In recent years cordless electric lawn mowers have become more popular. I myself have used a few different models and the only negative aspect I have encountered is the weight of them. This is mainly because the batteries needed to power them are still quite big (although this will change in the future). As a result they are not great for use on hills or slopes and have been largely confined to flat lawns. However there are now a few models available that have a self propel feature (not too many, but a few). The Worx WG789 is one of them and is the model I'm going to talk about in this review.
Worx WG789 Review - Specifications
|Battery||36 Volt Removable Battery|
|Deck Size||19 inches|
|Cutting Modes||3-in-1: Bag, Mulch & Side Discharge|
|Cutting Heights||1.5 - 3.5 Inches|
|Grass Box||1.6 Bushels|
Worx WG789 Review – Key Features
- Assembly – Assembly really just consists of charging the battery. This can be done whilst the battery is still in the mower or you can take it out to charge it. It will come partially charged but the battery needs to go through a few cycles before it will start providing better performance.
- Size and Build – The cutting deck is 19 inches and it weighs 91 lbs. The weight is comparable with a gas powered mower, largely due to the fact that the battery weighs so much. However the cutting deck is big enough for use on most gardens. In terms of build quality it is really good. I did have high expectations when I was unpacking the mower so I was pleased that I wasn’t disappointed. Whilst it is mainly plastic it feels more solid than some gas powered mowers I’ve laid my hands on in the past.
- Pacesetter Self Propel – The self propel system is meant to make the job real easy for you by actually adapting its pace to match your walking speed. The system is good but a little bit flawed as the controls are just so sensitive. After a while I got used to these controls and could pretty much go at the speed I wanted – but it did require a bit of trial and error in the beginning. However by the end of my first outing I had just about got the hang of it.
- IntelliCut – This is a piece of patented technology that Worx use on a few of their models. The idea behind it is that when you are mowing in conditions that require extra power, that power will be made available to you. Whilst I think it did improve the performance slightly, I don’t think it made as much difference as Worx say it does.
- 3-in-1 System – If you like to change the cutting style up a bit then you’ll be pleased to know that this mower has three different cutting modes. You can mulch, bag and discharge the clippings. The blade has also been specifically engineered for better mulching too. You don’t have to have a separate mower for each now – you can do it all on this one!
- Cutting Heights – On the WG789 you have six different height settings to choose from. For a mower of this price I would like a few more (maybe 10 or so) and I would also like the cutting range to be slightly bigger if I’m honest. You can cut from 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches, which is fairly normal for this type of mower. Changing height is also really easy thanks to the one touch system.
Worx WG789 Review – How Did It Perform?
- Cutting Ability – I thought this mower was pretty darn powerful – although I didn’t notice a massive gulf between the quiet mode and the power mode. It did deal with slightly overgrown grass easily and thanks to the mulching blade it produced a mulch that I was really happy with.
- Battery performance – Okay so the first few times you won’t get a great runtime with the battery. However once it’s been through the cycle a few times it gives one of the best runtimes I’ve experienced with a battery-powered mother. I got 60 minutes approximately when I used the mower in quiet mode and around 45 minutes if I ramped it up and used the “power” mode. The battery is removable but if you don’t fancy carrying it around (it is pretty heavy) then you can charge it in the mower too.
- Manoeuvrability – Without the self propel feature this mower would be a no-no for many people. At 91lbs it would just be too heavy. The self propel feature, as I said before, will take you a little bit of time to get used to. I also don’t really think it’s as good as Worx led me to believe prior to using the mower (just because it is harder to control than they suggest) but it is perfectly usable. It powers the WG789 up hills and slopes and really cuts down your mowing time.
- Usability – If you despise the difficult starts often experienced with a gas mower, you will love this one. Make sure you put the key in (which you should find on the handle bar when you first get it) as the mower can’t be started without this – great little safety feature! Then with the simple push of a button you are up and running. Apart from a bit of a learning curve with the self propel system, the rest of the mower is very user-friendly. The battery has a handle to make it easy to remove and also has an indicator so you can see how much charge is left. I wouldn’t say it’s overly quiet, but only produces about half as much noise as a gas mower (my ears absolutely loved it!). I also found the handle really comfortable to hold onto.
Worx WG789 Review – Who Should Buy This Mower?
Worx offer a few cordless models now and this is the biggest one in their range. As I said before I was getting about an hour’s worth of runtime on one charge (exceeding Worx’s advertised runtime – yay!). So that should give you an idea of whether this mower would be suitable for you. If it would take you longer than an hour to cut your lawn you would either have to: a) be prepared to cut your lawn in stages, or b) purchase an extra battery. The self propel system also makes it an ideal option if you have difficult slopes or hills to manage.
Worx WG789 Review – Who Shouldn’t Buy This Mower?
If you only have a small garden to take care of I wouldn’t buy this mower. I think the level of investment required and the features the model possesses aren’t needed to maintain a small family lawn. If that includes you then check out some of the smaller models in Worx’s cordless range. In summary I think that although the WG789 is pricey, it is worth the investment if you are prepared to take some time to learn how to use the self propel system effectively. It feels like it’s well built (so should last a good while) and the performance it produces is on par with the best in the cordless mower class. If this sounds like the ideal lawn maintenance solution for you, pop over to Amazon and get one today.