We have a corded Black & Decker adjustable-height mower. I love it. Gas mowers need too much maintenance and make a lot of noise. If the edge of your yard is within 100ft or so of your house, go electric.
During the gas crisis there was an electric riding lawn mower that was made. I don't recall the name right off, but I think some are still around. You might google electric riding lawn mower. If you can get a look at one you might be able to pick up some useful ideas, such as size of electric motor, batteries, etc
I currently own a 2008 Black & Decker corded mower, and it is perfect for a smaller property. I had been using two older models from Black & Decker, and no problems for many years. I highly recommend the mowers to people who own a smaller property. Easy to use, quiet, and cheap to operate. IMO the perfect mower.
If you know how much gas it used to take to cut your yard then you can calculate how much battery power you will need. A rough guess would be 9kwh for a gallon of gas burned and a 100amp hour 12 volt battery has about 1.2kwh in it so you can see you need some big batteries!
well, with the grass starting to grow again along w/ the lastest rise in gas prices, this subject may need to be revisited.
after determining how much it will now cost(gas and oil) to mow, might make a green decision and buy a cordless E mower.
anyone want to buy my riding and/or push mower(both gas powered) to help fund this purchase?
I don't have the exact figures in front of me, but from what I recall , mowing your lawn produces the same pollution that an SUV produces over something like 100 miles.
Eventhough the engine is tiny, there are no emissions controls on them.
Gas powered blowers are even worse. I swear I can smell gasoline fumes over 100' from the guys at work when they blow the place.
I'll try to provide a valid source later ( bed time now )