Black and Decker CMM1200 Cordless Mulching Lawn Mower

by Andy
(Chicago, IL)

I've had the Black and Decker CMM1200 Cordless Mulching Lawn Mower for two years now, and I have to say that I am thrilled with it, albeit with some reservations.


We have a small city lot (35x125) so the idea of keeping a gas can around, just for the mower seemed like a bad idea. The CMM1200's handle flips up for ease of storage, which was a big plus, as it was sharing the space with two cars as well.

The CMM1200 cuts the grass nice and evenly, even if I skip a week from time to time. The only trouble I've run into is when the grass is both wet and tall. In these cases, it may take two passes for an even cut. Mulching is also difficult under these circumstances; better off just letting it discharge and cutting it twice (I did mention is is a small yard).

Two other minor gotchas: the mover is heavy for its size...not a problem is you are in a flat area, like me, but I could see it being an issue pushing it up a hill. The other is that you must keep on top of keeping the blade nice and sharp. If you are good with this sort of thing, doing it yourself is fine, otherwise I would advise getting a new blade half way through the season.

For those of you with small yards, that don't want to deal with mess and noise of a gas mower, this is mower is great fit. It is a bit more money, compared to a cheap-o gas mower. but for me it has been well worth the expense; with proper upkeep this mower should last 5+ years.

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Mar 31, 2009
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Amazing!
by: David

Lawn mowers have come a long way over the years. I remember vividly the smell of pure gasoline wafting through the summer air. There’s nothing quite like the touch and feel of a freshly mowed lawn on a hot summer’s day. With the weight of environmental issues resting heavily on our shoulders, coupled with the state of the economy nowadays, just about everyone and everything seems to be offering a “green” solution, one that saves both money out of pocket and eventually, our earth.

The Black & Decker CMM1200 is a monumental addition to the green movement. This cordless mower exerts the power of traditional gasoline guzzling push mowers, with excellent mulching capability, while helping keep the environment clean by running solely off of rechargeable battery power. Able to mow one third of an acre per charge, completely wireless as well as gas free, this expertly designed mower does the job like a pro, with the ease and quietness that one would expect from an electric engine.

After doing a little research into the matter, wanting to make an educated selection as well as making sure I was getting the bang for my buck, I came across the CMM1200. Being one of only 2 push mowers to earn the coveted energy star rating, in multiple tests, the Black & Decker CMM1200, has proved to mulch more effectively as well as cut more evenly than any of the other contending corded mowers. Taking this into account as well as the fact that it is completely cordless makes it hands down, the number one choice out of any push mower our on the market today.

Knowing that I am not only being more environmentally sound, but literally saving hundreds of dollars out of my own pocket every year, I can honestly say that this mower is one of the best investments that I have ever made.

Mar 29, 2009
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Quiet and lightweight
by: Judy

Ditching my gas mower was the best thing I ever did! Mowing with the Black & Decker CMM1200 Cordless Mulching Mower with Rear Bag is literally like taking a breath of fresh air.

I have used this mower for one season after my Toro gas mower gave up the ghost. Along with the lawn, I have blackberry bushes and orchard grass that I control by mowing. I found that this mower cut and mulched my ¼ acre lot faster and more consistently than my old Toro. This mower is also blessedly quiet. Not silent, mind you, but quiet enough that I can mow any time from 5am to 9pm without disturbing my family or my neighbors.

Not only does the Black and Decker do a great job, it has no annoying gas fumes. And it’s cordless. Just plug in to charge. Start up is a breeze. It is light weight, yet has plenty of power. Mowing height is easily adjusted and that is really appreciated when I get to the rocky parts of my yard. It comes with a rear bag and mulching attachment (which is all I use!).

Maintenance is sooo easy. No tune-ups! No gas to buy or keep in the garage. Keeping this mower clean is as easy as spraying the blade and under-deck with cooking spray (wait about 5 minutes before mowing). After mowing, just rinse with the garden hose. If anything sticks you can use a plastic paint scraper or plastic spatula. I can usually just wipe excess grass off with a paper towel…I would not use metal to scrape the bottom as it will scratch the deck…Wipe off. Plug in to recharge. Done!

As a side note…whether due to the mulching option or lack of gas fumes, my hayfever doesn’t kick in from cutting grass (with the Toro I used a mask and Claritin to mow the lawn…)!

I love this mower. I love that it's green-no air pollution and no noise pollution. Mowing healthier than ever! I won’t ever go back to an internal combustion mower!

Nov 21, 2009
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Great for smaller yards
by: Dave G

Pros
- mulches perfectly
- energy star rating
- quiet

Cons
- expensive
- quite heavy

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4 out of 5

I really love this cordless mower and really consider it to be my baby! I've compared it to my neighbor's gas powered HONDA mower and we both agree, my Black & Decker does a better job! The best thing about this mower is how perfectly even it mulches the grass, and also, even with it's performance I believe it is one of the few mowers that has earned an energy star ratings.

Another great feature of this mower is that it runs and cuts very quietly. I usually had to wear large earplugs or headphones while cutting with my old gas mower. Not so with this baby!

I would probably recommend this mower home owners who have smaller yards. I found that the battery life of this unit is quite short, and for larger jobs I usually rely on my corded mower. I've also seen some newer models of this mower allowing you to insert freshly recharged batteries, but again, those models tend to be quite pricey. Also, this unit tends to be a tad bit more heavier to lug around than other cordless units.

Overall, if you own a small yard and are looking for a cordless, quiet mower that doesn't lack on performance then this is your best bet!

Oct 27, 2009
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The product really rocks
by: Anonymous

PROS
- it completely portable
- it works very efficiently
- It has blades that are extremely sharp and fine

CONS
- very heavy and big in size
- it is very costly


The market of Lawn Mowers has been becoming broader with the passage of time. The companies are trying their best in order to satisfy their customers. The well-known company i.e. Black & Decker had recently launched its new and a wonderful Black and Decker CMM1200 Cordless Mulching lawn mower. The product really rocks.

I have been using this product for more than two years and I feel very proud of this unique product. This lawn mower is cordless and therefore it can be easily taken to wherever you want to take it. The cordless feature also makes it completely portable. This is the most important and the major advantage of this product.

Moreover, it works very efficiently and its performance is damn good. The blades of this product are extremely sharp and fine, which helps you in giving fine and smooth cuts in your lawn. The product has also got excellent mulching capacity. The backup of its acid battery is really very good and the battery is completely rechargeable which means that you do not have to worry about the noise of gas mowers and about your electricity bills.

Besides all these positive points, the product has a few but major drawbacks. The main drawback is that it is very costly and you will have to pay a huge sum of money for buying it.

Secondly, the product is very heavy and big in size and therefore it is very difficult to push this lawn mower when you try to push it up a hill. I think that the product is highly compatible and is the best choice for small yards. I am a great fan of this product and so I highly recommend it to others.

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