Review: Worx 16 inch Compact Corded Electric Lawnmower

Overview:
This mower has a smaller cutting area and greater cutting power than comparable models, which makes it ideal for cutting thick growing grass.

Our Score: 84%
15/20 Weight
17/20 Comfort & Ease of use
19/20 Power efficiency / Endurance
5/10 Cutting area
10/10 Durability
9/10 Quiet operation
9/10 Cutting options & Cleanliness of cut

Strengths:
The 13 amp motor is more capable than many similar electric models and it provides extra torque that makes short work of tall weeds. The folding handle makes storage a snap, and there are extra handholds at the base for easy carrying. The built in grass catcher has a window that shows how full it is and holds approximately 13 gallons of mulched grass. The mower also has a stripping roller, which can be used to create the distinct visual effect that’s found at ballparks.

Weaknesses:
The Worx mower only has an 16 inch cutting area (that’s ~201 square inches). It takes about 40% longer to mow a yard with an 16 inch mower than a 20 inch mower (with ~314 square inches). The assembly is a also a bit complicated, as shown at the bottom of this page.

Technical Details:

  • Weight: 43.6 lbs (19.8 kg)
  • Cutting area: 16 inch diameter (40.64 cm)
  • Adjustable Cutting Height: 0.75 to 2.75 inches (1.9 to 6.99 cm)
  • Adjustable Increments: 0.33 inch (8.38 mm)
  • Front Wheel Diameter: 7 inches (17.78 cm)
  • Rear Wheel Diameter: 8.25 inches (20.96 cm)
  • Grass capacity: 1.4 bushels (approximately 13 gallons)
  • Amperage: 13 amps
  • Electrical Requirements: 120 volts / 60 Hz (as found in a standard US wall outlet)
  • No load speed: 3500 RPM
  • Recycled Content:
  • < 10%

    A quick note about Extension Cords

    The longer the extension cord you use, the more energy is lost in transmission. Thin cords can also heat up dangerously. When using long extension cords, it’s important to make sure that the wire is thick enough to safely and efficiently conduct electricity. Wire thickness is often referred to as “gauge”. Thicker wires have a low gauge, and thin wires have a high gauge.

    For this mower, it’s important to use a 14 gauge (or thicker) wire for extension cords up to 50 feet. For longer extension cords, please use a 12 gauge (or thicker) extension cord. Thicker wires are generally more expensive, but they can save substantial amounts of electricity, which saves money in the long run. Cords longer than 100 feet are not recommended with this mower.

    Assembly
    The mower comes partially assembled in the box, but each of the handle segments needs to be attached together and to the base of the mower. The electric cord snaps onto guide points on the handle. Finally, the grass catcher requires some fiddling before it’s ready to use.