Black & Decker CM1936 Cordless Mower Review
Black & Decker CM1936 is an electric push lawn mower with a removable battery pack. The 36 voltage battery pack can easily mow up to 1/3 acre. The height is easily adjusted on all four wheels with a lever that allows you to set the cutting height from 1 ½ to 3 ½ inches.
- 36V battery driven lawn mower.
- 19” cutting deck.
- Suitable for lawns up to 1/3 acre.
- 7-inch front and 9-inch rear wheels.
- One-touch height adjustment.
- 2-in-1, bagging or mulching.
- 2 years limited warranty.
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Black & Decker CM1936 review
After having a gas lawn mower for years I decided to get an electric lawn mower next. The reason was that I was tired of all the maintenance it required. I wanted a mower that would start with a push of a button every time. I looked at both electric lawn mowers with a cord and with batteries, but decided to go for the cordless option. I didn’t want to drag around on a long extension cord when I was mowing my lawn.
After some research I went for the Black & Decker CM1936 due to the powerful battery pack which also was removable. The battery pack makes the lawn mower quite heavy. The whole mower with the battery pack weighs 72lbs which is considerably more than my old gas mower. The weight doesn’t really matter that much if you have a yard that is relatively flat, but if it is located in a hill side I would have gone for something else.
The maneuverability suffers from the weight of the mower, but it still feels alright.
The 19” cutting deck is made of plastic like the rest of the mower. The plastic makes the lawn mower look cheap, but with a closer look you will notice that the plastic is both thick and sturdy.
The lawn mower came in a heavy box, but you can cut the front part of the box open and just wheel the mower straight out. The handle folds over the top of the mower and is easily unfolded and adjusted without any tools. This makes the mower take up minimal storage space; it can even be stored upright.
You can adjust the height of handle to fit you and the handlebar is covered with soft non-slip rubber for a better and more comfortable grip.
Since the Black & Decker CM1983 has a battery pack it is completely cordless and has the benefits of a gas lawn mower without all the maintenance.
How long the battery lasts depends on how long and thick the grass is. The 36 Volt battery pack allows you to mow for at least 45 minutes and you can mow lawns up to 1/3 of an acre in one charge without problems. The mower is not as powerful as a gas mower or electric mower with a cord, but it can handle fairly thick and tall grass without problems. If you can hear it struggles with a patch of thick grass, let the mower slowly get through it and you will be fine.
The battery pack can either be charged when it sits on the mower or it can be removed to be charged externally. Handy if you don’t have electrical power in your shed or garage. Spare battery packs can be bought seperately if needed. These battery packs cost about $100 to $150 which isn’t that bad if you compare the costs of gas for a gas mower for a whole season.
The Energy Star rated charger used about 12 hours to full recharge and about 400Wh. The reason I wanted an electric mower with a high voltage was due to the faster recharge time and it also has more power. A 36V battery will generally charge 50% faster than a 24V battery.
The life time of the battery pack will depend of course on usage and is almost impossible to predict. I would guess 4 to 5 years from what I have heard from others. The battery will last longer if you keep it connected to the charger when you are not using the mower, as the instruction manual says. The upside is also that you will always have a fully charged battery when you want to mow your lawn.
Bagging or mulching
You can either choose to use a rear bag or mulch the clippings. You can also buy a side discharge chute separately if you prefer that. The rear bag works well without clogging up before the bag is as good as full. The bag can hold up to 1.7 bushels of grass clippings.
There is a rubber flap hanging down at the back of the mower to prevent your shoes getting full of grass clippings. Nice thinking!
Easy height adjustment
The cutting height is adjusted by squeezing the release lever on the rear wheel while you check the height gauge on the front wheel to set your desired height. The height can be adjusted from 1 ½ to 3 ½ inches on all four wheels simultaneously.
- Removable battery pack.
- Easy to start.
- No need to drag an electrical cord behind you or regular maintenance.
- It is heavy