Greenworks Cordless Mower
I have looked forward to owning a battery-operated lawn mower since I transitioned from a gas-powered weed trimmer to a cleaner and quieter battery-operated trimmer several years ago. After participating in the Tool Box Buzz 2022 Cordless Mower Head-To-Head, I was very fortunate to bring home the Greenworks Pro 80-Volt Cordless Mower to test on my own lawn.
- Voltage: 80V
- Motor: Brushless
- No Load Speed: 2800 RPM / 3200 RPM (Turbo)
- Deck Size: 21″
- Max Cutting Height: 4″
- Min Cutting Height: 1-3/8″
- Number of Blades: 1
- Front Wheel: 8”
- Rear Wheel: 10”
- Mowing Functions: Mulch, Rear Bag, Side Discharge
- Self-Propelled Speed: 1.9-4.9 fps
- Weight: 74 Lbs
- Warranty: 4 Years Tool and Battery Warranty
- Price: $749.00
Impressive Battery Life
I have had the chance to use the Greenworks Pro 80-Volt Cordless Mower 6 times at my home. The mower operates on a single 80-volt battery at a time, though the compartment atop the mower will hold both batteries simultaneously. Once one battery is dead, the mower will automatically swap the batteries as both ports are active—this is a very convenient feature since you don’t need to stop working to replace the dead battery.
I have a small yard that takes roughly 30-35 minutes to mow, so the Greenworks Pro 80-Volt Cordless Mower is the perfect fit for me. I found that I could mow my entire lawn almost 3 full times before the first battery was dead and needed charging. It’s important to note I didn’t use the self-propelled feature since I have very little slope to my yard, so that definitely helped the battery life. On the handle area, there are 4 lights that indicate the battery life remaining when you squeeze either the gray or the green handles, though it was hard to see these lights in the bright sun. When the batteries needed to be charged, the mower was paired with a dual-port fast charger which performed very efficiently.
Discharging the Grass Clippings
The Greenworks Pro 80-Volt Cordless Mower allowed me to choose how I wanted the grass clippings to be dispersed. I could have used the side discharge feature if I had attached the discharge chute to the mower. If I had kept the mulch plug inserted in the rear of the mower, it would have mulched the clippings and returned them to the lawn. Instead, I chose to remove the mulch plug and I used the rear bagger. As I never mowed more than 1/3 of the grass’ height, the bagger only needed to be emptied twice in my 35 minutes of mowing.
The bag itself is lightweight and it was very easy to attach and remove with its large handle. The bag was very secure when on the mower thanks to the attached hooks and the bag’s woven construction helped to reduce the dust and pollen that was being blown around by the blade.
Unlike several other mowers tested during the Tool Box Buzz 2022 Cordless Mower Head-To-Head, the Greenworks Cordless Mower has a full heavy-duty steel deck. There is some plastic on the very front of the mower’s deck where the front wheels are attached, but the deck is primarily steel. I feel that the steel deck adds to the mower’s durability and projected longevity.
The handles are also steel. For added comfort, there are 2 settings to adjust the angle of the mower’s handle. On the side of each handle, there is a green handle hole which when pulled backward with a finger on each hand, adjusts the angle of the handles.
Pulling back on these same green handle holes, I could also fold the handles down so they rested flat atop the mower. Laying the handles down flat is great for transportation in a car, and it also allows the mower to stand upright and save space when storing it in a garage or a shed.
When ready, you can easily adjust the cutting height of the mowing blade with one hand using the single adjustment lever on the rear right tire. There are 6 settings, allowing the blade to be as high as 4” or as low as 1-3/8”. It was smooth and easy to manipulate the lever to set the blade’s cutting height. The plastic rear wheels are 10” in diameter and the front wheels are 8” in diameter, both of which allowed for better maneuverability.
To start the blade itself, you have to press and hold the Start button and squeeze the green handles fully in the direction of the handlebar; this engages the mower blade, assuming the red safety key is also inserted in the battery compartment area. Releasing the green handles will shut off the mower automatically. Pressing the Turbo button next to the handle area will speed up the mower from 2,800 RPM to 3,200 RPM, which is perfect for leaf pickup in the fall. When the blade is engaged and above a hard surface, the noise level was tested at only 80 decibels. It was even quieter when moving across the grass.
Self Propelled Power
The self-propelled function operates separately and it doesn’t need to be used when mowing. To engage the self-propelled wheels, you squeeze the gray drive handles, which are slightly behind the upper handle. There is a drive speed adjustment lever next to the gray handles that adjusts the speed from 1.9 to 4.9 fps. I did use the self-propelled function when returning the mower to my shed and it was very convenient that it could still operate when the blade was off. This excellent design feature will allow you to engage the drive system as you push the mower across an area you might not want to cut with the blade. A bright LED strip in the front of the mower also turns on when the mower is being used. There is no switch to disable this LED strip of lights.
I was mowing seconds after squeezing the green handles and pushing the Start button. The quality of the cut was excellent as I found no grass blades were left uncut. The mower was strong enough to pull the grass up, cut it cleanly, and deposit the clippings inside the rear bagger. I found it cut my lawn as well as any gas mower. The Greenworks mower was very easy to push, turn, and empty. Mowing my lawn with the Greenworks mower was actually an enjoyable task. Best of all, I had no gasoline to add. I also didn’t need to prime the engine. I didn’t need to struggle with a pull cord and I didn’t need to inhale gas fumes. I also didn’t need to fill my other mower with unleaded gasoline when it was $4.99 a gallon!
I am officially a battery-operated convert now that I have tested the Greenworks Pro 80-Volt Cordless Mower. Its build quality is solid and it is so easy to operate and store afterward. Most importantly, the hassles of adding gasoline and oil are no longer a concern. For a greener, cleaner, and quieter mowing experience, I would highly recommend the Greenworks Pro 80-Volt Cordless Mower.