After a weekend of family fun in the hot sun it occurred to me that I’ve been neglecting my lawn cutting duties all weekend and that the grass was getting a little long. With that simple fact in mind I set about cutting the lawn just after supper time and I found that my negligence had made things a little more difficult than they needed to be. Our current lawnmower is getting a little old and it had difficulty cutting through some of the taller patches in our yard, which only made it more apparent that it’s definitely time for a new mower.
I’ve given careful consideration to the different types of mowers on the market these days including corded electric models, cordless battery powered models, gas powered mowers, and I’ve even given some thought to an older style human powered push mower, but I’m really starting to lean towards the cordless battery powered models. One mower that I’m giving serious consideration to is the WORX WG772 56V Lithium-Ion 3-in-1 Cordless Mower. This mower is priced at under $500 and it claims to have the power to compete with more conventional gasoline-powered mowers.
What really caught my attention with this mower is its use of intelligent cutting technology designed to give you power when you need it. The main problem with battery powered mowers is that they often don’t have enough juice to do the job and they quit long before you’re actually done cutting your lawn. This mower has a system called Intellicut that recognizes when it’s cutting through longer grass and will actually give you a bit of a power boost to get through it so that it doesn’t bog down. There’s nothing more frustrating than a mower stalling out because it’s hit a rough patch, and this feature is designed to prevent that. The other great thing about giving your mower a boost of power only when it needs it is that you can conserve your battery power for when it’s really needed.
The problem with many products today is that once they wear out you can’t replace parts and you generally have to go out and buy a new one. This mower is designed to give you years of use as even the batteries are removable so that you can easily replace them. According to the manufacturer it’s actually quite a simple process that most people can handle without any bother.
Storage is always a concern with larger items such as lawnmowers and that can be even more of a problem if you don’t have a garage. If you have to store your lawnmower in a garden shed you’ll want to take up as little room as possible/ Fortunately this mower has a fully collapsible handle, which makes storing it out of the way a quick and simple process.
Quick Single Level Cutting Height Adjustment
Some lawnmowers make the process of adjusting the height far too complicated than it needs to be. In many cases you have to adjust each wheel individually and if you don’t get things just right it will result in a very uneven cut and a lawn that you’re just not satisfied with. The WORX WG772 comes with a quick single-level cutting height adjustment that makes adjusting the height of your lawnmower as easy as possible.
Perhaps the most attractive feature of this mower is that it’s completely cordless – power is provided by the dual batteries we’ve already mentioned above. Having two batteries to power your mower means that it lasts just that extra bit longer. Essentially, what you get is the cordless freedom that you’ve become used to with a gasoline powered lawnmower without the harmful damage to the environment – it’s the best of both worlds.
This mower also allows you to choose from three different methods of dealing with the grass clippings produced by your lawn cutting activities. There is a mulch option, an option to bag your clippings automatically, and the option to use the side discharge. The mulch option is a great feature to use on occasion to fertilize your lawn naturally, but the other methods have their uses as well.
I was a little disappointed in the width of the cutting deck on this mower as it’s only about 19 inches; the average gas powered mower is usually at least 22 inches. This means you’ll have to make a few more passes with this mower to cut your lawn. That might not be the end of the world, but it is a bit of a pain.
Quick Connect Washout Port
One of the most difficult tasks associated with a lawnmower is when you have to try and clean out all of the grass that’s clumped up around the blade mechanism after several cuts. This mower actually has a quick connect washout port that makes cleaning the underside of it as simple and easy as it can be.
The Bad and the Ugly
What really concerned me about this Worx mower were the consistent reports about poor customer service when it comes time to contact them if you run into mechanical issues. It seems that most of their customer care representatives have very little mechanical knowledge and run out of ideas very quickly. That might not be a problem if the mower didn’t have so many complaints about mechanical problems. By many reports this is a mower that does have quite a few mechanical problems and the replacement batteries offered by Worx are quite expensive, at around $200. When you consider the fact that the lawnmower batteries are only designed to last for a maximum of two years, this reasonably-priced mower quickly becomes a lot more expensive. It’s a hidden cost that many might not think about, but it’s something that can really surprise you down the road.
Doesn’t Make It over the Finish Line
The WORX WG772 56V Lithium-Ion 3-in-1 Cordless Mower was a mower that I really wanted to like, but when I found out about the poor customer service and the limited battery life, all of the great features that this lawnmower has seemed less important. I do like the idea of the IntelliCut system and the quick washout port, but that wasn’t enough to change my mind. As far as I’m concerned this one isn’t really worth the risk.