Better processing and burning equipment (you cannot argue nowadays that commercial burning furnaces are much more efficient and cleaner then ICE) and in addition to all that they have a better filters and reclamation equipment to capture most if not all harmful elements from the exhaust and preventing them to be thrown into the air. In addition ,again as I have already point out in my initial post, as the new technology emerge, We can switch to better, cleaner, more efficient ways to generate power and thus, any appliances and tools that are electric today will not need to be replaced. So if I bought an electric mower today, with expectation of keeping it for let say 10 years. And tomorrow an new fusion power plant, that would provide electricity to my home, was opened I am good. I have invested in a tool that is environmentally friendly and I need to do nothing or feel guilty about anything. Now if I got myself an ICE mower in that scenario, for the next 10 years I will be using a noisy, air polluting tech. where a better alternative is available but replacement is not cost feasible since I just bought the D@#$#$ thing. You can please some of the people, some of the time, but you can't please all of the people, all of the time." ref: "The Miller, The Son, and The Donkey Aesop (6th Century B.C.)"
if you to apply your logic here , a plug- in is also not Zero emission as it uses the same coal power plant as the source, thus it is not green as advertised. I am not pushing cordless vs corded discussion here. as you kindly pointed out in you initial post, the clamed "Zero emission" is a lie, as in order to charge the battery we will be using power plant that produce the emissions instead of the mower itself. same logic should and does applies to plug-in mower. Yes/No? as for the dangers of gasoline , I was just making a point there. Just because you never had any issues with storing gasoline in your garage, doesnt mean the danger is not there. I have been driving for 20 years and never had an accident, does it means that car accident statistics is all BS? Also you are still polluting the air as , as I said before, the gasoline is volatile substance and easily evaporates, thus polluting the air. Do you know that ALL cars today, by law have hermetically sealed tank caps to prevent pollution by vapor. But your lawn power does not. All I am saying is that you should not stifle the progress just because it does not make sense to you. PS: And I am sorry for calling you an idiot, It just get very frustrating to read this kind of comments on any blogs discussing new technology
You are funny. I have been keeping gasoline in my garage for like 20 years now, and never had any problems with that. If you want to be so green, use normal mower with cord to socket.