I was recently asked if I’d like to review a battery operated lawn mower by STIHL.
In the box I found the battery, charger and a blade cleaner plus two very hefty instruction manuals, don’t worry though as the few pages of instructions are duplicated into several languages.
From straight out of the box I had it assembled and working within 5 minutes. Simply tighten the handle bars together, attach the grass collection box then pop the battery in the slot, press the orange button, pull together the handles and that’s it. Off you go!
I found it easy to manoeuvre over the lawn but it did struggle when I later tried it on the not-so-level paths on the allotment. It has five cutting settings and the AK20 battery (using the AL101 charger) takes between 105 to 150 minutes to fully charge and lasts up to 200 metre squared. The battery can be used on various other STIHL products as well which is handy. There is also an indicator which rises when the collection box is full.
One thing that did surprise me was how silent the battery was while charging, unlike my battery operated screw driver which can be heard anywhere in the house when it is charging.
Weighing 14kg I found it easy to carry using the dedicated carrying handle. If it could have coped with the bumpy allotment paths I would score it higher. Now my aim is to re-level the allotment path so I can use it not only at home but on my plot.