The Black & Decker CM1836 is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, push mower
models like the CM1836 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how well the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held either before it filled or the chute clogged.
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
About This Brand
Black & Decker is the leading manufacturer and marketer of corded electric and electric rechargeable mowers. Black & Decker mowers are available in only sub-20-inch cutting widths and in mulching and rear-bag configurations. Black & Decker mowers are widely available online and through Home Depot, Lowe's, and Wal-Mart.
Can bag Indicates whether the mower can cut in the bagging mode. In this mode, the clippings are gathered in a removable catcher. Lawns tend to have the best appearance after cutting in this mode because the mower essentially vacuums the lawn clean and leaves very little debris behind. This advantage is offset by the need to periodically empty the catcher and dispose of the grass clippings.
Can mulch Indicates whether the mower can cut in the mulching mode. In this mode, the discharge port is closed off, and the mower re-cuts clippings until they're small enough to settle and decompose in the lawn. Cutting in this mode reduces the need to fertilize the lawn because some of the nutrients from the clippings are returned to the soil. It is also more convenient because there is no need to empty a catcher or dispose of any clippings. Certain conditions are required for successful mulching, and if these conditions are not met, many visible clippings can be left behind on the lawn. For successful mulching, one should avoid cutting more than one third of the grass's length, cutting wet grass, or cutting at too fast a pace.
Can side discharge Indicates whether the mower can cut in the side-discharge mode. In this mode, the mower simply discharges the clippings off to the side of the mower. Depending on the length of the grass cut, this method tends to leave many visible clippings behind. This mode is preferable when cutting tall grass because the mower is less likely to clog, since the clippings are quickly removed from the deck.
Can side discharge
Deck size (in.) Most models have a deck size, or cutting swath, of 20 to 22 inches. There is no significant advantage from one size to another. A larger deck can cut more grass in a single pass, but in this size range the difference is negligible.
Deck size (in.)
Engine size For gas-powered mowers, engine size in cubic centimeters (cc) provides a rough indication of the engine's power; electric models are rated in volts (for cordless) or amperes (corded). A larger number for either a gas or electric model, however, does not necessarily result in better cutting performance.
I borrowed this from my son-in-law for the season as he has a sit down mower for his much bigger lawn. I have done my lawn with it two times. I mow in sections, recharging between sections not because of the mower but that works better for me. It is doing the job well so far but I have had many problems with the side discharge chute. It falls off frequently and there is very limited information about this accessory that I have been able to find. This is the best clippings method for what I mow.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Upstate New York
Maybe we just got a lemon...
Can Cut Foot-high Grass
Have had this mower three years now. Love it when it works. But it has now been in for repairs five times. Once was a cracked ceramic block from bumping a rock. All the other times when it simply would not start have been unclear what was wrong (we've been very careful with it since the rock incident). Just came back from the authorized Black & Decker repair. Started up fine, cut for 10 minutes. Turned it off to move the garden hose out of the way and once again... will not start. This is not a battery issue, it's the switch or... who knows. Very frustrating. I've always liked Black & Decker products, but won't be buying another electric mower from them.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
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Super easy to use
bought from lowes in spring of 2010, used about every two weeks since with no problems or any maintenance.<br /><br />Mower was selected because I did not want hassle or upkeep costs of gas mower, and because I felt that I could more easily fix it if ever needed...electric mowers are quite simple to repair when compared to gas mowers (idea is lower cost of ownership).<br /><br />My lawn is between 1/3-1/2 acre; a single charge will mow everything as long as lawn is not wet or high. I've never had the mower die on me before finishing. I usually only mow part of the lawn at a time (because I am lazy and georgia is hot). I always use the bag, and generally dump 3 times. Recharge time is quick, though I've never had to stop to recharge.<br /><br />The mower is very quiet, neighbors don't hear it at all.<br /><br />I tend to use the mower as a lawn vacuum in addition to actually mowing the grass...the mower has no problem cutting through all sorts of pine cones and small sticks, but throws or leaves some pieces behind.<br /><br />I only have pine trees, but the mower does a decent job picking up needles.<br /><br />mower has adjustable deck height, the higher settings allow more debris to be thrown from the underside of the mower.<br /><br />I previously used a similiar B&D electric that was corded...it was a hand-me-down, and was quickly replaced with the CM1836.<br /><br />has fob-like safety key that is used to start the mower, it must be attached before you can press the button to start the mower.<br /><br />Though I wish it had greater suction power to pick up all of the pinecone debris (not that mowers are intended to chop and pickup pine cones), it does everything that I expect or require.<br /><br />I'd buy it again.