Solar Charged Mower – Part 10 – Mulching Blade

A feature that we have not yet written about regarding our new solar charged lawn mower is it’s mulching ability.

I have always used the mulching feature on any lawn mower I have had in the past. I like the idea of the grass being cut in to very small pieces and remaining on the lawn to provide nutrients to the roots of the grass. Yes, this can cause a thatch to be created over time if the pieces are not sufficiently small. To offset this we have the annual right of spring, that is the raking of the lawn to prepare it for the new growing season, in case you don’t have time, you can always install artificial grass in a more easier way, with companies like Artificial Lawns Phoenix.

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 Accorrding to Jantz Electrical, the solar charged self-propelled lawn mower from Linamar Consumer Products comes with a standard blade. There is an optional mulching blade which you can purchase for $19.99 (actually I thought it would be more).  The picture above shows the mulching blade and the picture below shows it installed in the mower.



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 Now, does it work?

For my preference I would have preferred if the blades of grass that were left were a little smaller.  However in a lawn that is mowed weekly, we have no issues.

It is when we waited two weeks because of much rain on a newly fertilized lawn that we ran into the grass trail. By ‘grass trail’ I mean the trail of cut grass blades which were not properly mulched.

If you look in the picture below you should be able to make out both the very thick grass we were dealing with.



thick grass in back yard before mow Solar Charged Mower   Part 10   Mulching Blade

What is the solution? Well, This mower is as powerful as any gas mower. It certainly is more powerful that our 9 year old electric 18 inch mower it was replacing. So far, I have never had to re-mow any of the thick grass. One pass fully cuts the grass. Look for the finest grass cutting tractors right here at Top 9 Rated. In our prior electric mower I would have had to run the mower two, perhaps three times, over the same area when I waited two weeks between mowing the lawn.

So, what worked for me was that I stopped using the self propelled feature and pushed the mower manually. This allowed me to take more time to have the mower move over the lawn more slowly. When I did this, there way significantly less of a cut grass trail. Hopefully in the picture below you can make out much less of a cut grass trail on the right side of the lawn that was cut without use of the self-propelled feature.



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 So, in all I do like the mulching abilities of this solar charged self-propelled electric cordless lawn mower. I’m not polluting the environment or adding to my cost of operation when I go over the really thick parts of the lawn more slowly. It does mean some actually pushing effort on my part for such areas of the lawn, but that is something I am prepared to live with.

To continue to the next article in this series, simply select this link to Part 11.

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  1. Rich says:

    I have been using Troy-Bilt, self propelled, gasoline powered, mulching mowers for over 16 years. When the grass is high and/or wet, if you cannot reduce the forward speed sufficiently to keep from leaving a “grass trail” or occasionally stalling out, I find that reducing the cut width to 1/2 of maximum usually does the trick.

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Rich,

    Thanks for this. This mower has only one speed on it’s self propelled feature. That is why to reduce / eliminate the grass trails in the very thick and wet grass I pushed it manually to have it go slower over the lawn.

    In the pictures above I didn’t, but yes other times I have raised the height so less of the grass blade is cut as another way to eliminate grass trails.

    Thanks for stopping by our home web site and spending part of your weekend sith us. :-)


  3. Greg says:

    It seems to mulch way better when pulled backwards…

    not sure why but it might have something to do with the mulch plate.

    its a bit inconvenient but youd be suprised how ‘mulch’ better it is (couldn’t resist.)

  4. Dan says:

    Hi Greg,

    Thanks very ‘mulch’ :-) for stopping by.

    I have not noticed my self any difference in mulching capability when the mower is pushed forward vs backward.

    I’ll have to look out for this the next time I mow the lawn in case there is a difference.


  5. Pat says:


    Thanks so much for all the info you have posted. On post #10 there is no link to post #11. Thanks to all your info I am going to purchase this lawnmower.

  6. Dan says:

    Hi Pat,

    Thanks for the complements. I’m glad you found our experiences useful.

    ‘Go Green’ :)

    I’ll get right on that link to article #11 in the series.


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