The Black and Decker LM175 Electric Lawn Mower is a great little mower if you don’t have too big of a yard. Although one reviewer did have a huge yard this mower is not recommended for that. This is a basic model with few bells and whistles. As matter of fact it does not even come with the grass catcher. That can be ordered separately if you would like to compost your grass clippings.
Table of Contents
- Motor and Power
- Start Mechanism
- Safety Features
- Deck Size and Material
- LM175 Mower 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 LM175 Price
- Pros and Cons
- LM175 Reviews & Consumer Ratings
- My Conclusion
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Motor and Power
The LM175 has a 6 1/2 amp motor. Again sticking to the basics for an 18 inch mower this is adequate for most yards some people even report that it does fine even with tall grass. There were few that did not like the way it worked in tall grass because they had to do two passes but you would have to do that anyway with a regular fume belching, stinky gasoline powered mower. There is a built-in cord retainer set-up and if you read the instructions on how to use it it will work just fine. Don’t do like some people have and just wrap it around the thing. Read the instructions and look at how it’s used and you will extend the life of your extension cord and the quality of how your cord is held.
The start mechanism is similar to the MM1800. It has a small lever that you access from within the start mechanism/cord connection area and push it out to get a hold of it and pull it toward the handle. When you pull it to the handle the motor starts instantly. No more pull cord no more hassle. Just pull the lever toward you and go.
There really are only two safety features with this mower since it is such a basic model. First you have the start mechanism which makes it safer in that you can not reach under the mower while holding the lever down. The second safety feature is rather basic, it is the flap at the back of the mower that keeps flying debris from hitting you as you mow. – (Return to Top)
The LM175 is not a self-propelled mower and there is no reason for it to be. It is a light weight fairly well built basic mower and there is no need for self propulsion. It’s light enough that even if you have a lot of hills and you’re not large or extremely strong you will have no problem with this mower. It is one of the lightest mowers made.
Deck Size and Material
The deck is made up of a durable polymer plastic and is rustproof. The deck comes with a lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship. It is 18 inches across which is more than adequate for small to medium size yard. – (Return to Top)
LM175 Mower Handle
The handle is not fancy in any way. It is not ergonomically designed and it does not provide any additional cushioning. I would just get a good pair of gloves and go at it with this mower. Most people who buy this mower buy it for a smaller yard anyway so you should have no vibration or fatigue problems.
Mulch – Bag – Discharge
The LM175 only comes equipped for side discharge use. It is not a mulching mower although many report that it cuts the grass so well that it isn’t even necessary. It does have the capability to bag your grass clippings but you need to order a separate part to do that. I could not find what the actual capacity of the grass catcher bag is but it looks adequate and most were happy with it that ordered it. There were a few that thought it was a little too small and took too many trips to empty during a mowing.
This mowers cutting area is rated in several different ways depending upon the site that you go to. Some sites say one fourth to one third third acre. Other sites mention that it needs to be within 100 feet of an outlet. If you have a 3/4 acre lot and you have a 1500 sq ft home in the middle of it and you had a outlet at each corner you could theoretically do a three-quarter acre lot if you only needed to be within 100 foot of an outlet. – (Return to Top)
Wheel Size – Height Adjustment
All four wheels are 7 inches in diameter. This is a lightweight mower so not having a larger real rear wheel is not a problem. The height adjustment is achieved with a single lever and is well-liked by most reviewers. There were a couple of complaints about the height adjuster but they were so far and few between that either the reviewer got a lemon or was extremely rough with his mower.
Folds for Storage
The handle does fold for storage and the LM175 is lightweight enough that one reviewer hung it on the wall. Not sure how he did that but it isn’t so heavy and if you need the space its an option.
As I recommend with all mowers, even electric ones, you should have a good pair of safety glasses, sturdy shoes and ear protection. Although this mower does seem to be quieter than even many of the other electric lawn mowers it can never hurt to have hearing protection. The other accessories you may be interested in would be the Black & Decker BA-075 Side Bag Assembly (grass catcher bag) and maybe some silicone spray or a cooking spray for the underside of the mower so that cleanup is easier. Also remember that the extension cord is your most important accessory besides the mower itself. I would not use a 16 gauge cord with this mower unless you only need a 50 foot cord. If you need 100 feet a 14 gauge is what you need to use. Remember if you under size your cord you burn up your motor. One reviewer seemed to have trouble with the brushes wearing out after only two years. I suspect he was using a 16 gauge cord, so use a 14 and your mower should last a long time. See below in the review summary about long distances. – (Return to Top)
Dimensions and Weight
The mower when assembled is 23 inches wide, 36 inches high and 56 inches from the front of the wheels to the back of the handle. The working weight of this lawnmower is an ultralight 35 pounds. No matter what your size you should be able to handle this mower without any problem at all.
What Comes in the Box
This mower does not come with anything extra. What you get in the box is the mower that you need to mow your yard, simple as that. If you want to compost your grass clippings you may want to consider buying the grass catcher bag.
The only restrictions on this mower is that it cannot be shipped to Alaska and Hawaii. Other than that I found no restrictions for shipping. – (Return to Top)
This mower has a lifetime warranty on the deck. The mower itself has a two year limited warranty.
Black & Decker LM175 Price
The price of this mower was the best at Amazon and was matched but not beat by only one other store. I checked 6 different sites while researching this mower. Those sites were: Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Wal-Mart and KMart.
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Pros and Cons
Pros:Unlike some of the other mowers this mowers main advantage was its light weight. That was mentioned more often than any other benefit of owning this mower. Even women that were smaller and light had no trouble with the LM175. Ease of use and maneuverability was also high on the list. And of course no gas, no oil and no fumes are mentioned more than a few times. Another thing that was mentioned quite a few times was how easy it was to set up there are no tools required and most people were mowing within minutes.
Cons:A few reviewers mentioned that they did not feel the motor was strong enough. My impression is that they were either walking too fast, had the wrong size extension cord, it really does matter, or they were just expecting too much from a 6 1/2 amp motor. The handle not being comfortable was mentioned also. A pair of gloves may have resolved that issue. Of course, the main issue with this mower was the fact that you have to be plugged into a cord. Another thing that consumers did not like was the fact that the grass catcher bag was extra. – (Return to Top)
LM175 Reviews & Consumer Ratings
The Black & Decker LM 175 is a well-liked little mower. It is overwhelmingly favored by most that purchased it. Some even affectionately called it “their little mower” and although they use the term little it is not the smallest electric mower made. This mower’s 18 inch deck provides a reasonable size for the motor that it has. There are several other mowers on the market that are only 14 inches. Having an 18 inch deck is a plus.
“…This mower has over 300 reviews on Amazon and it still has a rating at 4.4 out of 5. On another site it is rated at 4.7 stars out of five. I read over 50 reviews when doing this article. I would have to say that this is a good mower for a smaller yard and maybe even a medium-sized yard if you have the outlets available. One reviewer had used this mower even 200 feet from his house. He used a 100 ft 10 gauge and a 100 ft 12 gauge extension cord to accomplish this. Do not try this with a 14 gauge cord. This mower should handle all your mowing without any trouble. I bumped the consumer rating up 1 notch because it was so well-liked. My consumer ratings take into account all sites visited….” – (Return to Top)
Consumer Rating: 4.5
After all that I’ve read I think that this mower is a good deal and a good mower. It’s too bad that the grass catcher does not come with it as a standard feature but the LM175 is billed as a basic mower and that is what you get. I don’t have any problem recommending this mower even though a few reviewers did get a lemon but I saw over 350 reviews and there were only a couple dozen that were somewhat negative and just a couple handfuls that were ugly. If you have a small to medium sized yard, you buy the right extension cord and all you need is a basic mower this is a really good choice. – (Return to Top)
To cleaner and Quieter Mowing,
My Rating: 4.5
Black & Decker LM175 Features Overview
|BRAND||BLACK & DECKER|
|POWER||6 1/2 AMP ELECTRIC MOTOR|
|DECK||19 INCH RUST FREE POLYMER|
|WHEELS||7″ ALL 4 – SINGLE LEVER ADJUST|
|CUTTING MODES||SIDE DISCHARGE – BAG EXTRA|
|CUTTING AREA||1/4 ACRE or MORE with OUTLETS|
|WEIGHT||A LIGHT 35 LBS|
|WARRANTY||2YR MOWER – LIFETIME DECK|