The Black & Decker CM1936 is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, push mower
models like the CM1936 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.
The following models have the same ratings as Black & Decker CM1936.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Black & Decker CM1936ZF2 come from our tests of model Black & Decker CM1936, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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.
Mower worked well for our quarter-acre of grass, albeit without power of a strong gas-powered engine.<br /><br />After two seasons, charger failed while plugged in (as recommended in manual) over winter, and battery now seems not to take an adequate charge from new charger.<br /><br />Starting over, I'd look for lithium ion battery or clean gas engine.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from San Antonio, Texas
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Best buys aren't always new.
Not For Tall Grass
Thick Grasstwo Passes
Small to Medium Lawns
I've the older 24 volt CMM1200 model. Purchased at a thrift store as a CMM1000,, working, for $30. Googling an owner's manual, discovered a recall was made. Entire charging/ starting system replaced at no cost. Returned to me badged as a CMM1200. Original used battery lasted 18 months, replacement cost $110, still in use 4 years later. Will bog on thick grass. Solution: don't wait until you're ankle deep. Zoysia should be cut short, which means more frequent mowing with this machine. I can mow front yard in 20 minutes. Backyard is St. Augustine, and I cut that at maximum height of mower deck.Very maneuverable. Follow charging instructions. Use proper, sharpened, balanced, mulching blade. Repeatedly mowing into stumps isn't very smart, whether a gas or electric mower.<br />Best features: None of the noise or smell or hazards of a gas mower. Effortless starting.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from eugene, oregon
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
poor performance and longevity.
Poor Performance And Long
mower used to cut residential yard approx. 3,000 sq. ft. Mower is approx 3 years old and self drive is malfunctioning and the battery is depleted to the point where its only good for about 1,000 sq. ft. of yard cutting. called repair service they want 225.00 or more to fix. I would not recommend this mower. Buyer beware