Black and Decker lawn mower
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Mower Types: Battery Powered

A 24- or 48-volt lead-acid battery spins a rotary blade at 3,500 rpm; 
$300–$460. Shown: Black & Decker 24V CMM 1200, $400;

Pros: Quieter than gas-powered engines; little maintenance beyond blade sharpening; rustproof plastic deck; no emissions; easy to start.

Cons: 12- to 24-hour charge times; cuts for only 45 minutes on one charge.
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