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Black & Decker Electric Mower LM175 Review

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Got an electrical outlet within 100 feet of the farthest reach of your yard? The Black & Decker Electric Mower LM175 might be a perfect fit for your lawn. This is an 18 inch mower that works off a 6.5 Amp electric motor packed in a lightweight body of polymer. You have the option to side bag or discharge clippings. And for height adjustments a single lever handles all four wheels allowing you to seamlessly change over from a minimum of 1 inch to 3.5 inches in gradual increments. Being an electric mower, the LM175 does away with the need to tune-up or refill and since it isn’t a cordless mower, you don’t have to regularly charge the batteries for a consistent cut. To top it all, this mower weighs just 35 pounds and has a limited 2 year warranty on the entire unit with a limited lifetime cover on the deck.

2016 Update: Discontinued by Manufacturer

Black & Decker LM175 18-Inch 6-1:2 amp Electric Mower

Product Info:

  • Walk behind Lawn Mower
  • Electric (corded)
  • 6.5 Amp motor

Features:

  • 18 inch cutting deck
  • single lever height adjustment ranges from 1-3.5 inches
  • bag and side dischange are optional
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • 2-years warranty


In-Depth Review of the Black & Decker Electric Mower LM175

 

Ease Of Use

black & decker lm175Black & Decker, a brand name trustworthy for its durable designs, simple and yet effective products brings yet another masterpiece in the form of the Black & Decker Electric Mower LM175. This compact mower at first glance appears no larger than a heavy duty upright vacuum cleaner. In fact, after using it a couple of times, I actually felt like I was vacuuming my lawn rather than mowing it.

35 pounds makes this a rather easy mower to push and tug so landscaping around obstacles isn’t that hard and neither is pushing it over a large yard. You are only limited by the 100 feet cord and if need arises for greater coverage, best get an extension cord of a suitable gauge. My advice 10 or 8 gauge wire is fine for mowing. Being an electric mower you will have to snake your way from the electric outlet towards the farthest corner of your lawn so as to avoid accidentally running over the cord, which once you get used to is not much of an adjustment. Besides, it beats driving down to the local gas station to get fuel for a heavy gas mower that pollutes more than it cuts.

It isn’t just the mowing that is easy with this mower but also storage and maintenance. Because of its petite body and lightweight nature, you can quite easily carry it into your house, stack it in the garden shed or lift up into a trailer for when the time comes to change houses. A word of advice, if you hate electric products making too much noise, better not get this mower as it is actually the noisiest of all electric mowers I have ever had the pleasure of trying out. To some it may just be a low humming noise but to me it was at least twice as more than the last mower I tried.

 

Cut Quality

I won’t be mowing hard or wet tall grass with this Black & Decker electric mower LM175 anytime soon. 18 inch deck with just 6.5Amp power is not sufficient to handle really tall grass or those particular strains that many heavier grass variants have trouble chopping. However, if you fall under the category of lawn owners with typical grass who does not skimp out on bi-weekly mowing duties, this mower’s cut quality will suffice and even startle you at times.

 

Height Adjustment

The ability to raise or lower the deck using a single lever is indeed helpful but I don’t appreciate the 3.5 inch maximum height restriction. Nevertheless, you get some increment in cut height and can quickly lower or raise all four wheels at the same time, while you mow.

 

Motor Power

6.5 Amp is not a large power output from an electric mower but it seems sufficient enough to drive a 18 inch deck. I believe, the polymer deck and petite body was designed to help maximize the efficiency of this rather small electric mower. My only qualm is that for such a small motor, the mower tends to make a lot of noise.

 

Maintenance

Black & Decker is best known for its warranty and service coverage. This mower is not exempt either. With lifetime limited warranty on the polymer deck, take it to any service center authorized by Black & Decker to have the deck repaired or replaced if anything ever goes wrong. As for the rest of the mower, you get an ample 2 years of protection. Probably the only thing you will ever need to replace or repair regularly is the blade arrangement.

 

Cost Effectiveness

I think this is one of the cheapest electric mowers I have ever reviewed. At just under $160, it has sufficient power and performance to justify a purchase and with hardly any major drawback you really won’t be disappointed with this purchase.

Black & Decker LM175 18-Inch 6-1:2 amp Electric Mower

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$134.99 $219.99


PROS:
  • Light
  • Easy to handle
  • Affordable

CONS:
  • 6.5 Amp offers low motor power
  • bag and side dischange are optional
7 Total Score
Compact Electric Mower

The Black & Decker Electric Mower LM175 may not be your horsepower packed mower, it may not be a preferable choice for pure landscaping but it is your best friend if you are an average lawn owner with a need for a dependable, inexpensive and compact lawn mower. You really can’t go wrong with this electric mower.

7.3Editor's score
Ease of Use
8
Cut Quality
7.5
Height Adjustment
6
Motor Power
6
Maintenance
8
Cost Effectiveness
8
6.7User's score
Ease of Use
7
Cut Quality
8
Height Adjustment
6.5
Motor Power
7
Maintenance
7
Cost Effectiveness
5
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7 Total Score
Compact Electric Mower

The Black & Decker Electric Mower LM175 may not be your horsepower packed mower, it may not be a preferable choice for pure landscaping but it is your best friend if you are an average lawn owner with a need for a dependable, inexpensive and compact lawn mower. You really can’t go wrong with this electric mower.

7.3Editor's score
Ease of Use
8
Cut Quality
7.5
Height Adjustment
6
Motor Power
6
Maintenance
8
Cost Effectiveness
8
6.7User's score
Ease of Use
7
Cut Quality
8
Height Adjustment
6.5
Motor Power
7
Maintenance
7
Cost Effectiveness
5
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General Info

Brand
BLACK & DECKER
Mower Type
Deck Size
18

Features

Mulching
Bag
Side-Discharge
BBC
Speed Control
Electric Start
CARB Compliant

Height Settings

Blades
Height Positions
Max. Height (inch)
Min. Height (inch)

Motor Info

Engine Brand
Motor Info
Max. Forward Speed (mph)
Max. Reverse Speed (mph)

Buyer Guarantee

Warranty
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  1. Reply
    Alan March 19, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Bill, I like this Black & Decker electric mower a lot, but I have rather tough grass in my backyard (Zoysia). I like the fact the mower has a 18 inch cutting deck and its rather affordable. What do you think? Does this mower have enough motor power to get through? Or do you recommend me another one?

    • Reply
      billmartin March 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Alan, I would not buy this mower if you have to cut through thick grass. I think this mower lacks of power and I believe the Greenworks 25022 or the Black & Decker MM875 would be a better choice as both mowers offer 12 Amp power and not 6.5 Amp like the LM175. Both mowers also have rear bag, side discharge and mulch features! You could also check out the TOP 5 Comparison Chart to select your best option. Please visit us again soon!

  2. Reply
    Morgan Hilton June 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    3.15
    Ease of Use
    60
    Cut Quality
    80
    Height Adjustment
    60
    Motor Power
    70
    Maintenance
    70
    Cost Effectiveness
    40

    I bought this mower 5 years ago and it lasted only 3 years.

    - CONS: The motor is not well designed and its quality is low. One of the thin wire snapped off, and it's not worth fixing. Buying a new motor costs more than buying a new mower. As always, replacement parts are ridiculously overpriced.
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  3. Reply
    Samuel Cecere June 23, 2016 at 11:12 am
    3.55
    Ease of Use
    80
    Cut Quality
    80
    Height Adjustment
    70
    Motor Power
    70
    Maintenance
    70
    Cost Effectiveness
    60

    Pretty neat works nicely.

    + PROS: Extremely easy to turn on, no pulling cords. Very light, easy to push I can charge it after mowing, let it sit for a week and it will still be charged ready to go for the next time. Don't need to buy gas Grass bag leaves yard clean
    - CONS: A little narrow but not a big deal You have to plug in the actual lawn mower (as in you don't take a battery inside and charge it)
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