Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 268
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Recvee Consumers N0.1 Pick... now I believe
Read all the reviews on electric mowers but our yard, 8900 sq. ft., and very sloped on a corner lot required a self propelled mower. We went through 2 front wheel drive gas mowers which were adequete but still required a help going up slopes. We bought the rear wheel drive B&D and my wife has used it twice. After getting used to the drive system she likes it. It did take a 2nd charge to finish the lawn but I'm hoping the battery will extend it's life to do it all in one session. I love the ease of starting, no gas, no pulling start, no oil changes.... I think the reviewers were right... B&D has a winner in this mower... also the height adjustment is great!!
May 25, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Gruffydd High price for a 2-3 year lifespan
The lawn mower itself is very good but the battery only lasts about 2 years. The real problem is that Home Depot does not carry replacement batteries for this product and it is next to impossible to find one anywhere else. It is now an expensive door stop.
Bottom line: be aware that you are paying a pretty steep price for something that will only last for two to three years. Make sure that the store where you buy your lawn mower also carries blades and batteries for that model.
May 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kingmower It does big jobs
We only used it twice before it was put away for the Winter. We have a large lot, with a little under a 1/4 acre of grass. The first mow went as expected with a new battery. I finished about half the lawn before the battery gave out. Now I did a full recharge from a depleted battery. The second mow finished the second half of the lawn and I went back to trim the front lawn a bit shorter with mulch being selected and still had battery power left. This was very thick, long, and damp grass. It folds up and out of the way for winter storage. No dealing with draining carbs and messy fuel stabilizers as well. It is so quiet I don't feel like a bad neighbour getting started early on a Saturday morning. Finally, not only is it a quiet and powerful electric you don't have a chord dragging around behind you.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rexx Impressed after first mowing of front & back yard
Our gas lawn mower packed it in, so I took a gamble and bought a this mower last night at Home Depot. It took about 5 minutes to set-up. I just finished mowing about 3,500 sq ft of long/wet grass with no difficulty and it still has 1/3 charge left...so far, I'm impressed!
It's about 1/2 as loud as a gas mower...it sounds like a large hair dryer.
I like that I can remove the battery and leave it charging in my garage and store the mower out in my shed. Also, the LED charge meter on the battery is a great fuel gauge.
April 11, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JORDII ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU SCREAM IN FRUSTRATION AND ANGER
We bought this mower when we owned a different home with more lawn to cut. During that one year we would make sure that we charged it fully, used the mower and let it run right down which meant we might only get one full cut and then a half cut before recharging.
Skip to the year 5 and we now own a home with no backyard grass and only have a very small patch at the front and we can't even get through two full cuts.
The charging process is enough to make you want to throw this mower in the garbage.
We only bought this because of the Black and Decker name but it is absolutely useless. We are now looking for an electric mower.
We also have a B&D rechargeable GrassHog trimmer which is even worse. It came with two battery packs and you can't even get one pack to hold a charge long enough to do one full trim and the backup will not hold a charge long enough to get you through the job.
June 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bwt123 bwt
As a technician I am dealing with batteries everyday. I had a reel mower and had to make a change due to lack of parts for a repair. I decided to purchase this mower and I have to say it is a 10 out of 10. Self propel system is 10 out of 10. The ability to feed cut grass into the bag is a 10 out of 10. I love this mower. As a technician I can't tell you how the long the battery will last. If you want to keep the battery healthy, store it in a cool dry place. I remove the battery and connect it to the charger and store it in a dry heated area. Very nicely constructed mower. Only one issue. n the handles there are two holes on each site and the holes are not big enough to properly hold the catches in place. I increased the size of the holes and it is fine. Buy this mower. I give it a 10 out of 10. Good job Black and Decker
May 22, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Arrowjimmy B&D 36V Cordless Self Propelled Mower
I have used this mower for about a month and love it. As per the instructions, I cut dry grass just after the afternoon sun is off it. Yard size is approx. 1/2 acre. I mow 1/2 the yard one day, the other half the next day. I have used the bag and mulched. Both work well, and it's nice to just turn a knob to choose either one. I cut the grass to 3". I push the mower on level ground, and use self propel feature on the slopes. At 60 years old, I have mowed lawns for a long time with gas engine/steel deck mowers, and even with proper maintenance, the decks only last about 5 years before rusting out. The only plastic gas engine/plastic deck mower I've found is the $700.00 Honda. As I can see the benefits of electric motors over gas engines and the fact that a leading Consumer magazine has rated this mower #1, I took the plunge. The plastic deck is guaranteed for life, the battery pack is made up of 3 easy to obtain 12V sealed lead-acid batteries, the rear wheels are mounted on 4 sealed ball bearings and the rest of the construction is on par with any other high quality power tool. Blade removal and under deck cleaning is easy to do by flipping the mower on it's side and does not involve dripping oil or gas. Overall a well designed and constructed machine with a well established service network. Highly recommended for a person who appreciates quality tools.
September 3, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tuinslang Not worth it
I have a corner lot, not large by any means, my experience with this mower has been disappointing, culminating in it totally quitting on me after hitting one rock. If the grass is totally dry, the mower works quite well, but its performance suffers if the lawn is two or more inches. Ideally the mower is best suited to small lawns only. When it comes to wet lawn, the Black & Decker cannot handle wet grass at all. It will makes about two or three meters before seeming to choke on the grass and stop. Thus on thick or wet grass more than one pass is needed to get the lawn cut. The battery will just about last for one cutting, again with thick or damp grass the battery may run out before you're done. The self propelled function works well, but I hardly used it as using it results in the battery running out much quicker. The mower with the battery in is quite heavy, and at times can be a handful to manoeuvre. I never used the grass cuttings box, mulching instead. The bag seems a bit on the small side though. Mulching quality pretty much depends on dry, not too thick grass for best results. Again if damp, mulching quality is very iffy as the unit just doesn't have the power to mulch properly. On the plus side, the unit is very quiet. I have used the unit for a year and a half, yesterday it hit a rock and basically the electric motor fried itself and the unit is now no longer usable. I would not buy a battery mower to replace this unit, and would not recommend it at all. It could be a great alternative to petrol or electric, but unfortunately it just doesn't make the grade.
Mulches well (dry and not too thick grass)
Single battery (replacements seem difficult to obtain + expensive)
Cannot really deal with thick or damp lawn
Fragile (very plasticky)
Grass builds up in mulching deck
July 13, 2012