. . . and still don’t have a working one.
Some of you may recall my earlier thread _ http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=602992 _
So, I did the research, examined my priorities, and decided on an Neuton 24". Then I looked at my budget and decided on an Epic instead. Then I went to seven different stores and bought the only one I found in stock; the Remington 3-in-1. This had actually been on my list, but had fallen to the bottom simply because none of their specs explained what three things it did. (Side-discharge, rear bagging, or mulching, as it turns out.)
Brought it home, followed directions exactly (rare, but really, this time I did.) which requried a 14 hour first charge regardless of what the little red.green LED is saying, and turned it on. The bettery charge LEDs go Red, Green, Green , Green, and this is on red. I’m thinking that’s odd, but it was made in Asia and there red means good, so maybe. . . and it mowed about three stripes before dying. I was disappointed, but the grass was pretty long, so I plugged it back in and let it sit for two days. Tried again: nothing. The second charge had not taken at all.
By now the front lawn is quite embarassing.
Took it back to Sears and they gave me a second one. This one never even started up. Dead on arrival. *
Got my money back and went on-line for an Epic. Found one, got an amazing deal: 21" deck, dual battery system, 36 volt, optional self-propell mode, the works for only $249. And by finally giving in to the Amazon Prime 30-day trial I got two-day shipping free (wouldabeen $115.00!)
By now it’s three weeks gone and my front lawn is nearly hip-high, except for the top three stripes, which are really just saying “Hey world, she’s a lazy trollop, an’t she?”
Got it home, followed directions this time for a 24-hour charge on the first go. In the mean time the neighbor’s commercial lawn guy felt sorry for me, and offered to cut the front lawn for $40. Thank goodness I gave in.
Finished the charge, assembled the mower, pulled on the bar and hit the start button. Nothing. The battery charge light is on empty.
Now, I ask you. Is this reasonable? Would not any thinking human being begin to believe that there is some simple, easy, goes-without-saying, righty-tighty-lefty-loosey type thing that I’ve never been told about charging a cordless lawn mower? I’ve got a lot of cordless tools, and charge them without any difficulty, but this is frickin’ ridiculous!
What say you, Dopers? Is there some silly thing I don’t know? Is the UIniverse trying to tell me that gas is good? (I really, really hate the idea of a gas mower.)
*See second post for details of electrical problem which may be completely irrelevant.)