The Earthwise 50120 is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, push mower
models like the 50120 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.
Features & Specs - Earthwise 50120
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.
We purchased this mower in 2010, wanting to decrease our contribution to air and noise pollution. Great the first year, except the bag has never stayed on well while mowing. But in the second year we had to replace the battery. It is time to do that again, but we likely are not going to do that--overall quality is too poor.<br /><br />The handle broke in year 2 ½ at the point where it attaches to the deck. The wheels (like most mowers, unfortunately) are plastic and poorly made. If the battery life was better, and the components of higher quality, this would be a good mower for our small-yard needs. All cordless devices need to be made so the charger turns off when the battery is fully charged!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from New Brunswick, Canada
(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Easy to Push & Steer
None that I have found
I have a fairly small lawn and am able to cut it two or three times on one charge. I had some long grass growing on one side of the property and was surprised at how easily the mower cut it. I was hesitant to buy a cordless electric mower but it has surpassed my expectations. If you have a large lawn or one with slopes a self propelled gas mower is probably better, but for small level lawns you can't beat this mower.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Okay mower, but needs work on somethings
Great for mid-sized lawns
Single Height Adjustment
Bag falls off left side
Mid sized yards
This is an ok small mower, but you have to empty the bag like every two minutes and that's if the chute doesn't get clogged first. Also the bag tends to fall off on the left side.<br /><br />It can power through very thick grass but, you have to use side-discharge. If you try to mulch it will just spit it out the sides.<br /><br />One other BIG problem is the grass gets stuck under the mowing deck very easy. There was; not kidding, one inch of matted grass under the deck, which I never had on my Black & Decker model.<br /><br />The single height adjustment is nice and easy to use, except the spring rattles and makes it sound like the mower is about to fall apart.<br /><br />Earthwise is on the right track, but still has a lot of work ahead of them.