Solaris Electric Cordless Solar Charged Lawn Mower 2010

Editor’s Note: Curious how this lawn mower is performing in its third year? You can! After reading the rest of this article simply select this link to read Solaris Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review Three Years Later.

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The past two years has seen us provide detailed reviews of the electric, cordless, lawn mower from Linamar Consumer Products with the optional solar charging option.

This lawn mower is sold throughout North America under the Solaris, Epic and Utopia brand names, each with slightly different finishing.

For historical purposes, here is the link to our review of the 2008 electric cordless lawn mower, its first year, including our use of the optional solar charging station to maximize our energy savings by using only electricity generated from the sun, for those interested.

What about our series of articles reviewing the 2009 model? You can see it in the picture below with the optional rear grass catcher.

rear solaris grass catcher Solaris Electric Cordless Solar Charged Lawn Mower 2010

As those who have already followed both series know, there were major changes between the 2008 and 2009 model years.

However, just before I was about to write our article summarizing our reviews from last year I received a request from a visitor to our site, DailyHomeRenoTips.com, to compare the 2009 model to the 2010 model.

So, I first tried to do my own research and went to the Solaris web site. I seemed as if it was the same as last year; same for the Epic and Utopia web sites as well.

I then contacted Linamar Consumer Products directly to ask them what was new for 2010 with any of the Solaris, Utopia or Epic brands.

The reply from Steven, their lead Customer Service representative, was that there was to be ’… no changes in design…’ or pricing in any of the three brands for 2010.

Of course, retailers may have their independent promotions during the year.

So, if you see a 2009 model on sale, all things being equal, buy it rather than waiting for a 2010 model to be available later in the year because, according to Steven, there are no design changes. So, this picture of our 2009 model, this time without the rear grass catcher below, is what you will also get for 2010.

2009 2010 solaris without grass catcher Solaris Electric Cordless Solar Charged Lawn Mower 2010

With that in mind, what follows is the collection of articles we wrote last year on the 2009 model which are now equally applicable for 2010.

One aspect I did not get to last year was to setup the 2008 solar charging station. Life sometimes gets in the way. icon smile Solaris Electric Cordless Solar Charged Lawn Mower 2010

As well, I have also received emails asking me how my Solaris lawn mower is performing, as well as its batteries, now one year later. Once the snow is gone from our lawn, the grass has started to grow I’ll return to revisit both aspects and let you know.

For now, here are the links to each article of our review of the 2009, and now also 2010, Solaris electric cordless lawn mower.

Part 1 – Looks Very Different from 2008

Part 2 – Status Indicator and Height Adjustment

Part 3 – The Batteries and Recharging

Part 4 – Terra Phase Brushless Electric Motor

Part 5 – The Test Drive

Part 6 – 2008 vs 2009 (and now 2010) Model Comparison

Hopefully the weather cooperates and in a few week’s I’ll return to let you know how the 2009 model performed during its first use in 2010.

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Comments

  1. Margaret says:

    Just mowed my entire lawn for the first time this year, using the 2009 Solaris I purchased last April. The batteries over-winter on their chargers in the house just fine… showing full charge when I mounted them in the mower and giving me the same amount of power as last year. The mower started up right away, with just the push of a button… gotta love a clean, quiet, reliable and maintenance-free mower! :-) Happy mowing, from Orillia!!

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Margaret,

    … as did I this past weekend. ;)

    Dan

  3. Lynne says:

    I appreciated your articles very much. I am considering purchasing the mower shortly, or rather, asking for it for Mother’s Day. Although I am hesitating because I have no idea about the battery life. You said you had a half charge left after mowing your lawn and other sites said it mows an “average” lawn. So how big is your lawn? What is an average lawn? I don’t live in a new subdivision in the Golden Horseshoe so I don’t have a postage stamp size lawn. Will it last an hour or two?

  4. Dan says:

    Hi Lynne,

    Thanks. I am glad you find my experience useful for you.

    My experience is that the batteries last between 50 and 70 minutes, depending on how thick the lawn is, how much I use the self-propelled feature (e.g. I don’t use the self-propelled feature going down hill or on days when I want some exercise).

    So, how long does it take you to mow your lawn now? If it takes more than a good hour, then you could consider purchasing a second set of batteries, as many have indicated they have done through comments left on other related articles here, or you could simply stagger when you mow your lawn … mowing 1/2 on one day and the other 1/2 the next day.

    I hope that helps,
    Dan

  5. Jack Wootliff says:

    My Solaris batteries barely cope with half of my relatively small lawn.
    How do I verbally contact the ‘Solaris’ people to discuss this matter ?.
    Thanks

  6. Dan says:

    Hi Jack,

    They have contact info on the linamarconsumerproduct.com web site.

    I hope that helps!
    Dan

  7. Roberta says:

    I live in Denver. where do you buy the solar mower?

  8. Roberta says:

    Thanks for the info. I did see that they has stopped production, but do you think it would be worth trying to find a used one? Do you think they hold up that well? Or have you tried to convert your lawnmower to be solar?

    I live in Denver and the air here is so bad from the pollution year round is terrible. We really need better solutions. Back to the hand push ole one maybe huh?

    • Dan says:

      Hi Roberta,

      Relatively speaking a lawn mower is not the most costly purchase a person will make. Yes, I said relatively. :)

      I mean if you bought one and didn’t like it, it is not as if the money you spent to buy it will cause serious financial harm to you (compared to say buying a car that doesn’t work).

      Yet, simply using an electric corded or battery lawn mower will generate significantly less air polution than any gas powered lawn mower.

      Until the situation resolves itself, I would recommend going with a brand name electric lawn mower from a reputable retailer near you.

      Dan

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