This is the original self-propelled electric lawn mower. This Black & Decker SPCM1936 review is going to go over all the information I could find on the Internet about this mower. There are not too many self-propelled electric lawn mowers. In fact, I could only find about 10 models total and of those I would not recommend three of them at all. The B&D SPCM1936 is at the top of the list along with the WORX WG789. This mower has more reviews than any other self-propelled electric mower out there. Actually, it has more reviews than all the other self-propelled models combined.
Table of contents
- Motor and Power
- Start Mechanism
- Safety Features
- Deck Size and Material
- Black and Decker SPCM1936 Handle
- Mulch - Bag - Discharge
- Cutting Area
- Wheel Size - Height Adjustment
- Folds for Storage
- Recommended Accessories
- Dimensions and Weight
- What Comes in the Box
- Shipping Restrictions
- Black & Decker SPCM1936 Price
- Pros and Cons
- BD SPCM1936 Reviews & Consumer Ratings
- My Conclusion
With over 300 reviews on Amazon alone this mower is still rated at 4.0 stars. That is a really good rating when you have that many reviews because usually people tend to leave reviews more often when they have something negative to say than when everything is going well.
This mower is self-propelled it uses a powerful 36 V system for the drive motor and the blade. This self-propelled function has multiple settings so that you can adjust the speed to your pace or to match the terrain. This also has a simple single lever to adjust the wheel height and the battery is easily removable. This is a three in one mower and can mulch, bag or discharge the clippings.
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Watch this short intro video to get an idea of the basic functioning of the mower. Further down in this review I will have a pair of videos that are really good showing this mower in action. This video doesn’t have the greatest resolution but it will give you an idea of how the mower works.
Motor and Power
As stated above the motor is 36 V and is rated for about a 1/3 acre lot size. The SPCM 1936 has an excellent cutting ability and ample power for most suburban lot sizes.
This Black & Decker model uses a safety key, push button and two separate bail systems. One bail is for starting the blade and the other bail is for using the self-propelled feature. With this mower you can use the self-propelled feature to move the mower from one place to another without running the blade. That can be helpful when you need to move the mower over steep terrain to get to where you need to mow.
The safety features on the SPCM 1936 are becoming standards for all mowers. There is the start mechanism which is set up in a safe manner so that you can not start the blade and a reach under the mower at the same time. There is also the rear flap which is spring-loaded so that you can’t have grass shooting out toward you on accident. I would consider the adjustable handle also somewhat of a safety feature because it’s safer for your back if you adjust the handle to the right height for you.
This mower is a rear wheel drive system. There are multiple settings from slow to a rather quick pace. The quick pace could be used if you’re yard just needs a trimming and it’s not really long or for transporting the mower from one area to another. One thing to understand when using a rear drive system it is better to let go of the drive mechanism a few inches before you want to make a turn. The reason for this is because you can’t just lift the front wheels to make a turn. Many gas powered mowers use a front wheel drive and with those it’s a simple matter of tilting the mower back to stop the drive mechanism from affecting your path. – (Return to Top)
Deck Size and Material
Black & Decker uses a impact resistant composite, as they call it, for their mower decks on the electric mowers. What that means is that it’s a pretty tough plastic but it’s still a plastic deck. Some other companies refer to these as rust free materials. The deck on this mower is 19 inches.
Black and Decker SPCM1936 Handle
The handle on this mower is adjustable for height, ergonomic and cushioned to absorb vibration. The start mechanism and the bail systems are built into the handle yet the handle is still foldable for easy storage – (Return to Top)
Mulch – Bag – Discharge
The Black & Decker SPCM 1936 is designed to provide all three options of mulch mulching, bagging your clippings or discharging the clippings. The mower can have side discharge but that is an additional part that you need to buy. It is capable of discharging the grass clippings out the back of the mower falling downward not shooting out as a standard set up but if you prefer to discharge the clippings I would recommend getting the side discharge chute.
They rate this mower to cut one third of an acre lot and they say that he can run for up to 45 minutes. From what I read in all of the reviews if you’re using the self-propelled function you may not get the full 45 minutes. If you’re yard is quite a bit larger then you will need a second battery to be able to cut a large lot on the same day. Charging the battery is recommended to take 12 hours so you wouldn’t want to try and do the rest of your yard on the same day most likely. Several people in the reviews bought the second battery because they felt they would need it because of the size of their yard. A couple of customers that did so said they did not actually need the second battery and felt they had wasted the money. You might want to start out with a single battery and see if the mower can handle mowing your complete yard in one charge. If you can’t, then get the second battery.
Wheel Size – Height Adjustment
The wheel height is adjusted with a single lever and can be done very easily. Most people really like the set up for this height adjustment as it is so much better than the old style individual wheel adjustments. The wheels on the front of this mower are 7 inches and the wheels on the back are 9 inches. The height has multiple adjustments from 1-1/2- to 3-1/2-inches. – (Return to Top)
Folds for Storage
This mower is designed to fold the handle over the mower to take up less space when storing the mower. You can also stand this mower up right on its end for storage in a narrower area and take even less floor space.
I would recommend getting gloves, using eye protection and using hearing protection also. People say that a lot of the electric lawn mowers are much quieter than gas mowers and while this is true they are still somewhat noisy and you will be behind it for half an hour to 45 minutes at a time so you may prefer to use ear protection.
Dimensions and Weight
This is not a lightweight mower. The shipping weight is 104 pounds. When you’re using it it still weighs 92 pounds so it’s a good thing it is a self-propelled model. When the mower is shipped the box will be about 37 x 23 x 20″. When fully assembled the mower will be 21 1/2 inches wide, 61 inches front to back and 41 inches high. – (Return to Top)
What Comes in the Box
When you order the SPCM1936 you will get the mower, the charger, the rear bag assembly and the safety key. That is all that is mentioned on the Amazon website but I would assume you also get the owner’s manual. If you want to look at that now I have downloaded it so they you can take a look at the Black & Decker SPCM1936 Manual. Its a big file so give it a little time to load (9.74MB).
When looking at this lawnmower on Amazon I did not see any out of the ordinary shipping policies. If you are ordering from an area that does have shipping restrictions on heavy items you may want to double-check this item before ordering. It does list the fact that it can be shipped to select countries outside of the US. Like all heavy items this will have to be shipped separately if you order multiple items. They won’t charge you any extra for shipping but that is a normal procedure with heavy items. – (Return to Top)
The Black & Decker SPCM1936 comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Black & Decker SPCM1936 Price
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Pros and Cons
Pros:The pros on this mower are the fact that it’s a 36 V system (this is always better than a 24 V system). It cuts an ample 19 inch path. It’s able to do a mulching, bagging and discharge. It’s rated to cut up to 1/3 acre lot size. It is self-propelled. As you can tell from the videos that guy really likes his.
Cons:This is another quite heavy lawnmower. Being self-propelled however that should not be a problem. Some people did have issues with the battery charge duration. It was noted several times that this is a rather long mower. So, if you have a small yard with lots of twists and turns this rather large mower might be inconvenient. Ther side discharge chute is extra even though it does rear-discharge as shipped. – (Return to Top)
BD SPCM1936 Reviews & Consumer Ratings
This mower has a lot of reviews. Over 300 at the time of writing this Black and Decker SPCM1936 review. That is a lot of reviews and they are mostly positive, which is why it still has a rating of four stars. For a time Amazon had some shipping issues with this mower and several people had a broken front wheel upon arrival. That issue has been rectified by Amazon and should not be an issue any longer. Most people were very happy with this mower although some did have issues.
“…Overall people are very satisfied with this lawnmower and most do recommend it. There were people that did receive mowers that were not working upon arrival and they were less than satisfied with their experience. A few people were actually very dissatisfied. Enough so that they would not use a Black & Decker tool again but I think they received a lemon and may be overreacting. This is at the top of the list although it is not the very top because it has so many reviews. I would assume that the other mower just beating it out, which is the Works WG 789, would come down in its ratings from 4.2. By the time it has 300 reviews it may be below four stars….”
Consumer Rating: 4.0
If your situation warrants having a self-propelled lawn mower then this is a good choice. Any of the top five mowers in this class seem like they would be a good choice but this mower has more of a track record than all of the others combined. With this and any product you buy, online or elsewhere, I would recommend that you unpack it and give it a test run as soon as possible to see if there are any issues. The overwhelming consensus is that this is a very good mower and once you are used to the self-propelled mechanism you will appreciate it. Due to the sheer number of reviews I did not change the rating that was derived from all sources I could find. – (Return to Top)
To cleaner and Quieter Mowing,
My Rating: 4.0
SPCM1936 Features Overview
|BRAND||BLACK & DECKER|
|POWER||POWERFUL 36 VOLT SYSTEM|
|DECK||19in IMPACT RESISTANT COMPOSITE|
|WHEELS||7in FRONT, 9in BACK|
|MULCH/BAG/DISCHARGE||ALL 3, SIDE DISCHARGE XTRA|
|CUTTING AREA||RATED 1/3 ACRE|