How do I help my lawn mower run more easily?

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Old 07-25-11, 02:47 AM
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How do I help my lawn mower run more easily?

i just bought my Black and Decker cordless electric lawn mower this spring and it has started to slow down. It only slows when im actually cutting the grass. Until i figure out what the issue is (blade, motor, battery?) I would like to know if anyone knows whether mulching or bagging would be easier on it. Lawn health is not an issue as we get a lot of rain her (yes I wait until its dry before cutting) I have been mulching it as I go but i feel like the grass clippings are contibuting to my slowing blade. Can anyone offer their opinion? Would bagging contribute to its stress or relieve it? Thanks!
 
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Old 07-25-11, 07:58 AM
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If it ran better when new, it could be the battery losing some of it's initial capacity. It could also be a dull blade, causing it to work harder to cut. You also may be trying to cut at a faster pace which would put more load on the blade.
Check the underside of the deck for buildup and clean it if clippings are caked up.
I would think that mulching, where the blade cuts the same grass many times while you are introducing new grass while pushing the mower would present more of a load than cutting it once and discharging it out a chute.
 
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Old 07-25-11, 08:40 AM
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Mulching might be more of a load on the mower but it's better for the grass, so I'd keep doing it.

I'd definitely take a look at whether the blade needs to be sharpened.
 
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Thanks for the replies. I tried attaching the bag instead of mulching and it practically works like new. Before I had to go turtle speed else the blade would stop moving. Strange issue but seems to be good now!

I have the option of just using the chute without the bag, I might try that next time to see if it works that way too - so I can keep the clippings on the lawn.
 
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Mulching would be better but if it bogs down the mower, discharging out the side would be fine as long as you don't let the grass get too long between cuts.
 
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Old 07-26-11, 06:27 AM
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If its not too large a yard...discharge then go back over it in mulch mode.
 
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How large is your yard? I woudn't think a battery operated mower would be able to cut much on a charge.
 
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Old 07-28-11, 10:43 AM
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Most of today's battery powered mowers will run 45 minute to an hour on a full charge, enough time to buzz off a 1/3 to 1/2 acre lot. I'm thinking that cleaning it underneath and sharpening the blade will improve performance.
 
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