Black & Decker SPCM1936 Self-propelled Cordless Mower Review
Black & Decker SPCM1936 is a cordless electric lawn mower which is also self-propelled. The 36 voltage battery pack allows you to mow up 1/3 acre. Adjust the cutting height from 1 ½” to 3 ½” on all four wheels simultaneously with a single lever. Choose between mulching, bagging or discharge the clippings.
- 36 Volt removable battery.
- 19” cutting width.
- Mow up to 1/3 acre.
- Adjustable cutting height.
- Self-propelled with variable speed.
- 3-in-1: mulch, bag or rear discharge.
- 2 year limited warranty.
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Black & Decker SPCM1936 review
Since my yard has some steep inclines I wanted a self-propelled lawn mower to make the job easier. I looked at the Black & Decker CM1936 (without self-propulsion) for a while since I liked its size and features. I was delighted when I found out that Black & Decker had a self-propelled version as well, the SPCM1936.
The Black and Decker SPCM1936 has a 19” lightweight deck made of polymer, but it is still thick and sturdy. The mower is quite heavy and the maneuverability suffers a bit from its 92lbs.
The front wheels are 7 inches while the rear wheels are a bit large with its 9 inches. I like that the wheels are generous sized which make it a bit easier to maneuver through thick and tall grass.
The handle can be folded down over the top of the mower which is ideal for those with limited storage space. You can even store the mower standing upright.
The Black & Decker SPCM1936 comes almost fully assembled and it took me only 5 to 10 minutes to get it ready. My battery was nearly fully charged when I got it, but I recommend topping it up before you start mowing anyway.
The mower has a removable 36 voltage battery pack that has enough power to mow my 8000 square feet lawn without problems. Black & Decker claims you can mow up to 1/3 of an acre on one charge which I think is pretty impressive for a self-propelled mower. I have actually never fully emptied my battery even when I have mulched my lawn with tall and damp grass.
I have now had this mower for over 2 years without any noticeable decrease in battery life. I always keep the sealed lead acid battery plugged in when I am not using it as the user manual recommends. This prolongs life of the battery and you will always have a fully charged battery ready.
If you don’t have an electrical socket in your garden shed or garage you can bring the battery inside to recharge it. I would say it is fairly easy to detach and reattach the battery so it isn’t really a hassle. Recharging the battery can take up to 12 hours, but I have noticed it usually takes much less time.
The cutting height can be adjusted on all four wheels at once with a single lever. You can set the height from 1 ½” to 3 ½” which should cover most needs. This works perfectly and allows me to change the cutting height fast and easily.
How it mows
To get the Black and Decker SPCM1936 to start you need to insert the safety key and push the start button. Since this is an electric mower it will start on the first try, but it also has the “freedom” of a gas mower since it is cordless.
Even though the mower is battery powered it can handle fairly thick and tall grass without any problems. It is not as powerful as a gas mower though, but I have managed to mow 6 inches of damp grass with ease. In areas where the grass has been longer I have needed to make two passes to cut everything.
If you only have used gas lawn mowers in the past you will be surprised how quiet this B&D SPCM1936 is. I can actually listen to music or talk on the phone while mowing.
Contrary to what I have been used to this mower has a rear wheel drive. This means you can’t push down on the handlebars to raise the front wheels to make the turn easier. It took a couple of times before I found a technique that made it easier to maneuver. I disconnect the self-propulsion a second before I need to turn or pull the mower backwards since the self-propulsion mechanism need to travel a couple of inches forward to disengage. If you don’t do this you will have a hard time turning the mower or pull it backwards.
The benefit with rear wheel drive is that it can climb inclines with ease which means I can now finially mow my lawn effortlessly.
I like that the rear wheels slip gradually in to gear for a smooth transition. You can also vary the speed by controlling a lever on the handlebars. This works quite well, but the slowest forward speed is not really slow enough for cutting tall grass.
You can choose to mulch, bag, or discharge the clippings to the rear with this mower.
The mulching option works well and no clumps or heaps of clippings are left behind. The clippings are chopped up to fine mulch which disappears quickly.
The mower does a good job bagging the clippings and almost all of clippings gets pick up by the mower.
When it comes to the rear discharge there isn’t really that much to say. The clippings are discharged to the rear instead of the side which is more normal.
- Removable battery pack.
- Easy to start.
- Climbs the inclines in my yard with ease.
- Self-propulsion function takes time to get used to.
- Little bit expensive.