Gtech have been synonymous with cordless electronic home and garden tools for many years and their brand name keeps getting stronger and stronger with consumers. It’s not difficult to see why, Gtech products are portable, easy to use, quiet, low maintenance and reliable.
As a company, Gtech are renowned for their innovation and simplicity and their latest lawn mower sticks to this creed closely. The new Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0 takes everything that made the older model great and improves upon it making it a great choice for most gardeners.
But before we get carried away, let’s get down to brass tacks.
What exactly is the Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0?
The 2.0 version of the Gtech Cordless Lawnmower is new for Spring 2019. It uses a 42cm cutting deck and can run for 40 minutes after a 1 hour charge. On top of this it has a 50 litre grass box for collecting cuttings and weighs in at only 13.5kg
It was built to replace the old Gtech Falcon Cordless Lawn mower but has been redesigned from the ground up to be better in every way. The improvements do come at a cost though, with the new mower coming in at £100 more than the previous model. The question is, are the improvements worth the cost or is the 2.0 mower just an expense too far?
The short answer to that question is yes, it is worth the extra dough. For my money the new Gtech mower is a vast improvement over the old Falcon. We’ll discuss why a little later on, but first let’s discuss features.
In this section we’ll look at the main features of the Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0 and discuss how it improves upon the previous version. This will allow you to understand exactly what you’re getting for the extra £100 cost.
Firstly, the new 2.0 mower has a higher powered battery giving more horsepower. The original version’s battery came in at 36V, but the new mower has a 48V Lithium-ion battery. The extra capacity keeps the blades spinning faster for longer, ensuring you get a better and more extensive cut. In our tests there was little to no slow down as the battery came to the end of its charge.
The battery can be removed from the mower to be charged or stored and as a nice added bonus, the mower comes with a visual battery gauge on its top giving a clear view of how much charge is left.
Large Grass Collection Box
The grass collection box on the new mower has a 50 litre capacity as standard. This is in comparison to the older model which had a smaller 40 litre one. The 25% increase in volume allows you to mow without having to stop repeatedly to empty grass cuttings.
The new Gtech 2.0 lawn mower charges in a brisk 1 hour. The older model took at least 5 hours to reach full capacity. That’s a massive reduction and reduces the need for buying a second battery so you can get through your entire lawn in one session.
The actual time it can be used is unaltered from the previous model and you will still get up to 40 minutes of mowing from each charge.
Automatically Adjusted Power Setting
One of the more interesting new features of the new Gtech mower is the addition of an automatically adjustable power setting. This new technology allows the mower to detect how much juice is required at any given moment and adjust accordingly. This saves on both battery charge and power usage.
New Carbon Steel Blade
A new 42cm wheeled carbon steel blade is both sharper and more robust creating a more efficient cutting mechanism and preventing the mower from becoming bogged down when the grass becomes dense. As the blade is metal, it gives a neater, tidier finish to your lawn and can be sharpened if needed unlike plastic blades. The 42cm diameter is generous for a mower of this size, with many of its competitors coming in at around 30cm.
If, however, your grass is exceptionally long or full of weeds it is still advisable to use something like a petrol mower which will be inherently more powerful than an electric one.
It Weighs Just 13.5kg
The new Gtech mower weighs just 13.5kg whereas the older model came in at 17kg, a 20% reduction. This might not seem like a huge amount but after an hour hefting the machine around a garden those few kilograms will seem like a ton to your poor back. We can imagine that the lighter weight is a godsend for older people who struggle to push a heavy lawn mower around their garden.
New Safety Switch
Gtech have upgraded the mower to include a safety switch that has to be turned to the ‘On’ position before the mower will start. This prevents the chances of inadvertently turning the machine on when you don’t want to. The old mower used an activation key that had to be inserted into the mower to start it. The key was fiddly and easy to misplace making the new switch system vastly superior.
Edge to Edge Cutting
Gtech have crafted the cutting deck to make cutting close to the edge of the lawn easy. This reduces the need to go around the lawn with a strimmer or shears so you can get those stray blades of grass the mower couldn’t reach.
The Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower version 2 has a fresh design to its handle, which now folds differently to the old model to create a shorter length. This allows the mower to be stored in areas the older model couldn’t.
Variable Height Adjustment
The Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower version 2 can have its cutting height adjusted. This allows you to tackle longer grass more easily and/or keep your grass just the right length. You can choose from 6 different setting that give lengths between 30mm to 80mm. As with all mowers, the trick to getting the most out of the height settings is to use a higher height when the grass is long and reduce down to a lower one once it has been trimmed a little and less likely to bog down the blades.
But how does the Gtech Mower 2.0 handle?
The short answer is very nicely. Its compact design, high power, comfortable handle and small size make the mower a joy to use. It’s not the lightest mower on the market but the ergonomic design and Gtech’s patented cordless system make it a good choice for most gardeners if they value ease of use.
Storing the mower is easy too with the new folding handle and collapsible grass box reducing the mower’s footprint sufficiently for it to be stored in sheds or even under stairs easily.
Things We Like About the Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0
- The one hour charging time makes the charge to cut ratio excellent for a cordless lawn mower of this kind.
- Unlike its petrol brethren, the Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0 creates almost zero harmful emissions, making it better for the environment.
- For a machine that spins a metal blade to cut vegetation it is incredibly quiet. Gtech’s website quotes sound levels of below 96db making it one of the quietest mowers on the market.
- Compact design makes it easy to store.
- Easy to put away and set-up with an innovative collapsible grass box and foldable handle.
- Great cutting blade that will whip through a small to medium sized lawn with ease.
There isn’t a lot that we don’t like about the Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower but if we were being picky:
- The blade’s maximum RPM is only 2,800 compared to the older models 3,700RPM. This seems like quite a reduction but when compared to other cordless mowers on the market the Gtech mower is still ahead of the field. On top of this, the variable power system is smart enough to prevent any power issues that might arise.
- The 40 minute run time whilst good is still a little bit stingy.
- For all you football fans out there’s no roller to create fancy lines. Sorry.
Who is this mower for?
The GTech mower is suited to people who have a small or medium sized garden who can get through a lawn in half an hour or so. It’s not for professional gardeners or people who have a large garden.
If you do have a moderately sized garden, then the easy to store nature and excellent cut the Gtech gives make it one of the best mowers on the market.
You may have already guessed that we really like the Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0. Its fast charging, and great cutting blade alone are enough to recommend it, but the added bells and whistles are the icing on top of a very nice gardening cake. Highly recommended.