Updated 26 Oct 2017

Black & Decker

CLM3820L1-XE

Snapshot: This Black & Decker CLM3820L1-XE is a catcher-only battery-electric mower that weighs 13.5kg and has a cutting width of 38cm. But is it a smooth operator?

CLM3820L1-XE
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$579

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Test results

Overall score
73
Catcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good catcher cutting.
  • OK long grass cutting.
  • Easy to use.
  • OK to manoeuvre.
  • Barely noticeable handle vibration.
  • Comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Easy height adjustment.
  • Engine starts easily.

But

  • Limited running time of 21 minutes.
  • Limited cutting height range: can only mow down to 20mm.

How we test

Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).

Performance scores are based on cutting:

Short (30mm) grass to 15mm
Medium-length (approx. 75-100mm) grass to 30mm
Long (approx. 300-400mm) grass on the highest cut setting

We run the short and medium-length grass tests with the mower in both catcher and mulching modes where applicable. Neither the catcher nor the mulcher is used for the long grass test.

Ease of use is assessed on:

Vibration (20%)
Pushing/manoeuvring (20%)
Handle comfort (20%)
Controls (10%)
Cutting height adjustment (10%)
Catcher convenience (10%)
Ease of starting** (10%)

Key data

Model

Type
Catcher-only
Avg price
$579

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
61/76
Weight (kg)
13.5
Cutting height range (mm)
20-70
Starter
Electric
Run time (minutes)
21
Charge time (minutes)
90-120
Cut width (cm)
38
Handle height (cm)
112
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
125/30/30
Chassis
Plastic
Engine
n/a
Voltage
36
Battery size tested
2.0
Battery cost
$90 (2.0Ah)
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
Not stated
Self-propelled drive
×

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
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