Aug 31

Lawn Mower Reviews: Black & Decker CM1836 36-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower

How do you imagine the perfect lawn? It is evenly cut, smooth and cheerfully green. This dream can be turned into reality with the right lawn mower. How do you find it? One way is to consider reviews of the most popular models available in stores. At least, this is what I do. I decided to assist fellow buyers by reviewing some of the top sellers myself. I rely on my long term experience in using different models as a professional gardener in California. Here is the review of the Black & Decker CM1836.

In this review of the Black & Decker CM1836, I will try to be as thorough as possible as far as the evaluation of the features and capabilities of the model is concerned. I will sum up its pros and cons in a list which will certainly simply the decision making process for you. Let’s get down to business now.

Black And Decker CM1836

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Product Description

The Black and Decker cordless mower runs on an electric motor. The electric motor itself is powered by a 36-volt battery, which is removable. The fact that the unit uses a battery allows for its cordless manual push operation. Other major features of the model include pull start, single lever for cutting height adjustment, rear bag for clippings collection and mulching insert. As you certainly know, the devil is in the details so we shall now focus on them.


The motor is the heart of Black and Decker CM1836 which brings it to life. It is well designed and well constructed. It is powerful enough to make grass cutting extremely efficient. I am certain that the unit can handle fairly tall, thick and wet grass plus weeds and fallen wet leaves. The motor has a good level of energy efficiency. This allows it to turn for longer while helping you keep your energy bill low.

Black & Decker 36-Volt motor runs fairly quietly. It is a lot less noisy than the good old mowers with gas powered engines. Your family and your neighbors will appreciate this feature as much as you do. The machine produces zero emissions and allows you to enjoy greener living. It is nice to know that you help save the environment.

The battery of Black and Decker Electric Mower is removable. This means that you can charge it anywhere in your home and this is quite convenient for those who do not have electric outlets in their garage. The battery charger has an Energy Star rating for energy efficiency. This means that your electricity bill will not increase considerably when you use this electric mower.

The blade of the Black and Decker Mower has a new and improved design. You can expect it to zip through the grass like butter. It is strong and durable as well so you can expect to use it in the long term.

The handle pull start requires a bit of effort to use. It is not like pushing a button. However, you can be certain that it will work well in virtually all kinds of weather conditions.

Black & Decker CM1836Black & Decker CM1836 has a single lever for adjusting the height of all four wheels when you want to set a specific level for trimming the grass. This is one of the most convenient features I have ever seen and I have to admit that I love it. It saves you a lot of time and effort. In general, you can select from different cutting heights between 1.5 and 3.5 inches

The Black and Decker electric lawn mower comes with a special conversion plug for switching to mulching mode. The plug is easy to use while this mode is an extremely practical solution for all those fond of gardening like me. The grass clippings are cut into fine pieces which fall directly on the lawn and work to fertilize it naturally. This is a simple and easy way for natural fertilization which I can totally recommend.

The other option with the Black and Decker cordless mower is to have the clippings directly collected in the specially designed bag attached at the rear of the unit. This eliminates the need of cleaning after you are done mowing. You simply need to dispose of the contents of the bag in the nearest bin.

The lawn mower 7-inch front wheels and 8-inch rear wheels. Their size allows you to overcome different obstacles on flat terrains and even to work on slightly hilly terrains.

The foldable handle makes the unit really compact for storage. You can store it in an upright position to save even more space.


Black And Decker Electric MowerThe cutting swath of the Black & Decker CM1836 is 18 inches. This is close to the standard swath for electric machines. Generally, the width is great enough to allow trimming a lawn with a fairly small number of passes.

The cordless electric lawn mower from Black & Decker is capable of cutting the grass on an area of up to 1/3 acre on a single battery charge. This means that it can be effectively used for the mowing of small to medium sized lawns. Larger ones may call for an extra battery to be used.


This electric mower is suitable for properties with small to medium lawns. It is a good choice for owners of standard properties in suburban areas. Professional lawn mowing service providers can use it as well.


The things which I find most beneficial about Black & Decker CM1836 are:

  • Powerful and efficient
  • Versatile grass cutting and clipping collection options
  • Very easy adjustment and handling
  • Little noise and no pollution
  • Durable and reliable
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty


The things which I did not like about this electric mower are:

  • The bag for collecting grass clippings is not particularly large. You may have to stop more often to dispose of its contents. Still, this is not a major issue.
  • You will need extra skill and effort to maneuver around trees and shrubs. The maneuverability of the machine could have been better. Still, this should not affect its performance greatly.


This review of the Black & Decker CM1836 18-inch 36-volt cordless electric lawn mower can certainly recommend this model to those who want to maintain their lawn in good condition without much effort. The unit operates reliably and effectively. It is clean and environmentally friendly.

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