Earthwise 50220 Corded electric mower review

January 31, 2018
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Earthwise was born out of the iconic “American Mowers” company which was started back in the 19th century. They produced reel mowers for a long time, and their change of name has been reflected by the changes and improvements in lawn care technology. This is seen with their corded electric mower, the Earthwise 50220. The lawnmower has some additional features which turn it from a simple lawnmower to an efficient cutting machine. From the outlook, it seems Earthwise took their time with this one. Here is why;

Features

The 50220 has a 20-inch steel cutting deck that houses the blade. Started using an electric start function, the 12 Amp electric motor delivers enough cutting power to deal with most lawns. It is a push mower, and you have to propel it. Being a corded lawnmower, the extension cord is reinforced with a cord manager which prevents it from getting unplugged when mowing. The cutting height ranges between 1.5 and 4.0 inches and is controlled by an easy-to-use single adjustment lever. Front wheels measure 7 inches while the 8-inch rear wheels are fitted with ball bearings.  It also features 3-in-1 cutting with mulching capability, rear bag discharge and side discharge. Weighing in at 87 lb. this mower has a warranty of 2 years from the manufacturer.

Pros

  • Steel deck

Many electric lawnmowers have a plastic deck, and this steel deck is rare. Steel is rigid and has structural integrity hence it cannot crack like plastic when being stored or if it falls. The steel used is thin but is still more durable than plastic parts. However, the steel deck makes the lawnmower heavy.

  • Ergonomically designed

The rear wheels are fitted with ball bearings which make the mower easy to turn and maneuver. Many companies overlook the wheels and make good mowers which are very difficult to steer and maneuver around the yard. No need to strain your back with the extra effort.Also, the handle slopes gently to form a V shape. The controls are well positioned close to the handles so that you can reach them easily. The cord manager mentioned also prevents it from unplugging. The folding handle also contributes to ergonomics making it easy to store.

Cons

In hindsight, the blade is not very durable and can easily get nicked. Also, the rubber flap positioned behind the mower can get trapped in the blade’s path and get shredded up. This can cause minor damage to the blade as well.

Conclusion

The Earthwise 50220 Corded Lawnmower is very efficient in a small yard. You can use it on a medium sized or large lawn if you don’t mind adding extension cable or a plugging into a power generator. It cannot be stored vertically like the EGO electric mower, but the folding handle means it doesn’t take up much space. This makes it easy to fit it in a corner in a garage or small shed. The single height adjustment lever is straightforward. All wheels are raised at the same time, and you don’t have to fumble with it like dual levers. In case you have a bigger yard, a cordless mower can work better for you.

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