If you are looking to get away from a gas guzzling lawnmower then an electric lawnmower is one of your main options. I've used numerous electric lawnmowers over the years and I have to admit that at first the cord can be a pain. But after a while you just get used to it and managing it becomes second nature. Corded electric lawn mowers provide numerous benefits over their gas powered cousins - they are lighter, quieter
and cheaper to run. Today I'm going to review a corded electric mower from Worx - the WG708. I am a big fan of Worx as they are very innovative and are always trying to create something new, something that will make the job easier. During the course of this review I am going to discuss the features, pros and cons of this particular model.
Worx WG708 Review - Specifications
|Deck Size||17 inches|
|Cutting Modes||3-in-1: Bag, Mulch & Side Discharge|
|Cutting Heights||1.5 - 3.5 Inches|
|Grass Box||1.4 Bushels|
Worx WG708 Review – Key Features
- Size and Build – Corded electric mowers generally aren’t designed for use on huge gardens (mainly because of the cord). So the fact that the cutting deck is fairly small at 17 inches is not really a problem. I liked the appearance of the mower, it is nicely designed and looks quite stylish. In terms of construction you won’t be surprised to hear it is largely made from plastic. Plastic is never the most solid type of construction but when wheeling this mower around it didn’t feel cheap.
- 3-in-1 System – The WG708 allows you to choose from three different cutting modes – mulching, bagging and discharge. So you can work out which cutting modes you prefer and stick with that or you can alternate between the modes. I really like mulching but there are times when I like to bag my clippings as well.
- Cutting Heights – As you stand behind the mower on the left-hand side you’ll see a black lever. This is used to control the cutting height. I really like this system as it allows you to change the height quickly and get back to mowing. There are six different positions from 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches. This is adequate for most people. The only user this wouldn’t suit is someone looking for a really short finish – as 1.5 inches isn’t that short.
- Grass Bag – I liked the grass bag on this one. It’s big enough in relation to the size of the mower and the handle located on the top makes it easy to remove from the mower and then replace after emptying it. I also think the bags that are made from a mesh type material are easier to clean out than the moulded plastic ones. As in the plastic ones I have often found that grass gets compacted into crevices and becomes a bit of a nightmare to get out.
- Handle – The handle is pretty standard, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. You can loosen the bolts in the middle of the handle and fold it over so it takes up less space in your shed. At the top of the handle there’s some foam padding where you hold it which is designed to reduce vibration.
Worx WG708 Review – How Did It Perform?
- Cutting Ability – I can have no complaints with how the Worx WG708 performed in terms of cut. It doesn’t cut long grass very well but I expected that before I used it, so I wasn’t disappointed about that. However for regular use it’s a good option.
- Manoeuvrability – Anything this light is going to be easy to push providing it has wheels. And it obviously does have wheels – pretty good ones actually! It rolled very smoothly across my lawn and didn’t require a great deal of effort to push.
- Usability – Most electric mowers are fairly similar in terms of operation. It’s a push button start and I do like the fact that there is a safety lock button on the starter mechanism to prevent children from messing around and potentially hurting themselves with the mower. It really only requires you to use common sense when using it.
Worx WG708 Review – Who Should Buy This Mower?
I haven’t yet mentioned that you don’t actually get a cable with this mower but you can use most standard extension cables with it. Due to the size of the cutting deck and the restrictive aspects of using a cable I would only recommend using this on small and medium-size gardens. In terms of what you should use it for, you need to keep on top of your lawn. Keep it to a good length and it will do a good job – just don’t ask too much of it as this can potentially damage the motor and it is as expensive to replace the motor as it would be to buy a new mower.
Worx WG708 Review – Who Shouldn’t Buy This Mower?
If you have a large lawn then buying the Worx WG708 would be a mistake. The cutting width is too small and the cord would be too much of a hassle. I also wouldn’t buy this if you are looking for an extremely short cut, like you see on bowling greens, as the lowest setting is 1.5 inches (I think this should be lower really). Don’t buy it with the expectation that it will plough through anything you throw at it – it’s designed strictly for regular lawn maintenance. I wouldn’t say that this mower offers anything particularly special but it does do the main things well. The features are fairly basic but it has everything you need. It’s affordable and as long as you don’t mind learning how to handle a chord (it’s really not as bad as many people say) then this is a solid option.