BLACK+DECKER CM2060C 60V Max Power Swap Mower, 20"

BLACK+DECKER CM2060C 60V Max Power Swap Mower, 20

The black+decker CM2060C 60V Max powerswap 20" mower features powerswap, which lets you quickly swap batteries with the push of a button. It also features autosense technology which conserves battery power when possible to give you extended runtime. This unit includes two 2.5 ah - 60V Max lithium batteries to give you twice the run timeper re-charge. With an easy-to-use six-setting height adjustment from 1 1/3 in.Up to 4 in. You are able to easily control how high or low you cut. The 3-in-1 configuration lets you mulch clippings, bag them or discharge out the side. This unit also features a state of charge indicator which shows remaining battery power at all times, along with a handle that easily folds for compact storage. Specs: 20" cutting swath, cutting heights 1-1/3" to 4", ideal for propertiesup to 1/3 acre. MAXIMUM Initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60V - nominal voltage is 54V. Includes: 1) Cm2060 mower, 2) LBX2560 60V Max lithium ion batteries, 1) charger.


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I just bought this today and used it once, but I thought I would share my thoughts. First, for some context, my yard is about 20,000 sqft.
Ok, the motor seems plenty powerful; it went over taller grass without any change in sound or motor speed. The batteries are reasonable; I mowed 3/4 of my yard with just one battery (it comes with and houses 2). The one thing I noticed is that the battery will be used faster if you stop and restart the mower.
Next, the deck is plastic, and makes me a little nervous. However, it seems to hold up fine.
The mower is very light--under 50lbs--and the push handle is very comfortable. So it is a breeze to use.
My one complaint is that you can only charge one battery at a time. Black and Decker, you need to have a dual charging deck that comes with this--what gives?

This is my second battery powered mower. My first was the B&D SPCM1936 self-propelled lead/acid 36V battery mower which I bought 5 years ago and still going strong, on the second battery. I did several You-Tube videos on it over the years. I kept saying how nice it would have been if they had used a lithium battery instead of lead/acid, due to weight and charging time (and maybe battery life?). When I saw the 20 inch 60V B&D mower, I said "I gotta have that". So I found it on sale at a brick and mortar store a bit cheaper than I could get on Amazon at the time, and got it.

I live near Houston in southeast Texas and have Saint Augustine grass, which is a broad leafed grass which grows with thick stems. It typically takes about 45 min to 1 hours to mow depending on how thick/tall it is. The old mower with the single 36V lead/acid battery could mow/mulch my entire lawn without recharging, which is good because it takes up to 12 hours to charge. I have no idea how many Ah it is, if that term even applies. It had plenty of power until I started my third year, when I noticed it slowing down about 2/3 of the way through. I bought another battery then and it is still doing fine today.

The new 60V B&D mower comes with two 60V 2.5 Ah batteries, and I have now used it three separate times. Seems like they should be more powerful than the 36V, but I didn't notice any major difference, not that the 36V wasn't powerful enough as it was. I did not try to mow my entire yard on one battery, though the first time I probably could have. The next two times the grass was much taller and thicker so I don't think I could have completed the entire front and back on one battery. I have included pictures of the third time I mowed so you can see how tall the grass was at its tallest of the three times (as of this update on 6/28/17 - 4 times).

The 60V mower is extremely light, about half the weight of the 36V, which is great for manually pushing it. It is plastic, but so was the 36V and it has held up fine, though the plastic seems more solid on the 36V. It has plenty of power to handle the St. Augustine grass in my yard, no matter how tall and thick it has been so far, but that does affect how quickly the battery is consumed. I also mulch, which uses more power than using the side discharge option.

I like having two batteries, and it's great having a constant read-out on how much power is left in each battery through the light indicators while you are mowing. But as someone already pointed out, the meter isn't very accurate and stays on 1 light much longer than 2 lights which stays on longer than 3 lights lit on the meter. Also, it would have been nice to have longer life on each battery, say maybe 4 Ah instead of 2.5 Ah? I have seen other mowers with up to maybe 7 Ah?

I really like the convenience of an electric battery-powered mower. Some may think this is a new idea, but my father had a corded electric mower when I was a kid about 50 years ago. It is wonderful to push a button to start the mower and not have to pull the dang cord. It is also nice to forget about filling the mower with gas, spilling it everywhere, and refilling the gas can once in a while at the gas station, not to mention changing the oil and spark plug. I had a self-propelled gas mower and I finally basically gave it away at a garage sale not too long ago, and I don't plan on going back.

I'm still waiting to see how long the batteries will last. I'm hopeful I can get at least 2-3 years out of them, but I hope for more. Long life batteries that last many years and don't need to be recharged before you finish mowing will make electric much more popular than gas. We are getting close to this, and for me it is close enough.

I have posted a You-Tube video on this B&D 20 inch 60V mower if you want to see how well it chops through the grass in my yard. So far, I like the mower. I would like a little more battery life, more accurate battery meter read-out, slightly lower handle (I'm short), and maybe a more convenient battery charging system, but I can live with it for now. If things change I will come back and update my review/rating. I would probably give it 4.5 stars if I could right now, but close enough for a 5.

Also, I went ahead and got the 60V blower because I could get it with a battery and charger for literally just a couple dollars more than an extra battery alone. It's a monster. Haven't used it yet, but it dwarfs the 40V model. Seems they could have tapered the hose more for more air velocity like they did on the 40V.

Great mower. Powerful, yet quiet. Lightweight and easy to use. The only negative, in my case, is one of the batteries has already failed. And I've only owned this mower a few months.

UPDATE: I emailed Black & Decker support, got a lightening fast response (from Charla) and a replacement battery is on the way. Changing my rating to FIVE stars. :-)

I can not say enough good things about this mower. I love cutting grass and typically use a self propelled craftsman. No more gas and oil or replacing filters. It is so light weight it almost feels like a toy. I have cut my grass about 6 times so far and typically I have used two batteries but each time my lawn was a little damp and a little long. Today was the first day where my grass was 100% dry and it only took one battery. I bags better than my Craftsman. It holds two batteries at a time and there is a button selection switch so when one battery runs down you just flip the switch and keep on mowing.

Jon
So far I'm happy with it. I had to use both batteries just for my front lawn but I'm guessing that was because my grass was on the longer side since I didn't have a lawn mower to start with. The only reason that I'm not giving it 5 stars is that it arrived with a really big crack in the battery cover. Not a huge deal but since the packaging wasn't damaged it tells me that it left the manufacturer like that.

Buy it!! Don't beat around the bush or the lawn for that matter. I have used it in dry and moist conditions and found this mower to work in both conditions very well. I have bagged the clippings to compost this winter (in Maryland) to see the results. If it doesn't work I will post those results. I wish I purchased it sooner.

Good mower. Very light and easy to use. Battery system works well. Some minor improvements would make it perfect. I suggest quicker charging batteries(now 4 hours), and make it slightly heavier so bumpy ground won't effect mow quality. Rear rubber flap should be re-designed, so it won't fold back under the mower. However, I am satisfied, and would buy again.

So far so good. Initial review.

60+ days after purchase and just discovered the batteries are both 1.5Mah batteries NOT the 2.5 as listed(printed in light gray on a black background, small font, hard as hell to see). I still make it thru the lawn on one battery but have been taken advantage of and I hate it.

However, Black and Decker is sending Two New Batteries. Great product and service. 5 stars.

For a smaller yard, it did well even with fairly high, thick grass and bagging it. I was able to do the whole yard on a single charge, with perhaps half or 1/3 charge remaining on the second battery. When doing a larger yard, it didn't have quite enough to do the whole thing and I had to finish the next day. The mower itself is pretty lightweight and easy to handle.

Awesome. Runs for 45 minutes with the 2 batteries included.

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