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STIHL Introduces Walk-Behind Battery-Powered Mower for Suburban Yards

STIHL Introduces Walk-Behind Battery-Powered Mower for Suburban Yards
STIHL Introduces Walk-Behind Battery-Powered Mower for Suburban Yards

The STIHL RMA 460 lawn mower is the first lawn mower in the AK Series of the STIHL Lightning Battery System®, giving AK battery users a full line of products to complete tasks around their lawns. This lawn mower is compatible with the STIHL AK 20 battery or STIHL AK 30 battery, providing homeowners with performance options based on yard size. With a cutting deck width of 19 inches, the RMA 460 is highly maneuverable for quick and efficient grass cutting with each pass. Its 15.85-gallon grass catcher allows for more mowing and less stopping, while the handlebar is easily adjustable for user comfort.

“This mower is ideal for homeowners with small- to medium-sized residential yards*,” said Brian Manke, product manager at STIHL Inc. “Users don’t have to worry about gas or fuel mixing. Pair that with zero exhaust emissions and the RMA 460 provides a more environmentally friendly lawn care solution compared to traditional gasoline-powered mowers.”

Quick, Efficient, Cost-Saving Battery-Powered Mowing

Users of the RMA 460 enjoy a low cost of ownership over the lifetime of the mower due to minimal maintenance (no engine or filter maintenance) and low operating costs.

The powerful RMA 460 features:

  • Multiple performance options based on yard size and can mow:
    • Approximately 2,475 square feet on a single charge using the AK 20 battery
    • Approximately 3,440 square feet on a single charge using the AK 30 battery
  • commercial-grade, brushless electric motor with ECO Mode which automatically reduces power when mowing through light grass and adjusts to full power in tall grass to conserve battery life and extend run time
  • Seven different cutting heights from 1 3/8 – 3 3/4 inches with quick and simple single action cutting height adjustment
  • Mulching functionality which returns nutrients and moisture to the soil for a thicker, healthier lawn
  • Quiet operation, ideal for noise-sensitive areas
  • Instant start — just push the button and squeeze the bail
  • Standard mower accessories: a rear bagger, side discharge chute and a mulch plug
  • 10-inch rear, 8-inch front ball-bearing wheels which allow for easy pushing over rough terrain
  • Folding handlebar for easy storage
  • Removable fuse key to prevent accidental or unauthorized use/startup of machine
  • Multiple storage options allow mower to be stored in three positions: folded or unfolded on all four wheels or upright and folded in the cleaning position with blades facing the wall to save space

STIHL Lightning Battery System® Technology 

  • Advanced STIHL Lithium-Ion battery technology offers users an option to reduce their impact on the environment and provides a powerful alternative to gasoline-powered equipment
  • Low maintenance and operating cost — eliminates hassle and cost of fuel
  • No battery memory limitation, no gradual drop in power — high performance; runs at full speed until battery is depleted

How To Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades

Is your lawn mower tearing of the lawn grass blades instead of cutting it? Does your lawn look like it has been eaten by a goat, in spite of being cut by the lawn mower? Wait; do not pull your hair by the root. Help is at hand. We will teach you how to sharpen the lawn mower blades at minimum price and effort.

Your Manual Lawn Mower The Faithful Walk Behinds

Tools: The tools that your will require for doing this job are

– You and your time of about 2 hours or less

– A bastard file of about 12î long

– A small crow bar to prevent movement of rotor of lawn mower.

– A worktable will be useful for dong the job comfortably.

Procedure: You can use the following procedure as a general guide and make changes to it to suit you. Remember the procedure is not sacrosanct. The results are important, not the procedure.

1. If possible, remove the handle of lawn mower and place lawn mower on the table.

2. Secure it if possible in the clamps. If you do not have clamps, do not bother, secure it against any block, so that the movement away from you is restricted.

3. Fix the crowbar in the blades so that it will not rotate

4. With the help of the bastard file, file the edges of blades so that they look sharp. Work at an angle of 45 degrees

5. When one blade is sharpened, remove the crowbar and turn the rotor to work on another blade. Repeat the procedure until all blades are sharpened.

6. If you have a flexible shaft grinder in your DIY workshop, you will be able to complete the work within 5 to 10 minutes per blade. Make a template of blade profile before you start your work and compare frequently. This is necessary to ensure that you do not over cut at a place.

Safety Tip For You

While sharpening the blades ensure that the stroke is not too long otherwise, you may injure yourself.

Sharpening Blades Of Power Mower

Depending upon the lawn mower the procedure may vary. We have included general statements in this procedure; you would have to change the procedure slightly. Keep the maintenance manual of lawn mower handy if you have one.

Tools required.

– Siphon hose and clean container

– Heavy work gloves and goggles

– Double-cut (medium-rough) flat file

– Lumber scrap

– Socket wrench set

– Rubber mallet*

– Bench vise or C clamps

– Rotary blade sharpener accessory

– Electric drill*

– Screwdriver, or 1/4-in. rod or bolt*

– Blade balancer

– Replacement blade*

* Only if required

The list may look formidable, but tools are generally available with every DIY enthusiast.

Procedure:

The procedure is given for the simple single blade lawn mower, but the same will apply to all types of blades, whether single or double

– Wear hand gloves and clean the engine and the gasoline tank from outside

– Remove spark plug from the engine

– Remove all the fuel from the tank of the gasoline engine. Use the siphon hose so you do not spill gasoline on floor.

– Completely empty out the oil from gearbox if you have one

– Invert the engine and have access to the blade.

– Clamp the engine so it does not move and clean the blade area thoroughly

– With help of a box spanner, remove the nut holding the blade. Usually the nut will be unlocked in the reverse to direction of rotation of engine. You may engage the screwdriver in the cooling fan of engine to stop rotation of engine.

– If you find that you are using too much force to unlock the nut, put one or two drops of rust removing chemical, and try after 30 minutes

– After you remove the blade, clamp it in the bench vise and sharpen it with a file or a grinder. Sharpen only the outer 2 to 3 inches. The area to be sharpened will be known if you see the blade.

– Sharpen only to the required extent. Too much sharpening is not necessary. This is not the knife. It works at the speed of the engine

– After sharpening, check with your thumb. Be careful not to cut thumb. If you have done sharpening before, or seen some one doing it, you will know what we mean by this.

– Balance the blade with help of a small balancing tool on VEE blocks, or even on two foot rulers placed side by side

– Refit the blades, refill engine oil and gasoline and test the sharpness of blades on uncut portion of your lawn

Safety tips:

– Always use safety goggles and hand gloves when working with power tools.

– Be sure to remove the spark plug before starting. Serious accidents can happen if you do not do this.

Easy Does It With Robotic Lawn Mower

Everything is automated nowadays. Seems like every manufacturer’s aim in innovating a product is to make it all faster and simpler. Washing and cleaning has been automated since long ago. Now here comes robotic lawn mower. You thought that mowing the lawns was a breeze after those industrial machines came out right? Well, those became obsolete with the entry of these intelligent robotic lawn mowers.

Imagine mowing the lawn right there under the cool shade of your front porch. All you need is to push the button on the remote, look at the robotic lawn mower, and make sure it is right where the grass is thick.

The robotic lawn mower effectively mows lawn of regular size, within its average run time of 1.5 hours. But it depends on the power of the mower, of course. The bigger it is, the longer the run time it will have. It is equipped with a rechargeable battery to power up the blades. The downside though is that the battery needed recharging for 24 hours. Well, that’s an entire day. If your lawn were so big, like an acre big, you’d have to purchase an extra battery for you to be able to mow the entire area in a day.

For the robotic lawn mower to be within the area, you would have to setup a perimeter wire. It’s a special kind of wire that comes with the robot mower. Some wires can be planted underground. This sounds to be a taxing job, but you can do it in less than an hour if you have a relatively small yard. The wires be detected by the robotic lawn mower and then would turn the other way. You wouldn’t want it straying away towards your neighbor’s lawn, would you? With this perimeter fence, you can protect your flowerbeds and garden. Run the wire around it and the robotic lawn mower would leave it alone.

Slopes up to 20 degrees should be tolerable for the robotic lawn mower. Protruding tree roots should not be a problem either. With its robotic blades, the lawn mower would run around the perimeter wires first and proceed to the middle area, moving in a V pattern. This means that the robotic lawn mower might cover a certain area multiple times while missing a certain part several times over. Looking on the bright side, you’re not the one getting tired anyway.

The cost of the robotic lawn mower doesn’t seem to be an issue. It actually costs less than those heavy-duty regular lawn mowers. Given that, if and when you feel that your old trusty lawn mower needs back up or even a replacement, trying the robotic lawn mower might be a good idea.

Robotic lawn mowers sure catch attention. Well, you can always ask your neighbor or pay a kid to trim your lawn, but one way or another, you would have to do it yourself sometimes. And with the robotic lawn mower just waiting for orders at your backyard, lawn mowing would be almost effortless.